You can't achieve what you don't believe. It’s reality.
It’s the reason why quotas don’t work with your sales people, why you struggle to get your managers to hit deadlines, and why you find it difficult to improve inefficiencies throughout your company.
And since you can’t dream that it might actually happen, you don’t do what’s required to make it happen. You hope that somewhere along the way something lucky happens to change the circumstances.
However, that doesn't happen. Hope is not a strategy. You have to allow yourself to dream. You have to take time to believe in you. That doesn’t happen auto-magically. It’s part of a plan that you execute, turning your dreams and visions into reality.
Here is how you do it:
- Document your goals and capture your dreams when you have them.
- Spend time each week reviewing your goals and dreams. Create priorities for dreams you can start working on.
- Talk about your dreams with people who can help you.
- Create steps to help execute the the plan. No goal or dream is achievable if you don't document the steps to achieve the goal.
- Frequently remind yourself (and those involved) why this dream is so important.
- Stay with it. Dreams take longer to achieve than the ordinary day-to-day grind. Days can turn into week and months and decades. Keep pursuing.
How hard you work and what you are willing to do without is what matters.
One of the greatest inventors the world has ever know explained success this way: “Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.” Thomas Edison didn’t just say that; he lived it. He would attempt over 10,000 separate tries in creating the light bulb.
Some people probably thought he was crazy. And some will think you are too.
Maybe you’re just on your way to doing something mind-blowingly amazing.