Don't follow your dreams!
Ever heard the phrase "follow your dreams" or how about "Aim for the moon if you fall short you'll land in the stars"
Great philosophical phrases, only issue is they actually make no practical sense.
Unfortunately, so many people including myself would use those inspirational phrases to help kick start success. It wasn't until I became self aware that I discovered that those sayings were actually irrelevant or had no practical meaning behind them. In fact if you break it down it's completely dangerous to take sayings like that too seriously.
Imagine if you did follow your dreams, not your conscious dreams when you're awake, but the dreams that wake you in the middle of the night, the ones that are created subconsciously while asleep, and we all know how crazy our dreams can get. If we simply followed that rule and decided to actively chase that crazy dream imagine the outcome. For example falling off a building? Or dreaming of losing it all, your home, your job, your loved ones, money everything! Would you chase that dream then??
Let's look at the other popular phrase, "Aim for the moon, if you fall short you'll land in the stars"
This phrase is crazy. If you step back and think about this in a scientific way, you'll notice a basic flaw. Stars are actually further away from the moon. And secondly if you do miss the moon you'll float into space rather than the stars and if somehow you miraculously stay alive during that floating process and you somehow make it back to earth, you'll probably die trying to make it down.
Now I'm not trying to be negative Nancy by debunking some of these historical phrases, in fact I actually understand the wider concept of both which is to use imagination to propel your thoughts from potential ideas to potential actions.
Where I struggle is when people take phrases such as the ones mentioned and use it as a basis to launch their success.
"If you're really serious about your personal success you really need to make yourself accountable for information going in and out"
If you're really serious about your personal success you really need to make yourself accountable for information going in and out. You cannot simply take my words, or others and use them to drive your success. You need to understand what is important to you, what your 'why' is, as Simon Sinek demonstrates in the video below.
Without this vital component it's hard to filter the information that will help you reach your success goals. Instead, use these phrases to launch your own self-awareness on what success means to you.
For example, what is it about your conscious dreams that will give you meaning in your life, or what is it about a dream so big like reaching for the moon that will drive a personal ambition and ultimately create a better version of you.
You see, you can still use crazy, unrealistic phrases like the ones deconstructed above, but true success lies within what they mean to you. They shouldn’t be a “be-all-end-all” solution.