Being “Realistic”

“What if you had the courage to think like a Steve Jobs? What if you had the audacity to think like a Thomas Edison? At the very least, I guarantee your life would be more fun! A world of possibility is always more intriguing than a world of limitation. You can strike out just as easily when punching for a single as you can when swinging for a home run. So why not dream bigger?”

Some of the worst advice you can give someone is to tell them to be “realistic.” The reason for this has nothing to do with the word itself but has everything to do with the interpretation of the word. What’s considered “realistic” by the large majority of people is usually less than impressive and less than exciting. “Realistic” is akin to average and normal. It’s what common people aim for in an effort to stay comfortable.

Being "Realistic"

Being “Realistic”

Humans are gifted with a special kind of trait. It’s something that everyone has but not everyone uses. What I’m referring to, of course, is the gift of imagination. As human beings, we’ve been blessed with the ability to dream. We’ve been blessed with the ability to think, create and build. Imagination is something that brings our dreams to life. It’s the bridge between fantasy and reality.

Now when most of us hear the word “imagination,” odds are we think of Disney. Walt Disney and his famous theme parks were built upon that word. What’s interesting, however, is that Disney had his struggles. It took a lot of failure and a lot of rejection before his dreams became reality. In the mind of most observers, they just weren’t “realistic” enough to honestly be considered.

The same can be said of the Wright brothers. Orville and Wilbur Wright forever changed the world with their love of aviation. They changed travel as we know it with the development of the airplane. Nevertheless, their journey was also one of obstacles and disappointment. They had many failed attempts at flight and were probably told to be “realistic” on more than one occasion. Thank goodness they didn’t listen!

These are just two quick examples of people who changed the world. One can find many others in many different forms. Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Tony Robbins, Oprah and pretty much any ultra-successful person could also make this list. What they all have in common is that none of them were “realistic.” They all had goals and dreams that were far beyond what’s possible, and they all achieved those goals and dreams by literally defying the odds.

Now I’m not saying you have to be the next Oprah. I’m not saying you have to be the next Bill Gates. What I am saying is that in order to do great things with your life, you have to be willing to think outside the box. You have to be willing to let go of what’s “realistic” and dare to dream bigger. Use your imagination to visualize what’s possible. I think the reason most of us live such average lives is because we think such average thoughts.

Being "Realistic"

Being “Realistic”

What if you had the courage to think like a Steve Jobs? What if you had the audacity to think like a Thomas Edison? At the very least, I guarantee your life would be more fun! A world of possibility is always more intriguing than a world of limitation. You can strike out just as easily when punching for a single as you can when swinging for a home run. So why not dream bigger? Why not see your life as a golden opportunity?

I’ve had the privilege of researching and learning from some very remarkable people. Through study and close analysis, I’ve come to realize that all of them have one thing in common. From Donald Trump to Taylor Swift to Mark Zuckerberg, none of them were “realistic.” They all achieved great things by daring to be different, by daring to think bigger and aim higher than they should.

Your life can be whatever you want it to be. That may sound a little corny, but it’s still 100% true. All of your wildest dreams can become your reality. All of your greatest wishes can become your experience. You simply need to have the courage to use your imagination to develop bigger goals. Then all you need to do is to act on those goals. Go after what you want without fear or hesitation.

I said at the beginning that the problem with being “realistic” was not with the word itself but with the interpretation of the word. Hopefully this writing has changed the way you see it. See your dreams as “realistic.” See your goals as “realistic.” See your best life and your best you as completely “realistic.”

Have a great day!

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