The first step to turning your dreams into action is, of course, to figure out what your dreams are.
Strangely enough, this can be the hardest part.
Perhaps it’s because there’s so much coming at us each and everyday, who can think past tomorrow?
Perhaps it’s because it just seems so darn impossible.
Perhaps it’s because it seems so presumptuous and cocky to write down what you truly desire.
Whatever the case, it’s often our own perceptions and attitudes that create the biggest barrier to writing our vision … to daring to dream.
So, probably the best advise I can give anyone is –
Step 1: Give yourself the permission to dream.
And there’s really quite a practical way to think about it.
- No one else owns the right for you to dream, and so no one is going to give you permission.
- If you don’t do it, no one will. So … it IS your responsibility.
- If you don’t do it, it is less likely to happen.
- It’s fun … honest!
- No one else can do it for you nearly as well as you can.
- And, besides, no one really knows when you’re doing it anyway 😉
So not only should you give yourself the permission to dream, you should give yourself the permission to dream big, huge, AUDACIOUSLY OBNOXIOUSLY HUMONGOUS!
And once you do that, –
Step 2: Have fun dreaming.
Remember, it’s not about tools.
Sure I found a mindmap was better than a list.
Sure I found that initially writing it down was better than typing it out.
But all that is besides the point.
You should do what’s fun for you.
Want to take a pitcher of ice tea and sit out in the garden with coloured pencils and paper? Go ahead.
Want to go hang out with a wide cross-section of your friends and toss around ideas? Go ahead.
Want to ride around the city in a trotro and imagine where you’d be and what you’d want to be doing in 20, 30, 40 years? Go ahead.
Want to take the weekend completely off and watch movies and write down what inspires you? Go ahead.
Want to do a combination of all those things? Go right ahead!
Because the reality is, once you give yourself the permission, you should also be giving yourself the permission to go to the places, talk to the people, and/or do the things that inspire you the most.
You know yourself best so figure out if you want to do this with or without others, in or out of nature, stationary or with motion, with or without inspiring resources and tools. There are loads of tools that others have created just for this sort of thing.
Just, pick what works for you.
And make sure to capture it somewhere.
Once you’ve captured it,
Step 3: Put it all in your inbox.
This is still like any other GTD® brainstorm or mindsweep or capture. Get all these ideas, wishes, dreams into your inbox. What I described is no different than the collect phase – or the first phase of the standard GTD process.
From this step, you’re joining to process and organise which are the second and third phases, respectively, of the standard GTD process.
So have confidence that all these ideas and wishes do all have a bucket or home somewhere… they won’t get lost. This should help you continue to give yourself the permission to keep going.
And keep going you should … the best stuff is yet to come 😉
Here’s a question for you:
What your favourite and/or surprising items from your dreaming sessions??
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