When’s the last time you saw the world through a child’s eyes? If you spend any time around children, then you know they see the world very differently than adults do. Children often believe anything is possible.
Let’s try to revive some of that childlike wonder so we can live our lives and fulfill our potential with more joy.
Being a Kid Again Means Dreaming Big
Perhaps the greatest lesson we can learn from children is that they dream big and they do so unapologetically. They don’t get bogged down by what other people think. Adults, on the other hand, are often concerned about what friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and people on social media have to say about us and our plans.
I call many of these people “dream killers.” They may not mean to kill dreams, and they would probably deny it if you called them out on it, but nonetheless, that’s what they do. When you say, “I want to start a business” or “I’m going to write a book” or “I dream of reaching the top of Mount Everest,” they say “Ooh, that’s hard, not many people succeed at that, maybe you should do something else.”
But kids don’t care about whether something is difficult. Some kids want to be an astronaut, a veterinarian, and a ballerina when they grow up – at the same time! So what? They’re staying open to life’s abundant possibilities. They know what brings them joy and base their dreams off of that.
You need to dream big, too. Forget what other people have to say about your dreams. What does six-year-old you have to say about them?
Finding Joy and Regretting Fear
When I was a kid I dreamt of playing in the World Series. And I got to do it! Okay, kind of. I didn’t play in the World Series but I did get to play in the Connie Mack World Series, a prestigious amateur baseball championship for teens from all over the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. I pitched against Puerto Rico and our team ended up third in the nation. Not bad. It may not have been exactly what I pictured as a little boy, but it was still an amazing experience.
Baseball was a passion of mine for a long time and brought me a lot of joy. After playing for many years, I eventually quit baseball altogether because I had a fear of failure. I regret that decision because I’ll never know what could have happened had I stuck with it and believed in my dreams.
Fear of failure is not a valid reason to quit. Instead of running from your fear, you need to run toward your joy.
What are your dreams? Now, dream bigger. Now, even bigger. If you knew failure wasn’t an option, what would you attempt? There’s something out there calling your name. That thing that gives you that buzzing energy in your stomach. That’s the joy on your journey calling to you. Don’t ignore it; follow it.