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The courage to think bigger.

The courage to think bigger.

To think like a visionary takes incredible courage. It’s often a lonely path paved only by those who are willing to put themselves out there and to think bigger. What is your dream? For some of us it’s being able to afford a comfortable life, support our family or have a successful career but a true visionary sees things on another level and therefore looks beyond themselves. The goal of the true visionary is to understand that their ideas will make the world a better place.

What are your goals? Can you imagine what it would be like for a moment to take them to a higher level? What would that look like? How do we begin to think beyond ourselves and not limit our beliefs? When you ask a five-year-old about their goals for the future they do not worry for a second whether it can be done or not, they don’t think about fear, worry about their limitations or consider asking for permission to dream big, they just blurt it out. ”I want to go to the moon! I want to invent something that will save the ocean! I’m going to be the most famous person alive and save sick people!” They hold onto these visions and we encourage them...when they are five, but what happens as they grow older and share their dreams? The reception isn’t quite as warm. "You can’t do that, that’s impossible. Stop dreaming and get your head out of the clouds. If you want to make it in this world your going to have to get real.” These are the kinds of things we hear as we grow older. Over and over these kinds of messages are drilled into our heads as we make our way through school and repeated as adults until we either give up on thinking bigger or we no longer feel safe sharing our dreams.

Most of us prefer not to step into the role of visionary because we are fearful. The reason there are so few true visionaries is that the world looks at nonconformity with suspicion and distrust. There are any number of reasons for this, some are threatened because they are afraid of change, others because it is painful to see another take the risk they were unwilling to take so is it any wonder we are fearful of what others think and how we will be perceived. If we want to be more visionary we must be willing to look beyond the shortsightedness of others and overcome the obstacles necessary to claim a higher place. What might the world look like if so many weren’t so prone to fear? What might it look like if instead of discouraging dreamers we encouraged those who were willing to stand up and take on the bigger challenges the rest of us cower from? What would it look like if you could be one of those people?