Awhile back I wrote a post called Dreaming on Paper where I talked about the power and importance of getting our dreams out of our heads and onto paper.
It’s easy to get excited about dreaming. Dreaming brings life. But then what? Do we just tuck the dream away until the next inspirational speech?
Sadly, many of us do.
Making dreams a reality requires a conscious effort. Of course, it doesn’t just happen overnight but it won’t happen at all if you don’t do something.
In 2008, I attended a seminar that was completely devoted to teaching participants how to accomplish their dreams and how to help others do the same. That seminar changed my life!
I’ve made a few tweaks over the years but here’s what I do to accomplish my dreams:
- I read over my dream journal. Self-explanatory, right? You may have a piece of paper, it doesn’t have to be a journal but I’d recommend you get a journal so you can keep on dreaming!
- I choose three dreams that I want to concentrate on. I generally do this at the beginning of each year. Not all dreams take up an entire year (and some take longer), so I re-evaluate every three months. If I need to add, I add!
- I write 3 measurable action steps for each dream over the course of the next 3 months. For example, one of my dreams is to be a writer. That means different things to different people, to me it means I want write stuff that other people read and make full-time income . The action steps I made for this dream for October – December are: blog consistently (a minimum of 3 days per week), promote my blog at least once a week on all of my social media outlets and write something every single day – I have a few writing projects going on right now, so even if it’s not for my blog I have plenty to work on! (Get your FREE Printable Action Plan here.)
- I share my action steps with someone that will hold me accountable. I have done this both casually and more formally. I used to have an accountability partner that I did weekly check-in’s with to discuss the progress of our action steps. Right now, I really can’t see type of arrangement working for me but I absolutely have people that can and will hold me accountable. It doesn’t have to be one person for all three, it could be three different people. The logistics are really up to you and what you feel will work. The key word being work.
It’s amazing how “suddenly” actively working on attainable goals will get you to the ultimate goal of accomplishing a dream of yours. And it feels really good when you can mark it off and choose a new dream to chip away at!