Tag Archive 'dreams'

Oct 14 2009

Realizing Your Dreams With Tenacity

Published by under Creating Success

I recently came across a story that I had heard before but had forgotten. It’s the story about how Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield got their business off the ground after writing their first “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book. They had a difficult time getting it published and then they had an even more difficult time getting anyone to buy it. But on the advice of a teacher named Scholastico, they developed their “rule of five”. Each day the would do five specific things that would move their business forward to reach their dream of selling books.

They did five things a day, day after day, for over two years. Today they have over 170 titles in multiple languages and have sold millions of copies. That sounds like success.

I began doing the same thing a week ago with some accountability partners.  While we have all been working on our businesses, listing 5 things to accomplish and emailing them to each other has made a huge difference. For myself, I am considerably more focused. It’s easier for me to stay on task and I have a bigger sense of accomplishment. I have done lists before but never with this consistentcy nor with others. I can already sense a difference. It will be exciting to see where we all are a year from now.

Do you have the tenacity to do five things a day, every day to realize your dreams?

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Jun 28 2009

Do You Have a Dream?

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I’ve been reading Put Your Dream to the Test by John Maxwell.  He addresses the following questions in each chapter but in the forward he has what he calls “The Dream Test”.

  1. The Ownership Question: Is my dream really my dream?
  2. The Clarity Question: Do I clearly see my dream?
  3. The Reality Question: Am I depending on factors within my control to achieve my dream?
  4. The Passion Question: Does my dream compel me to follow it?
  5. The Pathway Question: Do I have a strategy to reach my dream?
  6. The People Question: Have I included the people I need to realize my dream?
  7. The Cost Question: Am I willing to pay the price for  my dream?
  8. The Tenacity Question: Am I moving closer to my dream?
  9. The Fulfillment Question: Does working toward my dream bring satisfaction?
  10. The Significance Question: Does my dream benefit others?

He asks pertinent questions for each item to help you determine where you are in the dream process. So any people have quit dreaming maybe because they’ve settled for being content or they’ve been disappointed in past experiences or people have told them their dreams are ridiculous.  Some people just lack the confidence to step out and pursue their dreams.

If you’ve lost your dream or just never had one – start dreaming now! Dreams are the things that give your life passion. They’re the reason to get up in the morning; they propel us through life and help us to live life to the fullest and experience all that we can be.

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Apr 16 2009

Do You Allow Yourself to Experience Success?

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How many times have you said “I can’t do that. I don’t have enough money (or ability,etc.).” Well, if you’re like most people, including myself, you’ve done it many times. Before you gave yourself a chance to ‘get’, ‘be’ or ‘do’ whatever it was, you blocked the possibility.

So the question is, when are you going to REALLY make the decision to realize your dream? See, when you make that decision that you’re going to do, be or have something, then the opportunities and means begin to appear to help you on your way. You don’t have to know how you’re going to get there, you just need to know that you will achieve your desired goal and be open to the possibilities that present themselves.

If you can conceive of an idea or goal,  you can achieve it. The challenge often is keeping the negative thoughts at bay. When those snarly little thoughts raise their ugly head is just say “switch” out loud and visualize switching them off. Do it often enough and soon it becomes a habit.

It’s been said,  “by the thoughts we think, we are the designers and creators of our life”. How true. We need to believe that our dreams are POSSIBLE. I leave you with this video by Les Brown who says it eloquently  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwSMAd039rk

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