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5 Reasons Why You Should Start Dreaming Now

| February 12, 2010 | 17 Comments

Few people can say that they have truly lived their dreams. As a matter of fact, most of us have experienced that sickening feeling that we have not done the best that we could in life. Fortunately, there is a way for us to awaken our minds to help improve our lives and we all know it as Dreaming.

Dreaming, as long as it does not get stuck in procrastination, will allow us to go the distance and reach for our true potentials. So, before you work yourself to death, here’s why you need to put the spark in your life through dreams.

1. Dreaming Lets You Find What You Want

Dreaming is a prerequisite to ambition. Let’s face it, life is never meant to be handed down to us on a silver platter. Even the few people who are considered to have been born with a silver spoon in their mouths need to have dreams or ambition if they want to continue living the good life. You see, dreaming allows you to really see what you want in life. Once you do, you will try to work hard to achieve what you want.

2. Dreaming Helps You Believe in Yourself

If there is one thing that all successful people have in common, that would be their strong belief in themselves. It all starts with their ability to dream big. Dreaming makes one believe that he or she has something important to contribute to the world. So, if you want to become successful in your chosen profession or business, you should first start to dream. It will give you the compass or beacon which will guide you to your goals.

3. It Gives You Much Needed Boost

Sometimes, there comes a point in life when things get slow. I’m talking about losing sight of our goals and succumbing to procrastination. Many people would waste a lot of their time in trivial matters. This attitude can pull your life down. To fight it off, you need to start dreaming. Being able to dream allows you to reacquaint yourself with your life’s most important goals.

Start dreaming if only to awaken a sense of persistence inside you. Did you think that Bill Gates or Steve Jobs will be where they are now if they were not persistent in their chosen fields? Before they became winners, they were dreamers. They made their goals in life clearer by first visualizing through dreams what they wanted to achieve in life.

4. It Gives You a Different View of Life

I have always drawn my inspiration in life from my dreams. And the inspiration I get from my dreaming is more than just the ordinary spur-of-the-moment inspiration. Rather, the energy I feel comes from deep within myself. The fact that my dreams let me see the more important aspects of my life allows me to see life differently. My dreams help me realize that what I can accomplish in life is all up to me. In other words, my dreams can jumpstart my own goals and ambitions.

5. Dreams Allow You to Measure Your Progress

There is no doubt that dreaming can give us our aspirations. But for you to go far, you really need to know where you stand. This is possible if you can measure your actual achievements against your dreams. For instance, if you dream to have a Lamborghini Gallardo in your garage, but right now you can only afford a Japanese family car, then you have much work to do. If you think that your dreams or ambitions are unrealistic, you can always reset them. After all, you own and control your dreams. Just be careful not to be contented with just your dreams. Once you’ve reached your dreams, start dreaming some more and scale newer heights.

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  • http://www.theskooloflife.com/ Srinivas Rao

    Mark,

    All excellent points. The problem with our society in general is that we stop dreaming after a certain point and we just accept what we think is our fate. Unfortunately we've been brainwashed into conformity. So more power to you for embracing this kind of thinking. I hope the rest of the world follows suit :). More dreams more, more innovation, more collaboration.

  • http://twitter.com/ClintonSkakun Clinton Skakun

    I like these points you brought up here. This especially: “It Gives You a Different View of Life”, remember when you didn't have dreams? How different were your actions, your view on life and hope for the future.

    This is just my opinion but I think the difference between the 90% and the 10% we often talk about, the people who are necessity driven vs the people who are possibility driven, is dreaming. Ever notice that people who don't have any well defined dreams or goals make excuses like, “gotta pay my bills.”

    People who peruse their dreams know that “bills” are just a fact of life, but no one will accomplish their dreams for them.

    Funny thing is, most people are so brainwashed that even when they do have time to think about their dreams they spend it complaining or “resting.” aka “sitting in front of the TV” The 90% think they are entitled to success because they put in a full day's work. The World Class measure their progress and work harder if necessary.

    In the end it comes down the desire. You can pull anything if you want it bad enough. If you find yourself making excuses, check your reasons and review your dreams weekly and keep your goals in front of you daily.

