"Define your dream and have a burning desire for its achievement" Nothing starts in LIFE but first a DREAM!!
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Let me ask you, what are some of your goals in life?
- Be your own boss?
- Achieve financial freedom?
- Maybe you just wanted to make a few hundred extra dollars a month?
Whatever your dream is, big or small, YOU CAN ACHIEVE IT!!
BUT, YOU CAN'T HIT A TARGET YOU CAN'T SEE!
All my adult life I've heard that the most successful people write out their goals. I know, several times I have done just that myself but never saw any results from it. In fact many people, every year on Jan 1 they do just that. They create a list of goals and within a couple months many couldn't even tell you where the list is anymore. I think the problem has been we really didn't know how to right out our goals and we didn't know what to do once we made a list. I'm going to see if I can shed some light on the subject and show how to use this process to actually ignite a burning desire in you; A desire that creates a motivation to actually accomplish your goals.
Today we are going to discuss 5 steps to IGNITE that burning desire in you; to put into motion the machine needed to make your dreams come true.
To start off you actually do need to create a list. So get out a sheet of paper and an ink pen.
Across the top of the sheet write DREAMS in big letters.
Now write down everything that you would do or have if money was no object.
Do this with your family and have fun!
Be creative and enjoy the dream
building process together. Make sure you include BIG dreams as well as small dreams, such as a new car, new home, new clothes, paying off your credit cards, a new pair of shoes, fixing the back door, buying a bottle of champagne, going out to eat at a fancy restaurant, buying a new dress, getting debt free...
How big can you DREAM?
Think about how an extra $100, $300, $500, $1000, $2,000 or $5,000 a month would change your life?
BE VERY SPECIFIC WHEN YOU WRITE THESE THINGS DOWN.
Now, don't just say "new car", be as specific as your mind will let you...make, model, color, smell...
Take a few minutes and create that list right now.
Take another sheet of paper and using a pen put the list you just made in order from smallest to largest.
Use this time also to add more dreams to your list. Be sure to add the small ones as well as the big ones.
Remember to HAVE FUN!!
Take a few minutes and rewrite that list right now.
Starting with $300 ask yourself this question:
If I were making $300 per month in addition to what I am making now, what exactly would I do with it?
Use your dream list as your reference, go down the list and check the ones you could have.
Try to imagine vividly that you have the money and you actually are getting the thing you want...get a feeling of what it would be like; what it would feel like if you had it.
Then ask yourself…Am I really fired up?
Am I really excited?
Am I really getting motivated?
If the answer is no, and you're really not excited like its no big deal, then go up a little to $500 and do the exercise again.
Imagine vividly that you have an extra $500 and you actually are getting the thing you want...get a feeling of what it would be like; what it would feel like if you had it.
If there is still no excitement, keep going up in $500 increments.
Some people may have to go a little higher; most people will stay around $1000 to $2000. Don't be afraid to go to $10,000 a month to start with.
What you are trying to do is find a specific number that is going to be the key number YOU are shooting for . . . that you are going to think about all day long, 24 hours a day, when you first wake up, throughout the day and before you go to sleep.
It's going to be a number you LOOK AT. It's going to be YOUR number, and you are going to know exactly what you are going to do with the money once you start making it.
The key to this step is making the DREAM real to you and believable to you.
You must not only have a dream and be specific in your dream, but you have to believe you can get the dream; otherwise it's just a wish.
LIST YOUR NUMBER HERE……$_________________________
If you need to take a few minutes until you find that motivating number.
Now go out and find the things that are on your list.
Use all of your senses to experience it.
Close your eyes and concentrate on what it smells like.
If it's a car, sit behind the wheel, feel the engine running. Take in the new car smell.
Is it a new suit? Put it on and experience what it feels like.
Get photographs of the things you want; pictures of the things that fall into that really motivating range.
PUT YOURSELF INTO THE PICTURE!
Collect these pictures and put them in a book or folder and make sure your NUMBER is with them.
Put it where you can see it all the time.
Do you have a BURNING desire?
I would recommend putting the pictures on your refrigerator, maybe making a vision board in your house where you see it everyday; maybe a mirror in the bathroom; the visor of a vehicle so that you can see them first thing everyday. When you see the picture reflect on how it feels with all of your senses.
Remember, you can't hit a target you can't see.
YOU WANT TO LOOK AT THESE PICTURES, EXPERIENCE THEM AND REFLECT ON YOUR NUMBER A MINIMUM OF THREE TIMES A DAY.
First thing when you wake up, mid-day, and right before you go to sleep. The more you look at these pictures and reflect on it with all your senses; and reflect on this number the better.
The more you think about them throughout the day the better.
This will start bringing these goals into your own physical reality. You will start to see them in public; start to recognize daily the things in real life that you want.
In The Strangest Secret, Earl Nightingale said, "You become what you think about most of the time."
Now at least once a week, go dream building.
1) Go out and touch the things you want
- Put on the new coat
- Put on the new watch
- Sit in the car you want
- Go look at the houseGo online and look at the vacation you want to take
- Try to get as close as you can to the things you want.
2) Touch them, feel them, see them, smell them and say to yourself out loud, "THIS IS MINE AND I'M GOING TO HAVE IT!"
You must have a specific dream, think about it throughout the day, 7 days a week and believe in your dream. The dream must be big enough and real enough to get you excited and get you motivated. This is the gas that will motivate you to do the work.
REMEMBER; DON'T LET ANYONE STEAL YOUR DREAM!
As you continue to do this exercise you will begin to find ways, see ways that you can accomplish them. Ways to reach these goals are all around us but because we really don't believe it is possible to achieve them we, can't even see how. Continue to do this exercise day after day and you will find a way; Opportunities will come to you. And if your desire is big enough, you will overcome the fears and you will find a way.
Let's talk about your dreams and how you can achieve them. Feel free to contact me. You can connect with me through this blog, just click on the contact link to the right or at the bottom of the page depending on where you are viewing this post and I will reply as soon as I possibly can.
Thank you for visiting and I look forward to sharing with you the next time.
Keith Abell, RPh MI