Here’s A Little Motivation to Get That Dream Going
Do you have a dream which has been sitting on the back burner for months, maybe even years now? What is that thing you always wanted to do but you keep putting it off? I know, dreaming comes hard when you’re tired and when you already have a day job. But do you still have that nagging thought of writing a book, recording that song you wrote, or starting that business? I want to empower you to start something, even when you think you have no time for it.
Yup, Daydream. I am almost sure this is the first time you’ve ever heard anyone tell you to daydream. The point here is to allow your imagination to run wild. If it runs too wild, just make it into a Sci-Fi book. If you want to be a business owner, daydream about what the business would look like in 10 years if everything went your way. If you want to write a book, daydream about becoming a best seller. You might be surprised how possible your daydreams really are. Plus, daydreaming can really give you a great idea as to what you’re passionate about. Don’t get me wrong, not all passions should be pursued (see my video below on the problem of passions). Yet, if you get yourself into a “good daydream” and find that passion then you have a good start to your vision statement.
2. Vision Statements
Define what you want!
What kind of product or service will you offer? A vision statement is a mental picture of what an organization wants to achieve over time. It provides guidance and inspiration to what an organization is focused on achieving in 5, 10, or more years.
Sidenote: Family. Many of you desire to have a spouse, get married and have a family, but do you have a vision statement for your family. A vision statement is all about purpose. And to be honest, a family without purpose won’t be a family for long.
It’s important that when you’re starting something, you think of it down the line. It doesn’t make sense to start a project without knowing the full scope of what you want to accomplish. That way you’ll know how much money you’ll need to get this project started, to its midpoint, and to the point where you consider it a successful venture. In addition, knowing that you want to be a Fortune 500 company will force you to start thinking in the pedigree of a Fortune 500
- Steven Covey (7 Habits of Highly Effective People) “Keep the main thing the main thing.” A vision statement helps you to establish what the overall “main thing is.” As a result, your decision-making process is simplified. All you have to find out is which options best serve your vision, then go for it.
- Seven Lane Highway. Let’s look at one of the most successful businesses on our planet right now. Google! Google’s vision/mission statement as of 2013 is as follows: To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.
Now, this is a vision that is super wide. Just a year before Google was founded, a vision statement like that would have seemed lofty. “Like, what do you mean by the world’s information.” I’m sure people would ask, “what about the main libraries of the world, you want to organize that too?” Simple answer: YES! And now, 21 years later Google has truly done an amazing job of sticking to their main thing and is considered one of the greatest information centers (if not the greatest) in the world. They have one of the most powerful search engines on the net, the biggest video library, the Google maps contain far more information than any other out there, and this is only a small part of what they do. They have gotten extremely large as a company yet they stuck to the vision they had 21+ years ago.
Being as big as Google takes time (or maybe not, you never know). One principle that is important to look at is the space in their vision statement. Their vision statement has the main thing, but it is a big main thing. Their vision statement is a highway, but in Google’s case, it is a seven-lane highway. So even though they started out in a single lane, the vision is singular enough to keep things unified, yet large enough to allow them to grow beyond just being a search engine. We know that they are an information company, yet they didn’t restrict it to the type of information. They allowed themselves to branch out and go loose.
How do you apply this to your life? Dream, find that vision you can be passionate about, write it down, make sure it gives you the main thing to work at, but also make sure that vision offers room for expansion. If you’re dreaming of an international business, then start your journey as though you are already an international business. If you want a best seller, start your journey doing what bestsellers do. This might take a bit of research. It might take going to a place where best sellers and international businessmen hang out, find what they read, see what they do with their time, but if you’re hungry for it, then do it. Better yet, if you can find someone who is already successful in that field, then finding that mentor is by far one of the most effective ways of ensuring your own success.
There is a road to the top, all you need is a map.
3. Be Creative
Having trouble Daydreaming?
Get out and do something creative. Go hang out with kids. Play in the yard. Color a book, draw a picture, play some music, go out and do something creative. Get that part of your brain working. Do you complain about being bored? I use to hear it at work all the time. The only reason you get bored is that you’re always relying on other people or things to entertain. You can’t solely rely on others to be creative for you. If we don’t exercise that part of our brain, then we will lose it. When the time comes for new ideas, many of us struggle because we don’t know what it is to tap into our own creativity and find something fresh and new. So do some finger painting, don’t be shy!
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