When the dream is big enough the facts do not matter.
Winning starts with beginning.
What would you do if you knew you could not fail? If you were absolutely certain of success, what activities would you persue, what actions would you take?
The worlds greatest achievers are dreamers, you can be one of them. You don't have to be just a part of history, you can help forge it! Wake up the dreamer that is already inside of you and start dreaming big dreams. Identify your strengths, your natural abilities, your most productive talents. You will need to concentrate on these to achieve your dreams. Persistence is the key, treat this like a marathon not a 100 metre sprint.
Ask yourself these questions and be honest with yourself about the answers before you continue. This is not a quiz, just a thought stimulator.
- Are you truly happy with your present job, financial position?
- Are you making all the money that you deserve?
- Do you have all the time that you want to spend with your family, friends and yourself?
- Are you in control or is someone or something pulling the strings?
- Is what you are doing, going to get you the things that you really want out of life?
- How are things going to change over the next 5 years?
- Doing what you are doing, can you double your income over the next 5 years?
- What plans do you have for the future?
- Who or what determines your current income?
- What would you truly like to do with your life?
If you aim for nothing, you will probably hit it. If you don't have a plan, you're planning to go nowhere.
Ask yourself, "What am I good at? What do I want to do? Who do I want to be? What difference can I make?"
Next, "What is it that really gets me excited? What stirs you, stimulates, fires you up?"
If you don't have an action plan to achieve your dreams, you will be like a ship adrift on the ocean without a rudder. When you build a house you need a set of architects plans, materials to build with and good solid foundations. If you don't follow the plans or use the materials correctly, the finished house will not be habitable.
The same with your dreams, you have to put them down on paper. There is no need to put limitations on what's possible. They must be specific, include as much detail as you can, put a realistic date for achieving them against each one. The more detailed you are, the more empowered you are to create a result. Before something happens in the world, it must first happen in your mind. You need to decide what you really want, because knowing what you want determines what you will get. If your dream is a particular car, go to the showrooms and sit in it, ask to take one for a test drive, see yourself owning one. If you can't see your dream in your mind, you can't believe in it. Don't limit your list to mega-big dreams, include small dreams as well. These will act as stepping stones on your journey to your big dream. Once you have a list, work out an action plan for achieving these dreams. Make your plan fun, make it enjoyable, that way you will keep going to the realisation of your dreams. If the plan is not fun you will put yourself under pressure, and the plan will end up destroying you, the dream will be forgotten in the pursuit to achieve.
Read your dream plan daily, check your progress, if you are drifting off target then readjust your plan, whatever you do, do not criticise or condemn yourself. Put a copy of your dreams and the plan somewhere where you will see it everyday, read it, speak it out as often as possible. Stick picture of your dreams on your walls. This will cause the dream to become totally ingrained in you and from here on in the only person to stop you achieving your dreams is you.
Words are extremely powerful when spoken. Start telling yourself that you don't feel well, and you soon won't feel well. Say that your business is in a mess and very shortly it will be. Words have the ability to inspire, create, motivate and change those who hear them. They can also produce the opposite effects when spoken in a negative context. Talk about your dream everyday, think about it, be on the lookout for opportunities to achieve your dream. Eliminate all the negative words from your vocabulary, stop saying "I can't" etc.
Allow others to know your dreams, associate with and help other like minded people achieve their dreams, this way your dreams will be achieved. Consider all aspects of your life as you plan your route, working 100+ hours a week to achieve a financial goal will adversely affect your health and your family. Your family is more important than your business. If you put your business first you will probably lose both. Live a balanced lifestyle, include your family in your dreams, make them a part of the plan.
Don't deviate from your plan whilst it is working, there is no need to try and reinvent the wheel.
Once you have identified and listed out your dreams, find a vehicle which will help you achieve them. For further reading on this subject here's some of my suggested books:
- The Magic of Thinking Big, David J Schwartz
- Unlimited Success, Napoleon Hill
- The Power of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale
- The Positive way to change your life, Norman Vincent Peale
- Enthusiasm makes the difference, Norman Vincent Peale
- Become the Person you Dream Of Being, Wes Beavis
- Dating the Dream, Wes Beavis
- Rhinoceros Success, Scott Alexander
- Awaken the Giant within, Anthony Robbins
- Wake up and Dream, Pat Mesiti
- Winning, Frank Dick O.B.E.
- Financial Freedom, Colin Turner