The size of your dream greatly determines what you will achieve in life.
Small dreams ensure you achieve small things while big dreams make you achieve big things. All individuals who made major achievements had big dreams.
Recently, I asked my friends and family members about their dreams, and I realized that we all have dreams but some of us have small dreams, while others have big ones.
For instance, some of my friends dream of changing the world, others dream of becoming presidents and wealthy businessmen, and some just want to own an average home, and live an ordinary lifestyle.
Besides my friends, I asked many other people about their dreams, and I realized the same thing: not everybody has a big dream. I, therefore, conducted a research on the world’s most influential people, and I tried to pinpoint the things that made them dream bigger.
I also checked my dreams, my state of mind, my life experience, and I managed to realize the main factors that determine the size of our dreams.
Here are they
Information greatly determines the size of your dream.
You will have big dreams if you read the autobiographies of successful folks because you’ll realize that anyone can achieve big dreams.
Reading books that teach success will also make you set big dreams because the books will enlighten you on how to set and achieve big things.
People with limited information about success set small dreams because they don’t realize that great achievers were ordinary people from normal and even poor family backgrounds.
Self-esteem refers to your sense of personal value.
If you place a high value on yourself you will set big dreams because you’ll believe that you can achieve them. Besides this, you will ensure your dreams are big because you’ll believe that you deserve big things.
However, you’ll set small dreams if you have a low sense of self-worth because you will believe that you are unworthy of big dreams.
- Amount of Effort
The amount of effort you put in your career greatly determines the size of your dream/goal. Hard workers usually believe they can achieve big dreams because action breeds faith. For example, Derrick Rose, the famous basketball player, once revealed that he will be Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the League because he worked so hard in his career. The huge effort he put in his career made him believe he will achieve a big goal.
When we were children we had very big dreams. For instance, I remember one of my friends, Collins Githinji, dreamt of having a football field in his living room. You think his dream was big?
I dreamt of building a house on the moon, and I was serious about it. I could get really mad if anyone told me this dream was impossible.
However, when we grew older, our dreams became smaller because we came face to face with reality. Besides this, we also adopted negative belief systems and limited ideologies that made us lack faith in big dreams.
My experience with dreams has enabled me to realize that we set smaller dreams when we become older because we start believing that it’s too late for us to achieve big dreams. Little do we know that we can set and achieve big dreams at an old age because people like Harry Bernstein and Gladys Burrill became successful in their 90s
If you have big dreams, good for you. However, if you have small dreams, please start reading self-development books such as The Magic of Believing, and The Science of Getting Rich. These books will make you set big dreams because they show you how and why it’s possible for you to achieve anything you want.
Moreover, you will also start believing in big dreams if you work hard, and improve your self-esteem because hard work and a high self-worth will make you believe that you deserve the best.
Lastly, don’t let age make you avoid dreaming big. People have made it in their 60s, 80s, and even 90s.
Thank You So Much for Reading.
Which other factors do you believe affect the size of our dreams?
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Why Ego is the Main Source of Anger and Envy (Ego Part 2)
After realizing that the ego impedes personal growth, I decided to study and contemplate about it. It then dawned on me that the ego is our enemy because it’s the primary source of anger and envy.
The ego as I defined in the article, The Era of the Ego and the Destruction of Intuition, is a feeling of self-importance. The ego makes you believe you are more important than other members of the society and, therefore, you must be heard, respected, admired, and followed. It makes you believe that you are always right and everybody else is wrong.
The ego can result in you being angered by petty issues. For instance, it can make you outraged by any action or word that appears to disrespect you. Insults (even from kids), and petty jokes will make you angry if you are egoistic. You’ll even get mad when people ignore you or argue with you because the ego believes you deserve admiration and you are always right.
Anger arises when you misinterpret things. The ego will thus make you prone to anger since it’s the King of misinterpretation. For instance, if an individual accidentally steps on your foot, the ego will believe it was intentional hence making you angry.
Besides causing anger, the ego also causes envy. You become envious when you feel resentful when other people progress, succeed, or attain something you don’t have.
The ego causes envy because it hates to see others appear more important than you. If your neighbor succeeds or buys something you believe makes her more important than you, the ego feels bad because your neighbor’s progress makes it feel inferior or less important. The ego always wants you to be ahead of everybody so that you become the most important person. It’s hurt when others progress faster than you and appear more important hence making you feel envious.
For this reason, the next time you feel angry or envious, realize that it’s the ego causing these feelings. Then separate yourself from the ego and know that it’s an illusion since it isn’t your true self. Your true self is an extension of Infinite Intelligence/Cosmic Consciousness, and it never gets angry because it interprets everything positively. Moreover, it’s never envious because it understands that we are all connected and we must rejoice in others’ success.
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6 Unique Ways to Deal with Anxiety
I used to suffer from chronic anxiety because I worried about everything. Luckily, I discovered how to eradicate this gnawing feeling.
Anxiety is mainly defined as ‘feelings of tension or worry about a future outcome.’ Many people today are anxious about everything. In the article, ‘The Era of Anxiety and the Destruction of Intuition,’ I described the factors that make modern society anxious.
Anyway, anxiety has many side-effects. It causes sleep problems, digestive disorders, and prevents us from having a clear mind. For this reason, you must strive to get rid of anxious thoughts whenever they attack you.
Here are 6 ways you can deal with anxious thoughts:
1.Meditate on Infinite Intelligence
Think about the power that created the universe. Think about its greatness and willingness to support life. Realize that it exists in all life forms including you, and therefore, you have nothing to worry about if the power that created the universe exists within you.
2.Watch Nature Documentaries
Watching nature documentaries makes you shift from
3.Sing a Song of Praise
I started singing songs of praise to Infinite Intelligence/God after realizing that they eradicate anxiety. Anxiety mainly attacks you when you focus too much on yourself. The songs of praise thus eliminate anxiety as they make you focus on Infinite Intelligence.
N/B – I used to be against songs of praise because I believed there is no need to praise God. However, I embraced them after realizing that God has to be praised. If we praise our friends, families, and strangers for their accomplishments, why can’t we praise God for what ‘he’ has done?
“Were I a nightingale, I would act the part of a nightingale; were I a swan, the part of a swan, but since I am a reasonable creature, it is my duty to praise God.” – Epictetus, Stoic Philosopher.
4.Realize that You Can Die At Any Moment
Knowing this fact about death enables you to realize that you might be worrying about a future that might arrive when you are dead. It makes you live in the moment and stop worrying about an unguaranteed future.
Know that anxiety is bad for you as it causes increased blood pressure, breathing problems, digestive disorders, and erectile dysfunction (for men). It also reduces productivity, and destroys your intuitive abilities.
Being conscious of the side effects of anxiety will enable you to quickly recognize and ignore anxious thoughts hence preventing you from succumbing to anxiety.
6..Try Medical Marijuana
I used to be against marijuana, but I adopted a positive attitude towards it after realizing that most ancient cultures involved it in their religious practices. Ancient cultures realized its importance on our mental health.
Today, studies have realized that marijuana temporarily eliminates anxious thoughts as it makes individuals feel calm. It also relieves the symptoms of anxiety by making individuals think everything is okay.
N/B – However, you must only use marijuana when free because it will reduce your productivity.
Apart from the above methods, I believe there are many other ways to deal with anxious thoughts. You are free to mention them in the comment box below:
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