LYL Season 3, Ep. 8 – Dreamline – The Secret To Turning Your Crazy Dreams Into Reality
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Dreaming is fun.
It’s fun for me because I am a big-time dreamer. I dream dreams on top of my dreams. Dreaming is fun…but the problem is that dreaming doesn’t always lead to action. And the undeniable truth is:
Dreaming without action is wasteful.
At some point you have to jump out of dream mode and into plan mode…
Dreamline – An activity to take your dreams and goals into actionable steps
Step 0 – Preparation
Grab a ridiculous amount of Post-It Notes. Grab your favorite pen, pencil, marker, or feather quill pen and set. Grab a long spot on the wall, dry erase board, floor, or table. Turn on your favorite motivational music from the 1980s (that last prep is optional). Follow the steps below:
Step 1 – Dream Big Dreams & Goals
It is time to have a dream session. When we talk about dream sessions, we truly mean dream sessions. No dream is too big. No dream is too crazy. No dream is unnecessary. Remove all “How” thoughts from your mind and write all of the dreams and goals you want to achieve in the next 20 years.
These can be career goals or dreams about family, friends, lifestyle, travel, finances. Honestly it can be anything you dream up. Remember, this is a dream session, not a “how” session.
Place each dream or goal onto a separate Post-It Note. That’s right…each dream is so important you are not “How-ing” the cost of individual Post-It Notes. You are full-blown dreaming.
Step 2 – Place Your Dreams on a Timeline
At this point you should have hundreds of Post-It Notes stuck to every surface near you. A Post-It on the floor, a Post-It on the door. A Post-It in your chair, a Post-It in your hair. So many Post-Its that you start a Post-It poem.
Now is when you need that long spot on the wall you have been saving. On one end of the wall write 2015 (I encourage you to not write it directly on the wall unless you like having your spouse mad at you). In the middle of the wall write 2025. At the end of the wall right 2035.
Now is when the “How” people get to have fun. Start grabbing each Post-It note and realistically placing the dream on when you could possibly achieve the goal.
Be honest with yourself. You can’t write that book until you get out of school. You can’t buy the dream house until you pay off debt. You can’t get married until you actually have a girlfriend.
Look at each Post-It and place it accordingly onto the Dreamline.
Step 3 – Review and Prioritize
At this point you should have something that looks like this:
You have your dreams and goals for the next twenty years organized by the year you want to accomplish them. Go through each year and prioritize the dreams and goals for the year. You might find that one of the dreams isn’t a good fit.
You might find that one of the dreams needs to move. Continue to review the list until you now have a good scope and action of your next 20 years.
Step 4 -Write Down SMART Goals & Action Steps
You will learn everything you need to know about action steps and SMART Goals in the upcoming episodes. For now, the best thing you can do is transfer these dreams into a calendar, document, or worksheet you can easily view.
Over the next few months we will talk about how to take those dreams and turn them into action steps. But for now, take the very first dream on your priority list for 2015 and write down all of the things necessary to achieve this item.
(If you haven’t taken the Live Your List Assessment, it isn’t too late. Story continued below.)
What now? Create Your Own Dreamline
This guide will help you create your own Dreamline. Remember, the best way to do this is with old school Post-It Notes and elbow grease.
Download the worksheet below and post your thoughts on the Live Your List Facebook group. Continue to be awesome. Repeat.
Dreamline - A Goal-Setting Activity
Fired Up Quotes
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – H Jackson Brown
“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” – Oscar Wilde
“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. Gloria Steinem
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