    “I knew if I could find enough reasons to succeed I could motivate myself to get there” – Tony Robbins

    Have a great one!
    Clinton

  • http://Under30CEO.com Jared O'Toole

    Great stuff Clinton. Its true that for people that have set goals and dreams there simply are not excuses. Money, lifestyle just never matters. Its all about the end goal. And they will stop at nothing to get there.

  • http://www.77successtraits.com/ Mark Foo | 77 Success Traits

    Hi Srinivas,

    I certainly hope I can play a part in helping people realize they do have other choices and all they need to begin with is… a Dream.

    Cheers~

    Mark

  • http://www.77successtraits.com/ Mark Foo | 77 Success Traits

    Hi Clinton,

    I agree with you. When you have a strong enough 'Why', you will find the means and drive to realize your dreams. Too many people never make realizing their dreams a must, which is why they never succeed. To them, a dream is a only good-to-have, not a must-have.

    Cheers~

    Mark

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  • http://www.tonyteegarden.com Tony Teegarden

    Loved this post-Reminded me of when I was a child how I dreamed without any limitations. I remember being in 3rd grade and dreaming I was playing in front of thousands of people in a band and by age 21 I was playing in front of 10,000 people. Somewhere along the way our dreams get covered up, mucked up or seen as not probable. I loved the child like wonder that this post stirred up in me. Thank you!

  • http://www.unnormallife.com/ Michael Michalowski

    Dreaming big requires courage at first. Because once you know what you are dreaming of there always will be this feeling that will drawn you towards your dreams. You need to courage to pursue this path or you may stay unfulfilled all of your life.

    For me there is a need for contentment with the status quo, too.
    You need to be content with where you are, need to want to pursue your dreams and be happy ON THE WAY! Because there will be never again a time where you feel like you've got everything you can achieve, want, or dream of. This is how life works, because we do get joy out of the achieving, not the achievement.

    Don't we? :)

  • http://www.unnormallife.com/ Michael Michalowski

    I love the Tony Robbins quote at the end. Desire is everything .. nice summary. :)

  • http://www.pursuitofchange.com/ Mike Tiojanco

    Great point Srinivas,

    The other problem with our society is while a lot of people are dreamers, a very small minority take that next step – taking action to make something happen.

    I've been dreaming for a long time about working on my own terms. I've been at my current job for almost 4 years after I initially only committed to 2. It's only been in this past month where I've taken action to break out of the day-to-day. Finally starting my blog, trying to get out there.

    On a side note, your podcast interviews have been great stuff to get me going on the early days of my blogging. Keep up the good work!

  • http://under30ceo.com under30ceo

    Great to hear it! It really was a great article. I agree that most people lose those childhood dreams as they get older. Responsibility takes over and they lose site of what they could have. In the end you can have whatever you want but you have to realize that and go get it!

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Hi Srinivas, I'm glad your blog @skooloflife also pushes people to keep thinking big! There is no reason we have to accept this fate or fall into societal norms. Just because someones father was an accountant doesn't mean that they have to be an accountant. Choose your own path, one that will make you happy!

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Hey Mike, anything we can do to help you with your dreams, let us know! That's what Under30CEO is in business to do!

  • lisatener

    I love this post–dreaming is critical to success–and also it's fun and creative. Sometimes it helps you to play out an idea and realize it's not what you want…and other times it's the gateway to actually achieving the dream. As someone who helps people write and publish their books, I encourage the dreaming process on a daily basis!

  • lisatener

    I love this post–dreaming is critical to success–and also it's fun and creative. Sometimes it helps you to play out an idea and realize it's not what you want…and other times it's the gateway to actually achieving the dream. As someone who helps people write and publish their books, I encourage the dreaming process on a daily basis!

  • Angelz6982

    @Matt. SO, is there anyway I can get some of that help!?! I am working my butt off to make my dream happen but, I can’t in any way get the funding I need! I been working on getting funds for almost 8 months now! I am willing to do whatever it takes because I need this to be my reality not just my dream! but, I am extremely frustrated! I’ve exhausted all my resources! I’m exhausted from working and searching and trying and working and get no where but, a bunch a dead ends and disappointment at the end of the day! This one is out of my hands, I literally need help. I can’t go anywhere or do or start anything without these funds! ($100,000)

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Sorry for your troubles, but at least you are chasing your dream. Where
    have you looked for the $100k and what do you need it for??