I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it takes to achieve goals. Wait, no. I’ve been obsessing this year about how to make dreams reality. Yes, that.
I’ve been playing around with a model to address my obsession: Set your dreams (or big, hairy audacious goals to borrow from Collins), create the yearly-monthly-weekly plan, work ass off and always be visualizing (ABV!).
I’ve talked about visualization before, and I’m pretty sure you know how to work hard, so let’s take on the dreaming and the scheming.
Surprisingly, I find that many of us are kinda flippant about our dreams: “When I win the lottery...” or “I would love to go on safari someday.” These are fabulous dreams, but when I hear people casually mention them, I don’t get the sense there is much detail behind them.
I want to build my “forever” home - that’s one of my dreams. So you know what I did? I went to the art store and bought a notebook-sized sketchbook and I have detailed that thing out, right down to the mechanicals. I know most of the furniture placement, the fact that there will be a washer and dryer off of the master suite, the works. In short, I have attached details to this dream and I add to it often. When the architect appears, this resident will be ready!
Plan it out
There are so many things that need to happen between where I am right now (couch-surfing!) and moving into my dream house, that I could easily just freeze in the headlights. Or, like many, I could compartmentalize my dream and just continue with the hard work, not really knowing if it’s in service to that forever home. See where I’m going with this?
Each of our dreams and big goals deserve to get turned into milestones that at least move us in that direction. A friend often has this sticky note somewhere in his work area: “Is what you’re doing today serving your goals?” It’s a good question. You may be working in a job that’s not your passion, but is it allowing you to save for that new car? It might be.
On the other hand, is there something you could be doing “on the side” or in addition to, that would keep your dream more tangible? The job here is to be sure you are taking time to figure out the steps in between your grand dreams and working your ass off.
This weekend, find some quiet time and a fresh page to:
1) Make sure your dreams have detail, and
2) Those dreams have milestones