Dream BIG, but set realistic goals.

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized.”

Daniel Burnham, American architect, and urban planner.

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We should all Dream Big. Big dreams not only inspire us but attract others. Few dreams are realized through individual effort. Big dreams will help you build a team of like-minded dreamers. We should always begin with a strong WHY and a BIG DREAM. They will be our rod and staff, sustaining us through our journey. Continue reading “Dream BIG, but set realistic goals.”

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Each Day is Your Life in Miniature

Habits are the invisible engineers of our lives.
The best way I know to engineer a better life is by engineering better habits. We have the most control over the bookends of our day. Wake-up reading, writing in a journal and exercising. Don’t fall into the common trap of making a living and not designing a life. It is so easy to lose sight of what is important. I did it for years. It is only recently that I realized that I need to stop, stand still, and assess. Continue reading Each Day is Your Life in Miniature

The Habit: Week-13 (Create a Vision Board)

 Vision board image by Colleen Galvin

“You can’t just visualize it and then go eat a sandwich. It’s about letting the universe know what you want and then working toward it while letting go of how it comes to pass.” ― Jim Carrey

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This week, our challenge is to create a vision board. I have one, and I recommend you have one because the law of attraction works. It works, but only if we work. Envisioning what we want to achieve is only the first step toward making it a reality. “Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.”  Robin Sharma

The power of attraction, having a vision and staying connected with it daily, is misunderstood by many people. Its power lies in an area of our brain called the reticular activating system (RAS). Our RAS determines what we notice and what we ignore in our environment. If we didn’t ignore most of what we see, hear, and feel in our environment, we would experience sensory overload.

When we set a goal, and we have strong emotional intent, we trigger the RAS. Our brain becomes incredibly acute at noticing anything in our surroundings that could help us move forward. When we stay connected to our vision, daily, we keep ourselves on course. We don’t get caught up in the momentum of other people’s demands on us. Every day we look for ways to take another step, no matter how small, towards our goal. Continue reading “The Habit: Week-13 (Create a Vision Board)”

DREAM BIG! Conservative Goals Don’t Inspire

We often fail to dream big because we lack self-confidence. The problem with setting small, realistic goals is that they aren’t very inspiring or motivating. To inspire means to breathe life into, and motivation is the desire to take action. You want to dream big. Big goals inspire and motivate you. Big goals are what get you jumping out of bed. Even if we don’t achieve all of our big goals, we will achieve so much more than if we set small, realistic goals. When setting goals, don’t worry about how; worry about why.

Why-power is more important than know how. When our why is big enough, we will find a way. We either find someone to model, or we’ll discover how through trial and error. It is always best to take advice from someone who has achieved our desired result and learn from them. If we duplicate their actions, we should be able to duplicate their results. Our why-power is what will get us going and keep us going until we achieve our desired result. The problem with most people isn’t that they aim too high and fail; it is that they aim to low and succeed. When self-doubt creeps in, we just need to ask ourselves, “is it possible?” If anyone else has done it, and we do what they have done, why couldn’t we duplicate their success? Continue reading “DREAM BIG! Conservative Goals Don’t Inspire”