Daring to Dream–Should You Stay or Should You Grow Now?

You’re probably familiar with the phrase “Go big or go home,” but what does going big mean when you are working toward a dream and, more importantly, how can going big impact your life?

Nothing in life begins big. From an acorn growing into a majestic oak to an infant becoming a towering basketball player to a hurricane starting as a tropical depression, everything has a small beginning and then has the potential to grow to unknown heights and breadth. Including you.

Every dreamer likes the idea of getting big, and getting big fast seems better than growing slowly. 

But is bigger and faster really the best way to achieve a dream? After all, if getting their fast is your goal, what might you miss out on along the way? And what if you walk away too quickly when the dream does not come fast enough?

In nature, growth in cells that happen too fast and grow too big are called cancerous sometimes, and that is in no way a positive thing. 

Growing big and doing it quickly can be exciting, but it can also be tremendously stressful because there is little time to adjust or to earn valuable lessons along the way. We may make silly decisions because we have to make them quickly. We may feel overwhelmed. We may be asked too many questions that we don’t know the answers to. We may miss the little touches that can contribute to the long-term success of a dream because we are overly focused on handling the big issues. We most certainly will miss out on meaningful connections along the way.

When we think about taking a dream and turning it into reality, we should consider our potential steps if we really want long-term growth to stick? Maybe going big should not be the goal? This is a very personal decision that only the dreamer can determine. 

So ask yourself these questions as you dare to dream:

What is my preferred timeline for my dream?

What would happen if it grows very fast? How would I handle this? Who would I ask to support me and help me as I grow?

What are the potential positives of growing big and fast for me and my life?

What are the potential downsides of growing big and fast for me and my life? 

Why do I see the biggest dream possible, as fast as possible, as the preferred route?

The plan is up to you.

About Deedee Cummings

As a therapist, attorney, author, and CEO of Make A Way Media, Deedee Cummings has a passion for making the world a better place. All 16 of Cummings’ diverse picture, poetry, and workbooks for kids reflect her professional knowledge and love of life. Colorful and vibrant, her children’s books are not only fun for kids and adults to read, they also work to teach coping skills, reinforce the universal message of love, encourage mindfulness, and facilitate inclusion for all. Cummings has spent more than two decades working within the family therapy and support field and much of her writing shares her experiences of working with kids in therapeutic foster care. As a result, her catalogs of published books for kids are filled with positive, hopeful messages. Using therapeutic techniques in her stories to teach coping skills, Cummings also strives to lessen the stigma that some people feel when it comes to receiving mental health assistance.
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