Have you ever suffered from small dream shame? That is, feeling ashamed you are not dreaming big enough.
You know the scenario. You meet someone maybe for the first time or run into an old friend and then they share with you their great, big, grand dreams of how they imagine their future and what they are striving for. And your dreams are … ummmm … eerrrrr … well … considerably smaller and so much simpler. You compare yourself and then comes the shame … your dreams and aspirations aren’t grand enough.
And then when you’re a small business owner it gets worse. You meet others in business who are striving for grand things like: to be a global business, to turn over $1,000,000 per annum, to win business awards. You feel ashamed again, your small business dream is not nearly as big.
Firstly, there is nothing wrong with having really grand dreams. It’s just that not everyone has dreams quite so big.
If it’s your dream, it’s always a big dream.
Small does not mean your dream should not be valued.
What is more important, is that your dream is exactly what YOU want.
We are all unique individuals. Different things brings us joy and fulfilment. It’s not the size of the dream that matters, but it’s about how passionate you are, how excited your dream makes you. The more passionate you are about a dream, the more likely you will make it a reality.
When creating dreams in business or life, be true to yourself. Don’t create a dream to conform to others standards or to please anyone else. No matter how big or small, create a dream that truly makes your heart sing.
When creating your dream ask yourself these questions:
- What do you love?
- What do you hate? (I know this question seems a little odd, but sometimes working out what you really don’t like helps you work out what you love)
- If you knew you couldn’t fail what would you do?
- What inspires and excites you?
- What do you really, really want?
- What do you secretly desire?
Now let me ask you another question. What normally happens when you achieve a dream? You set yourself a new one … right.
It is better to dream incrementally, making each of your dreams small but achievable. If you dream too big and you think it is unrealistic, you will give up.
Achieving many small dreams, rather than just one big one, fosters a feeling of progress and success. That feeling of achievement encourages you to keep going and it motivates you to dream bigger next time, because you believe you can succeed.
Say yes to small dreams.