Dreaming Big

HeadStart Wolverhampton’s mission statement is:

To promote, protect and preserve the mental wellbeing of 10-16 year olds across our city, by inspiring them to dream big, supporting them to maintain motivation and control, and equipping them with the skills to cope with setbacks and adversity. 

So, how important is dreaming big?

In preparing our HeadStart Phase 3 bid for Big Lottery, our consultation and needs analysis told us that many young people growing up in Wolverhampton have low aspirations and little sense of control in their lives. For those facing additional challenges such as being a member of a family with a low income, poverty, a history of mental health issues, or being a young carer, or witnessing domestic violence, it was even harder to imagine a positive future. 

For those young people with goals, they told us it can be hard to stay motivated, especially when faced with challenges, and when things go wrong it can feel like no-one notices; or that there is nowhere to go unless their ‘problem’ is bad enough to warrant help or they are considered disruptive or naughty. 

The truth of the matter is that too many of us give up on our dreams.

When the going gets tough we get going, giving up rather than working through the pain of another failure.

Dreams are a starting point. As George Lucas said, “Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it”. Walt Disney also said “If you can dream it, you can achieve it”. Elvis Presley said ambition was needed to make dreams a reality when he said “ambition is a dream with a V8 engine”. 

You can’t do it unless you imagine it”
— George Lucas

We want our young people to dream big, to believe they can aspire to greater things and have positive futures. Not all of them can play for Manchester United or be a pop star. But they might learn such great lessons from trying and pursuing their dreams that they have success in other areas they wouldn’t have thought of. 

High achievers actually tend to focus at the middle distance of their dream. A target that is out of reach and challenging, but possible with effort. Then they refocus on the next step and accept that the course they planned might change. Many dreams have grown with each step, with each bunch of learning and experience.

Make a dent in the universe
— Steve Jobs

In the famous Steve Jobs commencement address to Stanford University he told the graduates to go and pursue their dreams and trust that at some stage in the future they would be able to connect the dots as he had in his life. His steps came together to realise his dream of changing the world through computers, or as he put by “making a dent in the universe”. 

Dreaming big provides a platform for growth and success.

It all starts with the dream.