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I saw a WestJet Christmas commercial. The setup was a prank, the results were real. It was, in short, perfectly executed.

What hit home with me was the blooper reel. There is one young lady who, when asked what she wanted, said a pair of warm socks (I can relate, my feet are always cold in winter).

The Santa then promptly replied, “you’re really gonna wish you asked for a big screen TV.”

If you haven’t seen the original video, check it out; it’s really good (for some, you might want some tissues nearby).

But that young lady’s response reminded me of the quote by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” Which reminded me of another quote (unknown author): “You say I dream too big, I say you think too small.”

All wonderful stuff.

Children are great at dreaming up things; their imaginations are limitless. Ask a kid about this or that and their response is immediate.

We all know this, right?

Just sneak a peek at a child playing alone, and in a matter of seconds you’ll find yourself smiling, marveling at their creativity (unless, of course, they’re rearranging your living room because it’s not the way a castle should look).

Why don’t more people dream bigger? What holds people back from taking an idea and expanding it out to the n-th degree?

We’re all capable of doing it. We all did it as children. Yet I meet so many people who don’t really have big dreams. Most wish for a stable job – or a higher paying one, a nice house, a new car to replace their rusting one, and on and on. When I prompt them for their big dream, they have to think about it.

Where did their immediate response go?

Your big dreams should be in the forefront of your mind. You should know what your big dreams are. If you have them, then you’re thinking of them. And if you’re thinking of them, you’re going to do things that bring you closer to them.

Make a list of all your dreams. Then scribble through them and rewrite them. Make them bigger. Make them as big as possible. Scare yourself.

You’ve heard the saying: think outside the box. That’s great advice, but taking it one step further, don’t even think there’s a box. And there isn’t. The sky’s the limit here.

If you want to live in the south, write down that you want to live in the south in a mansion. If you want to go on one foreign trip a year, write down exactly where you want to go each year; do that for ten years into the future. If you want to be healthier, write it down that, not only do you want to be healthier, but that you want to climb the Matterhorn or run a marathon (or whatever!).

Take your dreams and, as they say, run with them. Don’t put a limit on your dreams. Yes, they may “seem” far-fetched, but at least having them, and that you’ve written them down, will bring you closer to them.

Thoughts are things. If you think it, it can become a reality.

But, like the lottery – if you don’t play you won’t win – if you don’t know what your dreams are, there’s absolutely no way they’re going to come true.

So, what are your dreams? Are they for a big screen television, or a warm pair of socks?

Be peaceful today. And warm if it’s cold out.