Each week as part of our Thursday Thoughts series of blogs, we take a look at how we can be the best possible versions of ourselves. Last week, we shone the spotlight on the benefits of dreaming big, which prompted us to dig a little deeper and consider how we can start to turn our big dreams into an even bigger reality.
So, grab yourself a cup of tea and consider the following:
What Do I Want?
It’s a big question, but it’s essential to explore ideas, making sure you don’t ignore or instantly dismiss any thoughts that you consider to be too ambitious or unachievable. Spend time contemplating and listing your ideas and if something comes into your head, capture it, never let your pen rest. Next stop, spend some time answering the following question:
Why Do I Want It?
Different people are motivated in different ways. Why not list all the relevant reasons why your ambition appeals to you and read through what you have written. Underline what’s important to you and condense it into two statements. You can then use these two statements to become the foundation of a plan.
Be Inspired by Success!
People who have the greatest clarity of ‘what and why’ are the ones who ultimately achieve. When you meet up with people who have been successful, ask them how they started out. How did they think? What worried them? What vision did they have for themselves? Don’t be surprised that, whatever their current success, their dreams at the start were quite modest.
Why not take inspiration from climate change warrior, Greta Thunberg? Schoolgirl, Greta Thunberg cast a lonely figure when she started a school strike outside the Swedish Parliament building last August. Her parents tried to talk her out of it, her classmates didn’t want to join her and passers-by pitied her. She was an unknown 15-year-old sitting on the cobblestones with a hand-painted banner, which simply stated “school strike for climate”. Eight months on, things have really snowballed for the schoolgirl who said: “Some people can let things go. I can’t”. Greta’s face is now recognised across the world as a model of determination, inspiration and positive action. National Presidents and corporate executives line up to be criticised by her, face to face. Her skolstrejk för klimatet (school strike for climate) banner has been translated into dozens of languages and most striking of all, the loner is now anything but alone.
In getting to the point where Greta Thunberg sat upon the cobbled street outside the Swedish Parliament, Greta, either consciously or unconsciously, would have most definitely answered the questions ‘what do I want’ and ‘why do I want it’. The answers to these questions would have given Greta the passion and belief that she could achieve her dream.
“If you don’t have an idea of your destination, you’ll probably end up anywhere” anonymous.
Drifting due to changes in your personal or professional life is to expected from time to time, but no matter how testing your current situation, always strive to hold onto your dream.