Removing the Barriers to Big Dreams

What stands in the way of dreaming big in your own life? This article summarizes three of the most significant barriers to dreaming big dreams. As you review them, ask yourself whether one or more are keeping you from really going after what you truly long for.

Every great accomplishment begins with a seed of belief. Today, the sounds of classical guitar are both familiar and popular. But early in the 20th century, the style of music didn’t even exist. In fact, the classical guitar was practically invented by one man. His name was Andres Segovia. A native of southern Spain, he began playing the guitar at a young age and was taught that its use was limited to that of a folk instrument. But Segovia believed it could be more. He believed that he could take the classical compositions of masters like Bach and learn to play them on his guitar, which he did. Before long he was studying the techniques of other classical instruments such as the cello and violin, and adapting his own techniques on the guitar, playing current classical pieces as well as composing his own. Thus was born the sounds and style of classical guitar.

As a result of Andres Segovia’s belief that his abilities on guitar could transcend the current musical spectrum, the classical guitar has become a staple in the world of classical music and is currently one of the most popular types of music that young musicians aspire to learn. A testimony that the status quo is never the limit of possibility in your field of endeavor.

“Always remember there are only two kinds of people in this world,” said Robert Orben, “the realists and the dreamers. The realists know where they’re going. The dreamers have already been there.” What stands in the way of dreaming big in your own life? The following are three of the most significant barriers to dreaming big dreams. As you review them, ask yourself whether one or more are keeping you from really going after what you truly long for.

1. Fear. Vincent van Gogh said, “The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” Is there a particular fear that is keeping you from venturing out on the big sea of possibility? Fear of failure? Fear of success? Fear of insufficiency? Whatever the case may be, before you pack up ship ask yourself: What’s the worst that could happen by trying to achieve my dream? If the best that could happen outweighs the worst that could happen, move forward in confidence.

2. Lack of knowledge. “Where there is an unknowable,” said Thornton Wilder, “there is a promise.” Just because you don’t know all the details, that’s no reason to keep from dreaming big. History is strewn with great discoveries that came as a result of an adventurous soul simply venturing into the unknown with a dream to make a difference. If you’re using lack of knowledge as an excuse for not pursuing your truest dreams, ask yourself: What is the least I need to know in order to go for it? Seek to gain that knowledge, and then move forward.

3. Negative associations. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions,” said Mark Twain. “Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great.” What type of people do you associate yourself with? Are they people that are as excited as you are to see you achieve all that you desire? Will they hold you accountable for doing the things you need to, to get where you want? “Show me who you frequent,” reads a French proverb, “and I will tell you who you are.” To ensure that those you associate with aren’t keeping you from your dreams, ask yourself: Do I spend more time with dream makers or dream breakers?

This article is used by permission from Todd Duncan’s free monthly e-zine ‘Life Wired’ available at http://www.theduncangroup.com/

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