What Do You Want?
How do you go about making your dreams come true? How do you take something from an idea to done? We can tenaciously pursue our dreams by creating a clear vision of what we want. Fully image it happening. Let yourself see it. Feel it. Smell it. Hear it. Bring it to life within your imagination and create a vision of what you want as though it were already so. Write it down in as much detail as possible. Find a visual reminder and put it where you will see it often.
Know why you want it. Sometimes it is hard to fully visualize what we want to happen until we are 100% sold on why it matters to us. Why do you want to do it – have it – be it? The more it matters to you, the more apt you are to persistently pursue it. Write down your why. Keep it with your written vision so if (when) things get discouraging you can remind yourself of its importance.
Create a Realistic Plan
If you start with the end (your vision) you can reverse engineer things in order to figure out the details. What needs done by when? What resources will you need? Who may be able to help you? Let yourself brainstorm. Mind map. Be creative. Have fun. Bring passion while being realistic.
Set SMART goals. Create Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic goals with Timelines. It is easy to overcommit, which leads to overwhelm, which leads to giving up, which leads to feeling like you’ve failed. Don’t rush the process. According to Bill Gates, we generally overestimate what we can do in one year and we generally underestimate what we can accomplish in ten years.
Create a strategic plan by prioritizing your goals and breaking each one down into action steps.. What will you do and when will you do it? Put your action steps in your calendar and FOLLOW THROUGH. This is where the tenacity comes in. The lack of doing is usually the place where our dreams die. Planning without follow through kills results. We have to take persistent, consistent action. The doing is work. If your why is strong and your vision is clear, and you have plan – all you need is tenacious pursuit. Schedule a time to pull out that written vision and strong why. Do it daily if that helps keep you on track and motivated. Close your eyes and visualize your dream as a reality. Ask yourself what you need to do next to make it so. Then do it!
Hold onto Your Dream Tightly yet Lightly
This can be tricky. Hold onto your dream. Keep that vision and work your plan. Fear is a dream thief and will throw roadblocks and obstacles and thoughts of scarcity in your path in order to cloud your vision and steal your dream. Don’t let that happen! On the other hand, don’t allow your vision to be so narrow that you don’t see new opportunities and options. Don’t hold your dream in clenched fists that can’t receive something unexpected. By holding our dreams in open hands with an attitude of openness and acceptance, we leave space for something even better to come along. Holding a dream with intention and persistence while at the same time, being open to a variety of outcomes is a beautiful balancing act that leaves room for more than we can imagine.