You have probably heard this quote once or twice in your life. It’s a quote by Yogi Berra (famous baseball player, coach and manager) who said “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up somewhere else”. Another quote like it by Pastor Hollowood, said “Aim at nothing and you’ll hit the mark every time”. What these two quotes are saying is that clear direction is worth a heartache of misinterpretations. If you want to become successful in life, you need to become clear about what your dream looks like and what success looks like to you. Having vague dreams leave too much room for interpretation, but being clear and writing down your dreams are powerful and purposeful.
I have a two questions for you:
Question 1: How would you ever know you accomplished your dream unless you wrote it down with specific details?
Question 2: How would you know if a specific prayer was answered unless you prayed with clarity and wrote it down?
Once again, vague dreams and vague prayers have the potential of having you guess rather or not they were truly answered. Just something to think about.
Your goals to your dreams come in all shapes and sizes, and recording them in a way that is measurable allows you to see your progress and track rather or not you are actually reaching them. Your goal may be to bring in an income of $100,000 or be promoted to a manager or vice president position. Maybe your goal is to be published in a book, speak at an industry-related conference or be interviewed by a respectable television or online agency. Maybe your goals towards your dreams are to attain more prestige and awards rather than receiving financial incentives. Whatever your goals to your dreams are, it’s important to track your progress and mark off what you’ve accomplished along the way.
When you think of yourself as a brand and work diligently in creating value in the workforce, your reward will become a boost in your leadership ability, self-esteem and income. All three practically go hand-in-hand.
As I think about my dreams, I have found that my experiences have taught me valuable lessons on what to ask. Part of the success equation for me often comes in me answering the questions “In what ways am I offering value to others and are they making progress on reaching their goals”? I’ve recognized that I can’t control the outcomes or the circumstances in their life towards their growth experience, but what I can do is give them the resources and tools that can support their dreams.
As you think about the value you offer, your customers will always believe that the more money they pay, they will in-return receive a better product, service and value (which means living up to and delivering your brand promise and often providing stress free results and preventative solutions to decrease their pain).
So, what will it take for you to live the way you want to live and what does that look like? What does it look like as it relates to your physical health, spiritual health, financial health and emotional health? Is the desired lifestyle you want going to bring happiness, joy, contentment and give you more time to pursue other areas of interest? Will living the way you want to live allow you to fulfill the passions, values and convictions you carry? Will living the way you want allow you to be you and will it bring out the best in you?