Last week I received this question from a podcast listener:
“How do I dream bigger? I am 29 and have outgrown my prior big dreams by God’s good grace. Once one has achieved what they previously thought impossible, how do you stretch your dreams to be even bigger and better? The ultimate goal is to achieve His will and I am being stretched to recognize exactly what that is as big goals are achieved quickly.”
In this month’s issue of SUCCESS magazine Sir Richard Branson responded to a question about whether he’s ever encountered a challenge that’s too big. Branson says: “I think in life you’ve got to dream big by setting yourself seemingly impossible challenges. You then have to catch up with them. You can make what people believe is impossible possible if you set big enough targets. Flying from New York to Australia in, say, two hours. Can we do it in our lifetimes? I’m determined to try. If you don’t dream, nothing happens.” Branson’s accomplishments are legendary and he is now selling tickets to take people into space for $200,000.
I once heard Mark Victor Hansen say he wanted to clean up the oceans of the world. Daniel Bolz is committed to building a Statue of Responsibility on the West coast, matching the Statue of Liberty on the East coast. I have a friend who committed to give $1 million this year to his favorite organization. My friend Calvin Lehew decided he was going to revitalize the city where we live – Franklin, TN. Earlier in life he had set as a goal to be a millionaire by the age of 35. He hit that goal two years early and then set his sights much higher. Today, downtown Franklin is referred to as the Main Street Capital of the Southeast.
On a practical level I would encourage you to set bigger goals – aim for something audacious. I set my goals so I have about a 50-50 chance of hitting them. If you read 12 books this year make your goal 20 for next year. If you made $50K this year set your sights on $100 for next year. If you help one child through Compassion International, imagine how you could help 100. If the downtown
Stretch yourself to do more than you “know” you can do.
The Bible tells us – “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Prov 29:18) Those who have outlived their dreams typically go directly to nursing homes to wait to die.
What are doing to stretch your dreams for 2013?