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Ascend Life Blog #15: Dreams Too Good To Be True?

Daniel Gant 

Do you have dreams for your life that seem just too good to ever be true? I know that I sure do.

We all have dreams of many kinds. Career dreams, relational dreams, fitness dreams; there are many types, but I know for myself and many others that a lot of these dreams feel completely out of reach.

Why is that? Are these dreams really too good to be true, or are they attainable? Are there things we can do to create an environment that will give us a better chance of reaching them?

First off, I would like to make it clear that there are dreams that are unreachable and some that are all but unreachable. If your dream is to play in the NBA and you are 5-foot-six while not impossible (Muggsy Bogues, Earl Boykins, and Mel Hirsch were all 5’6” and shorter) it is highly improbable. If you dream to be an astronaut or to be president, the odds are stacked very strongly against you. That said, there are many things you can do to increase the odds of reaching these so-called unreachable goals.

Check out the StoryBrand podcast episode #74 for an interview with Jerry Linenger who talks about overcoming the odds to become an Astronaut.

So, if your dream is huge, and remember it is vitally important to dream big, don’t lose hope. There are things you can do to increase the odds.

Most dreams are attainable. Maybe not in the exact way you dream, but in some form, they can be reached. If you dream to own a successful business or find a wonderful spouse, those are dreams that are absolutely attainable. There are steps you will need to take and things you will need to learn, but you can absolutely get there.

As an example, about 30 years ago two young brothers and a friend started an aircraft company in a barn in Wisconsin. They had a dream to create something special in the general aviation industry. Years later, I work for this same company.

Today Cirrus Aircraft has the best-selling single-engine 4 seat general aviation aircraft in the world. The SR series of aircraft have in many ways changed general aviation through innovation and safety.

In addition, Cirrus’ newest aircraft the Vision Jet is the first certified general aviation single engine jet to be produced. It is fast and sleek. Highly affordable, for a jet, with many luxuries and integrated technologies. As the cherry on the cake the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System® (CAPS®), pioneered on the SR series, comes as standard equipment. This means that in an emergency there is a parachute that will bring the entire aircraft safely to the ground.

Talk about pushing the limits!

On top of all that, just this week the Vision Jet, won the most prestigious award in aviation! The Robert J. Collier Trophy.

In the 106 years that the Collier Trophy has been awarded, Cirrus is one of only a handful of general aviation companies to have won it. Other notable winners include the likes of Chuck Yeager, the Apollo 11 team, Neil Armstrong, and Orville Wright (the younger of the Wright brothers). Companies who have won include, among others, Boeing, Blue Origin, and Gulfstream. In short, for a company started in a Wisconsin barn… this is a big deal!

I am very proud to be a part of this company, and I say all this to point out that even if a dream is huge, it isn’t impossible. Do you think the founders of Cirrus would have believed you if you had told them that 30 years down the road the company that they started would win the prestigious Collier Trophy? I highly doubt it!

So, what do you do when you don’t believe your dreams are attainable? What do you do when you have doubts or don’t see the path? How can you give your best effort to achieve your dreams?

One of the most important things you can do is to stop the negative Belief Cycles.

(If you don’t know what the Belief Cycle is, go read the Ascend Life blog post #11 where we go into the details of the positive and negative power our beliefs have in our lives.)

If you can stop the doubt and start believing that your dreams are attainable, you will start the positive Belief Cycle which will greatly increase your chances of actually achieving your dreams.

By believing that your dream is attainable, you will start to identify with that dream. You will start to feel that it is yours. By believing that chasing your dream isn’t a waste of time, you will tend to take actions towards the accomplishment of your dream. The consequences will be real progress, the reality of which will increase your belief.

The cycle will continue to spin and pick up momentum until you have reached your dream. At which point, keep it going as you chase down another dream.

There is nothing easy about doing this, but the reward is absolutely worth it. We have within each of us an innate desire to be a part of something bigger, to create something great, to change the world for good. Our dreams are given to us for this reason.

Allow yourself to dream again. Allow yourself to believe that your dreams are not out of reach. Believe and start moving towards them today.

May you be blessed as you chase your God given dreams.