It's a new year and culturally we find ourselves thinking about what we can achieve. What goals do we have? What habits will be break? What new person will we become? All of those things are fine to consider. But what if I told you its all premature. What if making a goal isn't the first step, that there is something bigger, more important to do first? And... by not doing that big important thing first you're almost guaranteed not to achieve your new year's goals.
That big important thing is...
Disney didn't create the parks and the movies without first imagining those things with unlimited freedom and extraordinary detail. The details would change but the process wouldn't. Close your eyes. Use your mental picture maker and allow details to emerge related to your hopes, your heart, your influence and impact on others, your feelings. This is often where people gloss over the experience and fail to become the next level human they intend.
Three things have to happen to break free and experience your goals. 1. You dream big and in detail. 2. You set small achievable and measurable goals. 3. You review and rehearse the big dream process again and again to ensure the heart and mind stay inspired.
Imagine if Disney dreamed of Micky Mouse, started drawing him, then watched some Netflix and forgot to think about him the rest of the week. If that happened nobody would know where central Florida is today. The point is... dreaming is the fun part and it requires some discipline to dream again. Not just once, but over and over until it becomes an action, and another action, ultimately becoming a reality.
So here we are, back at the beginning of a new year and the world tells you to start writing your goals, but wait, not yet! First close your eyes and use your vision maker inside your head. See the details of something grander, different or otherwise. See in detail, all the things that surround you in your new future, the people, the noises, the smells, the clouds in the sky, the colors on your clothes, the expression on your face. Then, only then, write the big dream down. After that, write your first, measurable, achievable goal. Don't leave the mental dance without writing your goal. Then... tomorrow, come back and close your eyes again. This part is easy and super important.
This new year can be yours. Everything you dream of can start taking shape. But you have to see it. In case you struggle to see it, try out a coach. One thing we've been doing for years is helping people see the details and be inspired to move. It's valuable to have someone in your corner affirming you and keeping you focused.
Here's a link to our Mastery Group. Start your new year off right.
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