Solve racism? Fix hunger? End poverty? Yes, yes, and yes. If you’re thinking maybe you are dreaming too big, or your dreams are impractical, or your head is too much in the clouds, here’s how to understand how that big dream is actually a good thing.
It’s where you are coming from, not where you are going too. It’s the wind behind you not your destination.
For example, me? I want to evolve humanity. I want every human on earth to grow emotionally. I want to make us all emotionally intelligent — wait, no — emotional geniuses.
That’s where I’m coming from. That’s authentic for me. It’s inside me and I can’t deny it. It’s not so much the end, then, but the beginning. It’s the energy I’m starting with. It’s my core drive.
That is the key: it drives me.
I don’t believe it is my destination. That is something different. It’s not my goal. I know I won’t be able to impact every single human being. I will only be able to help a handful of people, relative to the billions we live with on the planet.
My destination is very different: I’m creating ideas, programs, and an organization to share them that may just impact a million (?) people. Maybe a thousand. Maybe 10 million! Yeah!
Currently, I’m working with a group of 3 people, and I’m focusing on them.
So, when I say something like, “I want to save the world” — this is my animating energy, not what I’m going to do.
Now, once I’ve stated that I’m not going to save the world, there’s no need to try to redefine, or reinterpret it with something like “well, hey, you might really change the world of 1 person and that’s changing the world for them!”
That’s not necessary or helpful. What’s helpful is to be honest and tap into what is true: I have a grand and powerful feeling within me, and it doesn’t actually have to be my destination. Whether I like it or not, it is my drive.
It’s not where I’m going to, it’s where I’m coming from. My “to” can be big and bold as well, but it’s different than my “from.” My “from” is an idea and an emotion. My “to” is a set of awesome objectives.
Open yourself to your biggest “from,” then put together a “to” that works for you.