Some people have an unrealistic view on going for one’s dreams. They think it’s out of reach or that, because they don’t personally know anyone who’s “done it”, it’ll never happen to them.
The thing is, “it” happens every day to those who have a clear vision and a plan.
Planning for your dreams
Now plans have a way of changing suddenly which is why Mr. Eisenhower once said, “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.”
You see, when you have a plan, you have a direction. You gain focus on the OUTCOME you want and begin to make strides towards that outcome.
Plans are not rigid steps that must be taken, it is a path to follow…and sometimes that path has obstacles that must be dealt with, avoided, or worked around.
Knowing what direction to take and what you’re likely to encounter along the way helps to prepare you for the journey. If you know you’re going through a desert, you’ll be sure to pack water before you get there. If you’re trying to get to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, you’ll be sure to pack your winter wear.
Envisioning your dreams
But one must also have a clear vision in order to execute the plan. You must KNOW why you want to make the trek and what it will look like when you get there. The WHY gives you the motivation to keep moving forward when the obstacles show up. The WHAT gives you the “finish line” so that you realize when you’ve made it.
This is the beginning of the dream, the vision of what will be. You can create this in many forms: Vision boards, Explicit writings, or even Song playlists.
Having this vision surrounding you helps to keep your focus on what you really desire. It helps you remember what it is you want so that you can make the tough decisions…go out to dinner or cook at home, invest in that course or work it out on your own, etc. You can see what will move you forward to your dream and goal. Each decision moves you closer or further away from what you want.
Don’t dream alone
You have a dream. And maybe you’ve shared it before, only to get negative feedback.
Your friends may give you flack about your “lofty goals”. Your family may look at you and say, “you’re getting too big for your britches” and feel like they need to “knock you down a peg or two.”
Not everyone deserves to hear your sacred dream. They are not ready to accept what changes that means for them…and that’s ok. BUT, that is NOT a reason for you to STOP dreaming. It just means you need to look around a bit.
Find the people who are heading in the direction you want to go. Test the waters with them. Share just a bit of your dream and see how they react. If they are encouraging, then you’ve found your tribe!
That doesn’t mean you have to give up your friends and family. It just means you get to expand your circle to include those who will support your vision, encourage your dream, and even help along the way!
If you’re looking for a group, we are having a FREE Goal Challenge on March 3rd through 5th. Come create the vision for your dream and define the plan for your journey! Register HERE to grab your Goal Template and get more information.