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Plan The Life of Your Dreams

Plan The Life of Your Dreams

There is a life you can imagine that is the life of your dreams.  It is time to write that dream down, make some plans, and begin taking steps toward their fulfillment.  Don’t just read the following steps, but implement them today!  Successful people don’t get where they are by chance.  The concept of entropy states that everything in the universe eventually moves from order to disorder.  This is true in our lives as well.  If we do not live intentionally, we will wander from one distraction to the next and never achieve a higher standard of living.  You wouldn’t set out on a 1000 mile journey without a map.  Why would you live your life without a plan?  Why would you live a day without a plan?

“Unhappiness is settling for less than your dreams, Happiness is having a dream and ever moving closer to achieving it.” – The Catalyst

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

1.) Write Down Your Dream Life

Dreaming is the first step in planning.  Layout your dream job, health & fitness, financial state, relationships, and other dreams.  Don’t be afraid to dream big.  You can break a seemingly insurmountable dream into easily manageable steps in the planning step coming up.  It will help if you find images to copy/paste into your dream plans.  In doing this, a dream I had always imagined was clarified.  I’ve always imagined I wanted a sailboat.  In searching for the right image for this, I found many frightening images of sailing at sea and realized that my sailboat would be one on a lake, not the sea.  After all, this is a good dream, not a nightmare.

“Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Do not plan for mediocrity or you may reach your goal or even come up short!” – The Catalyst

2.) Believe Your Dream is Possible

Know that you can and will do what it takes to get there.  You have to believe in your dream for the times when no-one else will.  If you don’t believe in it, you won’t be able to commit to it and you won’t inspire anyone else to follow along with you either.  Anything is achievable when broken down and taken one step at a time.  Visualization is a key training concept in sports, and it will be beneficial to your life as well.  You have to see yourself putting in the work and making the shots to achieve your dreams.

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford

“You can do anything you set your mind to.” – The Catalyst

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.” – Peter Drucker

3.) Make an Actionable Plan 

Now that you have your dreams all laid out, success is achieved by overcoming the obstacles that separate you from them.  Now is the time to write down these obstacles along with a plan for overcoming each one.  Obstacles could be deficient skills, lack of financing, lack of time, poor fitness, poor diet, bad habits, etc.  If an obstacle seems insurmountable, it may need to be broken down into smaller obstacles so that achievable solutions can be created and accomplished.  Without specific steps to overcome each obstacle, your dreams will remain just that, forever.  If you cannot come up with a way over, around, or through an obstacle, enlist a friend or even better, a mentor who can help.  You will have to be resourceful to conquer all obstacles and that will involve enlisting help from others.

Start with what you will do over the next 5 years, and proceed to break that down to what you will do in the next 1 year, quarter, month, week, and today!

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton – Hilton Hotels

4.) Focus All Available Energy and Activity

After making your plans, your next step is to stop the distractions.  Stop doing the things that distance you from achieving your goals, and start checking off the steps that overcome the obstacles in your way.  A plan without an action is still a dream and we’re no longer dreamers here.  Having initiative means making an introductory act or step.  Nothing else on this blog makes much difference if you have no initiative.  Even if you can only take the smallest of steps today, getting that much closer to your dreams will feel great!  You will have made the day your first success!

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

“The reason everybody likes planning is that nobody has to do anything.” – Jerry Brown

“Plan your work and work your plan.” – Napoleon Hill


Get a Why in Life

Get a Why in Life

Frank’s alarm, was not so gently rousing him from another night of too little sleep.  Though the ringtone was “shades of bliss”, the once peaceful tones now made him cringe every time he heard them.  It was the sound of getting  up to embark once again on what his co-workers lovingly referred to as “living the dream”.

“It’s never too late to start over. If you weren’t happy with yesterday, try something different today. Don’t stay stuck. Do better.” – Alex Elle

Get A Why

Why?, Frank asked himself as he struggled dizzily to get out of bed.  Why am I getting up to repeat yesterday?  I wasn’t happy with yesterday, so why will I do the same things again today, the same things as last week, last month, last year?  Isn’t that the definition of insanity; doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results?  Frank remembered his young adulthood, never wanting the day to end and eagerly anticipating the next.  Now he just existed, struggling to get through the next meeting, work day, or social event.  Frank needed a why in his life.

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Few know why, some know how, all know what they do.” – Author Unknown

Where Are You Going?

By the time Frank pulled into the parking garage at work, his hour long commute with talk radio had fully pissed him off.  He could hardly wait for the daily stand up meeting his oppressive boss scheduled 1st thing absolutely every day.  The elevator doors opened and Frank boarded.  He could not only smell, but feel his un-chosen companions’ coffee breath on his neck.  A moment too late to stop the doors, he realized the elevator was going up instead of down to the floor where his office was located.  As the elevator proceeded to stop on pretty much every floor in the building both directions, Frank had to bite his tongue to keep from laughing at his self imposed misfortune. Frank wasn’t practicing awareness, where he was going in the moment, or in life.

“Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will, and creative imagination.  These give us the ultimate human freedom.  The power to choose, to respond, to change.” – Stephen Covey

You Need A Plan

Frank realized that getting on the elevator going the wrong direction was a good metaphor to how his life was going.  His life wasn’t necessarily going in the wrong direction, but no direction at all!  He wasn’t going anywhere!  He had failed to plan.  That was what made his life such a drudgery.  He was just going through the motions, working day in and day out, paying the bills.  Other than retirement, he didn’t have any goals to work toward. Frank was now aware that he needed a “why” in his life.  He also needed a plan to satisfy that why.  He promised himself that moment that he would start today on a plan for a new and more exciting life.

“The first step toward change is awareness.  The second step is acceptance.” – Nathaniel Branden