It's easy to forget that we are all perfect in our own design. Sometimes we muck it up with habits and choices that do not serve us.
Are you playing small? Are you dreaming big enough to reach your fullest potential? What if Oprah had only dreamed of an afternoon book club with her closest friends? What if Steve Jobs had never believed in the possibility of a handheld device that could connect us with the world? And, what if Gandhi had only hoped for friendship among a few people?
What could you do? Who could you become? And what gifts could you share with the world if you allowed for the limitless possibility of your own potential?
Dream big. Years ago I thought I might move to Asheville, NC. Before my trip, I spent hours pouring over real estate listings. I wasn’t in the market to buy a house, but it was fun to look. When I arrived, I did a drive-by of my “dream house.” The tiny bungalow was wedged within a dark canyon and situated underneath a freeway. Everything about it made me feel constricted. It was, however, a powerful moment. Why had I been dreaming so small? Since I wasn’t in the market to buy a house, why not envision myself in the most beautiful and expansive-feeling house on the most sought-after street? Why was I limiting my potential?
Be creative. Be big. Be bold. Be brave. If you could do, be, or have absolutely anything, what would it be? Maybe the thing that would bring you the most joy is something that you can’t even begin to imagine yet because it’s so far out of your current realm. That’s okay. Dream it up anyway. There’s a possibility your dreams won’t come to fruition in the exact way you imagine them; yet, there’s a 100% chance they won’t come true if you don’t try.
Dreams need to be specific. In my bedroom I have a wooden box (called a “Miracle Box”) where I place slips of paper with my desires. Many of them are quite general (ex. “I am in love.”) However, a few years ago I included a picture of a car, a silver Subaru Outback. The color didn’t really matter to me, but it mattered to the Universe. Of all the desires in the box, this one manifested the fastest, and it was exactly like the one in the photo. This is because I was really specific. I didn’t just say, “I have a nice car,” I clarified exactly what I wanted.
Take steps toward realizing your dreams. Recently I saw a Facebook post that said, “There is nothing standing between you and your dreams. Take the first step.” It’s important not only to dream big, but also to take steps toward making those dreams come true. We don’t simply wish something to happen and then it appears. The car didn’t just magically show up on my doorstep. I saved. I planned. I researched. I actively manifested this dream to fruition. You need to be intimately involved in consciously creating your own life.
Even if it’s scary, take action. Working toward your dreams can be an exciting process, but also it can be daunting. Recently, while feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of chasing my big dream, I opened a magazine to escape for a few minutes. What a surprise it was to “randomly” flip to a Subaru advertisement that said, “Chase your dreams.” The car in the ad was the exact make, model, and color of the car I’d manifested! Even if failure feels inevitable, keep going. When I first put the car in my Miracle Box I had never before purchased a car, let alone a new one.
Be grateful. If you approach your dreams from a place of everyone-else-has-what-I-want-poor-me, you’re going to have a difficult time reaching the stars. But if you’re grateful for what you already have and create an action plan to move into a state of even more joy and love, there’s a greater chance this will happen. Celebrate every triumph, no matter how small, because you’re making progress.
Here’s to big dreams! Spread your wings and fly. Before you know it, you’ll be soaring into your greatest potential.
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