Archive for category Dream/Goal Achievement
(Before we go into this post today, I want to apologize for not posting this sooner. I was on vacation since December 23rd, but I’m back now and will be posting the rest of this series this week so stay tuned in!!!)
In today’s post we are going to look at the next set of characteristics:
- Planning & Preparation
Planning & Preparation
Planning and Preparation are necessary parts of achieving your dream. While this may seem like it should be 2 separate steps, I grouped them together because they really go hand in hand. We’ve established that a dream defined will show you the end result that you desire and that you need to gain knowledge of what skills, resources, etc you will need on this journey towards dream achievement. Planning allows you to map out the steps that will be necessary as well as set the timeline you believe it will take for you to get to your end result while the preparation portion of this step allows you to prepare whatever resources you currently have as well as yourself for the next step in the journey of dream achievement.
It is at this point that you are ready to practice some of the things that you’ve learned thus far. Practicing allows you to sharpen your skills as well as yourself so that when you arrive at the point of dream achievement you will be able to take full advantage of it. Ralph Marston says, “What is the best opportunity? It’s the one for which you’re the most fully prepared.” Whitney Young Jr. backs up the reasoning for practicing your necessary skills and gifts by saying, “It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one that to have an opportunity and not be prepared.”
Your practice time is so vitally important in achieving your dream. To go back to the musician example I listed in the last post, I can tell you from experience as a jazz musician that when I first saw live jazz and decided I wanted to be able to play music like what I saw on stage I had to go home and spend a lot of time practicing. It was in the practice time that I sharpened the skills that I had as well as acquired new skills that would bring me closer to my goal of performing live jazz. As a result of years of practice time (which never stops as I still practice) I’m able to get on stage and perform jazz like I wanted to when I was a boy.
There’s an old saying, “Practice makes perfect”, and I’d like to modify that saying for our discussion and say, “Practice makes you ready to fulfill the dream that you are willing to work to achieve.”
For the next post we’ll talk about Right Attitude & Undivided Focus.
I have found 10 characteristics that every person who becomes a dream achiever needs. As I said in the preview for this blog series these 10 characteristics aren’t necessarily all of the characteristics. These 10 are what jumped out to me when I was thinking about my life and the lives of other successful people that I’m fortunate to know and meet. So here’s the list that we will be tackling in this series:
- A Dream (Defined)
- Planning & Preparation
- Right Attitude
- Undivided Focus
- 10. Duplication
The first set of characteristics that we’re going to dive into is:
1. A Dream (Defined)
Some people may be thinking, “How is ‘a dream’ a characteristic of a dream achiever?” Well you need to have a dream in order to achieve a dream, and believe it or not, there are many people who never act on any of their dreams. For some people it amounts to them believing that it’s not possible for them. For others because they get so busy with the cares of life they forget the dream that was so pressing on their mind. And for others, they’ve been so disillusioned with a life that has been negative, stale, and boring for so long that they no longer believe that their dreams are capable of coming true. Far too often people who believe this are the same people that believe that just because they think about their dream that it’s supposed to automatically happen and that no work is required. That is so far from the truth (no matter what the new-agers out there are trying to say, just thinking strongly about your dream will not make it happen without some action on your part).
Once you have a dream in your mind that you would like to achieve, you need to get to a computer, pen & paper, voice recorder, or anything else that will allow you to take your dream from being in your head to being documented so that you don’t forget it as well as so that you can consistently reference it. Your dream defined is your 1st characteristic because a dream defined allows you to see the end/desired result of what you want to accomplish. It gives you something to build towards. Stephen Covey refers to this as “begin with the end in mind”. When the picture of what you desire is truly defined, then you can find a way to get there, but when what you want is still somewhere in the clouds with no definition, how do you think you’re going to make that happen when you don’t even know what it is you want? Once you have a dream defined you will need to work on characteristic #2.
Webster’s Dictionary defines knowledge as:
(1): the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association (2): acquaintance with or understanding of a science, art, or technique.
So now that you have your dream defined, you must gather the knowledge that you will need in order to accomplish that which you are looking to achieve. If you always wanted to play a musical instrument at the highest level possible; or be a professional athlete in any sport; or even be a CEO in business you’re not going to just waltz in the door of these professions with no experience and assume these positions (well maybe the CEO is an exception if you are starting your own business, but I think you get my point). You need to gain knowledge of all of the aspects and attributes of what goes into being a professional musician, athlete, or CEO before you can ever become one and be successful at it.
The knowledge that you gain allows you to be prepared to work on the next characteristics that we’ll cover in our next post: Planning/Preparation & Practice.