March 2, 2016
5 Ideas, 3 Questions, and an Action
Mark Twain said, “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”
This type of thinking can be applied elsewhere. For example, we can say that a person who does not have any dreams is no different than a person who has dreams but does not act on them.
That is, until we put actions behind our dreams and goals, they just remain thoughts, same as everyone else.
One of the best actions that we can take toward achieving any big goal is to name it—when we take time to put our dreams into words, they become more tangible and less fantastical. Naming our goals turns the pursuit “happiness” into a concrete action plan, because we are forced to get specific and describe what happiness is to us.
As we explore these ideas and build a language around them, we become more familiar with them; as we do that, we learn how to talk about them and evaluate the various approaches to achieving them. They become less scary and more attainable.
In the same way that we cannot change what we don’t know is there, we cannot move toward a goal that isn’t named. This matters because, at the end of the day, the world is made out of actions, not dreams.
A person who has dreams but does not act on them is no different than a person who has no dreams at all. How does this idea resonate with me?
What are my dreams?
If I could make one dramatic shift in my life, what would it be and what is stopping me from doing it now?
Desired Result: Create a Visual Representation of Dreams/Goals
Concrete Action: Our brains fire in various ways, depending on how they are stimulated. For example, when we read a word, the effect that it has on us—in terms of memory and emotional connotation—is different than when we say it, think it, or hear it. So, it is important to think about our goals, act on them, speak about them, and, when possible, look at them. Having a visual representation of a dream can make it feel more tangible and achievable. It also gives us something to look at every day, which triggers the thoughts, which propel us toward action.
Here’s what to do: Take a sheet of computer paper and write your one main goal on it. Say, for example, that your goal is to get a promotion at your job—you would write PROMOTION on the paper. Then, sketch out the visual components of that goal—that is, the visual ideas that represent this goal: suit and tie, dollar $igns, big desk, window office, great colleagues, smiles. Then post it in a place that you see each day—fridge, mirror, car, etc.—so that when you look at it each day you are reminded of that goal or dream.
Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.
Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at StrengthsLife.com
His strengths of Ideation, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, and Empathy have taken him all over the world. He is an inventor, athlete, joyous wanderer/wonderer, translator, poet, and Transformation Coach.
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