Make no little plans they have no magic to stir men’s blood. Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.
–Deniel H. Burnham
Dream is not conception but architecture. Dream is not mere implantation of wish in one’s mind but the planning, designing, and construction of wish into physical reality. As Ludwig Mies van der Rohe said that architecture begins when two bricks are put together so dream begins with wish; wish is not the entire building but foundation only. Le Corbusier wrote: “You employ stone, wood, and concrete, and with these materials you build houses and palaces: that is construction. Ingenuity is at work. But suddenly you touch my heart, you do me good. I am happy and I say: This is beautiful. That is Architecture.” Dream requires a sense of passion and enthusiasm. Ralph Waldo Emerson said “nothing great is ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
Dream is visualization of planning in every aspect with minute details. Visualization and detailing are very essential part of physical reality, lacking them may turn down the transformation of dream into reality. Try to see it as you see dream while sleeping. It is a very important process. A detailed design is an essential constituent for the construction of magnificent monument. Each small element contributes to its brilliance. It is said that little things make perfection but perfection isn’t a small thing.
For descriptive visualization of dream one should write the title of one’s wish on piece of paper then add attributes in point-wise manner, then comes the purpose of goal. There is one quality that one must possess to win is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants and why one wants the same not any other things. After elaborating the purpose on paper, come back to goal and break it down into some definable mid-term goals which could be used as milestones during execution. Further, break each mid-term goal into a series of organized little steps. Definiteness is an integral part of productive dream in terms of date and time with other quantifiable entities. This written portrayal is clear and vivid picture of one’s dream. Don’t bother about execution planning at this stage, just concentrate on mental picture, try to visualize with minute details. That’s it. It is said that well presented problem is half solved.
To help a plant grow, one never pulls it to make it grow faster. Constantly picking it either is no help. What does help is take care of its environment, watering, fertilizing and other necessary things and true to its nature plant grows on its own. The most important thing is to determine exactly how much one is ready to care and pay for one’s dream. There is no free lunch in the world.
Don’t wait for explicit plan to transform dream into reality when designing part is over but set in motion with initial necessary steps. St. Francis of Assisi said “start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” In the words of Pablo Picasso, “I’m always doing thing I can’t do, that’s how I get to do them.”
The feelings of passion and enthusiasm along with elaborative visualization invoke the Cosmic Consciousness to formulate a plan which will probably flash into one’s mind through the sixth sense in the form of an inspiration. Treat it with respect and act upon it as soon as one receives it. Shekhar Kapur, the famous filmmaker who portrayed the story of the great Queen Elizabeth on silver screen, once said “What I’m going to do is not what I plan to do. I put myself into absolute panic. It is my one way of getting rid of my mind. I align myself into chaos. Out of chaos some moments of truth come. All preparation is preparation. I don’t even know it is honest. I don’t even know it is truthful. Truth comes on the moment organically.”
Thomas Edison dreamed of a lamp that could be operated by electricity, began where he stood to put his dream into action and despite more than ten thousand failures, he stood by that dream until he made it a physical reality. Dreamers never quit.
When making a decision of minor importance, I have always found it advantageous to consider all the pros and cons. In vital matters, however, such as choice of mate or a profession, the decision should come from unconscious, from somewhere within ourselves.