What are your big dreams?
When I talk about big dreams – I really mean dream BIG. Don’t hold back. Imagine that you have no one to answer to but you yourself. Be honest with yourself. Don’t play it safe. If you could have ANYTHING you wanted, what would it be?
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”
A couple of things happen we start dreaming big. One is we may actually be afraid to fail. But really, what do you have to loose? We all deeply desire a more meaningful fulfilling life.
You want to live every day lost in what you do. Work and play become inseparable because you love what you do. Your relationships with your family, friends, and romantic partners become much more meaningful and connect on a deeper level. You stop having money problems, and your self-esteem is through the roof. If you aren’t living this way, what is the risk in reaching out for this?
Besides sometimes feeling like we don’t deserve our dreams, we can also feel selfish in going after our dreams. This is especially common in women who are raising children, but shows up for all of us in this human existence.
There are those pesky subconscious excuses popping up. Those big hairy excuses and self-talk trying to talk you off the ledge of excitement. Stay small! Stay safe! Stay stuck!
Maybe your fear is really fear of succeeding. When my life started responding to my big sparkly dreams, the first thing I thought was what are other people going to think about me traveling around the world. How will people look at me when they realize I own a house but don’t have a mortgage. I could go on and on, but the point is I was afraid of succeeding in reaching my dreams simply because: I had to take accountability in taking the steps to make them happen. Wow. That was a huge awareness for me.
What does it look like for you to Dream BIG? Spend some time journaling with this one. Keep reaching deeper. Do your statements bring up a physical response? If not, keep reaching past your comfort zone. When that wanting to retreat under the covers shows up, you know you are onto something! Take that and make it yours.
Own your statement. No more playing small: “I want to,” “Someday,” “I will,” are all wimpy statements. Re-word your statement into the present tense. “I AM ___________.” Own your dreams.
There is a lot of power in our spoken word- share your BIG Dreams in the comments below.