Seven Steps to Achieving Your Dream

“Vision is the spectacular that inspires us to carry out the mundane.” Chris Widener

Can achievement be broken down into steps? Well, it isn’t always that clean and easy, but I do know that those who achieve great things usually go through much of the same process, with many of the items listed below as part of that process. So if you have been struggling with achievement, look through the following and internalize the thoughts presented. Then begin to apply them. You will be on the road to achieving your dream!

1. Dream It
Everything begins in the heart and mind. Every great achievement began in the mind of one person. They dared to dream, to believe that it was possible. Take some time to allow yourself to ask “What if?” Think big. Don’t let negative thinking discourage you. You want to be a “dreamer.” Dream of the possibilities for yourself, your family, and for others. If you had a dream that you let grow cold, re-ignite the dream! Fan the flames. Life is to short to let it go. (Also, check out my article “Dare to Dream Again,” Which has been read by close to a million people in the last 4 months alone. You can see it at the website.)

2. Believe It
Yes, your dream needs to be big. It needs to be something that is seemingly beyond your capabilities. But it also must be believable. You must be able to say that if certain things take place, if others help, if you work hard enough, though it is a big dream, it can still be done. Good example: A person with no college education can dream that he will build a 50 million-dollar a year company. That is big, but believable. Bad example: That a 90 year-old woman with arthritis will someday run a marathon in under 3 hours. It is big alright, but also impossible. She should instead focus on building a 50 million-dollar a year business! And she better get a move on!

3. See It
The great achievers have a habit. They “see” things. They picture themselves walking around their CEO office in their new 25 million-dollar corporate headquarters, even while they are sitting on a folding chair in their garage “headquarters.” Great free-throw shooters in the NBA picture the ball going through the basket. PGA golfers picture the ball going straight down the fairway. World-class speakers picture themselves speaking with energy and emotion. All of this grooms the mind to control the body to carry out the dream. Learn More »

The Courage to Ask for Help

By Rob “Waldo” Waldman, Lt. Col., CSP

The greatest thing that strangles our ability to take action is fear.  I remember this fear quite well before flying combat missions in Iraq and Serbia. Sometimes, it was tough to get focused on these missions and I admit the fear got to me. It made me doubt myself and robbed me of my courage.

When this happened, I had a secret weapon – my twin brother Dave.  I would pick up the secure phone and give him a call.

“Dave, I’m not feeling it today bro.  I’m not so sure about this one. I’m scared.”

“Rob, don’t forget who you are.  You’re an F-16 fighter pilot! You’ve done this dozens of times before.  I know you can do it! I’m proud of you.” He would say.

In other words, Dave was telling me – “I believe in you.”

He was there for me when I needed him the most and helped turn my fear into something even more powerful – courage. He gave me the courage to take off.

Dave was my wingman. He still is. Learn More »

All I am Saying is Give Peace a Chance

By Don Goewey

Neuroscience has found a direct relationship between brain function and inner peace and here is what they have found. Our brain is at its creative, intellectual, social and emotional best when we are at peace.

So what does it mean to be at peace? First, let me state what it does not mean. Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, or problems, or hard work to get done. As that famous poster says, peace means to be in the midst of these things and still be calm in your heart and clear minded.

Peace is a calm, clear sense of your own power without the need to overpower others.

Peace is unafraid, unhurried, and resilient. It is open to experience, self-confident in attitude and always curious.

The fearlessness of peace generates the optimal brain function that achieves the elevated state of mind in which ordinary genius arises. The clarity of peace orients the mind to the opportunity and solution implicit in any given problem.

Peace is a total orientation to the light inside of people. It is a disinterest in judging others, ourselves or events. It is the willingness to forgive. It is the acceptance of people and events exactly as they are and, as such, it is the end of conflict.

Peace is honesty that is compassionate and compassion that is not co-dependent. Learn More »

How To Manage Your Energy

By Bob Rausch, Ph.D.

Dr. Bob explains how you can manage your energy, NOT your stress. This short video is only an introduction to how energy can be used more effectively in personal and business life.


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