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The Tampa Bay Rays did something that people never thought they could pull off.
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I just watched a 3 minute video that really made me think… is your dream a one shot dream?
Are you willing to stake your life on your dream?
Dreams are obviously very powerful. They can drive you to work harder than anyone else, lose sleep to get more done and stay upbeat in the face of struggles that would make mere mortals cry like a baby.
Enter Kiwi. A bird who has dreams of flying, and his vision is driving him to work hard. Spoiler alert: Watch the video now, because I am about to reveal what happens.
Have you watched it yet?
Ok. Kiwi is working hard; at first you wonder what the heck he is doing. Then as you see him put the finishing touches on his handiwork, you start to see the bigger picture. He is nailing trees to the side of a cliff. And this is one humdinger of a cliff, too.
When he looks down, you can’t see the bottom, because of the fog, but it has trees dotted all along the cliff as far as the eye can see.
When he is finally finished looking down, he takes a running start and dives off the cliff, and imagines himself flying past all the trees, his dream finally realized.
As he plunges to his eventual death…
And isn’t that what we are in danger of doing when we build dreams that are not realistic?
Kiwi wanted to fly. He never looked at ways he could actually fly, instead he chose an easy, one way ticket way to fly. It wasn’t easy in the sense that he had to work hard to get it done, but he could have invested his energy on a catapult, a rocket pack or any of a dozen ways to fly inspired by Wile E. Coyote…
Having a mentor is the best way to get the best possible advice when you are setting your sights on a dream.
A Mentor can ask you the right questions. They can give you some options. They might even save your life.
When speaking about dreaming, I am not using the standard definition of what you see while you are sleeping. A dream is something that you want so bad that you are willing to put forth the effort to achieve it.
I once had someone comment that dreams are not healthy, because he was 45 and dreamed of being a pro football running back, but that was not likely to happen. I countered that he was not dreaming of being a running back, but fantasizing about being one. The difference being that he was not willing to put forth the extreme amount of effort it would take to become a pro football running back at his age. Many running backs aren’t willing to put forth that much effort and they are there.
Because of his circumstances (his age), he would need to work harder than any running back currently in the NFL to condition his body. It is not an impossibility, just not probable that he had what it took to make his dream come true. Hence, he fantasizes about being a running back, because the effort is not going to happen.
Why Dream At All?
Life gets in the way of everyone’s plans. We make plans, set goals and then life says, “Wait a minute, buddy! Your car needs a transmission – NOW!” These things are not planned, they take us off our game for a long enough while to slow down our pursuit. The problem with life getting in the way is that people will take that to mean that their plans or goals were not meant to be. They usually give up, and then fall back into their comfort zone.
A dream, however, is more than just a goal or a plan. In fact, a dream is much bigger. A dream is what you use to set your goals. Your dream should be big enough that you have to set tough goals to get to the next step. Making $1000 a day is not a dream. That could be a goal, but not the dream in itself.
Having a beautiful 2 story house with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and a 4 car garage is closer to being a dream. In fact, if it is something you are truly interested in working for, then it is a dream worth dreaming. Fantasizing about a house is much easier, since the work is not necessary.
Once you have the dream firmly planted in your head and your heart, it is time to work out the plan to help you get your dream. You first go and see houses similar to the one you are dreaming about owning. Find out the prices, what it costs to maintain, how much the taxes are where you are planning on living. This helps you cement the details of your dream and make decisions about each individual detail, so that the house of your dreams is really going to solidify for you.
Now that you have the dream, it is time to use that dream as the blueprint for your goals. You will set goals for your income, then set goals for how to achieve that income. Next you might set a goal for finding the perfect community for that house. These are goals that you know will be a stretch for you, yet with enough applied activity (some call this work) you will be able to achieve them.
Without the dream, the motivation to work through the struggles will not accompany the goals. When that transmission falls out on the freeway, you might be tempted to cancel all your appointments for the rest of the week. Having a dream that instills a sense of urgency in you will cause you to reschedule the one that is directly impacted by the transmission problem, then find a way to make the rest of them by getting a ride, taking a taxi, renting a car or changing the location of your appointment. The dream motivates you to keep moving toward your goals, so that you can keep moving toward your dream.
Obviously, we are simplifying everything, because nothing happens in a vacuum. When you start to dream , you have to realize that once you get close to achieving the dream, it is time to dream bigger. Once you have broken ground on your dream house, you should then start looking at something bigger.
