Dreams are a beautiful thing! Without dreams of what could be we would not have what we have. Stuff usually doesn’t just happen. And yet, dreams are just ideas until we make them into goals. As you can see I have a whole pile of things in my dream cloud. Our dreams tell us a lot about what is in our hearts. I have a lot of restoration, repurposing and effective use of potential in my heart. That means I want to help people live out their lives in fullness, but I also have a thing for buildings and property that are not being used to their potential
I made this dream cloud as my students were making theirs in a recent Destiny class and I realized something cool. Items that used to be in my dream cloud were now a reality. I have written my own Coaching and Destiny curriculum and I have started my own Coaching practice.
A dream cloud is a great place to store ideas. It’s like a seed packet where your ideas are kept.
A dream becomes a goal when you take a certain idea out of the dream cloud and plant it in reality. Deciding on a course action steps toward this specific end is the game changer. Now we are actually doing something. Determination now becomes a valuable asset.
Here’s a couple of easy tips in setting up Action Steps toward a goal:
- Solicit input – Choose some people whose opinions would be valuable in your planning process – people who have successfully walked through what you are thinking of or leaders in your life or others who are simply good thinking partners for you. They can help with any of the steps below.
- Break it down – write out the steps involved in completing this goal. Make phases, or an outline or whatever you need to do to see it in smaller bite size steps.
- Calendarize it – Set up target dates. Start with the date when you want to be finished and then work backwards with things that need to be done first.
- Share the goal – talk it out with a coach or a peer, a boss, family members or a team mate. Getting others involved keeps you from talking yourself out of deadlines. You can always readjust as you go, but getting others involved keeps the ball rolling. Set up regular times to meet with your goal as the primary focus.
- Periodically reevaluate – We may or may not be successful on the first try. If ‘it’ was easy, everyone would be doing it. So, failed attempts cannot be our excuse not to keep trying. Negative outcomes can actually helpful at this juncture, as at least then research has been done to know a way that didn’t work.
Have fun dreaming! But have even more fun choosing goals and working out your action steps!
Talk to me: What goals are you currently working on?