I agree with Marianne. A major reason that many of us underachieve is because we don’t allow ourselves the luxury of imagining what could be possible in our lives if we simply got out of our own way. And because we won’t allow ourselves to envision it or imagine it, what we want becomes impossible for us to ever create. Every super successful person you’ve ever heard of will tell you that it all starts with dreaming of big, expansive, seemingly impossible dreams and making a commitment to seeing them come into being. It’s scary, it’s uncomfortable, and it’s so very necessary because when you allow yourself to entertain truly big dreams, your self-esteem and self-confidence begin to climb. As you feel better and more confident about your ability to handle whatever life throws at you, you become more flexible and open to innovation. This is really the moment that things begin to change for the better.
Experts are pretty much in agreement that if you want achieve your big dream, you’ll need to have: clarity, commitment, and focus. You must have clarity about who you are and exactly what you want to achieve. Take quality time to do an examination of your priorities and where your time is going. Be sure you are investing it wisely and in ways that clearly support achieving your goal.
It only makes sense that the stronger your commitment to achieve your goal, the greater will be your desire to achieve. As you begin to accomplish the things that are truly important to you, the stronger your self-confidence will become. The process feeds itself. Commitment is the fuel that keeps your fire burning.
A key principle is of focus. It is absolutely essential that you hold your mental focus on exactly what you want to be, have, and do. Apply Pareto’s 80/20 rule to everything you do, especially to how and where you invest your time.
Putting it altogether, if you want to get from where you are to where you want to be, consider using this sequence:
1) Allow yourself to dream a really BIG dream (no constraints, no “reality check”, no excuses). A “vision board” can be an inspiring reminder to focus, to work, and most important of all, to dream! Click here to read more on how to use this great tool to help you get the creative flow started!
2) Allocate your time and resources in ways that maximize your ability to do what makes you special–in other words, that allows you to do whatever is your particular genius. Delegate the other stuff to someone else.
3) Know what you value. Focus on the things that can make a real difference in your life.
4) Take consistent, focused, committed action.
As you become more and more comfortable in allowing yourself to dream really BIG dreams, you will find yourself moving closer and closer to achieving your true potential. This is tremendously exciting and gratifying. Along the way you may have to let go of some distractions and bad habits that aren’t really a good investment of your time and energy – but you will come up stronger and more successful for it.
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