Do you have a dream you want to pursue? One you think about, yet it remains a pipe dream?
Here are four tips to make your dream a reality.
1) Get the Dream Out of Your Head
The first step to making your dream a reality is to get it on paper. It can be scary to write your dream down. Most people feel comfortable thinking things like, one day I will write a book, one day I will travel, one day I will open my own business, but until you actually write your goals down, your “one days” remain elusive.
Create your own questions and answers. Write down the specifics: who, what, where, when, how and why. Then answer your questions. If you want to start a business, your questions might look something like this:
- Why do I want to start a business?
- What kind of business do I want to start?
- Where will this business be?
- When will I be starting this business?
- How will it feel to have my own business?
- Who will be involved in this venture?
What does your dream feel like? Include the sensory experiences of sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell to the questions above.
If you are more visually oriented, put together a vision board of what you want.The more you speak and write about your dream, the sooner you'll live it. - Marcia WiederClick To Tweet
2) Take One Step
Are you overwhelmed by the scope of your idea? If your dream is to quit your job and travel the world and you don’t have a large savings, the thought around money may stop you from taking action. For most people, time and/or money are the main obstacles.
The most important thing to do is to keep taking a step each day towards your dreams. Each step puts you closer to your desired result.
In Making Your Dreams Come True, Marcia Wieder recommends creating a WOW (Within One Week). Commit to an action step you will take within the week.
Back to the travel example, WOW (Within One Week), I will map out all the destinations I wanted to see.
Stuck on your next move? Here are some ways to create WOWs using the travel dream example.
- Go to your library and browse the travel section. Check out books that resonate with you.
- Google “around the world travel” and specific destinations you want to see.
- Buy a map and put pins in all the places you want to visit.
- Attend travel conferences and events.
- Listen to travel podcasts, check out travel magazines, and watch shows on the Travel Channel.
- Seek out those that have already done what you want to do, like Chris Guillebeau.
- Start following travel bloggers. Create a list on Twitter of bloggers whose feeds you want to follow.
Create a list of everything you will need to do to make your dream a reality. Your list will grow and change, but having a roadmap makes the destination possible.
3) The Five Million Dollar Question
Are having trouble coming up with your dream?
In Sue Frederick’s Career Intuitive Training, she uses this powerful question with her students:
“If I gave you $5 million and the universe said you can only keep it if you use the money to create the career you long for – what would you do?”
When asked this question in the training, I knew immediately what I would do. Enroll in Tony Robbin’s Platinum Partnership (where he works with a small group of people) and produce my own documentary.
These options are not available now due to the financial commitment, but I can take steps toward my goals in other ways. I plan to attend Tony Robbin’s Unleash the Power Within or Date With Destiny this year. I am enrolling in the Robbins-Madanes Training program. I will continue working at film festivals and look for local production work.It is all about the steps you take and the doors that open from there.Click To Tweet
Ask yourself the $5 million dollar question. What is your answer?
4) Your Dreams are in Your Hands
In Making Your Dreams Come True, Marcia Wieder recounts a story that I loved. She is at a casual restaurant with her client David. He is a television and film director who wants to create a blueprint for his life. They zeroed in on his five dreams: producing, directing, editing, acting and writing.
They brainstormed a symbol that would remind him of his passions. They decided to use the fingers on his hand. Since the restaurant came with paper tablecloths and crayons, it was the perfect place for David to trace his hand. He wrote his name on the palm and each finger was one his five dreams. David then created one goal he was committed to accomplishing in each area and further broke these down into projects.
With this exercise, David realized his success in life was literally in his hands.
Create your own dream map. Draw an outline of your hand and list each major dream on a finger. If you don’t have five dreams, just list as many as you have. For each dream, go ahead and list your major goals.
I included my dream map below.
1) Write down the specifics of your dream. Create the questions and answers to who, what, where, when, how and why.
2) Take action. Create your WOW.
3) If I gave you $5 million and the universe said you can only keep it if you use the money to create the career you long for – what would you do?
4) Outline your hand and create your dream map.
What is on your dream map? Let me know in the comments below.