I posted on a few social networks last week something to the extent, “If your dreams are easy enough that you can do them on your own, then you’re not dreaming big enough”. The reasoning or logic to only dream to do the things that you KNOW, that YOU can accomplish on YOUR OWN keeps you inside of the warm and fuzzy comfort zone. The end result of this will be a lack of growth, and the only thing that will grow is your frustration because you’re getting exactly what you want.
Yes, in any adventure there a possibility that you will not achieve the prize that you set out to score, but that does not mean that you don’t try. That certainly doesn’t mean that you become content with mediocrity. So what if you fall on your face, you only fail if you don’t get back up!
In the past I would allow the expectations of others would shape who I am, and what I would do way too often than I’d care to ever admit. I still get nervous before I speak publicly even when I’m not actually in the room with them (doing a web meeting). So I can’t say that I’ve been able to move past this point per say, but I’m caring less about it as I go along.
When I was in high school I formulated a mental “Before I turn 30” check list of things that I would have accumulated or conquered. Last year on September 4th I stayed up to watch the clock as I blissfully mourned the total lack of doing 98% of the list. Yes, some of it was wishful thinking. No these were not hard and focused goals that I wrote down and with focus spent time on systematical accomplishing, but in the moment that clock hit midnight, and I was officially old, I had the epiphany that life is not about a destination, it’s about the journey to get there – and when you do get there, you can’t just camp out – it’s about the next journey.
As a business owner, we have to look outside of ourselves to see the potential that we create in our businesses to help our communities, the lives of our employees, as well as the lives of our customers. If we are only in business to benefit ourselves or our families I believe that we will see that our ventures will be short lived, and easily forgotten because we could not see beyond our own needs. When you wake up every day to better the world for someone else you’ll find that your paradigm shifts to one that sees the world in a different light than anyone else and in that light you can discover the next break through that will revolutionize our society and the world as a whole!
So please, don’t just dream big – but dream HUGE!