Following every blog post, book signing, or any other thing to do with my writing, I end with two words that are very inspiring to me; “Dream Big.” I have been thinking about these two words what they actually mean to me. Everyone has dreams, whether they are dreams for the distant future, or even dreams for the near future. It is up to each of us to make our “dreams” come true. It all depends on how much we want it and what we are willing to do to make it happen.
I have many dreams and aspirations. My dreams are goals that I set for myself. Some dreams are big; Some dreams are small. Whatever they may be, I always try to do my best to accomplish them. Many of my dreams have already become a reality, which feels like an amazing success. At the opposite end of that spectrum, I have many dreams and goals I have yet to accomplish. Knowing that I haven’t accomplished such goals sometimes makes me frustrated, but it just makes me work even harder. I often times find myself making new dreams, or just adding more steps and benchmarks to current ones to make them bigger and better.
For many years, I have had my story “Adventures of the Bunny Baron: Captain Barnacle’s Revenge” written. It took a long time for me to put my mind towards my final goal of getting it published. I ran into many road blocks along the way which made me lose track. After being off that track for a while, suddenly, something would spark inspiration inside of me and make me get back to it. In 2013, I finally reached my goal. I self-published “Adventures of the Bunny Baron: Captain Barnacle’s Revenge.” My dream was completed…or was it? No, it was only the beginning of a much more complex, more ambitious dream which I had really only scratched the surface of. My dream and goals for “Adventures of the Bunny Baron: Captain Barnacle’s Revenge,” is to now get it “out there.” I want people to know who the Bunny Baron is, I want the Bunny Baron to become a household name. My small dream has now expanded into something huge! It will take time, persistence, and ambition on my part to achieve this next milestone.
So, what does “Dream Big” mean? Set short term goals. Set long term goals. Even if you may not be able to attain these goals, have something to strive for and something to keep moving you forward. If you do reach these goals, don’t stop there. Make yourself more goals to hit. It is always a great feeling when you accomplish a dream. Never stop dreaming…Dream Big.
Thinking about my own dreams and goals, I created the following list:
My current dreams:
1). Get out of Wisconsin and move to a warmer climate where I can enjoy the outdoors all year-round.
2). Continue working on the “Bunny Baron” series and get more stories published.
3). Work on SEO for my website so I can have a larger audience and be successful selling my stories.
4). Have my books become a business to support my family.
5). Branch out of the “Bunny Baron” books and expand my portfolio with different types of stories.
6). Continue going on vacations with my wife and experiencing the world.
This is only a short list of many dreams I have for myself. I feel it is a broad spectrum of short term dreams and long term dreams. This list of goals is a great visual for myself to see what I want to do, and is a great way to keep on track. I will continue trying my hardest to make each and every one of them come true.