Are you ready to begin creating and doing instead of day dreaming and waiting? In order to make our dreams realities we must begin to take the dream out of our head and get it on paper. Begin by taking a personal inventory of what you bring to the table with regards to this particular dream and what you still need to obtain it. Within this inventory you want to review and make honest assessments of your education, training, strengths/weaknesses, one’s strength of belief in your dream, and your dedication to achieving it.
In order to make your dream a reality you have to turn your dream into a goal and set smaller milestone goals to push you to the finish line. When we use our inventory correctly, we adequately learn and deduct what we need to do to get closer to achievement. If you need to take additional classes, finish your degree, or begin reading on a specific subject, then enroll in classes, finish that degree, or begin reading everything on that given subject. If you have to wait to enroll in classes don’t let this stop you, begin accomplishing other things on your list first. If you need to work for a period of time, in order to raise money to go to school full time then do that now. Rarely does a person achieve big dreams by not sacrificing.
Ex: If you want to open a bakery, take stock in your abilities and the knowledge you already possess. Possessing a business/management degree is helpful but having no experience is something that needs to be amended. In this case, you want to work for an establishment that comes closest to the type of establishment you envision opening yourself. Getting real world, hands on experience, is a must for the individual dreaming of opening a particular business.
The next step: Fine-tune your dream. You can fine-tune your dream by creating milestone goals to keep you on track for the big goal/dream. These milestones allow you to see your progress properly. When we only choose a large goal we tend to get discouraged because it can take time. When we fail to successfully place milestone goals, we tend to get overwhelmed by the process. Instead of achievement, we live to dream and always wonder what could have been had we’d followed through with our dream. Milestones/smaller goals begin as soon as you cross off items on your personal inventory list.
Ex: You work for six months to two years and confidently know and understand the ends and outs of a specific business. Perhaps you have taken some cooking classes to master the techniques you will use for the bakery and you are now up to date with the latest health trends etc with regards to healthy low fat cooking.
As you continue creating and achieving your dream milestones, realize that you may need to make changes to your personal life to truly succeed on your journey. Many of us have people; choose situations, or lifestyles that wreak havoc on our progress and success. In order to be successful in life and achieve the life dream you possess, you need to take a healthy assessment of your personal/private life. Take a good look at the friends you spend the most time with. Are they positive? Do they also possess dreams and are currently working on their goals to achieve their dream? Are you more focused on partying than achieving your goals? If so, then you may want to hold off on your goals until you are ready. If you are ready and don’t want to continue wasting time, then you must begin to make changes to your social life.
1. Birds of a feather flock together. The saying is a bit cliché but still holds truth. Take a good look and make changes where needed. No one is going to want you to cry on their shoulder years from now when you never got close to your dream because you were too busy hanging with the wrong people who didn’t care about themselves and their dreams not to mention you and yours.
2. Stand out in a crowd. Be yourself and find your own voice. If you want to be original, then you have to be original. *More on originality in the blog and on the radio show this Sunday, April 7, 2013.
3. Stop living for the weekends. Stop living for the weekends and begin living for your goals, yourself, and your future. You owe it to yourself to be productive and make your dream a reality.
4. Surround yourself with others who goal big. It’s not about dreaming big, it’s about goaling big. Spend time with people who are setting goals to make their dreams reality and are working daily to attain those goals.