Don’t get me wrong, small dreams are not a bad thing, but a larger, more developed dream gives us more to strive for. It gives us a long-term vision and takes us out of our comfort zone, demanding we grow and change. A large dream takes more courage and gumption. Accomplishing a large dream will give us more satisfaction than a simple, easily achievable dream.

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There are three main reasons a challenging dream may be more beneficial than a smaller, easily achieved goal:

1. Larger dreams have less competition to complete them

More people choose to be average rather than pursue something greater than themselves. Large dreams usually can’t be accomplished on your own, which means you need to rely on others to help support you through them. Sometimes that’s a hard thing to do. 

2. You’ll find out what you’re made of

It’s hard to step out of our comfort zone. A large dream makes us have to do just that. We can accomplish smaller, more attainable goals without getting too uncomfortable or upsetting the status quo. If you choose to be average, you remain in a sea of ordinary where everyone blends in and goes with the flow. 

Did you know that many types of fish swim against the current? Going against the current for us would be hard! They go in the opposite direction of what would be comfortable! When we don’t dream huge, we are essentially dying in the current, flowing aimlessly downstream. It’s not easy to swim against the current, but it’s harder to make something interesting that’s been done a zillion times. Why not choose to think bigger and take the path less traveled, and swim upstream? Get out of the flow and find a dream that changes you!

3. Others are more likely to help you

People are more likely to help you achieve larger dreams than to aid in minuscule ones. Maybe you’re not thinking about others, but it doesn’t change the fact that others want to feel like they belong and are a part of something bigger. When I was younger, I loved being on a sports team because it made me feel a part of something bigger than myself. I felt like others were relying on me to succeed because of my attitude and how I played affected the whole team. 

It’s more probable that family and friends will stand by you as you work toward a higher goal because it’s more likely you will need or ask for advice and help. If they feel needed, they will stick with you. Everyone has a longing to feel needed, and a larger dream will require more out of others. 

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” — Harriet Tubman

Does a larger dream mean you could experience more ridicule from others?

Yup, it sure can! But what you have to remember is that, even if your family or friends are discouraging toward your dreams at first, they actually do want to see you succeed because, if you do, then maybe they can too. But you going after a larger dream can make those around you uncomfortable because you’re becoming an excuse remover for those in your life.

With a larger dream, you’ll find out what you’re made of and meet the real you in the process. Your character will be revealed as you withstand obstacles and distractions along the way because they will come. Anything worth reaching for will not come without a fight. There will be bumps in the road and issues you didn’t foresee, but if you stick with it, and see it through, you’ll find that you are capable of more than you imagined possible. 

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Stepping out of your comfort zone leads to a stronger, more tenacious you. It absolutely takes faith to risk more. More is on the line for you, and failure is always a possibility, but the only way you fail is if you quit on yourself.

You see, when hunting rabbits in tiger territory, hunters need to be on a constant lookout for tigers. However, when hunting tigers in a rabbit territory, hunters can ignore all the rabbits. Rabbits are harmless! A big dream can make small “problems” seem to just go away because you’re focused on the tigers — or the big dream — rather than the rabbits — or the problems that pop up along the way. Choose to hunt for tigers and ignore the rabbits.


You should dream huge because there is less competition in large dreams, people are more likely to help you achieve larger dreams, and you’ll find out what you’re made of in the process. I know dreaming huge is a bit scary because it takes us out of our comfort zone, and there’s more likelihood that we don’t hit our dreams the first go around, but the change accrued in the process is so worth taking the journey. Don’t wait! Do it now. Dream Huge!

If you feel like you don’t know where to start, or you have a dream but aren’t able to finish, I encourage you to check out my first book, “Mind Over Marathon: Overcoming Mental Barriers in the Race of Life”, and the ebook version is on pre-sale now! It is about discovering your dreams and taking them from inception to a flourishing finish. If you’re looking to ignite passion and purpose in your life, clarify your unique game plan, and build confidence in who you are, this book will take you there! 

Dream huge, and, remember, you are a winner. Just run YOUR race!

I’d love to hear from you! Can you turn your small dreams into stepping stones to a larger one? Leave a comment below and let me know.

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