Many of us grew up dreaming really big dreams that we probably no longer give much credence to. For instance, as a child, I was absolutely determined that I was going to be an archeologist. And not just any old archeologist, but the best and most famous archeologist in the world. Think Amelia Peabody. Never mind that I can’t spend 5 minutes outdoors without burning to a crisp, hate heat and really hate sand underneath my fingernails. None of that had any effect on my dreams. They were mine and they were incredibly real. One thing about the very young and developing mind is that we don’t understand or even recognize limitations. We just know that it is possible and all we have to do is go do it.
But as we grow older and life rather intrudes into our magic minds we learn that making a living pretty much takes precedence and we begin to feel a bit silly thinking that we can do anything and have it all. We let fear of failure prevent us from having those internal and external dialogues that spell out and solidify our dreams and ambitions and just keep trudging forward. Sadly, so many truly achievable dreams are left unspoken and unacknowledged.
But then there comes a day, hopefully, sooner rather than later, when your magic mind begins to nudge you and remind you of those wonderful dreams and just how easily they formed in your mind. Now, I know for a fact that I will never be an archeologist or a lady astronaut or even the nurse that I just knew I was going to be. Oddly enough, I never aspired to be a doctor which I still find puzzling given my Type A personality. But over time I have discovered new and even more exciting dreams that are very achievable and that bring me huge satisfaction and great joy.
The reality is actually that it is easy to achieve pretty much anything you want to achieve. But just thinking about it does not translate into reality. You must take steps. Consistent steps. You need to put action to your dreams and realize them by creating plans, setting goals, and getting the education or assistance you need to make it all happen.
Once you have your dream firmly cemented into place the next thing to do is…
Create Reasonable and Doable Action Steps
- Once you have identified your vision the next step is to use every tool and strategy and resource you can to realize your goals.
- Immerse yourself in your vision by studying and finding ways to improve the way you currently do things.
- Clarity is your friend. Stay focused on exactly what you need to do and what steps need to be taken in order to move you closer to your dream business, job, relationship, home, etc.
- Don’t go it alone. Brainstorm with trusted friends and colleagues. Find mentors and great coaches.
- Find an accountability buddy who will support you in making sure you meet your commitments and who you can do the same for.
- Check in with yourself on a regular basis. I have used a digital journal from DavidRm Software for years. It is quite literally where I keep my brain. This allows me to record my thoughts, ideas, add photos, and just about anything else I can think of. I can login, do a search for dates, words, categories and so much more. It allows me to see where I am today and where I have been so I don’t get bogged down with too many ideas and not enough action. It is only $65 and I find it an amazing way to keep track of myself and my various thoughts, ideas, dreams and projects.
Once you start looking at your goals and dreams in a way that keeps you moving forward and accountable, it allows you to completely forget the idea of failure. Take steps every single day and you will find that you are accomplishing more than you ever thought you could and doing it with ease and grace.