A study performed by Jack Canfield for his book, The Success Principles, asked 100 of the most successful men and women what they would do differently if they could go back and start over.
Perhaps the most startling of the common responses is that they wish they had dreamed bigger. That’s right, some of the wealthiest and most accomplished people believe they had left a lot on the table because their expectations weren’t high enough.
There is a little secret that is often stated but rarely lived by most of us: The greatest limitations in our life are those we put on ourselves. The great achievers know that their lives become what they expect it to be, while most of us believe more in luck and circumstance.
Everything that exists today, the car, cell phone, computer, you name it, was once an idea in someone’s mind. Then some individual or group believed it could be possible and started the process of making it into a reality.
This parallels our lives in many ways. When we can visualize a future and truly believe it is possible, it can and will become a reality. Over the years, we have shared many quotes that inspire us to dream bigger. Our goal setting quotes are so popular, we created a “Quote of The Day” email (sign up here).
Here are our top ten goal-setting quotes that inspire us to reach for our dreams:
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill
“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” – Helen Keller
“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” – Paul Brandt
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson
“Faith is the ability to see the invisible, believe in the incredible, in order to receive what the masses think is impossible.” – Buddha
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Earl Nightingale
“Only as high as I reach can I grow; only as far as I seek can I go; only as deep as I look can I see; only as much as I dream can I be.” – Karen Ravn
“Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.” – Claude T. Bissell
Napoleon Hill undertook a study as the foundation for his groundbreaking work, Think and Grow Rich. Over the course of 30 years, he interviewed the most successful men and women in our country’s history. The single answer he was looking for was what separated these people from everyone else. And the simple conclusion was that they had a clear vision for their lives and expected to be successful.
The challenge for most of us is to let go of our five senses and our current view of reality so that we can actually believe a new and better existence is possible for all of us. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” Think about the above quotes, and allow the universe to work for you by believing in your dreams!