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4 Major Reasons Why We Avoid Dreaming Big

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Great achievers always advise us that dreaming big is the first step to greatness. This advice is true because if you analyze the early lives of great people, you will realize that most of them had a big dream.

For instance, Lupita Nyong’o, Dolly Parton, Lil-Wayne, and Anorld Schwarzenegger, dreamt of being famous and having a great impact on the world. Their dreams made them work hard and achieve greatness.

With this in mind, we must dream big if we want to achieve greatness, and we must also know that the universe always provides to us according to our demands. Therefore, if we dream small we will achieve small things, but if we dream big, we will achieve big things.

There is a joke that compares small dreamers to people who go to fetch water from the ocean with a spoon and big dreamers to those who go with a bucket. The Universe/God/Life is like an ocean with endless possibilities, and so it is absurd for us to have small dreams in a place where there is no limit to what we can achieve.

However, despite knowing that dreaming big attracts greatness, we still avoid dreaming big because of the following reasons.

  1. Failure to Achieve the Dreams/Goals We Set in the Past

Since we were kids, we always set big goals and dreams, but we failed to achieve most of them. For instance, some of us dreamed that we would live lavishly when we reach a certain age, but this dream didn’t come true.

Therefore, we stopped dreaming big because we think that just like our previous dreams, we might fail to achieve today’s dreams.

Advice

You failed to achieve the goals you set in the past because you lacked hard work, persistence, perseverance, determination, and faith.

  1. We Believe that Great Achievers are Extraordinary People

Many people avoid dreaming big because they believe that great achievements are done by extraordinary people. We believe that these individuals are either geniuses or highly talented. We then trust that we cannot achieve big things because we are ordinary folks.

Advice

Great achievers were not extra-ordinary individuals. Thomas Edison had a poor memory despite the numerous inventions he made. Thomas’s memory was so poor that he sometimes forgot his name. For this reason, great achievers were just ordinary people who toiled to become extraordinary.

  1. We Don’t See How We Will Achieve Our Dreams

Another reason why we don’t dream big is that we do not see how we will achieve our dreams. We think that it’s impossible to close the gap between our present and desired circumstances.

Advice

Don’t worry about the ‘HOW’. Instead create a strong ‘WHY’ because if the ‘WHY’ is powerful, the ‘HOW’ will be easy.

Besides this, ignore the gap between your dreams and your present circumstances. Take a leap of faith, lose yourself in your dream, and let the universe/God/life do the rest.

Apollo planted, I watered, but God made the plant to Grow – Saint Paul

  1. Dreaming Big Appears to Be Unrealistic

If you tell people that one day you will meet Barrack Obama, they will laugh at you because they will think you are crazy and unrealistic. They will tell you to set realistic expectations/dreams.

Today, people prefer setting small realistic goals and avoid big goals because they believe that it’s unrealistic to set and achieve big goals/dreams.

Advice

Remember, realistic people, are those who fear to dream big because they always want to avoid failure at all costs. In addition, being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity.

The antidote to an average life is to be unrealistic. Remember that it was unrealistic to fly a plane or to invent the phone but the Wright Brothers and Antonio Meucci did it.

What other things do you believe prevent people from dreaming big?

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