It’s Time to Dream Bigger

by Jason Kotecki on · 6 comments


When we were young, we had no trouble dreaming big. There was no other way to dream. We dreamed big, often, and with reckless abandon.

But somewhere along the way, our heart got broken. A dream didn’t come true and it hurt like hell.

That hurt stayed with us, even if only on a subconscious level. We trained ourselves to set our sights a little lower, to keep from ever feeling that way again. Many of us chalk up that “dreaming big” thing to a childish habit, and our practice of it goes the way of our belief in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.  So we “mature,” and lower our sights to more “realistic”  levels.

And then, in between the rebranding of our dreams into "goals," it happens. Without ever consciously realizing it, our lives settle into the groove of mediocrity.

But I caution us all — including myself — to be careful about what we label as realistic. At best, it's too often a limited estimation of what really IS possible, and at worst, it's a cop-out.

Was the prospect of air travel “realistic” to the great grandparents of Orville and Wilbur Wright?

Was the prospect of an African American president “realistic” to the great grandparents of Barack Obama?

Was the prospect of using a wireless telephone to have a video call with a friend on the other side of the world “realistic” to the great grandparents of Steve Jobs?

The dreams we disregard and deem unrealistic today may turn out to be things our great grandkids take for granted.

The problems we face as a nation and as a global community are large. But the hope for a better future lies in big dreams, not realistic ones. Your story is destined to be great. But the people who collect amazing adventures are the ones with big dreams, not realistic ones.

The pain of broken dreams is real. But just as real is the exhilaration of seeing an “impossible” dream come true. The only dreams that have no chance of coming true are the ones never dreamed in the first place.

Now is NOT the time to downgrade your dreams. Now is NOT the time to be realistic.

Now is the time to dream BIGGER.

by Jason Kotecki

Jason Kotecki is an artist, author, and professional speaker. Jason and his wife Kim (a former kindergarten teacher) make it their mission in life to fight Adultitis and help people use strategies from childhood to design lives with less stress and more fun. Stop by for more tips for escaping adulthood.
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Eva May 13, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Dreaming big is the first step to success! Grand goals have to be chosen to realize them step-by-step, it is really worth for it!


Buford Pagliuca May 14, 2013 at 7:03 am

as Eva said, without dreaming the world wouldn’t move forward even a bit 🙂


Jason of Kim & Jason May 17, 2013 at 9:02 am

Couldn’t agree more!
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marquita herald May 17, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I love BHAG goals and am not shy about pushing myself – but then I don’t beat myself over the head if I fall short of a goal either. As long as I’ve truly given it my all, then I’ve at least made progress and that’s something to feel good about. Maybe a slight tweak of strategy is needed to go the rest of the way. To me, this is what makes life fun!
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Jason of Kim & Jason May 22, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Marquita, great point about not beating yourself up for falling short. Dreams can be prisons as much as they can be hot air balloons that take us beyond our wildest imaginations!
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vishakha Singh May 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Beautifully written a motivational post Jason. No doubt, dreams relate to us from within whether at conscious or sub-conscious level.


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