Each week we change the words/quote/saying that we are displaying on the noticeboard in our kitchen; these are the words we try to live by individually and as a family that week. Some weeks may focus on lifting our mood, others may be about motivation or attitude to life; something that speaks to us on some level and that we can directly apply to our lives. Changing the words each week stops them from becoming just another thing you walk past without really seeing, it keeps things fresh and stops them losing their power. This series is where I share those words with you in the hope they may help you and your family too. If you a new to the series and want to learn more, you can read the first post here, or check out the Words To Live By tab in the top menu.

Happy New Year everyone, I hope you all had a great festive period and are full of positivity for the year ahead. This weeks words are very fitting for this time of year when we are all thinking ahead to what we want to achieve in the coming months:

Words To Live By #10 Dream Big

Aside from making new year’s resolutions (does anyone ever stick to those?), the start of January is also when we set our sights on the future. When we dream about this being our year. Sometimes we have no concrete idea what that means, just that we want to have a good year. Other times we may have a whole list of things that we want to achieve. One thing we almost always do however, is sell ourselves short.

When you think about what you really want to happen this year, what is the first thing that pops into your head? Did you immediately discount it as unreasonable? Why?

It seems to be a common trait amongst many of us that we overthink things too much (see my post on overthinking), we over analyse too soon. We talk ourselves out of those big dreams because we think they could never really happen, not to us. And when we think that way, we are right.

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”  Henry Ford

“The future you see is the future you get.” Robert G Allen

But what if we could make those dreams a reality? Unless we try, we’ll never know.

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to peruse them.” Walt Disney

When I was setting my goals for the year ahead I had some pretty big dreams at the back of my mind but I didn’t actually write them down at first. I decided to go with goals that were much more achievable. But they didn’t excite me. What is the point of setting goals for yourself that don’t excite you in some way? Where is the fun in playing it safe? What is the point in having dreams at all if we don’t at least try to make them come true?

“Set a goal to achieve that is so big, so exhilarating, that it excites you and scares you at the same time.” Bob Proctor

“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

So that is my intention this year. I am dreaming big. Even if I don’t quite get there, I will get a lot further along towards that dream than if I had decided to play it safe.

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Les Brown

“A year from now you will wish you had started today”. Karen Lamb

One thing is for certain, if you want your dreams to become a reality, you need to believe wholeheartedly that they can be. Don’t over analyse and question the how, just believe anything is possible.

“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.” Oprah Winfrey

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” Anatole France

“Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality. Upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.” Stuart Scott

When it comes to setting the smaller milestone goals for the year, my main question behind each one will be: does this move me closer to my dream? If the answer is no, and its not an essential task or something I really want to do, then I’ll discard it.

How about you? Are you dreaming big this year?

 

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58 thoughts on “Words To Live By #10: Dream Big

  1. Oh, these quotes are great for kick starting the new year! I’m going to jot them down in my diary! Thanks for sharing.
    Jane Taylor recently posted…Happy New Year, Happy New Year’s resolutions!My Profile

    Posted on 3 January, 2017 at 6:53 am
    1. Thank you, they’re great aren’t they?

      Posted on 3 January, 2017 at 1:28 pm
  2. Great words for the new year.
    Your words were my favourite ‘quote’ of this post: “if you want your dreams to become a reality, you need to believe wholeheartedly that they can be.” This is so true.
    I’m not dreaming too big this year. I’m happy with where my life is at right now. A year ago I never imagined my life would look like this. Instead my goals are on personal development and making sure my words and actions mimic the kind of person that I want to be.
    Happy New Year!
    #DreamTeam

    Posted on 3 January, 2017 at 10:58 am
    1. Aww, thank you. They sound like great goals x

      Posted on 3 January, 2017 at 1:30 pm
  3. What great quotes. May you accomplish your big dreams in 2017. #DreamTeam

    Posted on 3 January, 2017 at 8:13 pm
    1. Thank you, you too x

      Posted on 6 January, 2017 at 12:35 pm
  4. What inspirational thoughts for the new year. I’m definitely guilty of not dreaming big enough – I’m very much a play-it-safe sort of person. It’s that kind of thinking that has kept me in the same job for nearly a decade – hopefully this is the year that I can change things. #FamilyFun
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    Posted on 4 January, 2017 at 7:03 am
    1. Thank you. Me too, this is the year it all changes though, hopefully it is for you too x

      Posted on 6 January, 2017 at 12:37 pm
  5. Oh I love this and love the fact that you change your words each week – brilliant! I use my IG feed for quotes which my teens read – we love to sit and chat over coffee about what they actually mean for them. I love the sentiment behind dream big. We’ve always had that belief with our children and when my little 10 year old girl said she wanted to be an actress we let her dream bug and helped her – and when she got into stage school in London our friends thought we were crazy but now at 17 with two films out this year (small parts but they are feature films) I am thrilled we let her dream big! Love this positivity! #FamilyFun
    justsayingmum recently posted…Owning MotherhoodMy Profile

