Achieve that your dream

7 Steps to Achieve
Your Dream
Want to get going on your
goals? This is how.
Chris Widener
March 25, 2014
“Vision is the spectacular
that inspires us to carry out
the mundane.” —Chris
Widener3
Can achievement be broken
down into steps? It isn’t
always that clean and easy,
but those who achieve great
things usually go through
much of the same process,
with many of the items listed
below as part of that
process. So if you have been
struggling with achievement,
look through the following.
Begin to apply them and you
will be on the road to
achieving your dream.
Step 1: Dream it.
Everything begins in the
heart and mind.
Every great achievement
began in the mind of one
person. They dared to
dream, to believe that it was
possible. Take some time to
allow yourself to ask “What
if?” Think big. Don’t let
negative thinking discourage
you. You want to be a
“dreamer.” Dream of the
possibilities for yourself,
your family and for others. If
you had a dream that you let
grow cold, re-ignite the
dream! Fan the flames. Life is
too short to let it go.
Step 2: Believe it. Yes,
your dream needs to be big.
It needs to be something
that is seemingly beyond
your capabilities. But it also
must be believable.1 You
must be able to say that if
certain things take place, if
others help, if you work hard
enough, though it is a big
dream, it can still be done.
Good example: A person with
no college education can
dream that he will build a $50
million-a-year company. That
is big, but believable. Bad
example: That a 90-year-old
woman with arthritis will
someday run a marathon in
under three hours. It is big
all right, but also impossible.
She should instead focus on
building a $50 million-a-year
business! And she better get
a move on!
Step 3: See it. The great
achievers have a habit.
They “see” things. They
picture themselves walking
around their CEO office in
their new $25 million
corporate headquarters,
even while they are sitting
on a folding chair in their
garage “headquarters.”
Great free-throw shooters in
the NBA picture the ball going
through the basket. PGA
golfers picture the ball going
straight down the fairway.
World-class speakers
picture themselves speaking
with energy and emotion. All
of this grooms the mind to
control the body to carry out
the dream.
Step 4: Tell it. One reason
many dreams never go
anywhere is because the
dreamer keeps it all to
himself. It is a quiet dream
that only lives inside of his
mind. The one who wants to
achieve their dream must tell
that dream to many people.
One reason: As we
continually say it, we begin
to believe it more and more.
If we are talking about it
then it must be possible.
Another reason: It holds us
accountable. When we have
told others, it spurs us on to
actually doing it so we don’t
look foolish.
Step 5: Plan it. Every
dream must take the form of
a plan. The old saying that
you “get what you plan for”
is so true. Your dream won’t
just happen. You need to sit
down, on a regular basis,
and plan out your strategy
for achieving the dream.
Think through all of the
details. Break the whole plan
down into small, workable
parts. Then set a time frame
for accomplishing each task
on your “dream plan.”
Step 6: Work it. Boy,
wouldn’t life be grand if we
could quit before this one!
Unfortunately the successful
are usually the hardest
workers. While the rest of
the world is sitting on their
sofas watching reruns of
Gilligan’s Island , achievers
are working on their goal—
achieving their dream. I
have an equation that I work
with: Your short-term tasks,
multiplied by time, equal your
long-term accomplishments.
If you work on it each day,
eventually you will achieve
your dream. War and Peace
was written, in longhand,
page by page.
Step 7: Enjoy it. When
you have reached your goal
and you are living your
dream, be sure to enjoy it.
In fact, enjoy the trip, too.
Give yourself some rewards
along the way. Give yourself
a huge reward when you get
there. Help others enjoy it.
Be gracious and generous.
Use your dream to better
others. Then go back to No.
1. And dream a little bigger
this time!

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