Don’t stop dreaming

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michellegriceI’m in my apartment in New York, sitting on my bed with a laptop, writing my column for a New York newspaper. OK, so I’m really in a hotel room, not an apartment, and my column is for The Western Weekender not a New York newspaper.

But I am really in New York as I write this, having fun pretending that I’m fictional New York columnist Carrie Bradshaw (from TV show ‘Sex and the City’)!

Some readers might think I’m being pretty silly, but I think it’s important not to be ‘serious’ all the time.

If you’ve spent any time with children under age 10, you will know that they generally have outlandish and crazy dreams for their future by adult standards. Some of the most successful people are those who haven’t let go of those ‘crazy’ ideas and let themselves continue to dream big (think Richard Branson).

So how about you? Do you let your thoughts go wild about the possibilities for your business? Do you let yourself ponder questions like ‘what would I do with unlimited resources?’.

Start with paper and pen (there is a lot of research which shows that creativity is better supported by using ‘old school’ writing methods, rather than using a screen). Write down as many ‘beyond your wildest dreams’ ideas for your business.

When you do this, don’t let practicalities get in the way. Be child-like and jot them down with no other intention. This might just be a two minute exercise or you might like to let your mind wander for longer.

You could either pin these ideas on the wall, or put them away and look at them every now and again.

If you have never done this, or haven’t done it in a long time, I encourage you to try it!

It doesn’t mean all those wishes will magically occur, or necessarily change the current trajectory of your business. But what it can do is open your mind to the possibility of something bigger and better for your business.

Dreams can only come true if you have them in the first place.

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