Dreams can be challenging. The dreams that inspire, engage, and ultimately define your life that is.
Don’t you wish you had a roadmap to help you identify, understand, and accomplish them?
Whether you realize it or not, everyone has these types of dreams, and for the most part we tend to think more about “how to achieve” them versus “what” they actually are. Unfortunately, there is no 10 step program to accomplishing your wildest dreams, defining them, or even how to think about them appropriately. However, in this blog we’d like to help you identify a few ways you can understand your goals more effectively.
“It’s crucial that you understand that organizing your dreams as goals before trying to accomplish them actually works in unison with how your brain functions.”
Even if you think of yourself as scatterbrained, your brain has an enormous capacity for storing information in a tidy way; your brain desires specificity. Thus, as you can imagine, one of the greatest stressors on the brain is indecision. In short, you must make your dreams practical so they can be organized within your brain, and executed by your person.
Creating specific “dream” plans will help with this process. We call it The Post-it Challenge.
The first step is to purchase Post-it’s of all colors and start to write down all of your dreams, old and new, along with your goals. Put them everywhere. Your car, your journal, your mirrors, your fridge, your desk. Yes, your family might think you’ve gone insane, but this is the good kind of insane. Your brain is dreaming again and the ideas will be flowing more than ever.
You may find that you’re shy at first, writing down things that are relatively easy to accomplish. Don’t be afraid to write down the outlandish things; the things that seem impossible. Laugh at yourself, surprise yourself with your dreams! And don’t worry about the how. The key, for now, is to get your desires out of your brain and onto something tangible. If you want some guidance, focus on goals and dreams in these areas:
- Professional Life
Your ideas may seem random at first, but remember the mind is always looking for patterns. As you continue to add to these notes you may start to see how they work together. You may need to throw some away, add new ones. Or, you might have created the most honest list right away and start to work with it. There are no rules here. The only rule is - do it.
Make the space for dreaming in your life.
Once you get past the no rules stage and your ideas start to slow down (this may take months), become acquainted with your Post-it notes. Spend time reading them, thinking over them, seeing them everyday. And then the organization begins. Under each category (work, family, adventure..etc) write specific goals. More Post-it notes appear. Write huge goals that may take years to accomplish and write smaller goals that can lead you towards those larger goals. The point being that the smaller goals are action steps you can take now, and the larger goals are malleable and able to change over time as you change over time.
You may think this is silly but these steps of writing down what was previously stored in your head and in your heart are magic. By investing time in exploring your wants and desires, you’re beginning to unpack new and exciting goals and dreams. These realizations will lead you to people, places, and connections you may never have made otherwise.
The founder of the Applied Neuroscience Institute, Dr. William Larkin says, “Everything happens from a point of decision.” This is one of the most true things I have ever read. If you want to make a huge decision to change your life in any area, starting with the small decisions could change everything for you.
Are you ready to start taking action on your dreams? Schedule a one-on-one strategy session here.