When you’re a kid you’re encouraged to let your imagination run wild. Your creativity was endless. There were no limits to what is possible.
But somewhere down the line the reins were tightened and you didn’t get to pretend anymore.
Creative is a word to describe artists. Imagination seems only to be associated with children.
You are forced to deal with the world in its current state, leaving little time to consider other possibilities.
The dreams and thoughts you had as a youth seem light years away from the reality you have accepted for yourself. So you leave them in your past. Chalk it up to being a childish.
Now, you think you’ll be fine since you’re just doing what everyone else does. A bunch of people can’t be wrong, right? Well, they might not be wrong (in a sense) but they’re definitely not happy.
I mean look at you. You’re following suit. How do you feel about it? Probably not like it’s the best decision you’ve ever made.
You probably feel empty and unfulfilled. Like something is missing, but wait, there is something missing. It’s your passion, your purpose.
The creativity and imagination that you stifled in your transition to adulthood were tools you could’ve used to follow your dreams and goals. But because you cast them aside you’re frightened.
Many people don’t get anywhere near the level of achievement they dreamed of because they’re scared. Their dreams were larger than life. They felt intimidated and reverted back to the small way of thinking, a method used by many.
The only problem is you don’t want to be like many. You don’t want to be like everyone else. You have your own individual dreams and they look nothing like your reality.
At this point, you can do one of two things: continue to carry on as is or move towards making a dramatic change.
The former is easy initially, but eventually it will hurt in ways you could not imagine. Feelings of misery, anger, emptiness and jealous will become the norm.
You know the kind of people who wake up and are angry first thing in the morning. They probably took this route. They’re mad because every time they wake up they are welcomed back to life they never dreamed of. They’re generally unhappy.
The latter, has similar results but in reverse. In the beginning you may be scared and uncomfortable but later on you’ll be happier than ever before. So obviously the best thing is to go with this choice.
First things first, toughen up. Reaching new heights can be an uphill battle, literally. You need to have thick skin.
Other people are not going to understand your new methods and this because they’re in another state of mind, the one you just abandoned.
Don’t worry about trying to convince them. That will take away from your focus. They’ll get it when it’s their time, when they see you doing it big.
Learn to be comfortable with the lack of understanding from others. They may even try to discourage you but don’t listen to them, they are simply speaking from their own fears or worse, envy.
You may not be able to share all of your thoughts with everyone for this reason. But that’s perfectly fine because your actions will speak louder than words when the time comes.
Think big, follow your dreams and live triumphantly with these 6 tips:
1. Consider the consequences
What would happen if you continued your life in a small mindset? How would your life turn out? Would you be proud of the choices you made or agonize over the other options you didn’t select?
Think about how your life will be in 10 years or even just 5 if you continue on like this. Impressed? I didn’t think so.
As you get older and your life continues you will come to realize that things could’ve been different, that you wasted precious time.
Sometimes negative emotions can be a good motivator. Knowing what you don’t want and how unhappy you will be if you end up like that can drive you to take action against it.
2. It’s easier than ever before
With the aid of the internet you have access to more information from the comfort of your couch than your grandparents did. When they wanted info they had to go to the library or know the right person to talk to. But you don’t have to bother with that.
If you need help brainstorming ideas and methods or even for motivation, it’s right there at your fingertips.
You can get just about any info you need without having to know anybody really, let alone the right person. Just type it in and in about 0.41 seconds you can have millions of results.
3. Let your feelings be your guide
The best way to determine if something is right for you is to pay attention to your emotions.
If you have a number of ideas go through them all and observe how they make you feel. When something truly moves you, make note of it.
I’ve noticed myself that in adulthood you become overly logical and practical. Your decisions are often based on stats but sometimes you have to go with your gut.
Besides if you don’t feel good about something, it doesn’t matter how good it seems, it just won’t be right.
Discover what excites you.
4. Use scare tactics
If your thoughts don’t scare you a little bit then you’re not thinking big enough.
In order to truly achieve something great you need to get out there and do something you’ve never done before. Playing it safe has its place but not where your happiness is concerned.
Expand your comfort zone and start doing outlandish things. Consider this, staying inside your cozy little comfort zone has gotten you where you are now, which is where you don’t want to be.
I remember how nervous I was about getting my high school diploma on graduation day and what it would mean, becoming a full-fledged adult. I was kind of scared to move on to that part of my life but I was also excited.
It’s something you work towards, then the day it happens you feel like running from the pressure. But don’t run from it, run towards it. You were right about the results from the start so don’t stop as you get closer.
If you’re scared scream with excitement. That’s really what it is. You’re realizing you’re about to embark on something fantastic.
5. Use your imagination
Get creative. This is just a skill for art class.
You’re just as creative as you were when you drew that lovely picture on your parent’s living room wall with crayons as a kid. Or that time you colored in your little brother’s face with marker.
That took real vision and guts. You still have it in you somewhere, you just have to pull it out and apply it, to the right thing.
6. Think big daily
Spend a few minutes each day coming up with something great. Do this until your emotional guide tells you that you’ve hit the mark.
Once you have your big idea, take some time each day thinking of ways to bring it into your existence. Brainstorm methods and continuously improve your plan.
As it becomes part of your habit it will be easier to stay in this frame of mind and get things done.
When adulthood kicks in you resort to small thinking. Reality puts a choke hold on your ambitions and you underestimate yourself. The thought of failure eats at the possibilies and kills any motivation.
You may even be stunted by the thought of becoming too successful. But you have big ideas for a reason, not to be buried. Doing this hinders your own potential, keeping you restricted from growing, achieving more and living better.
Imagine completely avoiding a mid-life crisis because you have no regrets. Because you lived the life you imagined. Sounds great doesn’t it?
A satisfied life with purpose is what we all strive for. Thinking big, without limits is how you achieve it.
Do you think “Go big or go home” should be applied to life in general?
Have you ever had a dream so big it scared you, what was it? What did you do about it?