Sometimes a montage of thoughts and quotes swirl around in my head until they start to grow together into an idea. Follow along with me on this trip through the dark recesses of my mind.
Someone once said,
If your dream seems doable, you’re not dreaming big enough. But when you have to sit down and shake your head at your own audacity and say, “Now how am I ever going to do that!?” – Then you are starting to dream real dreams.
Similarly, a coach once told me,
When you are dealing with really big, complicated, scary problems then your first answer is always, necessarily going to be wrong. If your first idea about how to solve a problem turns out to be the right solution, then it was not really much of a problem.
The Declaration of Independence was perhaps one of history’s biggest visions, and the Signers concluded it with,
“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
They were really dreaming big and putting themselves out there with absolute accountability to the point of burning bridges behind themselves.
Another famous example of someone who stepped forward in a large and accountable way was Martin Luther. After nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the church, he was called to recant and he famously said,
Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason – I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other – my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen.
Peter Senge, in his book The 5th Discipline, says, (this is my paraphrase)
If you can articulate a big enough, compelling enough vision – an idea of a future that you cannot live without – and fix that vision in place firmly enough that it does not shift or drift or move, then the tension between your present life and your vision will draw the circumstances of your life toward the circumstances of that vision.
It will almost seem like your vision is drawing the universe into conformance with it.
So a couple of questions for me and for you…
- Are my visions big enough? If not, how can I dream with more audacity?
- Am I making myself accountable for my vision? If not, how can I step up and own my vision?