The story of Virgin is a tale of big dreams. The odds have often been stacked against us, but by not limiting ourselves to what we have been told to be true, we have been able to make the impossible possible. Dreaming champions aspiration, spurs innovation, leads to change, and propels the world forward. Dream big and you will be rewarded… trust me.
To champion more dreaming, here are my top tips of how to dream big:
Open your calendar and schedule time just to dream. Put it in your diary like you would a meeting. Far too many people get weighed down in doing, and never take the time to think and feel. Take five minutes, an hour, a day, or even a holiday. If you free up some time to think freely, you’ll be able to see the bigger picture much easier.
Don't be self-conscious
Don’t be self-conscious about dreaming, or about people thinking you’re too idealistic, and not serious enough. Don’t allow your self talk to be judgmental. And don’t betray your dreams for the sake of fitting in. Look at the world with wide-eyed enthusiasm, believe you are more powerful than the problems that confront you.
Be scared, but not scared off
If your dreams don't scare you they are too small. Dreaming comes with some level of risk, and the biggest and best dreams come with a lot of risk – failure, criticism or loss of hope. But those who achieve great things are the ones willing to be scared but not scared off. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.
Let others in
A great dream can drive wonderfully innovative collaboration. If you share your dream with like-minded people who share your passion, you could take your dream places you never imagined going. Very few people ever made a great idea come to life without a lot of help.
We should all dream, and encourage others to do so too. The benefits of dreaming far outweigh the perceived risks, because the value of dreaming isn’t just measured by the outcome, but the inspiration that comes from journey of achieving the dream.