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HOW TO
DREAM BIG
1. DEFINITION OF A BIG DREAM
● A big dream is a substantial wish or an aspiration for
something, of which when we attain it; we believe it
would fulfill or satisfy an inner longing or desire.
● A big dream is a bold vision of the future.
2. THE DREAMING PROCESS
● Knowing what your big dream is, why and when to
achieve it, is a powerful driving force.
● You can have more than one big dream; however
pursue one big dream at a time.
3. HOW BIG IS YOUR VISION?
● Have a compelling reason to get out of bed every
morning.
● Ask yourself - Are your dreams big enough?
4. THE JOURNEY TO A DREAM
● Start off with a big vision then break it down into bite-
sized pieces.
● Do one small thing every day aimed at achieving your
big dream.
5. PERSEVERING
● It takes hard work and patience to accomplish your
dreams.
● There will be challenges and adversities along the
way.
6. WRITE YOUR BIG DREAM
● The act of writing down your big dream signifies a
commitment to yourself.
● Be specific regarding what your dream is and why you
want to achieve it.
7. SETTING GOALS
● Develop smaller goals which all feed into your big
dream.
● Set a deadline for achieving the overall dream and
mini-deadlines for goals.
8. ILLUSTRATING YOUR VISION
● Develop a visual portfolio of what your definition of
success looks like.
● Regularly look at images that illustrate the outcome
of your big dream.
9. LIFE CYCLE OF A BIG DREAM
● Begin with a big vision then break it down into small
steps.
● Anticipate risks and challenges. Track performance.
Make corrections along the way.
10. ACTION PLAN
● Strategize and develop a plan for how you will
achieve your dream.
● Celebrate each time you reach a milestone and keep
moving forward.
11. NO INSTRUCTION MANUAL
● Big dreams rarely have an instruction manual; you
figure it out as you go.
● Work towards your dream and resolve challenges as
you encounter them.
12. YOU HAVE TO TAKE ACTION
● Without action, big dreams are simply dreams.
● Get started, break away from fear and start acting on
your dreams.
13. ASK QUESTIONS
● Ask lots of questions about different things in life.
Why are things the way they are?
● Listen to input and insights from others.
14. POWER OF INCREMENTALISM
● Start small, small actions taken add up over time.
● Taking small steps leads to momentum.
15. WHY BIG DREAMS DIE
● Dream killers include fear, giving up, poor planning,
fatigue and poor execution.
● Other dream killers: trying to do it all at once, worrying
over things you can't control, doubt, pessimism,
procrastinating and making excuses.
16. TRAITS OF BIG DREAMERS
● Big dreamers have a burning desire to achieve their
dreams. Big dreamers dream big then take action.
● Traits: courageous; innovative; curious; visionary; risk-
takers; big thinkers; persistent; dissatisfied with the
status quo; comfortable with small wins along the
way or incremental growth.
17. SELF-LIMITING BELIEFS
● Half the battle is won in your mind. Practice positive
self-talk and have thoughts of expectancy.
● Be your number one champion and believe you
deserve to achieve your big dreams. Overcome self-
limiting beliefs.
18. FEAR OF FAILURE
● Many people do not pursue their big dreams because
of fear of failure.
● Failure is a possibility but it should not hold you back
from taking action.
19. WORKING WITH OTHERS
● Big dreams are achieved faster through working with
others.
● Ask for help when you need it.
20. LEARN ABOUT DREAMERS
● Learn how successful people have achieved their
dreams.
● Read books and listen to motivational audio and
videos.
21. SHARE YOUR BIG DREAM
● Share your big dream with a few people who you
trust.
● Sharing you dream creates public accountability to
motivate you to take action.
22. BIG PICTURE THINKING
● The ability to see the whole, the parts and how they
are interconnected is critical.
● Visualize the relationship between a single brick, the
blueprints and a finished building and vice versa.
23. WATCH HOW YOU SPEAK
● Which words do you choose when you speak about
your big dream? Choose your words carefully – use
empowering words.
● Don’t self-sabotage yourself with your words. Think
possibilities and speak possibilities.
