I’m a dreamer y’all.
I fall asleep and dream Every. Single. Night. Sometimes I dream crazy stuff like solving murder mysteries (Thank you Netflix binges), buuttttttt MOST of the time I dream about work. I know that probably sounds boring to you, but it’s true. I love my work and my mind is clearly infatuated with it. In fact, sometimes my dreams are so vivid that I often question if I actually did the work or dreamed it. I find myself checking at least once per week.
The other night… I was apparently talking in my sleep. Yep! Guilty. I dream AND talk in my sleep. My husband told me the following morning that I was co-teaching a webinar with my friend, Charae, all night long. Apparently I kept him up most of the night, but at least he learned a lot about bookkeeping… right?
Here is the thing: We often laugh about my dreams and nightly conversations with who knows who… but the reality is… I’m a proud dreamer. I have ambitious dreams in my subconscious mind and in my heart.
My successes all started with a dream. The process looks a little something like this: idea, dream, research, mini goals, then action. Win or loose… I aim to make my dreams a reality.
What do you dream of?
From personal health goals to career expectations, we all dream of succeeding in something. Maybe you have many dreams. I know that I dream of living a long healthy life and growing old with my high school sweetheart. I also dream of owning my own multi-million dollar corporation where I employ and train those who are transitioning out of unfortunate situations all while leading entrepreneurs to be life changers in the world around them. You see… my dreams (and probably yours, too) are greater than what today holds. The only way I’ll achieve such is by letting my dream live, believing that all things are possible, and walking by faith.
It is okay to dream big.
In fact, I think it’s healthy to dream beyond the “reachable.” Why? Because big dreams can push your limits… they force you outside of your comfort zone which helps you to achieve goals that no one thought was possible.
Here is the hardest part: The bigger the dream, the more daunting the steps are to success. I attended a church service a few years ago where a woman stood up on the stage and told me (along with hundreds of others… but at the moment it felt as though it was directed solely at me) that I needed to wake up and become a warrior. She said, “If you are not praying prayers that scare you then you are not scaring the enemy.” That woman was Lisa Bevere.
In Lisa’s book titled, “Lioness Arising: Wake Up and Change the World Around You,” she talks about waking up and becoming a warrior who has passion and purpose. Read it for me. For you. For those around you.
The reality is that sometimes our dreams are so big that they seem impossible. I’m here to tell you that it’s possible. You CAN.
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Examples of when the impossible was made possible:
We see record breaking times and events in the Olympics every time it comes around. We also know that athletes spend most of their careers training to beat a certain score, goal, or record. BUT. What we don’t hear a lot of people talking about is that regular people… like you and me… are making the impossible possible. Let me remind you of a few major events that happened in America not too long ago.
In the 1950’s (Not even 70 years ago), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream that all races would be treated equal. The majority of people around him thought he was nuts. He was even arrested for campaigning his crazy ideas and making a ruckus over something impossible. As you know, racial segregation did end and Dr. King’s movement had everything to do with it. The point is that people thought it was non-achievable, but Dr. King didn’t let the lack of faith from the people around him affect his work ethic. No matter how hard it was… he continued to fight. He made the impossible possible.
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” Matthew 19:26
Thomas Edison was simply a young telegraph operator who dreamed of being an inventor. After many years of experimenting, he finally invented something that would change the world: The phonograph. Most people know Edison for his electric light bulb invention, but did you know that he also invented the phonograph and the motion picture camera, was the first to apply mass production, and created the first-ever research lab? People thought all of those things were impossible at the time, but Edison proved them wrong. He worked hard to turn his dream into a reality. Type the word “idea” in your phone and see which emoji appears… . So basically… the light bulb has only been around for two full generations. #possible
We could talk about even more discoveries and inventions that people thought were impossible only a few years ago: wireless computers, cell phones, digital cameras, live video streaming to the average consumer, virtual working environments, electric cars, paperless operations… the list goes on and on and on. YOU can make the impossible possible my friend. You CAN.
“Fearlessness is a state of mind, not a genetic trait. You can acquire it and strengthen it. Start to build your courage now by reminding yourself of all the amazing feats you’ve already accomplished in your life. Chances are, you have already made the impossible possible several times in your life.” – Huffington Post
So now that we’ve established that big dreams are okay AND possible… I want to push you into doing them. Start taking steps to live your dream… right now. It is a new day… a new year… and there is no better time than now.
What is the first step in accomplishing your dream?
Create a mind map of everything your dream entails. Determine which area of your mind map that you can start working on. Make that one large goal for 2017. Next, make a plan as to how you will accomplish the first few steps of that goal. Those steps then become mini-goals.
My guest blogger from last week, Candy Calderon, said that you should divide your goals into smaller goals so that they feel more achievable. I completely agree. Starting this blog was my first major goal, but I had many small goals along the way that helped me to achieve the blog launch. I’m now working on my next big goal: teaching entrepreneurs the basics of managing money inside of their business. That one has about thirty mini-goals tied to it. Both the blog and the online training are smaller chunks of my big picture to lead entrepreneurs to change the world around them.
My very first thought about blogging went on this mind-map:
I found this mind map document in the digital version of Beth Anne Schwamberger’s Brilliant Life Planner in 2016. I loved using Beth Anne’s planner last year, but I have since created my own mind map document that gives me even more room to branch out on my many ideas. In fact, I keep a stack of printed, blank mind-maps in my office all the time. When an idea pops in my head for a new promotion or product, I mind-map it!
There are many digital versions and phone apps that allow you to do the same thing, but there is something special about writing it down. Writing it down some-how confirms and registers the idea in your soul. Honestly, I think its the mind’s way of showing the soul what is going on up there. Mind mapping may not be for you, but it is the one thing that has helped me to create and validate dreams. ALL of my ventures started on a piece of paper like this:
This beautiful mind-map is in the FREE resource library. Download it now :
So… let’s recap! Here are your 7 Steps to turn the “impossible” into possible:
- Big dreams are good. Believe in them.
- You can make the impossible possible.
- Now is the time to start living your dream.
- Start by doing.
- Mind – map your dream.
- Determine your first big goal for the new year.
- List mini-goals for each quarter of the year.