12 Aug Look for inspiration in the world’s greatest feats and don’t be afraid to follow your dreams
Even among the challenging times that have faced the world over the past year-and-a-half there have been moments that are truly awe-inspiring and that should remind you to dream big.
All great things in life, however big or small they may seem, begin with a dream. Believing in your dreams and finding the inspiration to fuel them can be the difference in living a life that is rewarding and full. Where you achieve what you really want to.
Sometimes it takes something to make you stop and think though. An event that comes out of nowhere and forces you to think about what you really want to achieve, or whether you are living your life to its fullest.
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” Paulo Coelho
Build a resilient mindset to follow your dreams
It is, after all, so easy to get knocked off track and feel defeated when met with setbacks. Everybody has setbacks but it is a resilient mindset that enables people dust themselves off and start again. This can be a defining factor for who achieves their dream and who lets theirs fade.
Now, if you’re going to look to the skies where better than to start than with space travel. Although most people’s ambitions will not be quite so lofty – or attached to such an astronomical price tag – the journey of Elon Musk’s SpaceX is a lesson in dreaming big and resilience.
When SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket took two Nasa astronauts into space last May, it was a first for a private space firm – and the first time NASA had launched astronauts into space for a decade.
Whatever your thoughts on the man behind the venture it was a feat of engineering, technology and courage. Space travel had moved beyond state-sponsored exploration.
The brainchild of the man who created Tesla, SpaceX is another project from Elon Musk, who is certainly a dreamer, visionary and creator. He refuses to be limited by the beliefs of others and pursues his dreams to turn them into reality.
But this has not happened without setbacks? SpaceX saw four failed launches over the years, one of which saw a rocket explode during a routine launch pad test destroying a $200 million satellite. While he may have deep pockets that sort of setback will not only hurt financially but leave people questioning if the project is even possible.
Musk has a resilience and self-belief that spurs him on time after time to keep believing in his dream.
“Follow your dreams. I am not saying it’s going to be easy, but I am saying it’s going to be worth it.” Moffat Machingura
Follow your dreams with vision and determination
Having a vision and the determination to bring that to fruition is essential to meet life goals. When you feel like you are facing a failure, consider it to be feedback and look at what needs changing. A lesson on the path to success. Some things that happen you need to acknowledge objectively and consider what the lesson is to learn, and make a decision to push on.
Yet many people choose to be defeated instead of discovering their inner resilience and bouncing back.
It’s not only today’s pioneers and explorers that can show you how resilience pays off when chasing your dreams.
The film Hidden Figures tells the story of a group of black, female mathematicians who helped NASA win the original space race in the 1960s. Catherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history that saw an astronaut launched into orbit. The mathematical work of these women allowed the Apollo to blast off and put the first man on the moon more than 50 years ago.
It is amazing that we did that, but also that there is an international space station 250 miles above the Earth with people on it, learning about, living and working in space.
What this spectacle does is remind us to dream big, that there may be more in the world for us on every level, however big or small. Without big dreamers, incredible inventions we take for granted would not have been made, such as electricity, the light bulb, radio, TV and the internet.
We now have such power in our pockets with mobile technology, so don’t let anyone squash your dreams, instead go and be all the things that you want to be.
“Let your fear of regret be greater than your fear of failure!” Amelia Legend
Be inspired – and be an inspiration
Create a magnificent new world for yourself and the people around you. Everything began in somebody else’s dreams. Be inspired by nature, science, books, films or documentaries. It’s so easy to get caught up in day-to-day problems that don’t matter in the bigger scheme of things.
Don’t miss the miracles around you because you get caught up in the doom and gloom or someone else’s drama.
Consider what you are looking at and listening to? Does it bring you down or inspire you? Here is a challenge: Wherever you are today and whatever you’re doing, note all the amazing things around you. Look for good news on social media, join celebrations, wish people a happy birthday or a happy anniversary. There are always wonderful, inspiring events happening.
“You have to dream before your dreams can come true.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Choose the life you want to lead
Do not be defeated in your ambitions, instead vow to dream and fuel your creativity. Become an inspiration, investigator and instigator and build on your dreams.
Start by sharing nothing but good news all day and choose happiness all day for the next week. Make sure you share this with me, comment in the blog or share on our social channels below – let me know what inspiration you found.
Live with purpose, dream big and don’t be afraid to fail – these are just lessons to help you learn