Dream big, but focus on what you can achieve
We all dream to do something exceptional and outstanding. It might mean writing a book, excelling in a particular sport, being on top of the charts, inventing something new or setting up a business empire. Says Oprah Winfrey, “The biggest adventure you can take it to live a life of your dreams.”
When we are done dreaming, we need to set goals and devise plans to start working on. Setting goals and setting realistic goals are two different things. You should have definite goals. For example, if your goal is to own a big car it’s not a definite goal. A particular model and brand of the car should be set in your mind – that is a definite goal.
Everybody has heard the brand “Lamborghini”. This brand of supercars was a brand of tractors initially. The owner of the tractor company, Ferruccio Lamborghini was once insulted by Enzo Ferrari (owner of the brand Ferrai). After this instance Ferruccio decided that he will go into making cars. He had a lot of knowledge in this arena, so he focused on what he could achieve. Today a Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is of worth $50,00.000.
The world is unpredictable, so you should have flexible goals and goals which adjust with your situations and with your time as well. Success is not defined by what and how many goals you have, it is defined by what and how much you have done on your part to achieve those goals.
In order to focus to achieve your goals you should set a schedule and stand by it at all times. Having a set schedule makes it easier for you to work and keeps you prepared for any obstacle which is yet to come. A schedule makes sure that you are clear about your actions which results in increased focus and determination.
As a leader, you should have a clear vision and plan of your actions as it becomes easier to stick to it. Having a vision increases the trust of your partners in you and you become more confident about your actions.
Take Travis Kalanick, Founder of Uber, who began his company from a heartfelt need, “We wanted to get a ride in Paris but couldn’t find a taxi.” This multi-million dollar company which keeps on expanding in many countries, is a blend of entrepreneurship and creative abilities of Kalanick, who helped solve the problem of demand and supply of taxi services.
Patience is also what helps you make your dreams reachable. You should keep working hard in the right direction and be positive. People often say hard work is the key to success but successful leaders will always tell that patience is the key.
‘Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfilment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.’ – Jack Canfield