Remember when you were young and you had big dreams and everything was possible? I was going to play baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers, fly military jets and maybe join a rock and roll band and tour with The Who or even U2. Best of all, these dreams were going to happen while I was first chair French horn for the Boston Pops.
Most of us used to be really good at dreaming big. When we were younger, the scope of what we wanted to do and could accomplish was very large but as we got older “life” and our own decisions started to narrow the available options or dreams that we could pursue or rather what we thought we could pursue. We also started hearing a voice that was soft but became very loud and that voice told us that we were being foolish or naive or that particular dream only comes to people who are lucky or get breaks that we could never hope to get.
“That’s just how things are” you say? “We get older, we grow up. We need practicality and not dreams.” Well, practicality never took anyone anywhere.
Dreams are how things, good and bad get done in life. Think back to everything that you know now about the early days of the Space Race. Wanting to send a man to the moon was not very practical and it may not have accomplished much if you only think about what we learned about the moon. However, think or go back and read about the National Pride and the fact that the Soviets had beaten the U.S. into space. The U.S. needed to not only respond but also respond in a big way.
We had to dream.
Think about all of the great consumer products, advances in health sciences and other benefits that were all part of JFK’s dream or vision to “…commit itself (the United States) to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.”
Not being practical and dreaming in terms of Big Hairy Audacious Goals or BHAGS as Jim Collins coined the term is what made the Kennedy administration dream or think big as a response to the Soviet advance in the space race. Having big goals and dreams is what made Wal-Mart set a direction to unseat the likes of Ben Franklin, Kmart and the other staples of mass retailers and become the largest retailer in the U.S..
BHAGS are also, what makes 10-year-old little boys go out and throw 100 baseballs against the side of a barn each day rain or shine until they become Cy Young award-winning pitchers.
Big Goals and Dreams are what drive young girls to be outside practicing goal kicks knowing that someday they will be on the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team.
If you have not spent time dreaming lately, take time to not just dream but dream big, dream of Big Hairy Audacious Goals. Think of big goals, like designing a software package that can process data more efficiently or create a better user experience. You may even want to dream of how your small business could within a year or two, be THE COMPANY servicing your city or state. Once you have your own BHAG or Dream, set a series of goals to realize that dream.
I also suggest that you also use the dream big or BHAG idea to think about creating a very large dream or a big goal in your personal life. Some of the big goals that I have known of people setting out to accomplish lately are: learning to oil paint, training to compete in Iron Man competitions while in their late 40’s becoming a paramedic and many more goals and dreams that were not very practical for their current position in life.
Please share your big dreams and goals with us; we love to hear what the Get2it community is doing to live their lives to the fullest.
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