- Do you have a dream?
- Do you know what your dream is?
- Are you on your way to achieving your dream?
Whatever your answer to any of the above questions, we all need a dream, we need something to strive for and work towards.
Our dream provides us with a clear vision – consider drawing an image in your mind or develop a vision board so you and others can ‘see’ what it looks like and keep this where you can see it regularly.
Any vision requires goals being set that measure our performance and help us achieve our dream. These goals need to be SMART providing tangible milestones and clear steps to ensure you are ‘conducting the orchestra’ and leading your own destiny. The goal is your long term and final objective that harnesses your vision.
Goals require actions where we need to determine what we want to achieve and how we are going to go about it. Developing actions and measuring your progress with regular reviews so you can reflect and correct along the way will help drive your efforts forward. Rallying yourself and your team ensuring everyone is on the same page and sharing the same dream.
Steps to building your dream and developing a process for success
Develop, or revise your Vision, Purpose, Mission and Core Values and ensure your team is all the same page and singing from the same song sheet.
Set SMART Goals that are seen as challenges enabling you to face them with courage.
Develop a multi-level long term systems approach that enables you to adapt and change course, keeping your eye on the ball so you don’t lose sight of your big dream.
Determine your ultimate purpose, ensuring you fulfil your purpose, unleashing your passion for what you do, why you do it and how it will help your customer or client.
Have a growth mindset and focus on abundance; start with focusing on what you want and not what you don’t want; focus on ‘I can’ not ‘I can’t’ or ‘I want to’ rather than ‘I have to’, in other words have a positive mindset; remember, we are learning, we will get there, we are on our way, we know where we are going.
Anticipate change and see this as a challenge, embracing rather than resisting. Change can take us out of our comfort zone, but it’s either change or be changed; what helps is envisioning your new path, keeping it simple and planning ahead.
Enjoy the journey, remembering it’s not just about the destination; consider the ingredients of your journey and what will make it easier, considering the roadblocks or road bumps along the way.
- Be curious – helps us to anticipate challenges or obstacles
- Be flexible – helps us to adapt and change course
- Believe in yourself – self-belief gives us confidence to achieve our dreams
- Embrace our feelings and fears – we are human; acknowledge our feelings
- Perspective – keeping things in context so we maintain control
- Values – staying true to ourselves, beliefs and values
- Health – start with us; look after ourselves and be our own minder and mentor
Perhaps you could develop a blueprint for your dream.
If you want help developing or revising your vision, purpose, mission and core values please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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