In my office, I have the words Dream it, Plan it, Do it hanging on my wall where I can see it. These words serve as a constant reminder that, in order to make anything happen, you have to dream it first. You need a clear vision of what you want to happen. When you put your dream into words by saying it out loud or, better yet, by writing it down, you lay the foundation for the plan that will make your dream come true.
A dream without a plan remains an unattainable pipe dream. To develop your plan, write down the long-term goals and the steps you need to take to accomplish these goals. Perhaps you will break it down into yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily tasks. Think of the people who can help you on your journey – you don’t always have to do it alone – and share you dream with them. Whatever your strategy, stay connected with your initial vision and take steps toward your dream every day.
I see and celebrate progress made in my clients’ lives every day. When they face hurdles, some of the questions I ask are:
As Marshall Goldsmith would say, “what got you here won’t get you there”. In other words, we often need to make changes in our lives to achieve our dreams.
My challenge to you: dare to take that first step and say your dream out loud. Write it down. Share it with others whom you trust.
Or take it one step further and ask someone what their dream is. Listen to what they tell you and consider that there may be something you can do to help make that dream a reality.
Need some inspiration? Have a look at this TED Talks video for a glimpse at what today’s children are dreaming about.
What are you dreaming of?