24. FORKS IN THE ROAD
● A big dream can be a catalyst for major changes in
your life.
● Major turning points in life include changing careers
or starting your own business.
25. ALLOW FLEXIBILITY
● Everything doesn’t go according to plan; allow room
for trial and error.
● You will learn from mistakes and failures.
26. HANG AROUND BIG DREAMERS
● Build or join a community of big dreamers. Share your
big dreams and energize each other.
● A good support system of like-minded people helps in
preserving big dreams.
27. LIVE A WELL BALANCED LIFE
● Remember to take good care of yourself.
● Have fun in life and get enough sleep.
28. ONE THING NOT TO DO
● lt is discouraging to hear a successful person
ridiculing or belittling another person’s big dreams.
● As a successful person you should teach others
about your failures and mistakes. Don’t just poke
holes on other people’s dreams. Provide constructive
feedback respectfully.
29. OVERCOME CRITICISM
● Detractors and dream predators will criticize you and
your big idea and tell you how unrealistic you are.
● Don't get distracted by critics, keep your vision alive
and keep moving towards the finish line.
30. TAKE A RISK
● There is an element of risk in pursuing your big
dreams. You do not know if your dream will work out
or not.
● Develop your risk tolerance; plan as best as you can,
gradually build up your risk appetite by completing
one small task at a time.
31. HELP OTHER BIG DREAMERS
● Other people’s big dreams are just as important as
our own. Strive to help others to realize their dreams.
● It is very exciting to see others succeeding in their
calling and talents.
32. REWARD YOURSELF
● Take some time to reward yourself after achieving
your big dream.
● Share your story with someone to encourage and
inspire others to pursue their big dreams.
33. KEEP YOUR DREAM ALIVE
● Identify what to achieve in life. Jump over the wall of
fear. Chase your big dream with passion.
● Keep your dream alive. Write it down in specific
sentences, read it out aloud and record yourself.
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How To Dream Big

  • 2. 1. DEFINITION OF A BIG DREAM ● A big dream is a substantial wish or an aspiration for something, of which when we attain it; we believe it would fulfill or satisfy an inner longing or desire. ● A big dream is a bold vision of the future.
  • 3. 2. THE DREAMING PROCESS ● Knowing what your big dream is, why and when to achieve it, is a powerful driving force. ● You can have more than one big dream; however pursue one big dream at a time.
  • 4. 3. HOW BIG IS YOUR VISION? ● Have a compelling reason to get out of bed every morning. ● Ask yourself - Are your dreams big enough?
  • 5. 4. THE JOURNEY TO A DREAM ● Start off with a big vision then break it down into bite- sized pieces. ● Do one small thing every day aimed at achieving your big dream.
  • 6. 5. PERSEVERING ● It takes hard work and patience to accomplish your dreams. ● There will be challenges and adversities along the way.
  • 7. 6. WRITE YOUR BIG DREAM ● The act of writing down your big dream signifies a commitment to yourself. ● Be specific regarding what your dream is and why you want to achieve it.
  • 8. 7. SETTING GOALS ● Develop smaller goals which all feed into your big dream. ● Set a deadline for achieving the overall dream and mini-deadlines for goals.
  • 9. 8. ILLUSTRATING YOUR VISION ● Develop a visual portfolio of what your definition of success looks like. ● Regularly look at images that illustrate the outcome of your big dream.
  • 10. 9. LIFE CYCLE OF A BIG DREAM ● Begin with a big vision then break it down into small steps. ● Anticipate risks and challenges. Track performance. Make corrections along the way.
  • 11. 10. ACTION PLAN ● Strategize and develop a plan for how you will achieve your dream. ● Celebrate each time you reach a milestone and keep moving forward.
  • 12. 11. NO INSTRUCTION MANUAL ● Big dreams rarely have an instruction manual; you figure it out as you go. ● Work towards your dream and resolve challenges as you encounter them.
  • 13. 12. YOU HAVE TO TAKE ACTION ● Without action, big dreams are simply dreams. ● Get started, break away from fear and start acting on your dreams.
