The Difference A Dream Makes.

It's easy to be cynical about dreaming big dreams. After all, dreams are just your imagination -- all in your head. They aren't real life or even a possibility sometimes. They're just a spark of hope.

A moment of wishful thinking .

The beginning of anything -- and everything.

Dreams are the inspiration for every accomplishment that has ever been achieved by mankind.

It all starts with a dream. A hope. A prayer. A wish.

There is nothing until there is a dream.

That's when things change.

A dream changes everything. Nothing is replaced by chance. And chance by possibility.

And as possibility became potential, the dream became reality. And with reality came change.

Change is what you need right now in your life. You need things to be better. It might be bad finances, poor health, a lousy job, or screwed up personal relationships.

You need to start dreaming.

You need to start now. This moment. It starts by asking yourself the hard questions.

  • What do success and happiness look like to you right now?
  • What are you willing to give up to get to where you want to be?
  • What type of person do you want to be for the rest of your life?
  • What mistakes do you need to avoid making the next time around?
  • What opportunities, mentors, and coaches do you need around you?

The list goes on and on. It starts with brutal honesty and ends when you begin to see the finish line in the distance.

That hurts.

Because giving your dream a chance to succeed means that you have to confront the bad behaviors and poor thinking that has held you back from being successful up to this point.

You might decide that it's easier to stop dreaming and just make the best use of what you have right now. The cynic inside you will make you think that pointing-the-finger at others and blaming the world around you is the best way to protect yourself from the pain of dreaming big dreams.

But what you aren't remembering when you think that way is that losing hurts forever.

That's too high a cost.

Which is the difference a dream makes. It sets you free. It makes the pain you feel right now a little bit more manageable.

It makes you a winner -- in your body, your mind, and your back pocket.

What if things weren't the way they are right now? What if you could live the life of your dreams?

You can. You should . I hope you do.

LeadershipStephen Palacino