About a year ago I began to play around with the phrase, "Dream-Less." I would write it down each day, multiple times as a reminder to work towards my goals. The phrase has since become an integral part of my daily thinking and message of encouragement to others to act on their dreams. I offer these tips in hopes of helping others understand the basic steps necessary to start achieving and stop dreaming.
Dreaming without action is often called sleeping. To accomplish a dream you must not only follow “The CLOCK: Clues Left by What Only Success Could Know,” but you must apply the right effort and align yourself with the right people who will be able to help you make your dream a reality.
There are some people who make up any and every excuse as to why they aren’t successful. While they are creating these excuses, there are people in the world creating their dreams. These dreamers will probably never amount to being the person they think they should be. These people, in the words of Marvin, in the film RED 2, are on “ICE: Incarcerated, Cannot Execute.” They will rely on excuses to reduce the guilt of not having, "stickability." Author and expert, Greg Reid in his book, Stickability refers to “stickability” as a person’s ability to persevere with something; staying power. (Reid, 2013)
Below are 5 steps to encourage less dreaming and more doing.
Step 1. Wake Up! Realize you will not get what you want simply because you desire it. If you can dream it, you can do it.
Step 2. Put forth the effort. Follow “The CLOCK: Clues Left by What Only Success Could Know.” Odds are you are not the first person to pursue your goal, follow the clues. Ask for advice and for help. Read and research about the journeys of others who have pursued similar interests. Get a glimpse of what it took for them to get to where you want to be.
Step 3. Challenge yourself. Go beyond your comfort zone. Believe you are more than capable of excelling in things that are new to you. Sounds cliché but I always say, “You don’t know you can’t fly until you jump!”
Step 4. Jump!!! After preparing for success and gaining the confidence, take that leap of faith. If you fall, get back up, pivot, and jump again. Ego can heal much faster than bones if you choose to learn from adversity in a positive way.
Step 5. Believe in yourself and what you’re doing. In other words, know and love your “why.” Try the “who, what, when, where, how and why” methodology.
Ask yourself questions such as:
Who am I doing this for? Or Who is my target audience?
What impact do I want to make? Or What will I need to do to get started?
When will I start? Or When will I know I’m finished?
Where will I start? Or Where can I get help?
How will I get there? Or How long will it take?
Why haven’t I started yet? Or Why is this important?
“He who has a why can endure any how.” - Frederick Nietzsche