DREAM BIG! Have you heard these two words before? Whether you have heard them recently or not, these two words serve as a motivational gateway for individuals to think about everything life has to offer. As children, the task of dreaming big is easy, right? I'm going to be a firefighter, I'm going to be a actress, and the list goes on. Although when we, as individuals, increase in age, we tend to become less focused on our dreams.
The reason we become less focused is due to the lack of two key elements: Visualization and Vision.
Every night when I lay my head down, on the cool side of my pillow, I visualize my goals for not only the next day, but the whole grand scheme of life. You may even catch me spontaneously smiling in my sleep :) Visualization is important because the process helps our brain turn our thoughts into action. For example, if you really wanted to complete a marathon, visualize yourself in all aspects of the race. Before the race, during the race (how is your breathing and body reacting), and visualize finishing the race by running through the finish line. Visualization does not replace hard-work or guarantee success, but the process helps in taking action to achieving goals beyond what you currently believe is possible.
In order for our dreams to become a reality we must first wake up, physically and mentally. Waking up physically is self-explanatory because the only thing you'll achieve by laying in bed is another season of your favorite Netflix show. Waking up mentally is equally as important as the physical. I call mentally waking up, vision. Vision is incredibly important, but with vision also comes with a sense of humbleness. Visions do not succeed when blinders are put up to other opinions or ideas. Keeping an open-mind helps complete the purpose/mission of achieving your goals. Life has a funny way of working, so always hold trust your vision and visualize the outcome.
"If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don't have to be pushed. The vision pulls you." -Steve Jobs
About two years ago, I made a vision board folder on my computer. Every time I came across a picture that represented one of my goals or dreams in life, I would save the picture in the designated folder. There are many great sites for creating vision boards online, but I found having my vision board on my computer more organized and personal. With recently reflecting about vision, I decided to take a look at the pictures I had on my vision board. Want to know something crazy? I saw myself completing goals I had set for myself two years ago (See image below)!
I did not even have to look at my vision board everyday to complete my goals. Just by putting in the effort to make the board and visualize, my mind subconsciously brought me to where I wanted to go. Now not every goal on my board was achieved because I did not yet get an invite to be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, but where I am currently at, I'd say is a great start.
So maybe Aerosmith did not have the "right" idea in the song Dream On. Rather than dreaming on we should be visualizing on. Never give up on your dreams because they are real. We just have to learn how to turn our dreams into visions on a mission.