When I was a child I wanted to be several things including a corporate lawyer, a script writer/film maker and an entrepreneur.
I was so confident that I could achieve anything and everything and that nothing would hold me back. This confidence was evident in my teenage years as shown in my yearbook where I was described as “determined.”
It’s interesting that the younger we are the more confident we tend to be and the more we believe in ourselves. But as we grow older and “life happens” this confidence begins to diminish.
One of the biggest challenges we face in life is our ability to continuing “dreaming big” through adversity & challenges. For many of us our first instinct is to give up. But by doing this we are actually doing a disservice to ourselves.
I believe that everyone on this earth has been blessed with God-given gifts, talents, abilities and much more. Through these things (and life experiences) we get a better understanding of ourselves including the things placed on our hearts (e.g our dreams). It is our duty to exercise the above as it will help us to reach our dreams. So when we decide to give up it is actually a detrimental act on our own behalf.
When we feel like circumstances are against us there are things that we can do to keep us encouraged, allowing us to continue dreaming big.
1. Try the “back from the future” technique
This technique encourages forward thinking and is all about working backwards. The idea is to project yourself forward between 2 and 5 years and imagine that you have reached the goals that you set out for yourself. You would then work backwards and think of the steps that you would have taken to get yourself there, which consequently works like an action plan.
2. Vision boards
Once you have an action plan in mind you can then use this to create a vision board. According to google a vision board “is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. You create a board that displays images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.” Most people that create VB’s place them in a high visibility area somewhere in their house so that they can be reminded of their dreams daily.
3. Words of affirmation
It is important to continuously speak positive words over your life and about yourself on a daily basis.
4. Reprogram your thinking
A paradigm shift in your thoughts, attitudes and behaviours will only occur once you reprogram your thinking. Believe, do, achieve, repeat.
Go back to the days where you were a child and you had high levels of confidence in yourself and your capabilities. Don’t let the worries and the fears of adulthood stop you from doing whatever it is that you want to do. Remember that situations change when behaviours change. Behaviours change when attitudes change. Attitudes change when thinking changes.
So keep dreaming big….it’s only right.