“Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.”
Jim Rohn quoted in believe – Written and Compiled by Dan Zadra & Kobi Yamada, a Compenium Inc. book
While this quote, at first glance, doesn’t appear to be related to gratitude, it is in my book. As I look at the “Dream Big” wristband I’ve been wearing recently, to remind me of all of my dreams for this business, and read this quote I found today in my daily reading, I am so grateful for dreams, big and small. I am grateful that I ‘dream big’ and always have. No matter how many well-meaning, and some not so well-meaning, people in my life, often those closest to me, have tried to ‘temper’ my dreams, to ‘bring me back down to reality’, to not think ‘so big’ I am grateful that I have followed my heart and kept dreaming and believing. Any ‘adjustments’ to my dreams over the years have been self-imposed and due to my gaining wisdom and becoming clearer and clearer in what I want based on what’s most important to me, never because someone suggested I not reach quite so high.
I rarely tell anyone my ‘big dreams’ in full anymore, becauseI understand that most people just don’t think that way, and I don’t want to hear the inevitable advice which follows. People don’t understand that if you reach for the stars, but ‘only’ get to the moon, you’ve gone further than most ever will. I am never disappointed in not 100% reaching a particular goal, because in the end it’s the journey anyway, and my life is so much better for having tried, than never trying at all.
I have tried tirelessly to make sure that each and every one of you knows that you can and should reach for the stars, that it’s okay to ‘fail’, that it’s better to get part way than no way and that there isn’t a dream in the world you can’t tell me about and that I won’t 100% believe you can accomplish. I do believe anything and everything is possible, that what sounds ridiculous to most today, will be commonplace tomorrow, that we can’t even begin to imagine what the future holds, so why would we limit ourselves in the present, knowing what has come before us, most everything that was once thought ‘impossible’ is part of our everyday lives today.
While I know that the quote above isn’t directly related to what I’m talking about here, it struck a cord today which is why I’m writing about it. I have felt this way my whole life – that I was here to do something important, that my life had meaning and a purpose, that I had something important to do. I have always tried to look at the bigger picture and to dream big. I hope that you all will do the same, whatever those dreams may be for you. Dreaming big does not mean, in my opinion, having to find the cure for cancer or be the first woman to land on the moon (although they would be fine of course if that’s what YOU really want to do), but dreaming big, to me, is a very personal matter. What is ‘big’ to one person may not be to another and vice versa. Dreaming big is personal and specific to each of you. Dreaming big is leading an authentic life. Dreaming big is doing what you want to do. Dreaming big is living your life according to what’s most important to you. Dreaming big is having goals that are more than you think that you’re capable of. Dreaming big is shooting for the farthest reaches of outer space, and not worrying where you actually end up.
Always look at the bigger picture and the little things that happen on a daily basis will have far less of an impact. When you dream big, and believe big, nothing stands in your way and the ‘little’ ups and downs of life don’t have the same impact on you as they do on others.
Something to think about . . .
xoxo – Mom
Original Journal Entry December 2, 2010