Now the fun begins! In my first blog: “If You Don’t Know Where You Are Going…” I stated how important it is to write your goals down. This provides you with a road map to know exactly what you are trying to achieve and according to the Harvard study, it has also been proven to provide great success for those who do versus those who don’t write their goals down. I like to finalize this whole process of capturing your goals and dreams, visualizing them, and reverse engineering them with one final step. I call it your “1 Year Dream”. We are going to take all of the work that you have done over the past several weeks and create a final piece called your “1 Year Dream” that will include details (your action steps from reverse engineering), your story line (the story you visualized) and your final outcome (your goals and dreams).
Your “1 Year Dream” will provide you an awesome road map to follow to lead you straight to where you want to go! It is absolutely amazing how powerful this process can be if you put your heart and mind into it. It literally is like creating your own future. One of my good friends and amazing entrepreneur and futurist, Peter Diamandis says, “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.” You are literally creating the script of your own movie that you are going to live out in real life!
Follow these last few simple steps to make your dream real!:
Take the next 5-10 minutes and based on your thoughts from when you originally wrote down all of your goals, expand on that list. Do not limit yourself. Nothing is too far out there. Write everything that comes to your mind regardless if it sounds realistic or not. No filters, no limitations.
Go back over your list and glump together similar items or goals.
For example, items that have to do with your family could be categorized together.
Items that have to do with achieving a specific goal in your career can be categorized together.
Items that have to do with your health or hobbies, etc. can be categorized together.
Now, write down at the top of the page: “Today is (insert the month and actual day of the month) but for the year write down next year.” Example: if today was March 26th, 2014 – I would write down March 26th, 2015.
Imagine you are looking back over the year and telling someone a story of all of the incredible things that happened. Include as many details as possible. Share your emotions that you were feeling when you accomplished milestones.
Create the entire story for what happened over the past year as if you were in the future looking back.
Keep your 1 Year Dream handy at all times, if not actually with you. Refer back to it once a month to keep on track and remind yourself of the goals you are looking to accomplish in this 12 months. I believe that you will be amazed at how many things end up happening exactly the way that you had it written out!
I know this theory works because I’ve lived and seen it become our reality. Has Jerry pulled out his goal sheet whether big or small and no matter how long it takes for him to achieve them he pulls it out and crosses it off. From us in high school , him saying your going to marry me someday you just don’t know it, to me saying I want to see Neil Diamond someday or to his goals for success, he always has a dream that becomes a goal, that becomes a plan, and before I know he’s saying “hey look we get to mark this off.” So all I’m saying is he’s very wise, successful, trustworthy and loves to help others make their dreams a reality. So blessed to have lived our dream and so proud that you are helping others live theirs.