If you have ever asked a six-year-old what he/she would like to become, you would have got some answers that sounded unreal. ‘I want to become an Astronaut!’, ‘A Pilot’ or maybe even ‘The President’. The brain of a little child tends to overlook obstacles and hence it sees nothing but The Big Picture.
This is the mantra we have to follow in our lives to reach our dream and the first step is simple:
DREAM BIG: I am going to be millionaire. Dreaming of something like this is perfectly normal and achievable. There is nothing irrational about it. Remember the bigger the dream, the harder you will push yourself in reaching to it. If one day a renowned filmmaker wants to make a film on your life, make sure he has a story to tell his audience. This should be the size of your dream.
STAY FOCUSSED: Keep the big picture in mind but focus on achieving it in bits and pieces. Figure out what is do-able, bite as much as you can eat. Challenge yourself but know the difference between challenging and exerting yourself.
MAKE A MIND MAP: Often as we sit to write or plan something, we go all blank. But sometimes, an idea strikes us and we know exactly what and how a task needs to be done. Sit down and make a mind map immediately. Don’t let the flow waste away.
HOW TO MAKE A MIND MAP?
It is simple. Write your main idea or the big picture prominently at the center of a sheet of paper. Draw out branches and break the bigger picture into several smaller pictures. See what you can do in a shorter time frame. What will you require to complete the smaller picture? A mind map is a very helpful tool in putting down your thoughts as and when they strike you. Here’s an example-
FACE YOUR FEARS: Fears hold us down. You want to excel in class but you fear a particular subject. Every time you sit to practice it, you know you are afraid of it and you approach with a preconceived thought that okay, ‘This is Maths, I am not good at numbers, not my cup of tea.’ Hence you make a half hearted effort.
LOOK FOR INCENTIVES: These are the real motivations. But incentives materialize only when a considerable thought, effort and time has been invested in them. So if you think sitting for two nights in a row before an exam will put you up on the scholar board, you are mistaken. Put an effort throughout, get inspired by your own achievements at every milestone (a 10/10 in every class test perhaps).
DON’T LET CRITICISM AFFECT YOU: When we dream big, we want to share our dream with people because we are proud of it. Some people take it in a good spirit and even help us in reaching our aims. Others judge and criticize. They will tell you a million ways of how the thing will not work out. They will give you a number of arguments, ‘The stars do not favour you’, ‘You will never have enough money for this’, ‘No one in our family has done it, so even you cannot’ and so on and so forth. Do not let the negativity take you down. Have faith in your capabilities.
UNCHAIN YOUR DREAMS: We are our worst enemies. We let ourselves down, before anyone else does. Stop over-analyzing a situation and act. Prioritize your actions and identify what is significant and what is not. If you are already late for school, you will not spend another 30 minutes looking for a pen. You will borrow one from a friend, because you know your presence is more important than that of a pen that can be very well substituted.
LOOK FOR PERFECTION BUT DON’T BE OBSESSED WITH IT: You have a beautiful handwriting and you sit to write an exam. In the first hour you write at your pace and your handwriting turns out well, but as the invigilator shouts ‘Last 10 minutes’ you rush through your answers. You no longer care about your handwriting as you are focused on finishing the answers on time. Perfection matters but not always.
What is important is that we think BIG. Think like a child who only sees possibilities in amidst turmoil. Think like a renowned musician or artist who has an uncanny ability of creating something out of nothing. Think like a professional athlete who has the will to persist and overcome any obstacle standing in their way. Think like a Noble prize winning scientist who meticulously works through BIG problems in small ways. Think like a billionaire entrepreneur who knows no limitations in thought or action.