  • 14. 13. ASK QUESTIONS ● Ask lots of questions about different things in life. Why are things the way they are? ● Listen to input and insights from others.
  • 15. 14. POWER OF INCREMENTALISM ● Start small, small actions taken add up over time. ● Taking small steps leads to momentum.
  • 16. 15. WHY BIG DREAMS DIE ● Dream killers include fear, giving up, poor planning, fatigue and poor execution. ● Other dream killers: trying to do it all at once, worrying over things you can't control, doubt, pessimism, procrastinating and making excuses.
  • 17. 16. TRAITS OF BIG DREAMERS ● Big dreamers have a burning desire to achieve their dreams. Big dreamers dream big then take action. ● Traits: courageous; innovative; curious; visionary; risk- takers; big thinkers; persistent; dissatisfied with the status quo; comfortable with small wins along the way or incremental growth.
  • 18. 17. SELF-LIMITING BELIEFS ● Half the battle is won in your mind. Practice positive self-talk and have thoughts of expectancy. ● Be your number one champion and believe you deserve to achieve your big dreams. Overcome self- limiting beliefs.
  • 19. 18. FEAR OF FAILURE ● Many people do not pursue their big dreams because of fear of failure. ● Failure is a possibility but it should not hold you back from taking action.
  • 20. 19. WORKING WITH OTHERS ● Big dreams are achieved faster through working with others. ● Ask for help when you need it.
  • 21. 20. LEARN ABOUT DREAMERS ● Learn how successful people have achieved their dreams. ● Read books and listen to motivational audio and videos.
  • 22. 21. SHARE YOUR BIG DREAM ● Share your big dream with a few people who you trust. ● Sharing you dream creates public accountability to motivate you to take action.
  • 23. 22. BIG PICTURE THINKING ● The ability to see the whole, the parts and how they are interconnected is critical. ● Visualize the relationship between a single brick, the blueprints and a finished building and vice versa.
  • 24. 23. WATCH HOW YOU SPEAK ● Which words do you choose when you speak about your big dream? Choose your words carefully – use empowering words. ● Don’t self-sabotage yourself with your words. Think possibilities and speak possibilities.
  • 25. 24. FORKS IN THE ROAD ● A big dream can be a catalyst for major changes in your life. ● Major turning points in life include changing careers or starting your own business.
  • 26. 25. ALLOW FLEXIBILITY ● Everything doesn’t go according to plan; allow room for trial and error. ● You will learn from mistakes and failures.
  • 27. 26. HANG AROUND BIG DREAMERS ● Build or join a community of big dreamers. Share your big dreams and energize each other. ● A good support system of like-minded people helps in preserving big dreams.
  • 28. 27. LIVE A WELL BALANCED LIFE ● Remember to take good care of yourself. ● Have fun in life and get enough sleep.
  • 29. 28. ONE THING NOT TO DO ● lt is discouraging to hear a successful person ridiculing or belittling another person’s big dreams. ● As a successful person you should teach others about your failures and mistakes. Don’t just poke holes on other people’s dreams. Provide constructive feedback respectfully.
  • 30. 29. OVERCOME CRITICISM ● Detractors and dream predators will criticize you and your big idea and tell you how unrealistic you are. ● Don't get distracted by critics, keep your vision alive and keep moving towards the finish line.
  • 31. 30. TAKE A RISK ● There is an element of risk in pursuing your big dreams. You do not know if your dream will work out or not. ● Develop your risk tolerance; plan as best as you can, gradually build up your risk appetite by completing one small task at a time.
  • 32. 31. HELP OTHER BIG DREAMERS ● Other people’s big dreams are just as important as our own. Strive to help others to realize their dreams. ● It is very exciting to see others succeeding in their calling and talents.
  • 33. 32. REWARD YOURSELF ● Take some time to reward yourself after achieving your big dream. ● Share your story with someone to encourage and inspire others to pursue their big dreams.
  • 34. 33. KEEP YOUR DREAM ALIVE ● Identify what to achieve in life. Jump over the wall of fear. Chase your big dream with passion. ● Keep your dream alive. Write it down in specific sentences, read it out aloud and record yourself.
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