“Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” – Napoleon Hill
Many of us have had the experience of listening to an inspirational speaker or having a conversation with a person who touches our hearts and spirit in a unique way. These experiences seem to fill us with a different kind of energy and excitement. For a time the force of our early mental models seem to be weakened or suspended. In those moments, we can sense our greater capability and can even dream our biggest dreams that only our hearts could hold.
This is not just an inflated fantasy. It is a sneak preview of our greater selves that all too often fades as the world that we have constructed reasserts itself in our lives. Gradually, it convinces us that this is a pipe dream and we were just pumped up by the rapture of the moment.
It doesn’t have to end this way. There are a number of things that we can do take advantage of these moments when, at least for a brief period of time, the gates to our dreams are unlocked. Here are three important things you can do to keep your biggest dreams alive and recapture the missing parts of yourself: 1. be skeptical of your fears, not your dreams, 2. make a habit of doing the harder thing, 3. remind yourself that all change (even for the better) often involves some fear and anxiety which is often reduced when that energy is directed to pursuing your greater dreams.