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Bob Goff

Know What You Want, Why You Want It, and What You're Going to Do About It

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    To connect with your dreams, you have to dig right into who you are.

    Many people get sidetracked on the way to achieving what they want in life. That’s often because they’ve forgotten what it is they wanted in the first place.

    Don’t be that person. You don’t want to reach the end of your life never having started the things you used to dream about. So, how can you get back on track with your life goals? Start by figuring out who you are.

    The key message here is: To connect with your dreams, you have to discover who you are.

    There are many reasons why you might have forgotten who you are. Maybe you’re lost in the wrong career or tangled up in a relationship that’s not right for you. Maybe money worries consume your thoughts. If you've forgotten who you are, set aside some time to get to know yourself.

    You should approach this as if you’re meeting yourself after a long absence, like reconnecting with an old friend. Understanding who you are requires that you set time aside to do only this. As getting this process right is so important, it’s crucial that you take it as seriously as any doctor’s appointment. In fact, the author has a friend who parks her car outside of a dialysis center each week – not to have dialysis, but just to make sure she takes this process of self-reflection seriously.

    Getting to know yourself can be scary. With self-examination, you’ll have to face up to some difficult truths, feelings, and fears. Perhaps you’ll find that you’ve always wanted to live abroad but have convinced yourself to stay put. Or, perhaps, you’ll find that you’ve put off going to college because you’re worried about financial stability. Maybe you’ll learn that what you want, more than anything, is to be a parent – and to do that means ending your relationship.

    In order to understand what really motivates you, you’ll have to dig below the surface. Imagine for a moment, that your mind is like a winter scene – large drifts of snow and swirling flurries. To get to the meaningful stuff, you need to reach the deep, silent ice cave underneath the snow. If you can enter that deep place in yourself, you can begin to get back to who you are – and pursue your dreams.

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    What is Dream Big about?

    Dream Big (2020) shows us how we can reconnect with our dreams and turn them into reality. Rather than a life half-lived, Dream Big encourages us to dig into our deepest motivations, face our obstacles, and make plans for our most cherished ambitions.

    Who should read Dream Big?

    • Anyone looking to reconnect with their dreams
    • People in the wrong career, wrong relationship, or wrong life
    • Those in need of the courage to start again

    About the Author

    Bob Goff is a lawyer, speaker, and author of the New York Times best sellers Love Does; Everybody, Always; and Love Does for Kids. Goff also founded Love Does, a nonprofit organization that works for freedom, human rights, and educational opportunity around the world.

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