Monday, May 18, 2020

Dream Big

Dream Big
Dream Big 
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”  – Harriet Tubman

Dream isn’t just a word, but it holds in itself a plethora of meanings and notions. And subsequently, this One word called DREAM can have a powerful impact on our lives. It can either shape, make or break our life. The irony is that this is one thing that is available like Free Wi-Fi all the time and most of us tend to subscribe to these Dreams, but only a limited few can make these Dreams of the virtual world into a Strong hard-hitting reality. I did mention ironically, because this concept of Dream is free willed and is available to one and everyone. But People are told to Dream based on their religion, caste, financial status, Age and above all Gender. 

Strangely, We can often hear people saying this.....

  1. If Religion and caste was a Limiting factor for someone to DREAM, then we wouldn’t have had a Bowler like Palwankar Baloo who was an Untouchable and got selected to play as a Left Arm Orthodox Spinner in First Class Cricket and also was selected in the Indian team that toured England in 1911. He was the best performer in that tour, the first by an all-Indian team — taking 114 wickets at an average of 18.84 with a best haul of 8/103 against Cambridge.

  2. If Financial status was a limiting factor for someone to Dream, then we wouldn’t have had a petrol bunk attendant grow up into a powerful industrialist whose name featured in the Forbes list, Shri Dhirubhai Ambani. A simple man with humble backgrounds taught people to Dream and shook the already existing Business empire of a specific community and put India on the global map.

  3. If Age was a limiting factor for someone to Dream, then we wouldn’t have an 80-year-old man doing the impossible task of scaling the highest mountain peak of this world. Yuichiro Miura is the oldest person in the world to ever climb to the summit of Mount Everest at the age of 80.

  4. If Gender was a limiting factor for someone to Dream, then we wouldn’t have Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth & Flight Lieutenant Avani Chaturvedi becoming the first woman pilot of the Indian Air Force to qualify to undertake combat missions on a fighter jet. Neither would we have Wing Commander Puja Thakur lead the triservices ceremonial guard of honour on the eve of our Republic Day. It is indeed difficult to break the age-old Stereotype and making pathways into a strong male centric bastion. 

The above examples would be enough proof to never restrict our Dreams based on any stereotypes or limitations. So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. Like the famous Kahlil Gibran rightly mentioned, Yesterday is but today's memory, tomorrow is today's dream... Let's understand in detail the two types of dreams - With and Without limitations.

When we dream with limitations, we often end up dreaming small. Aim for the Stars and you will at least reach the skies. Having said that, it’s always noticed that the moment we encounter any problem or challenges it clearly disillusions us and has our attention sucked into the problem solving and extend to the usual application of Band-Aid solutions for problems. Little do we realize that we are mere humans and we can’t just keep problems at bay always. The current problem might go away or get pushed back, but it will re-surface to hit us back and hard again. But this ongoing vicious circle of Problems that accompanies the Circle of Life cannot be a reason and deterrent for our Dreams. And it would be unrealistic to state that We allow these problems to cast its dark spell on our Ambitious Dreams. They then end up doing things they don’t like and aren’t passionate about their Dreams and thus making them highly demotivated and disillusioned and become Negative and hardcore pessimist. This slowly starts to seep into the individuals and make them look away from the larger picture of life.  They rarely succeed in any stream they get into and even if they do, they don't stay there for long. Sadly, very few actually know how to keep their dreams alive and make it a huge reality. 

Example: Disillusioned, Unwilling, and Demotivated People.

Towing on the same lines, I would like to share the story of an African-American who was born in the times of strong racism and was the son of a sharecropper and grandson of a slave, achieved what no Olympian before him had accomplished. At one end, he was trying to find a place in his own country and the other end he had Adolf Hitler using the Berlin Olympics of 1936 to make a claim that Aryans are the superior race.  Although Adolf Hitler intended the 1936 Berlin Games to be a showcase for the Nazi ideology of Aryan racial supremacy, it was a black man who left the biggest imprint on that year’s Games. In one of the greatest performances in Olympic history, Owens captured gold in the 100 meters, long jump, 200 meters and 4×100-meter relay, a feat that would not be matched until American Carl Lewis did the same at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

"We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort." – Jesse Owens

Carrying the same thought of Jesse Owens are people who dream big and don’t set boundaries for their dreams. Rather they set GOALS for their dreams and keep working hard. For these people, dreams are always on top of their mind. All other paltry situations or problems of life stand no competition to their so-called Dreams and hence they keep finding ways to solve the problems and not make these problems as a hurdle to achieve their Dreams. They don't lose focus on their dreams. No matter how challenging the dreams might be, they will find a way to realize it. They plan well and make the best of every situation to achieve their dreams.  If Wright Brothers had given up at their first failure, we would have been still using Road Transport and Air Travel would still be a distant dream. 

Example: The Doers, Optimist and People with a Never say Never Attitude. 

So, now we know why a poor remains poor and rich get richer. It's all in our minds. The more we limit, the more we stop ourselves from growth. Its rightly pointed out that Our birth and death is not in our control, but the gap between this birth and death is definitely in our control and it can be a Make or Break only because of Our Dreams.

I would suggest people to dream big without any limitations. They should follow a proper plan to achieve it. The Plan should include the following;

  1. List down your Dreams.
  2. List down all that is required to achieve your dreams.
  3. Make someone your mentor who has achieved a similar dream and follow him or her. If possible, approach the person for guidance. If you don't find a person, make books your mentor. Refer to best self-help books and autobiographies that can serve as your biggest Help.
  4. Figure out how much time you should invest on each task on a daily or weekly basis and Schedule your daily or weekly tasks based on how quickly you wish to achieve your dreams.
  5. You may have to cut down some unnecessary or non-productive time from your personal life to add more hours to this Dream Building process. 
  6. Take it slow and have a step by step gradual approach. Do not rush.  Don’t forget, Rome wasn’t Built in a day.
  7. Include time for your family as their support can be very helpful. Also make time for yourself so that you feel more energetic when you get back to working on your dreams.
  8. Plan and Pre-empt the various challenges that you will face and find a way to tackle it. Also remember that there are chances of unplanned work or unplanned situations to crop up and they need to be dealt with a positive attitude. Try to not lose focus on your dreams during this time.
  9. Create or increase your networking amongst like-minded people and learn to work as a Team. 
  10. Keep yourself updated with technology and trending tools to help you achieve your dreams faster. 
  11. Try to analyze your work every week to understand your progress and accordingly tweak your plan for the better.

“If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau

I have been personally following these to achieve my goals and I'm sure this will help you as well. It requires you to be self-disciplined, structured and focused on your plan. Do not depend on the motivation from others as that can be temporary. Learn to motivate yourself and when you have learnt this secret, achieving a dream is never impossible. It may take time, it may be a slow process, but you will for sure achieve your dreams.

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Writer: Sonu Singh Yadav
Editor: Soumyashree Bangera
Idea Source: Personal Experiences & YouTube
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Sourabh Ail said...

Really loved reading this article 👌