Are you looking to make some kind of change? Do you crave to experience more and live a life where you feel more tapped into your creative? Are you living a fully self-expressed life? You’re in the majority if you feel a in tug in your gut to keep searching for your best life.
The audience I speak to is an audience comprised primarily of professionals seeking to expand upon what they’ve already accomplished. Many are also desiring to switch gears entirely and try something new. In the many years that I’ve practiced as a business start-up maven and personal Re-Invention expert, I’ve noticed that many people will never take the steps to make the leap into what they dream of doing for fear of failure.
What you would attempt if you knew you could not fail?
Risk Mitigation Measures: Evaluate and do an honest self-assessment to ensure the best outcome.
When I’m considering starting a new business or making a change in my life, I put my idea or vision through an algorithm I designed to test the fitness of my dream. Maybe I should call it the Dream Fitness Test instead of the Re-Invention Algorithm.
The first step in my process is to evaluate whether my outcome is realistic and achievable for me in my current life situation. What at-first may seem like a brilliant plan, upon further scrutiny moving through my algorithm, I may discover my dream is not so stellar after all. This is where I either alter the original vision to fit what I can accomplish or abort the mission entirely and chalk it up to having an endless supply of ideas that bombard me constantly. Not all ideas do I take to market and not all of my fantasies do I really want to make manifest in my current reality. (Some things are best left as fantasies because in the realm of non-reality they are far juicier than then would be in actual form.)
Some of you may read this and think, is she a dream-killer? No, it couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m not a dream killer, I’m a realist who supports dreaming while also shepherding the way to the bridge of making it happen. I specialize in helping people actually achieve in real life rather than stay stuck in dreamland for a lifetime. Anyone who’s worked with me, knows me, or has heard me speak, understands that I’m not delivering a bunch of fluffy magical thinking about dream achievement. I live into results and results take a whole new kind of approach to living.
I think the reason most people get stuck in dreaming is that they don’t take the time to test their idea first to see if they’re able to achieve what they’ve conjured up in their mind as the Holy Grail of what they perceive they want. Someone might dream of being a famous actor, or making a BlockBuster movie but unless they’re willing to take certain steps such as investing in acting lessons, perhaps moving to Hollywood and being willing to make the sacrifice that aspiring actors make, it might not be plausible. Being “discovered” by a talent agent is probably not the best success strategy because it’s passive…it relies on someone else to make the dream happen. If you can’t be the one who orchestrates the action, it’s a weak ambition. To create a dream takes active participation, energy, dedication, devotion and time. It takes being honest with yourself around what you want and what you’re willing to give to get.
In the end, everyone is at-choice and someone may decide to press-on even if their resources are thin, but they move forward with awareness. Awareness to what we wish to create and what we are doing in the moment to either move toward that goal or away from it. This is really the recipe for success.
Perhaps to achieve your dream you’ll need to get more education or find a mentor and apprentice before jumping in. Great, now you know and now you can DO what you need to DO to achieve what you desire to experience.
Wisdom is asking the right questions.
The June 2014 Magazine edition of Psychology Today offers 6 important questions to ask yourself when testing your dreams for success achievement. I loved the article because it is in alignment with what I use in my own Re-Invention Algorithm that I use with clients and my national audiences.
- Does your goal match your values?
- Does it conflict with other priorities in your life?
- Will you be able to pursue it long-term, and for the right reasons?
- Can you gain satisfaction from each step?
- Are you sure you want it?
- Is achieving it within your control?
There is no correct number of right or wrong answers for these questions or a unique scoring solution. Each situation is unique. But asking yourself these key questions and answering them will serve to point you in the direction of your next steps.
If you would like help in knowing what your next steps are, how to organize your plan of attack or simply gain clarity around how you’d like to Re-Invent yourself personally or professionally, contact me by clicking here. I’d love to help and help you Get Off Your Ask! and get moving onto your best life now!
Here’s to taking a step in the direction of your Mastery and transforming your dream into your reality today!