Somewhere between the wide-eyed curiosity of childhood and high school graduation, we were somehow led astray. Ask any child what they want to be when they grow up, and you will be taught what dreaming big is all about. They'll share dreams of zapping aliens, flying airplanes and even becoming the president of the United States of America. There was a time in life when nothing seemed impossible. For many people that time was between 15 to 50 years ago. Where did our dreams go? Why did we lose our ability imagine a life that was beyond merely surviving? I just want to live a safe life, pay bills and die full of regret, said no one. We were once told we could be anything we wanted to be. Later we were asked to be realistic. We were advised to trade our passions in for a predictable existence. Ultimately we were convinced that dreaming big was for other people, the lucky ones. This ultimately lead many to stop believing.
Rows and rows of cubicles nationwide are filled with deferred dreams and aspirations. The comfort of someday has grounded some of the most innovative ideas. I am encouraging you today to believe that a fulfilling life is for you. You too can live the life you dreamed of as a child. You must rid yourself of the limiting beliefs that were passed down by folks who quit on themselves. Many of our parents and other well-meaning people did us a disservice by asking us to be realistic after a certain age. Where has being realistic gotten most people? Being realistic has people bound to jobs, careers, and situations that are unfulfilling. I dare you to re-ignite your passion. Maybe you’ve always wants to do something huge but later convinced yourself that you couldn't do it. You have to reprogram your mind into believing that all things are possible again. There has never been a better time than now.
There’s power in belief. Just listen to the success stories of some of the greatest people of our time and you will notice a common thread. They believed. Many believed even when others tried to convince them to give up. You've got to believe even if others don't. Don't allow others to put their limiting beliefs on you. Dig deep and rediscover the childlike faith you once had. You have the power to change the landscape of the world forever. There may be an idea or dream in you that can change the lives of others for forever.
Your belief is your one-way ticket to the life you've always dreamed of. Revisit some of the things you've always wanted to do but shelved due to fear, bad advice or self-doubt. Trust the process. Each day, do one thing that places you one step closer to fulfillment. Fulfillment comes from living your truth. It's a result of following the unquenchable passion for something greater. Being realistic leads to regret. You are never too old to chase your dream. As long as you have air flows through your lungs you can do that which you were born to do. Find the inner child within you and make a choice to never defer your dreams again. It is my hope that today becomes the day you believe again.