In a few days it will be Christmas, then (hopefully after a little time off for you and your business brain) it will be a new year. This final post in our dreaming series is all about doing. How are you going to ensure 2016 is a year of ‘doing’ for you and your business? How will you turn those dreams into goals and those goals into reality? How will you take those leaps to get closer to your heart’s desires? The secret lies in planning (and in daily doses of courage).
Mind Mapping Dreams to Goals
Thinking back to the dreams you brainstormed a couple of weeks ago here, what one dream in your list is jumping out at you as an itch that you just need to follow up? What dream is calling to you to take a leap? Grab a blank piece of paper and write it in big gorgeous letters in the centre.
Now, start your mind mapping by drawing a line from your centre dream and writing a step you’ll need to take to make that dream a reality at the end of the line. This is your mind mapping process to figure out how to turn those dreams into goals. Keep going until you can’t think of anymore possible steps or details to consider for your dream.
Now, start to order them in a way that makes sense for you. What is your first goal? What’s the first step you’ll need to take? When will you take it? What date will it be complete? How will you know when you’ve achieved it? Who will help you achieve it?
Keep ordering and writing your list until you’ve got a clear, step-by-step plan for achieving your dream. This is your dream roadmap. Plot it out in your diary so you know your timeline and the dates you’re working to. Trust me, this part is important. You’ve got to write it down and put it in whatever organised system you use so that it’s no longer ‘just’ a dream but a goal and a plan. Repeat this for every dream you have. You can also do this for your collaboration dreams you dreamed up last week here.
Courage Building & Creative Dates
I wholeheartedly believe that courage is something that we build upon. That each time we are courageous, we build up our courage bank so that we can take bigger and bigger leaps. When I need a little courage boost there are a few ways I’ve learnt that help lift our courage (and our sanity!).
1. Spend time with people who will celebrate, encourage and inspire you to choose courage
Sometimes just voicing your leap to someone who will support you and encourage you to be courageous is all it takes to get you back on track and feeling like you can do anything (which you can, I’ll have you know). Know your people, your tribe, your kin – the people who will celebrate you, inspire you, motivate you and help you achieve your goals. If you’re feeling low, lost, confused or overwhelmed, make time to see them and let them help you work through it.
2. Make time for creative dates
Getting creative, in whatever way, helps us work through our own courage roadblocks subconsciously. It also helps inspire us to recognise our ability to ‘do’ and it’s fun! I am a big believer in creative dates and in booking them in regularly. Whether it’s a fun little DIY project, making a sweet gift for someone you’d like to thank, collecting and sticking up new quotes on the wall, foraging some greenery along your morning walk and adding to your desk – there is so much to be said for making time to play, be creative and enjoy discovering new and much-loved talents.
3. Gather inspiration
If you’re feeling unsure about a courageous leap or feeling like there’s one stirring inside you, but you’re not sure exactly what it is and how to go about it, go and be inspired. Gathering inspiration is one of the most wonderful ways to help you understand the dreams and goals that are inside of you waiting to be discovered. Visit a gallery, borrow a book from a library, go for a walk along the beach, watch a movie, revisit old hobbies or create new ones and find courage, creativity, inspiration and dreaming inspiration there.
Now’s the time to put your dreams first and to take a leap – big, small, sideways, forwards, in any way – towards those dreams. Make 2016 the year of doing. Plan, set your roadmap, block it out in your calendar or diary (don’t forget to download your 2016 content calendar here) and, on the days you need some extra love, go build your courage muscle and gather inspiration.
What’s the first dream you’re going to turn into a plan today? Share with me below and let’s choose courage together.
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