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How To Dream Big

  2. 2. 1. DEFINITION OF A BIG DREAM ● A big dream is a substantial wish or an aspiration for something, of which when we attain it; we believe it would fulfill or satisfy an inner longing or desire. ● A big dream is a bold vision of the future.
  3. 3. 2. THE DREAMING PROCESS ● Knowing what your big dream is, why and when to achieve it, is a powerful driving force. ● You can have more than one big dream; however pursue one big dream at a time.
  4. 4. 3. HOW BIG IS YOUR VISION? ● Have a compelling reason to get out of bed every morning. ● Ask yourself - Are your dreams big enough?
  5. 5. 4. THE JOURNEY TO A DREAM ● Start off with a big vision then break it down into bite- sized pieces. ● Do one small thing every day aimed at achieving your big dream.
  6. 6. 5. PERSEVERING ● It takes hard work and patience to accomplish your dreams. ● There will be challenges and adversities along the way.
  7. 7. 6. WRITE YOUR BIG DREAM ● The act of writing down your big dream signifies a commitment to yourself. ● Be specific regarding what your dream is and why you want to achieve it.
  8. 8. 7. SETTING GOALS ● Develop smaller goals which all feed into your big dream. ● Set a deadline for achieving the overall dream and mini-deadlines for goals.
  9. 9. 8. ILLUSTRATING YOUR VISION ● Develop a visual portfolio of what your definition of success looks like. ● Regularly look at images that illustrate the outcome of your big dream.
  10. 10. 9. LIFE CYCLE OF A BIG DREAM ● Begin with a big vision then break it down into small steps. ● Anticipate risks and challenges. Track performance. Make corrections along the way.
  11. 11. 10. ACTION PLAN ● Strategize and develop a plan for how you will achieve your dream. ● Celebrate each time you reach a milestone and keep moving forward.
  12. 12. 11. NO INSTRUCTION MANUAL ● Big dreams rarely have an instruction manual; you figure it out as you go. ● Work towards your dream and resolve challenges as you encounter them.
  13. 13. 12. YOU HAVE TO TAKE ACTION ● Without action, big dreams are simply dreams. ● Get started, break away from fear and start acting on your dreams.
  14. 14. 13. ASK QUESTIONS ● Ask lots of questions about different things in life. Why are things the way they are? ● Listen to input and insights from others.
  15. 15. 14. POWER OF INCREMENTALISM ● Start small, small actions taken add up over time. ● Taking small steps leads to momentum.
  16. 16. 15. WHY BIG DREAMS DIE ● Dream killers include fear, giving up, poor planning, fatigue and poor execution. ● Other dream killers: trying to do it all at once, worrying over things you can't control, doubt, pessimism, procrastinating and making excuses.
  17. 17. 16. TRAITS OF BIG DREAMERS ● Big dreamers have a burning desire to achieve their dreams. Big dreamers dream big then take action. ● Traits: courageous; innovative; curious; visionary; risk- takers; big thinkers; persistent; dissatisfied with the status quo; comfortable with small wins along the way or incremental growth.
  18. 18. 17. SELF-LIMITING BELIEFS ● Half the battle is won in your mind. Practice positive self-talk and have thoughts of expectancy. ● Be your number one champion and believe you deserve to achieve your big dreams. Overcome self- limiting beliefs.
  19. 19. 18. FEAR OF FAILURE ● Many people do not pursue their big dreams because of fear of failure. ● Failure is a possibility but it should not hold you back from taking action.
  20. 20. 19. WORKING WITH OTHERS ● Big dreams are achieved faster through working with others. ● Ask for help when you need it.
  21. 21. 20. LEARN ABOUT DREAMERS ● Learn how successful people have achieved their dreams. ● Read books and listen to motivational audio and videos.
  22. 22. 21. SHARE YOUR BIG DREAM ● Share your big dream with a few people who you trust. ● Sharing you dream creates public accountability to motivate you to take action.
  23. 23. 22. BIG PICTURE THINKING ● The ability to see the whole, the parts and how they are interconnected is critical. ● Visualize the relationship between a single brick, the blueprints and a finished building and vice versa.
  24. 24. 23. WATCH HOW YOU SPEAK ● Which words do you choose when you speak about your big dream? Choose your words carefully – use empowering words. ● Don’t self-sabotage yourself with your words. Think possibilities and speak possibilities.
  25. 25. 24. FORKS IN THE ROAD ● A big dream can be a catalyst for major changes in your life. ● Major turning points in life include changing careers or starting your own business.
  26. 26. 25. ALLOW FLEXIBILITY ● Everything doesn’t go according to plan; allow room for trial and error. ● You will learn from mistakes and failures.
  27. 27. 26. HANG AROUND BIG DREAMERS ● Build or join a community of big dreamers. Share your big dreams and energize each other. ● A good support system of like-minded people helps in preserving big dreams.
  28. 28. 27. LIVE A WELL BALANCED LIFE ● Remember to take good care of yourself. ● Have fun in life and get enough sleep.
  29. 29. 28. ONE THING NOT TO DO ● lt is discouraging to hear a successful person ridiculing or belittling another person’s big dreams. ● As a successful person you should teach others about your failures and mistakes. Don’t just poke holes on other people’s dreams. Provide constructive feedback respectfully.
  30. 30. 29. OVERCOME CRITICISM ● Detractors and dream predators will criticize you and your big idea and tell you how unrealistic you are. ● Don't get distracted by critics, keep your vision alive and keep moving towards the finish line.
  31. 31. 30. TAKE A RISK ● There is an element of risk in pursuing your big dreams. You do not know if your dream will work out or not. ● Develop your risk tolerance; plan as best as you can, gradually build up your risk appetite by completing one small task at a time.
  32. 32. 31. HELP OTHER BIG DREAMERS ● Other people’s big dreams are just as important as our own. Strive to help others to realize their dreams. ● It is very exciting to see others succeeding in their calling and talents.
  33. 33. 32. REWARD YOURSELF ● Take some time to reward yourself after achieving your big dream. ● Share your story with someone to encourage and inspire others to pursue their big dreams.
  34. 34. 33. KEEP YOUR DREAM ALIVE ● Identify what to achieve in life. Jump over the wall of fear. Chase your big dream with passion. ● Keep your dream alive. Write it down in specific sentences, read it out aloud and record yourself.
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