“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dream come true.” ~Greg Reid
Step One …
What is your dream?
What does God want you to do?
What talents have you been given?
What lights up your life?
Step Two …
What goals will help you work towards your dream?
Do you have to learn something?
Clean up an old mess?
Step Three …
What one thing can you do or not do today that will be a step towards your goal?
What one thing is bothering you?
What can you do today about that one thing?
If you have a scheduler, will you schedule in your steps to work towards your goal?
Action isn’t the first thing, or it is aimless action. Action can be aligned or it can be unaligned. Aligned action has an aim, and to aim correctly, you need a target. To have a target that is worth aiming for, you need to know yourself. You need to know what turns you on, what lights you up, what makes you happy, what energizes you AND you need to know what turns you off, what depresses you, what makes you angry, and what drains you.
Do you need external motivation or do you have internal self-control? Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Are you aligned better with the support of a workplace or does your soul need the freedom of being in business for yourself? Do you do better leading a team or working with a team? Are you a day person or a night person? A part-time or full-time person? Begin to flesh out those qualities and you’ll be better able to see if your target is in alignment with you.
And finally, if you’re going to dream, dream big! I learned this exercise from Jack Canfield in the 1980’s … it’s called Outrageous Dreams. Write down three things you’d love to have or experience that would be totally outrageous for you right now. I did this and within 10 years all three of mine came true and that blew my mind. It’s been a while, and now is a great time to dream big, so if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll start on my Outrageous Dreams list now! What about you?