Dream Big — Start Small

That was it. I knew what I wanted to do… I wanted to run a marathon. It was a big goal to say the least and it was made even bigger by the fact that when I decided to do it, I was sitting in a hospital bed recovering from a heart and double-lung transplant. I hadn’t walked in 5 days and I hadn’t run in a decade. You might say that goal was ambitious. Some would have called it impossible.

I crossed the finish line of that marathon two and half years later and realized that I had done something more important than finishing a marathon, I’d learned how to do the nearly impossible. It required a simple though not easy — process: dream big, start small.

Whenever we decide to pursue a big goal it can be overwhelming. Losing fifty pounds, starting a new business, or learning a new language are all goals so lofty they can feel almost out of reach. Yet thousands of people have done them. How?

In this post I want to share 3 tips to help you go from where you are to where you want to be — no matter how far away the destination is.

  1. Dream Big: Most of us have forgotten how to dream. When we’re kids,

we know how to dream. When I ask my son Matteo what he wants to be when he grows up, he gives me different answer at different times, but they are all interesting He knows how to dream.

I sincerely hope that he hangs on the ability to dream. Too often, we lose that ability to dream. We become afraid, we start to be overly concerned with what “people will say”, and we try to avoid failure.

2. Start Small: If you open yourself up to dream again, it can quickly get overwhelming. “How in the world can I do that?” you might think. You may think that others have everything figured out, the truth is though that no one is immune from feeling sometimes that we don’t have what it takes.

The simple solution to your feelings of inadequacy or overwhelm is to start small. The biggest obstacle to you accomplishing something big in your life is your fear. If you are too afraid that you don’t have what it takes or that you’ll screw it up, you won’t even start.

You don’t have to create a multi-million dollar company, you don’t have to save the world, just do your part. “Grow where you’re planted” is one of my favourite sayings because it reminds me that if we all just do our part, the world becomes a much better place.

3. Do Your Part
Mother Theresa, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, and likely soon to be saint, once famously quipped: “If every one of us would sweep their own doorstep, the whole world would be clean.”

“If every one of us would sweep their own doorstep, the whole world would be clean.”

If you are like me, you sometimes get overwhelmed with all of the things going wrong in our world and everything that needs to be changed. None of us is called to fix all of it. Someone else once said, “there is a savior and he isn’t you”. That makes me smile.

The whole world isn’t counting on you to fix everything. You aren’t called to fix the whole world, you’re just called to do your best with your part of the world. You don’t have to save every child, be a good parent to your child. You don’t have to feed every starving person on the planet, support your local food bank or soup kitchen. Start small. Do your thing and do it well. If we all do this, the world will be a much better place.

Next Steps:
What is one thing that you can do today to make your corner of the world a little bit better?

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