Dreaming Big: Unlocking your full potential

Building the bridge between dreams and success. Here are some tips to kickstart your journey towards achieving your lifelong dream.

by Jeannie Croucher
Words Jeannie Croucher

People generally lead lives that are a direct result of their decisions, thoughts and actions. That’s why some people are more successful than others. However, this success doesn’t always come easy, and fear – of failure, of what others might think, of the unknown – can lead to anxiety, self-doubt and crippling paralysis. Yet dreaming big is fundamental to success in life, and the more ambitious the goal the better. It’s reaching for the high bar that propels you forward and helps you to achieve more than you thought you were capable of.

Think of the life-changing inventions that would not have been possible if someone hadn’t had big dreams – our ability to fly (the Wright brothers), computer programming (Ada Lovelace), the telephone (Alexander Graham Bell) – dreams that not only changed the life of the dreamer but positively impacted the human race and inspired others to innovate themselves.

‘Don’t be afraid of the space between your dream and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.’

Belva Davis

Here are some tips and things to bear in mind to help you dream big and get started on fulfilling your lifelong dreams.

  • Dreaming big provides a reference point or visual master plan that motivates you towards your end goal. Following a plan and reaching milestones along the way gives a sense of achievement which enhances self-worth, self-confidence and self-esteem. 
  • Having big goals helps us to cultivate a strong, but realistic, sense of self-belief. Confident individuals believe in themselves, set the bar high and stretch their limits. The feeling of increased confidence that comes from success is powerful; it can also be addictive. 
  • Many of us have an intense fear of failure, of never reaching the mark, of opening ourselves to ridicule. This fear is very real and it’s quite normal. Experiencing failure and getting more comfortable with it helps you to rebound quickly, and it trains the mind to continue taking risks (despite what others may think).
  • In our perfection-driven society, it can be all too easy to want to bury your head in the sand when things go wrong. However, we need to remember that it’s not always possible to get what we want – at least, not the first time around. Successful people are the ones who pick themselves up again and carry on.
  • Even if you don’t succeed in reaching your desired goal, you should still feel proud of yourself for trying. The skills, knowledge and resilience gathered along the way will stand you in good stead and increase your chances of success with the next project.
  • Time is precious, so it’s important to regulate the number of hours or days spent on individual projects. Proper time management increases the ability to concentrate and focus on deadlines. Improved concentration leads to greater effectiveness – all resulting in increased motivation.
  • Visualisation is a useful technique that helps to make dreams come true. Spend time imagining what life will look like once a certain outcome has been achieved. Remember, you will always be grateful that you tried your best to achieve your big dream; better to try than regret not bothering to make the effort. 
  • Successful people generally set big, focused goals – goals that align with their strengths. So goals should be specific, attainable and realistic. Identifying your strengths allows you to use your natural talents while challenging you to use them in new ways. Knowing your weaknesses gives a clear understanding of the things that may hold you back.  
  • ‘Dreaming Big: Unlocking your full potential ’ is published in Anthology Volume 19. Read more features from this volume or buy it now.
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