Part 1 | Strengths and Dreaming Big

DreamBigLifeEDITFebruary 29, 2016 

5 Ideas, 3 Questions, and an Action

Five Ideas 

Every big dream is made of a series of smaller ones, and it is unwise to focus solely on the final outcome. Not only do we miss the journey when we do that, but we also set ourselves up to be overwhelmed and quit, asking, “But how…how…how?.

When it comes to dreaming really big and really, truly going for it, we need to allow space for the process to evolve and for the path to reveal itself as we go. It is unlikely that we will be able to know in advance what each and every step of the way will look like.

So, if we wait to take action until we know everything, we will wait forever. That said, even if we cannot see the end, we can usually determine what the next step toward that goal will be.

And, it’s easy to take one step, it’s difficult to leap a mile. So, by focusing on making each stride count, we are allowing ourselves to opportunity to enjoy the ride and for the path toward our goal to present itself in increments, in real-time, as we move forward. The mile reveals itself in feet.

We don’t need to see the other side of the mountain to believe that it’s there and, when it comes to big dreams, we don’t need to know the final steps in order to take the first ones.

Three Questions 

What am I deciding to do with the time I am given? 

Have I ever taken time to actually write down my dreams—why or why not?

Am I the best version of myself? What actions to I take to be who I am in this moment? What decisions do I make to be who I am?

An Action

Desired Result: Exploring How to “Actively” Meditate

Concrete Action: Meditation doesn’t always mean sitting in silence—it can also be the spirit in which we accomplish actions. For this, you’ll practice writing with a meditative spirit. Grab a pen, some paper, and your phone. Set the timer on your phone and give yourself ten minuets of quite time to reflect on one of the above questions. Read it over and over again and relax as your mind bounces around, playing with all possible answers. Just be an observer. Let it happen. Once your timer goes off, set it again for 5 mins and spend that time jotting down notes on the experience. Repeat as often as you’d like. It can be illuminating to compare one day to the next as new revelations occur.

Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.

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Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at

His strengths of Ideation, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, and Empathy have taken him all over the world. He is an inventor, athlete, joyous wanderer/wonderer, translator, poet, and Transformation Coach.

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4 thoughts on “Part 1 | Strengths and Dreaming Big

  1. We built a ferrocement yacht in our backyard – well, most of the work was done by my husband and one of his brothers. It took 22 years before it could be moved to its watery berth. Had we allowed ourselves to be overwhelmed by the undertaking it would never have happened. And that would have left us bereft of all the wonderful experiences and growth that came out of the achievement. The yacht was a side product. You are so right – one step at a time 🙂

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