I have always been really lucky that my parents, friends and my husband have been very supportive of my (occasionally crazy) dreams. I had all the usual childhood aspirations, I wanted to be lots of things, from an Actress to a Zoo-keeper, funnily enough (my Mum tells me) the game I enjoyed most as a child was playing shop. My Dad has always been the driving force behind me, always encouraging me to forge my own path in life and especially in business.
These days in general though we seem to be very good at being negative, we seem to be programmed to jump to the worst case scenario and imagine all the cons before examining the pros. It is easy to be disheartened when people are less than positive about your ideas and dreams for your future. When people are always shooting down your ideas and finding fault with dreams it is hard to see a way through to what you want to achieve. The opposite is also true, surrounding yourself with 'Yes' people can also be problematic. Not every idea you have is going to be gold and sometimes you need a measured approach to test the waters before diving right in.
I think the answer is to have big dreams and big plans to back them up. We need to remember that the best type of success, no matter how it seems, is not gained overnight. The most successful people and ideas have been months, often years in the making. Planning out how your dream can come true and all the steps that will get you there are as important as each other. Setting achievable goals and making sure you have balanced support behind you is the best way to get where you want to go.
I try to think of it like this... I would never just wake up one morning, go to the airport and head out on a round the world trip. I would spend time doing research about where to go and how long to spend in each place, I would take time to save the money needed to take the journey. Achieving a dream needs the same kind of attention as planning the trip of a lifetime. Sure, you don't have to plan every detail of your itinerary before you start, but you need to have a plan, an idea of where you are headed and how you're going to get there.
The biggest thing to remember about your dreams is that they are just that, YOUR dreams.
Creating my own line of handbags, designing a fabric collection, being featured in Vogue, having a family of my own, designing and building my own home, having an epic fly-drive holiday across America, visiting Japan... the list goes on. I have many, many dreams that may or may not ever become a reality, but that will never convince me that my dreams are too big.
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