Many people simply give up on their dreams or don't even have ones. I believe that it is very crucial to dream and not only dream but dream big. I've grown up being impacted by what others thought of me. The society was always pressuring me into acting in a certain way. It took me time to realize that I'm the only one who gets to decide how I act. Dreaming big might be crazy to many people but if you give it a second thought, the crazy ones are always the ones who end up changing the world. Here are 6 main reasons why you should dream big:
Having focus and purpose in life
Make your dream your purpose in life. Chase it even if they call you crazy. Wake up every morning and slay your goals. Nothing comes easy but if you work every day towards it, the hard work will definitely pay off. Never give up on it no matter how small it is. It may be something as simple as breaking a bad habit. People will never know what your dreams mean to you so just keep it yourself and show them your success instead.
"All the greatest men are maniacs. They are possessed by a mania which drives them forward towards their goal. The great scientists, the philosophers, the religious leaders - all maniacs. What else but a blind singleness of purpose could have given focus to their genius, would have kept them in the groove of purpose. Mania ... is as priceless as genius." — Ian Fleming, English author and journalist
Moving in the right direction
Having a dream helps you move in the right direction. It feels good just waking up knowing what you are doing with your life. However, this still doesn't change the fact that it is totally okay to feel lost. There will always be days where you feel down and hopeless. In my daily journal, I have endless pages with the title Lost. Reading through them again makes me feel powerful. Powerful that I was strong enough to push through these bad days.
"Remember this—the journey is part of the dream. Whatever it is you're chasing, so long as you are actively moving in the right direction, the dream is coming true.
— Richelle E. Goodrich, American novelist and poet
Managing your time wisely
This was something that I have learned the hard way. I used to spend most of my day sleeping it off. I had nothing to do so why would I wake up? However, when I started having a purpose in my life, every second mattered. It was crazy how much stuff I would get done in only twenty-four hours. Also, the same exact twenty-four hours that I would consider not enough to get one school assignment done. You are in control of how you spend your time. You can choose to waste it or invest in it but make your choice wisely.
"The day is 24 hours; 6 hours we sleep, so you have left 18 hours. So don’t ever give me this thing "I’m working 12 hours so I don’t have time to exercise and to work out." Or "I don’t have time to study another language" and all these kinds of things. 18 hours; so utilize the 18 hours, that’s what I’ve always believed in, and I feel like that’s the only way you can get ahead." — Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor, filmmaker, writer, and former politician
You will always be faced with difficult situations. These are the things that will help you grow and get past the step that you are currently in. If you want to keep progressing, then you will have to accept all the challenges and obstacles you will face. Get ready to work harder and smash them instead of living the same day over and over again. A tip that I would personally give is don't look up to successful people on social media. Social media is a place where people only share their success, not stories. You will rarely get to see any of them facing any difficulties while achieving their goals. This false misconception might lead you to believe that they have easily reached their goals without working hard, which is completely false.
"Everyone wants to win. But to truly succeed - whether it is at a sport or at your job or in life - you have to be willing to do the hard work, overcome the challenges, and make the sacrifices it takes to be the best at what you do." — Ronda Rousey, American professional wrestler, Hollywood actress, and author
Listening to yourself before listening to others
Sometimes, it is hard to ignore the voices echoing around you. Society can pressure you into thinking in a specific way. I grew up in a middle-eastern household, where I was taught to care about what people think of me. There were many things that I wasn't able to do because of this sick mindset. It's the 21st-century and we should feel free to do anything we want without being judged. Start by pushing away the societal and cultural weights that whisper in your head and face the invisible jury. Once you start believing in yourself, you stop caring about what others think of you while making life decisions. It's your life and you are the one in control of it. You get to decide how to live it.
"Just pay close attention to what excites you and what drains you. Pay close attention to when you're being the real you and when you're trying to impress an invisible jury." — Derek Sivers, American writer and entrepreneur
Nothing is impossible
Dreaming big may scare the hell out of you. In fact, I'm an Egyptian girl, that has never climbed a hill or mountain, yet I dream of being the first Egyptian woman to summit Mount Everest. This surely scares me but I know for a reason that it is possible. I believe in myself and my abilities. I know that I could easily learn to climb mountains and achieve my dream if I keep on chasing it. Nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it and never give up.
"If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough" -- Muhammed Ali, American professional boxer and social activist