    Posted on 4 January, 2017 at 8:44 am
    1. Wow, that’s incredible! Good on you for fostering that spirit in your children, it’s the best gift we can give them x

      Posted on 6 January, 2017 at 12:39 pm
  6. There is certainly nothing wrong with dreaming big! I am all for it. Like you say it doesn’t matter if you don’t get there but you’ll get a lot further than if you’d played it safe! Thanks for joining us at #familyfun xx
    Tammymum recently posted…#FamilyFun…Week 16My Profile

    Posted on 4 January, 2017 at 1:36 pm
    1. That’s exactly it! May all your dreams come true this year x

      Posted on 6 January, 2017 at 12:43 pm
  7. Ahh dreaming big, there is nothing wrong with that at all. I like your suggestion of making goals small and specific to the big dream. It’s easy to get waylaid off the path of a bigger dream! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun
    Karen | TwoTinyHands recently posted…#FamilyFun 16 – Happy New YearMy Profile

    Posted on 4 January, 2017 at 4:33 pm
    1. Thank you, breaking it down is almost as important as having the dream in the first place. Here’s to a great year for dreamers x

      Posted on 6 January, 2017 at 12:44 pm
  8. Some great words of inspiration here! My “resolutions” are not that big for this year, but I think they’re both part of a bigger idea to somehow look after myself a bit better. I plan to

    (a) drink a pint of water each morning (I know I don’t drink enough in the day so I’m hoping a big intake in the morning will go some way to helping that)
    (b) start practising my flute again (I used to be really good but I’ve hardly played since my eldest was born 6 years ago).

    Happy New Year #ABloggingGoodTime
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    Posted on 5 January, 2017 at 7:10 am
    1. Looking after yourself is hugely important and something mothers seem to do very little of. Drinking more water is on my bucket list for this month, I’m terrible x

      Posted on 6 January, 2017 at 12:46 pm
  9. I love that Henry Ford quote, I saw it somewhere the other day and thought how true it is! Another great quote! Happy 2017 #sharingthebloglove

    Posted on 5 January, 2017 at 11:19 am
    1. Thank you, it’s one of my all time favourites. Have a great year x

      Posted on 6 January, 2017 at 12:47 pm
  10. I have set myself goals for the year, but my dream is to be able to earn enough from my blog that I can give up some of my shifts at work so I can spend more time at home with my family. This post is very inspiring, thank you x
    #FamilyFun

    Posted on 5 January, 2017 at 11:59 am
    1. That’s a fantastic dream to focus on. Best of luck x

      Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 1:23 pm
  11. Sorry just popping back from #sharingthebloglove because you’re before me!
    Lucy At Home recently posted…It’s Hard When You’re Grieving At Christmas TimeMy Profile

    Posted on 5 January, 2017 at 2:22 pm
  12. Very inspirational post! “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” Anatole France That is my favorite.
    #sharingthebloglove

    Posted on 5 January, 2017 at 5:06 pm
    1. Thank you, that’s a great quite isn’t it?

      Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 1:29 pm
  13. I’ve been trying to get back here because I LOVE LOVE your Words to Live By Series. #SharingTheBlogLove

    Posted on 6 January, 2017 at 1:08 am
    1. Aww, thank you, that means so much!

      Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 1:31 pm
  14. We’ve got some BIG ideas this year…just preparing to make them happen, but it takes a bit of money saving. Love the Henry Ford quotes we’re big fans of his. #DreamTeam #SharingtheBlogLove x
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    Posted on 6 January, 2017 at 6:47 am
    1. That’s great, sending lots of positive vibes x

      Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 1:32 pm
  15. Perfect words to start off the year! I’m definitely guilty of not being ambitious enough with my goals normally, but this year I’ve tried to push myself a little bit more. But I’m trying to get the right balance between being ambitious and giving myself a bit of a break – it’s a tough one! Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    Posted on 6 January, 2017 at 11:41 am
    1. Ha ha, the elusive work/life balance. If you figure it out let me know!

      Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 1:32 pm
  16. I love this! It’s perfect for this time of year. I’m definitely dreaming big this year for myself. This is the year that I find ‘me’ again and I’m dreaming big! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    Posted on 6 January, 2017 at 4:43 pm
    1. Thank you, glad you’re dreaming big. Best of luck x

      Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 1:33 pm
  17. I choose words to live by for my entire year. I’ve never thought to do it weekly. I guess it helps keep the word more in focus if you change it every week, like a reminder that its there and to live mindfully. I’m definitely going to stick my two words for the year up on the wall though – I need to see them everyday. #PoCoLo

    Posted on 6 January, 2017 at 4:51 pm
    1. Having them on show definitely helps. Best of luck x

      Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 1:35 pm
  18. So good to have this series back in 2017. I’m a sucker for a good quote and these posts never fail to be uplifting. Thank you. xx

    Posted on 6 January, 2017 at 9:14 pm
    1. #familyfun
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      Posted on 6 January, 2017 at 9:15 pm
    2. Aww, thank you 😊 x

      Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 1:38 pm
  19. I love your ‘Words To Live By’ series, and this one is brilliant for a new year. You always really motivate me. #SharingTheBlogLove

    Posted on 7 January, 2017 at 9:23 pm
    1. Oh wow, thank you so much. It’s comments like this that really motivate me x

      Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 1:45 pm
  20. So many amazing quotes I this post. I definitely over think and sell myself short way too often, this year I will dream big too and see what happens:) xx #kcacols

    Posted on 8 January, 2017 at 7:35 am
    1. Yay, well done. You’ll never know unless you try x

      Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 1:51 pm
  21. I love seeing some inspirational quotes to give me a push in the right direction and these certainly do!

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    Mainy
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    Posted on 8 January, 2017 at 5:35 pm
    1. Aww, thank you, glad they helped x

      Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 1:56 pm
  22. Ahhhh I absolutely LOVE these words. I might be a touch bias though a the 3 Little Buttons saying is “dream big, and make the most of the little things.” 🙂 All so positive quotes, it’s a fab way of starting the year off. Thank you for linking up to the #DreamTeam xx
    Annette, 3 Little Buttons recently posted…#HappyLittleButtons December Round UpMy Profile

    Posted on 8 January, 2017 at 5:43 pm
    1. Thank you, it really is a great saying x

      Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 1:57 pm
  23. What great motivational quotes Alana! Having the courage to take steps towards your dreams is what it takes. Good luck! Thanks for linking to #pocolo
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    Posted on 9 January, 2017 at 4:57 pm
    1. Thank you, it really is x

      Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 2:07 pm
  24. I am dreaming big for 2017. “big” means basically being happy and working towards the things that matter to me. lovely inspiring quotes 🙂 #KCACOLS
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    Posted on 9 January, 2017 at 6:26 pm
    1. Good on you, they’re the best kind of dreams to have. Best of luck x

      Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 2:08 pm
  25. Ah I love and adore this idea. I’ve known I’ve needed a chalk board in my kitchen for some time but I just couldn’t think of a purpose. Now I have one! Beautifully inspiring post.
    This year I aim to start an AAT accounting course, work self employed alongside my hubby, and upgrade our house and garden reusing and upcycling items we have or can obtain for free. All in prep to hopefully sell up.
    #KCACOLS

    Posted on 9 January, 2017 at 6:37 pm
    1. Thank you. Some great goals for the year, may all your dreams come true x

      Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 2:09 pm
  26. Great quotes 🙂 It’s funny isn’t it if we had a ‘last date’ assigned us we would go all out to realise our dreams and yet sometimes we live as if we are immortal. My friend’s favourite quote is ‘Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.’ #KCACOLS

    Posted on 9 January, 2017 at 11:26 pm
    1. Thank you. You’re so right and that is a great quote. There’s another one along the lines of ‘do it today because the future is promised to no-one’ x

      Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 2:19 pm
  27. A great choice of works. I am currently doing a #PositiveMomentProject and each day on facebook I share a positive thought, comment, quote or picture to remind myself to stay positive and there are some great ones here!
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime
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    Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 1:02 pm
    1. Thank you. What a great idea, I’ll be akin to check it out later x

      Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 2:28 pm
  28. Reading quotes always makes me feel better. I don’t know why I don’t start printing some off and sticking them round my house! A bit of positivity goes a long way, thank you lovely #ablogginggoodtime
    Jade The Parenting Jungle recently posted…Television. Tv. I swore I wouldn’t do it. Did you? #ParentsMy Profile

    Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 2:17 pm
    1. I’m the same, I’m a bit of a quote addict if truth be known and can lose hours looking at them online if I’m not careful x

      Posted on 10 January, 2017 at 2:30 pm
  29. Definitely! I’m celebrating a big birthday this year and have big plans, especially as MOH is also celebrating the same big birthday and ten years married. If you’re going to do it, do it big and in style I say. Looking forward to following your adventures this year – thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo
    Stephanie Robinson recently posted…My current obsession: Scrappy quiltsMy Profile

    Posted on 12 January, 2017 at 10:49 pm
    1. Wow, very big year for you two then. Can’t wait to read all about it x

      Posted on 13 January, 2017 at 7:24 pm