“Vision is the spectacular that inspires us to carry out the mundane.”
When we think about our dreams, it can be a pretty daunting thought. Will we succeed? Will we ever be happy and successful? It isn’t always that clean and easy, but those who achieve great things usually go through much of the same process, with many of the items listed below as part of that process. So if you have been struggling with achievement, here are some steps to be conscious of, to literally make that dream not only possible but attainable as well.
Step 1: Dream it.
Everything success starts with a thought and a dream. Look at the great achievements of successful entrepreneurs, bloggers, writers and home owners. All this success began in the mind of one person. They dared to dream, to believe that it was possible. Take some time to allow yourself to ask “What if?” Think big. Don’t let negative thinking discourage you. You want to be a “dreamer.” Dream of the possibilities for yourself, your family and for others. If you had a dream that you let grow cold, re-ignite the dream! Remember why you had that dream in the first place.
Step 2: Believe it.
Yes, your dream needs to be big. It needs to be something that is seemingly beyond your capabilities. But it also must be believable. You must be able to say that if certain things happen, your goal is something you can reach. There are many millionaires without college education who have attained great wealth. Why? Because they believed they could!
Step 3: See it.
Being able to visualize your dream is not only an important aspect, but it is essential to tailgating your success. The successful, happy and powerful people in this world have one overlapping habit. They “see” things. Success means different things to different people. For one person, success could be a simple life, living in a stress free environment such as island living or to another person success could mean walking around their CEO office in their new corporate headquarters. World-class speakers picture themselves speaking with energy and emotion. All of this grooms the mind to control the body to carry out the dream. By being able to visualize it, makes it more attainable and physically seeing the goal makes you want to get up and strive towards it.
Step 4: Speak about it.
Speak about it to like-minded people. These people are your Encouragers and Supporters who build you up to strive towards your dream. The more you talk about it the more you make it a reality. One reason many dreams never go anywhere is because the dreamer keeps it all to himself or herself. This means the dream never leaves the pillow, and no one ever gets to know what your wildest and deepest goals are. Once we tell someone, we are accountable and responsible for pursuing our dreams. One reason: As we continually say it, we begin to believe it more and more, and then start to realize that it is possible.
Step 5: Plan it.
OK, so now you have this amazing idea in your head and everyone knows about it. So, now what? Every dream must take the form of a plan. The old saying that you “get what you plan for” is so true. Your dream won’t just happen. You need to sit down on a regular basis and plan out your strategy for achieving the dream. Think through all of the details. Break the whole plan down into small, workable parts. Then set a time frame for accomplishing each task on your “dream plan.”
Step 6: Work at it.
I must admit, life sure would be easier if you could avoid this step completely! Unfortunately the successful are usually the most committed. Achievers are working on their goals—achieving their dream. I have an equation that I work with: Your short-term tasks, multiplied by time, equal your long-term accomplishments. If you work on them each day, eventually you will achieve your dream.
Step 7: Enjoy it.
It is human nature to want to strive to make things better and improve our lives. With time and effort, you will reach your goals. When you have reached your goals and you are living your dream, you will set new goals. This is part of a successful human experience. However, we must ensure that we are enjoying the journey. There would be nothing worse than setting a goal that is not in alignment with our deepest authentic selves. Remember to reward yourself regularly on the journey. The journey is your life experience. Your life experience includes helping others along the way. Be gracious and generous. Use your dream to better others.