Living Successfully - Making it happen


Make it happen.

Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous New Year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source - a Sower of Dreams - just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true. - Sarah Ban Breathnach

It’s now the end of January 2017.

Every year on beaches in Barbados tens of thousands of turtle hatch-lings break free of their sandy nests, most will make it to the water, after that however the odds of them making it to adulthood change dramatically with less than 1 in 1000 reaching that milestone. Many perish before making it past the reefs becoming a meal to predatory fish and sea birds. This sequence of events reminds me of the many dreams that are hatched at the beginning of every year in the form of new years resolutions, like the baby hatch-lings most will survive the first day maybe week, this is the water’s edge, after this the mortality rate mirrors that of the hatchlings. The question is how can we turn this around and make your dreams reality? The answer to this can be found in “The Five Steps to Successfully Living the Dream” there is only one precondition, and that is the dream must be realistic. It can be audacious, difficult, even out-of-this-world, once it can be attained these five steps will apply;

Visualize – Visioning what achieving this dream would feel and look like.

Plan – Design a strategy and roadmap that moves you towards it

Implement – Take action

Review – Do you need to make any adjustments?

Achievement – Success at last!

Visualization

Many great visionaries were able to articulate their dreams long before they had a plan, as a matter of fact the process of visioneering is the fertile soil from which the plans germinate and grow, take for example the Wright brothers, considered to be fathers of sustained man flight. It is said that they first had this dream as children, and through imagination and trial they were able to conceptualize the first airplane. Noted author Andy Stanley says it this way “Visioneering is the course one follows to make dreams a reality.” It therefore becomes more than just a dream or a wish when it can take you mentally to the place where you visualize in a “real” way what this dream looks and feels like. Without this important first step the dream is not likely to get past the shoreline of the New Year.

So we are dreaming about making 2017 our best year yet, take time to visualize what that looks like, feels like and taste like. What would have changed by midnight December 31, 2017 for this to be successful?

Now on to the step 2;

The Plan

“A dream without a plan is only a wish” – Katherine Peterson

Time now to put some legs on that dream and get moving. To do so you will have to answer these 4 questions “what”, “when”, “how” and “where”. The “when” is the easiest of the lot, … December 31, 2017.

Next let’s consider the “where”; where are we now and where do we intend to go, this is the value in the process of visualization, it permits us to see the gap between these two points. A good example can be seen in the building of a house, where starting with a bare piece of land with shrubs and weeds, you end-up with a 5000 square foot, 4-bedroom, three bathroom house with large kitchen, family, entertainment and dining rooms, dual car-port, 500 foot driveway, and pool on a 25,000 square foot property. Now your dream may be completely different than this, but the same principles apply. There is a gap between your present and future realities; now that you have identified and quantify this gap you need to determine what (who) is required to fill this gap. With the example of the house it would include items such as, building materials and the relevant construction workers. So what and who do you require to help you bridge your gap?

The final question left in the planning phase will be “how”. Here you identify the process for acquiring the resources needed. Again using the example of building a house; you will need to design a plan, have it valued, secure the funds, hire the builder and purchase the material. It would not be a good idea to start purchasing material before you have determined the design and type of structure (stone, wood, steel, etc.). Similarly you need to answer these questions in your planning.

On now to step 3;