You might ask, isn’t everybody willing to be a success? Unfortunately, the answer is no. Only five percent of the people are successful. Let’s go over the basics and the essentials of this group.
First, dreaming is essential to progress. Think about people you know that stop dreaming and growing. Their lives become a tedious treadmill, don’t you think?
Second, you must become obsessed with your dream and make it a vision that is clear, in color, that has fragrance, texture and, most importantly, it must be a moving picture, not a snapshot. You MUST FEEL yourself actively participating in your vision. You are not on the outside looking in. You see it happen through your own eyes.
While everyone has a somewhat different approach to goal setting, there are four fundamental steps that you can take to turn your dreams into reality. Everyone who has ever created success, whether consciously or not, whether using this specific language or not, has gone through these four steps. They are the four universal truths of reaching for a big dream.
To accomplish a goal, first, you must write it down, make it specific and give it a deadline. Next, you must look at it every day. You must understand it completely. And last, you must have a plan. Check this site for more info.
Step 1: Write it down.
The most critical skill in achieving success, in any area whatsoever, is the skill of envisioning. Envisioning something is the ability to create a vivid picture of something that hasn’t factually happened yet. Make that picture so lively that it feels real. Envisioning doesn’t occur just by creating an image in your mind. If your dreams and aspirations are happening in your mind only, that’s not envisioning. That’s wishful thinking. It’s like saying, “I’ll give it a try.” There is no try. Envisioning means quite literally making something up out of thin air and making it real.
Pick a dream. Now, add two descriptors that will make your dreams concrete: What and when. First, go back to each dream and add whatever wording you need to make each dream very specific. For instance, if you had a dream to be healthy or wealthy, what does that mean, specifically? When do you know you are healthy or how much money do you need as investments or as annual income to achieve what you call wealthy? Make it positive. Your dream is to be rich. Your dream is not to be “not poor.” The universe focuses in on your keyword. Let it focus on the word wealthy not the word poor. This point is KEY. State your dreams in positive language. It should always be what you want instead of what you don’t want. What if one of your dreams is radiant health? How would you make that specific? One way would be to describe exactly how you feel, what kinds of activities you engage in, and how you feel while involved in those activities. Imagine reading your dream to someone that you care about and that person saying, “I’m not sure I grasp what you mean? Can you tell me exactly what you are shooting for?” Please add the specifics of how it makes you feel.
Now the second descriptor, when. Goals are dreams with deadlines. Let’s reshape your dreams into goals by giving them deadlines. Go back to each dream and answer the question: By when? You’ve probably heard of the Pareto principle known more popularly as the 80/20 rule. It states that, for instance, 20% of the people in a sales force produce 80% of the results. Here’s another application of Pareto's law. 80% of everything you do tends to get done in the last 20% of the time you have available. If you don’t create a concrete deadline, then that last 20% never seems to arrive. And you’re always living in the 80% time that says “someday.” Please add the “when” to the dreams you wrote down.
When you write your dreams down, when you make them vivid and specific, and given them a concrete timeline for realization, then you’ve taken a giant step towards making them real.
Step 2: Look at your dreams every day.
The reason for writing down your dreams is so you can look at them, envision them and read them every single day. The reason you need to see them every day is the same reason that you need to keep yourself in the company of positive people. You need to counteract the force of gravity. Or, to put a different name to it, the power of mediocrity. You need to remind your brain where you're constantly going or you will drift away. If you don’t keep yourself consistently, repeatedly, focused on your destination, you’ll be like a ship without a map. Your brain is far more complex and powerful than the biggest computer in the world. And your own subconscious is by far the biggest distraction or attraction that you have. Having your dreams spelled out on paper, in the most vivid and specific terms possible and, with a very tangible, concrete timeline, provides you with an environment of yes for your goals, yes for your dreams and yes for your aspirations.
Here is the amazing thing. When you surround yourself with your goals, your subconscious brain goes to work on you. And, if you have the right philosophy then you will come up with the right actions and keep repeating those actions. And a series of events will kick in, including circumstances you could have never dreamed of, that will take you to that goal. Somehow, some way, when you want something and envision it strongly enough, the universe will respond. But you must send out a clear, concise, and vivid “VIBE” so that the universe can hear and feel your desire.
Step 3: Know and pay the price.
Here comes the big sacrifice. So, what will I have to do? You don’t have to pay for your million-dollar dream with a million-dollar personal check. You can pay for it with a small effort each day. But you do have to understand what that effort is and you do have to pay it. If you want to change your harvest, you have to plant and cultivate in a different field. Remember this, whatever price you pay there is a much bigger price to pay for not doing it than the price for going ahead and just doing it. The price of neglect is far worse than the price of discipline. It may take a few years to put your success on track but, it takes your ENTIRE LIFE to fail.
Step 4: Start with a plan.
The point is not to come up with the brilliant blueprint that will take you all the way to the finish line. The point is to naturally come up with a plan that will get you out of the starting gate. You must start with a plan but, the plan you start with will not be the plan that gets you there. What? That makes no sense at all. If this plan is not going to get me to my goal, why bother designing it? Perhaps one of the most critical mistakes that people make is thinking that they need to have the perfect plan. There is no perfect plan. If you have no plan, there will be no jumping off.
You start with a plan. Then you go through the process of continuous learning through both studying (modeling a mentor) and doing. You are adjusting all the time, and your method is plan, do, review, and improve. REPEAT. You need the first plan so that you can get to your second plan so that you can get to your third plan, ETC. Trying to figure out the whole race is pointless, just figure out where to put your foot on the starting line and go. Just start. Have faith in God, yourself, and your plan.
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With love, Dania