Saved by Your Dreams

“I’m a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars,

and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds.” – Mike Tyson

Anyone can make a list of things they’d like to have “someday”, or push play on the self-help video, or even read a book like this. That’s doesn’t require any persistence. But when you are laughed at, when you are told that you aren’t going to make it, the only things that are going to save you are your dreams and goals. If you don’t have a time-stamped dream – a concrete goal – you’re done for. When the first sign of difficulty comes along, you’re going to quit. But if the goal is more important than anyone else’s opinion, you’ll show up and keep showing up.

People who get into the habit of dreaming big will accomplish their goals because they have the right mindset. You need to look at life with the perspective that you can achieve anything. If you can accomplish big dreams, why wouldn’t you go after them? Why would you want to settle for small dreams?

Here are some reasons to be a big dreamer:

You’ll Be Open to Possibilities
When you dream big, you open many doors. You’ll encounter a good amount of excitement as you go about life because you’ll be in adventurous and unpredictable situations. This is because big dreams push your limits and keep your life fresh. Who wouldn’t want a life filled with excitement?

You’ll Achieve More
When you dream big, you’ll achieve great things. You may even end up achieving more than you ever thought you could. For example, you might be at a crossroads where you’re considering whether or not to get a job in a certain field, or start a business in that same field. The job is a safe bet with a likely limited salary. The business is the “big dream” that can provide fulfillment and not just in the salary potential. You’ll be personally fulfilled and you’ll achieve more for your hard work.

It’s the Right Thing to Do for the World
Big dreams are the reasons why the world changes for the better. It’s the reason why there have been so many great inventions, cures for diseases, etc. Big dreams give you the opportunity to truly leave your mark on the world.

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” ― T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph

It’s All In How You Look At It

“A little perspective, like a little humor,

goes a long way.” – Allen Klien

Let’s say that someone has a 40-hour work week at a job that they enjoy, but they have a goal to get a brand new Ford Escape. They don’t have the money to get it, but they really want one. So they flip a switch and ask themselves, what can I do to earn more money? Maybe they can get a part-time job. Maybe they have a skill they can use. Whatever it is, once they flip that switch, they realize that they can physically do more than they have previously given themselves credit for. They don’t have to just settle for the income their job provides.

If you’re looking for a way to get to your vacation destination, and you usually take a plane, do you even consider a train or boat? Yes, there will be places a train or boat cannot go, but the point remains the same. If you already have something in mind, the other possibilities fade into the background. If we focus on solving the problem, rather than on one specific part of it, it will be easier to get to a solution that solves the whole problem, and to achieve our end goal.

Changing the way in which you look at things can bring clarity and aid in the discovery of new options. It can help you discard old habits which no longer serve you, and it can help you make better observations from your new perspective. Norman Vincent Peale said, “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

The Keys to the Power of the Mind

There are two keys to tapping into the power of the mind that we have found to be absolutely essential.

The first is you must be willing to listen.

If we had not been willing to listen when people brought the Ambit business to us, we wouldn’t be where we are today. We had to put aside our own ideas and listen with an open mind. Most of us don’t really listen very well. Or if we do manage to listen, we are often just waiting until the other person finishes so that we can say what is on our mind…and that’s not really listening. When we listen, we allow the creative fountain to start up.

The second is to surround yourself with positive people.

There’s an old saying, “water seeks its own level.” Well, the same is true of thoughts. If you are with people who are negative all the time, you are going to be negative. This is why it is so important to surround yourself with positive people. These are people who will inspire you to be a better person, provide you with motivation to achieve your goals, empower you to make the changes you need to succeed and cheer on your success.

By taking the time to listen and surrounding yourself with positive people, your mind will start to be in the right place for success.

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

Know What You Want

There Is Nothing More Powerful
Than The Made-Up Mind.

This is so important that we want to say it again: There is nothing, absolutely nothing, more powerful than the made-up mind. When you make up your mind to do something and you believe completely in yourself, nothing can stop you. That being said, you can’t make up your mind if you don’t even know what you want.

If you don’t want to spend your life wandering aimlessly, you can use the following 7 tips to find out exactly what you want in life.

Be Selfish
How are you going to have time to figure out what you want if you are spending all your time getting other people what they want. You have to put yourself first. Ask yourself: If you weren’t tied down by your job, family, friends, or anything else, what would you be doing right now? Remember that it’s not a crime to put yourself first, because you are the only person who can.

Regret Nothing
Don’t feel bad for being selfish! You only have one life and it is up to you to live it the way you want to. If you constantly regret things you did or didn’t do in the past, then you won’t be able to move forward.

Figure Out What You Need
Sometimes we are so busy in the rush of daily life that it is hard for us to figure out what we need. Take time to sit down and think about what you need most. Is it your family, the freedom to express yourself, love, financial security, or something else? Think about the kind of legacy you want to leave behind.

Figure Out What Bothers You
You can soar only by pushing back against something you don’t want. Figure out what upsets you, and be specific about it. Don’t just say that you hate your office job. Pinpoint exactly why you hate it. Is it your micromanaging boss, your workload, your meaningless job title, or all of the above? What bothers you, and how can you fix it?

Pinpoint What Makes You Happy
Our happiness is the root of our desires, so take a few moments to really think about what makes you happy. Is it traveling, being around children, owning a successful business, your significant other, financial freedom? Once you figure out the one thing that makes you happiest, you’ll have a better idea of what you should strive for in your life.

Share Your Vision
If you tell people what you’re trying to accomplish, they will most likely support you and give you new ideas.

Stay Positive
Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Instead of freaking out, try your best to roll with the punches. You will get there someday. You’re just taking a little detour. Sometimes a positive attitude is all you need to keep going.

“It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca