6 Reasons You Don’t Dream Big Enough

Dreams… we all have them. Or, so we say.

Often, we keep our dreams in check because we don’t want to be disappointed.

We limit them. We hold back. And we settle for less.

What is your dream?

And more importantly, is it big enough?

Dreaming Small

Most people dream too small.

The thought is that if we set our goals low, we will be more likely to achieve them. And we will be happy when we exceed them.

The problem with this thinking is that you are not allowing yourself to reach your true potential.

How do you know how far you can go, if you never try?

Realistic goals are often met with little effort, and thus little fanfare.

Big dreams are hard, tough, and take all of our determination and effort.

And they can make all the difference in life.

Sometimes our dreams get lost in the clouds. That is, that they are literally cloudy, unclear, and not well-defined.

I want to advance in my career – To what position? To what end?

I want to be successful – By what measure? In what endeavor?

I want to do a job I love – In what capacity? As your main occupation?

By being unclear, we are limiting our actions. And we are settling for whatever small measure of accomplishment we achieve.

I want you to think bigger.

Why You Don’t Dream Bigger

Here are Six Reasons That You Are Not Dreaming Big Enough…

  1. Don’t Have a Clear Dream – Do you know what your dream really is? You say you want to be a successful. What does that mean? You say you want to be a writer. Of what? You say you want a new career. Doing what? You must be clear in your dreams. Whether it is to be a best-selling author or an expert in your field. Be specific about what you want to accomplish.
  2. Don’t Know Your Own Limits – Many people aim too low in their dreams because they underestimate their own abilities. The truth is, you don’t know your personal limits until you test them. I promise you that you are stronger than you think. Push yourself and stretch your dreams.
  3. Don’t Have the Discipline – Too many people flit from one thought to another. One day they dream of owning their own business, the next they want to be an actor. They have settled with the job they have because they don’t have the discipline to follow through on any one thing. Choose your dream and be resolute in your pursuit.
  4. Lack of Expertise/Skills – People let their dreams slip and use the excuse, “I don’t know how to do that.” Well, get out there and LEARN. Pay your dues, put in the hard work, and stick with it. (Refer back to #3). No one starts as an expert or master in their field.
  5. There Are Obstacles in Your Way – There are always going to be things in the way of your dreams. (Otherwise, they wouldn’t be dreams.) Sometimes, they are small things, other times they are brick walls. That shouldn’t stop you. Obstacles are there to make you prove how badly you want your dreams.
  6. You Are Scared of Failure – When you are scared of being unsuccessful, you set your sights too low. If I pursue that dream, I might fail. It’s easier to stay where I am. When was the last time you allowed yourself to fail?

How many of these are you?

Think Big, Dream Bigger

Today, I want you to not only think about your dream, but ask yourself whether it is big enough.

Are you shooting high enough? Are you clear on what you want to accomplish?

Or are you settling on your hopes and aspirations?

When it comes to your dreams… think big, dream bigger!

Is Your Dream Big Enough?

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16 thoughts on “6 Reasons You Don’t Dream Big Enough

  1. Craig,

    Great stuff!

    My favorite quote is:

    “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”

    The fact is that many times we have a big dreams, but we don’t know “how” to do it.

    What I have experienced, that this is unessential, because the “how” will always reveal itself when the time is right.

    Cheers,

    Timo

    • @timokiander Thanks, Timo!

      It always makes me wonder when people (and companies for that matter!) set their goals too low and then celebrate when they achieve less than spectacular results.

      Small victories are good… as long as they lead to bigger ones. 🙂

  2. Craig,

    Great stuff!

    My favorite quote is:

    “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”

    The fact is that many times we have a big dreams, but we don’t know “how” to do it.

    What I have experienced, that this is unessential, because the “how” will always reveal itself when the time is right.

    Cheers,

    Timo

  3. @timokiander Thanks, Timo!

    It always makes me wonder when people (and companies for that matter!) set their goals too low and then celebrate when they achieve less than spectacular results.

    Small victories are good… as long as they lead to bigger ones. 🙂

  4. It’s so true! In my recent readings I found this and I think it fits your post pretty well:

    “People don’t pursue their dreams
    because they believe they don’t deserve them”

    Paulo Coelho‏

  5. Great tips. I agree, when you clarify your dream, it’s more measurable and more likely to happen. Thanks!