big dreams and small things

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We need to pursue a big dream.

The kind which has us turning out of bed and wanting to do the thing we do with alacrity.

‘The hunger will give you everything.  And it will take from you everything.  It will cost you your life, and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.  But knowing this, of course, is what ultimately sets you free.’*

The problem with a scary big dream is, because we can’t make something big happen easily or quickly, we’re tempted to do nothing.

This is where we need to believe in the importance of small things – mini expressions and prototypes of our big vision.  When we do something small every day, several times every day, we’ll be surprised by what takes shape.

Seth Godin writes about how, for those turning big dreams into reality, ‘the fear is still there, but it’s drowned out by a different story.’**

This helps me realise how, in my journalling, I’m telling myself a different story at the beginning of each day, then finding small ways to express this.  The important question is: Does it work?

Peter Senge proffers:

‘There is one and only one way to assess a vision: what is attained relative to what might have been attained without the vision.’^

Small things.

(*From Hugh Macleod’s Evil Plans.)
(**From Seth Godin’s Tribes.)
(^From Peter Senge’s The Necessary Revolution.)

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