If your dreams aren't big enough than make them bigger. We as entrepreneurs hear this all the time. Dream big. My questions is, do you know the principles behind dreaming big? Now, I am no psychologist but I do know the power of dreaming big. I want to share and teach a few of my thoughts.
Trust me when I say I have no problem dreaming of big things. I could go on and on about what I dream about, and the details of my big dreams. But here is where the problem lies. Dreaming big creates higher expectations for ourselves, which most the time are not related to our goals or desires. There lies the two edged sword as an entrepreneur about dreaming and expectations.
Expectations is defined by the Webster Dictionary as: a belief that something will happen or is likely to happen, or a feeling or belief about how successful, good, etc., someone or something will be. So expectations are related to dreams in a way, I feel or believe in how something it going to happen? Interesting.
You see, at an early age we hear “what do you ‘Dream’ of growing up to be?” We hear this phrase with no teaching on how to become what you dream to be. Here is how I break down my dreams so I can achieve them and keep myself to those expectations. But first, it probably best to tell you what my “Big Dream” is.
My Big Dream is to create and build visual content that moves and educates people for the better. I want to do that through the means of Photography, and Video. The dream is to have a hybrid studio with good mix between Brain Farm Studio, and Dan Vojtech, a Photographer. Where we as a studio create amazing portraits: fashion, engagements, weddings, and sports but we do videos: trainings, commercials, short films, and action sports. I want to have a studio where we capture all the big moments in life: education of life, the big choices in life, the hustle of life, and than rewards of life. A culture full of people that are passionate about creating and pushing the limits of life in my studio.
How does that sound as a “Big Dream?”
Notice how I didn’t say become the world’s best photographer or something like that? The reason why is simple. That Big Dream of mine is my expectations of what I want to achieve. It may take me years to achieve, but I can have little golden nuggets of success everyday, every week, and so on. If I set out to become the world’s best photographer and everyday I push and push, it is still up to others to make that call. Think about who’s the greatest NBA player of all-time? Some say Michael Jordan, others say Magic Johnson, and list goes on and on. Why then do we teach at early age to become “The Greatest” or “The Best?”
So, is your “Big Dream” defined by you or the others around you?
Coming back to expectations and desire, if you can’t hold yourself to expectations that are required for your “Big Dream,” then who is in control? I can dream of big houses and fancy cars, but how do hold myself accountable for those expectations? Too often our dreams don’t reflect our goals and plans in life. They become counter productive because we beat ourselves up for not achieving our “Big Dream.”
The point that I want to drive home is to dream and keep dreaming, but if you are going set that “Big Dream” as a goal than you better put expectations on yourself for that dream. Don’t allow your dreams to be controlled by others, control them yourself and set your expectations for yourself high enough that it’s battle everyday to achieve them. Have a plan, make goals along the way. Make your big dream line up with your life plan, goals, and expectations. Keep control of your own dreams so when someone says you dream too big, you can tell them why they think to small.