The Magic of Big Dreams
“For whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” Napoleon Hill.
Children love to dream from an early age, whether it’s about life, fairytales and stories, or their blissful desire to rule the world, as told by their favorite superhero. Their dreams have no ceiling, and they know how to dream big. Life-sized dreams, and even greater imagination, are extraordinary traits I absolutely love to see in our children. Free and uninhibited, children are natural dreamers and only see countless possibilities and optimism ahead of them. As parents and caregivers, how can we help them make their dreams come true, help them understand they do not need the magic of a fairy and have the power within them? Remember, they look to us for motivation, inspiration, and leadership, and we have to help them recognize that anything is possible! If we deny our children’s dreams, discourage them, or reject their right to dream, we undermine their chances for achievement. Help them believe in the power of possibility. The path to their goal can be seen as one of opportunity or simply one of doubtfulness. Yes, of course, there will be struggles and failures, but these serve as master teachers to help them grow into stronger human beings. Your children will look up to you for helping them to lead the way. How in the world do I do that, you ask? Enable them to take action. It all starts with a thought, then the belief that it can happen, and subsequently, taking action to make it happen! No one can make our dreams come true except us. All dreams are possible. With you by their side, the possibilities are endless. Don’t get in your child’s way of achieving their dreams; show them the way.
So, when your child tells you she wants to be an astronaut in the future, don’t be too quick to diminish that dream and say that it will never happen. Instead, take her to the planetarium to look at the stars. Relax, look up, and dream with her.