Dreams or Goals – What Really Matters?
This past weekend I was reflecting upon the economy, my clients, and the future. About the time that I was about to start a new project, I read this quote from Henry David Thoreau.
“If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams, and endeavor to live the life which you have imagined, you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Wow! What a revelation of thought from this simple quote. Let me explain. We as human beings are success oriented beings. The only thing that stops us from succeeding in life are our own thoughts. I know that some people will argue this point (since they don’t believe they can be successful – which is another discussion for another day.) and then the law of self-fulfilling belief takes over.
First, what is the law of self-fulfilling belief? This is a natural mental law that focuses upon your subconscious beliefs which rule your ultimate actions. Your subconscious mind controls your actions and executes your strongest beliefs with amazing efficiency. Therefore, your beliefs about everything can be a powerful force regarding your actions and performance.
Second, your conscious dreams (I’m not discussing dreams you have while sleeping – that is an entirely different arena of thought) influence your thoughts about what you really want out of life. When you take the time to reflect upon your conscious dreams and think about the ways you could have, do or be what your dreams include – then you are on your way to new levels of success.
Third, one of the most important steps to utilizing the power of your conscious dreams is to keep a journal or notebook or day planner. Write your dreams down and be as explicit as possible. Use all the details that you see, hear and feel as you describe your dreams in this location. The more you engage all the senses in your description, the more it will come to life within your mind and the more believable your dream becomes.
Finally, create an action plan for accomplishment of the dream (or goal) outlining such factors as to the steps needed to become successful. What potential or known obstacles are in your path (and what can you do to overcome these obstacles?)? Who will you need to influence or assist you or join your team? What is a realistic timetable for accomplishment (Remember a dream becomes a GOAL when you assign a deadline to its accomplishment.)?
The final step is to take a piece of the information you uncovered in the last paragraph and place it into your daily action planner. This allows you to take advantage of the law of accumulation – taking little steps each day in the direction of achievement of a goal until the goal is in fact done!
Have a great day, week and month. Take your dreams and make their a powerful guiding light for your life and become the person you want to become. It’s really quite simple – not easy with no effort – but simple if you follow the course and put in the daily effort.
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Voss Graham is an Organizational Architect with 30+ years of experience designing sustainable business growth for organizations of all sizes.
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