I had a short discussion with someone today about having amazing jobs that feel more like fun than actual work because you're doing what you love to do. At some point I said to the guy, 'Might just as well dream big, right?!'
After mulling that over for a while, I started wondering why I never dreamed big until I was well into my twenties. And it hit me. Before you can even have a big dream or any dream at all, you must give yourself permission to dream.
If you look at highly successful people, most if not all of them started out with nothing but a dream and then moved heaven and earth to make it real. How did they do that; motivate themselves to build a lofty fantasy into something concrete and tangible? They gave themselves permission to do so.
At some point whether consciously or not they said to themselves, 'This is my dream. I give myself permission to believe in it. I give myself permission to do the work.'
And these highly successful people did not to let themselves get discouraged by others or by set backs or their own insecurities because they gave themselves permission to believe in their dream unconditionally.
The ability to have such unwavering faith, to believe in yourself so unconditionally may come easy for some and it may take years of painful inner growth or therapy for others. But I believe we all have that ability and if we learned to tap into it, hold onto it and allow ourselves to believe and to do the work, just think what amazing things we all could achieve!
So give yourself permission to dream and to believe unconditionally, and do the work!