I am using material dreams for illustrative purposes only. By no means is a dream supposed to be anything material. In fact, having a altruistic dream is also very motivational. Maybe your dream is to stop world hunger. Your overall vision can be global, but you are going to want to segment your dream to first impact one subset of the overall vision. So eliminating hunger in Citrus County, Florida is probably your first dream. Work toward that dream and as you get close to achieving that vision, zoom out and add the rest of Florida to your dream, so that you don’t stop once your dream has been attained.
Having a larger overall dream is great, because you have the ability to plan your local campaigns with the idea that they can be expanded into more global campaigns once you are ready to take the next step.
In the house example, you might start thinking about vacationing in various exotic locations throughout the year. You might start reading up on those locations, find out when the best times of the year to visit would be, how much it normally costs, what you would need to bring along and any other details that accompany these travel plans. These are going to be your details to start planning new goals once your first dream has been achieved.
Don’t Ever Stop Dreaming
The problem with achieving dreams is the fact that many stop dreaming after reaching the first one. I had a friend who had a dream to marry a beautiful woman. He was driven to find this beautiful girl and when he found her and married her, that was it. He figured he would be happy, since his dream was achieved.
Unfortunately, he became complacent, and did not work on his marriage. He eventually began drinking and his beautiful wife left him. He was devastated and went further into alcohol and drugs. I really do not know what happened to him, because he dropped off the radar, and I moved away. I hope he found another dream.
While that is an extreme case, your dreams are what prevent you from falling into decline. As you continue to work to build a business, a career or a retirement, you need something to motivate you past all of the roadblocks. If all you see are the obstacles, that means your dream is too small. Your dream should rise above the transmission problems, broken legs and sick loved ones. I am not saying that you should ignore those obstacles, but you should handle them with the thought that you are still working toward your goals in spite of the obstacles.
Keep on dreaming!
Micheal Savoie writes for Resolve To Succeed as well as many other blogs. Leave a comment if you have an opinion one way or the other.
Admit it, you took one look at the headline of my blog and you thought, Battlefield?.
Dreams are great. I have always been a dreamer, ever since I first listened to a tape (one of those plastic objects with moving parts that you put into a player and hear voices) by a leading motivational speaker in my network marketing infancy. In that tape, the guy said, “the bigger your dream, the more you will do to get that dream!”
I didn’t quite understand that, but it sounded good, and I began looking for what I wanted. Not just things, though, because a dream does not have to be for tangible things. Sometimes, it is for a state of mind, or a better you. Those were harder to put onto a vision board, and the fact that I knew what they were, but could not picture them troubled me.
That guy on the tape also said ” Never let anyone steal your dreams!”
I didn’t realize that I was stepping onto a battlefield as soon as I envisioned a dream. The world may be run by dreamers, but it despises dreamers just the same. Those at the top have huge visions for their lives and for the general population, but everyone in between is stuck with the vision that they are handed by their boss (get this done by Friday at 3PM or you are fired).
The second you let anyone in on your vision is the beginning of the battle for your dream. Up until that time, you are a noncombatant enlistee in the war, but you aren’t ready to hit the battlefield until you are ready to share your dreams. At that point, whether you are prepared for it or not, the battle is on!
People will ridicule you for thinking you can rise above the rest of the people in your peer group. Friends and family who think they are helping you will tell you to get your head out of the clouds. And life itself will appear to convolute itself in such a way as to make it seemingly impossible to make any progress towards your dreams.
I remember how cars would break down, kids would get sick, babysitters would cancel at the last minute and I would think to myself, “what the heck is going on here? How can I get anywhere with all of this crap going on to stop me from making any progress?”
Enter The Battlefield
The battle begins within you before it ever comes to the rest of the world. You are audacious enough to believe that you can get out of your comfort zone and actually succeed at something that you have wanted for your whole life. Your inner consciousness is rebelling at the thought of having to get out of the comfort zone it has grown accustomed to. Your subconscious is still believing the negative that people (and your own self talk) have been feeding it for years, and it works hard to ensure that those beliefs are realized.
This fight is 90% internal.
You can’t escape it. The 10% that your friends, family and neighbors actually participate in is the easy part. Those can be ignored or you can tell them that you will spend time with them either when they learn to be supportive or when you invite them to your mansion. But your inner battles must be taken care of with the help of self help materials and a group of people who are genuinely concerned in your growth. (Mastermind groups are great for this)
So let’s work together here to fight the battles that we know we can win, and set ourselves up for success in the battles that we will need help with. This blog is here for you. I would like to hear your stories of success and those where you can identify where you could have done things better to get a favorable outcome. There are no failures, except when we stop trying.