Dream – Plan - Act
Things don’t just happen no matter how much you dream! Dreaming is just the beginning, to actually move forward on the journey you need to make a plan of action.
Two years ago I had a bold thought; I wanted to live part of the year in Australia and the rest of the time where ever in the world I wanted! That is to be location independent. It was a massive undertaking, I have a house, a car and more stuff than I believed possible!
It was truly a hugely outrageous fantastical dream and it certainly took a while to move from dream to plan to action and finally reality. As important as visualising the dream was; making some logical decisions about what it would take, started the ball rolling.
You can often get overwhelmed by the unrealistic nature of your imagination, but the more you visualise how it will look when you get there, the easier the plan of attack will be. If you missed Part 1 – Dream then have a quick look at The Dream Depict-er so you can start to gain a clear picture.
Prioritise the small details to get to the big picture.
Planning in itself is the act of creating the map to your destination. Each step will bring you closer, some will be simultaneous others concurrent. You will need to understand the art of prioritising the small details to get to the big picture. Once you have your dream life in your mind, work backwards to see how you arrived at your destination. Some parts will be unknown, but have faith they too will fall into place as you start to plan and continue to visualize.
My journey from a two bedroom townhouse to two suitcases
- Tell my family and friends
- Turn my off-line business into an online business
- Tell my current clients
- Sell, give away or donate all unnecessary clothes and household items
- Organise storage of my remaining possessions
- Renovate my house for rental
- Rent my house out
- Sell my car
- Buy a plane ticket and some travel insurance
- Pack my suitcases and go!
These 10 Steps were only the beginning.
Of course I then had to break each one down, some required a lot of research – changing my business model and others required a great deal of courage – telling my family and friends, but no matter what, the to-do-lists and action plans made the exercise as satisfying as it was challenging.
The sense of forward movement was made visible by the line through each completed item. Done!
Building the excitement and momentum is the key, which I’ll discuss further in Part 3 – Plan (Prioritise).
Until then if you too would like to learn how to create a successful online business then check out the fabulous Natalie Sisson of The Suitcase Entrepreneur. I highly recommend her Build Your Own Business Online Guide and The Ultimate Toolkit for Entrepreneurs as a start. If you want some help with working out what your dream life or business really is then contact me for a coaching session.
PS In the spirit of total disclosure, the links to The Suitcase Entrepreneur are affiliate links and as you know I only recommend products and services I have used myself!