Turn Your Dreams Into Reality
“A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.”
Research has been conducted indicating that when you write your goals and refer to them regularly you are 300% more likely to achieve that goal. How many of us actually put this into practice? I know that for me there have been many times I have had a dream that never came to fruition. I did not turn the dream into a specific goal that I could actually measure over a defined period of time in order to make it reality.
The reason I am writing about this now is because with the first of the year many of us will make a resolution. Or, at the very least, many of us will have a thought or desire to make a change in our life. It may be we want to lose weight, make more money, take a class, read that book that has been sitting on your nightstand for the past year, or some other worthy venture. Most of us are very sincere when we dream of change and then set out to achieve it. However, many of us will simply lose focus, give up, or throw in the towel.
It Must Come From You
You will not be motivated to turn your dream into a reality unless it is your dream. It sounds simple but if someone else wants you to lose weight and this is not your desire than it will not happen. This is true because motivation to change has to be internal and not external. You will be much more likely to achieve the goal when you really want it. When the going gets tough your internal desire will be fuel to keep the fire burning.
Be Specific & Keep it Measurable
Dreams are often big and grandiose. An example is, “I want to be successful.” This can mean a lot of different things to different people. Being specific turns your dream into a goal that you can work to achieve. For someone who is in sales and who wants to be more successful it may sound something like this: “I will increase my monthly sales by 25%.” Now this is specific and measurable. You can break it down even further by identifying how many total customers you will need, how much you will need each sale, and so on in order to achieve the 25% increase.
Keep it Real
You will want to make sure the goal you are setting is realistic and achievable. It is good to dream big but you will want to make sure it is a goal you can accomplish. This does not mean you limit yourself. Nor does it mean you have limited beliefs that it can de done. When President John F. Kennedy had the vision for the United States to send a man to the moon it was to be sure a lofty goal. However, when it was broken down into smaller, specific, realistic, and measurable steps it became a reality.
Give it Time
Your goals have to have a time limit. This will keep you motivated and focused. It will help you to know how you are doing in achieving your goal. In addition to have time based goals remember to refer to your written goals regularly. The old adage, “Out of sight, out of mind” is true. Hang your written goals on your bathroom mirror, refrigerator door, or other places where you will see them everyday.
Find Your Tribe
In my home there hangs a painting created by my wife with the phrase, “Find Your Tribe; Love Them Well.” Embedded in background of the painting are all the names of those we are in community with. These are the people we are doing life with. We know them and love them. They know us and love us. We believe in one another and support each other in life. When you have a tribe or community of like minded people who have your back then you will accomplish amazing things. Your dreams will turn into goals that you will see become a reality.
When dreams become realized and achieved goals the sense of accomplishment is priceless. You will be more confident in your ability to accomplish what you have set out to achieve. Your life and possibly the lives of those around you will be better as a result. Proverbs 21:5 reads:
The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance,but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
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