Part 2 of a series
The dream of living in Paris for more than a week’s vacation firmly landed over the fence into goal territory when I started to take it seriously, when I gave the dream the respect and attention it truly deserved. That shift took place when I collected enough details to not only clarify and deepen the picture, but also to start to give it some form and structure.
So here’s Step 2 to making your SOMEDAY dream a REALITY:
Learn what you need to learn!
Now that you’ve drawn the picture of your SOMEDAY dream, it’s time to start filling in the little details and developing a strategy for making it a reality.
This part of the process can be started without any money and even without having every single detail drawn in. You will learn things along the way that might lead to small adjustments or big changes to your original picture. That’s the point of doing this – to gain clarity on what you really want to do.
You see, as you start to create the clearer picture of your someday dream, some of the things that popped up immediately will give way to new information that fits you better. It’s sort of like shopping for a nice outfit to wear to a special event. You set off to the mall with an idea of what you want to find. But once you get there, you see other items that you may not have thought of, or you didn’t think would look like you wanted, until you start taking things off the rack and trying them on.
Start to do some research on what it will take to put some brick and mortar into your dream. If you dream of having an oceanside yoga retreat center, start to troll the real estate listings for commercial properties that are in the right location. Find out about the business and zoning guidelines for the communities in which you want to do business. Do you want to own your own facility or partner with an existing center that doesn’t offer what you love to teach?
As you start to get some details, they will lead to more details. The picture will start to become clearer, your creative juices will start to flow, and the picture might take on a new form. As I started to research what it would take to live in Paris, I found that I could live much cheaper in the smaller villages of France, and even in some other countries. By pursing Step 2, I got the opportunity to ask myself, “did I want to live on the cheap or was the experience of Paris more valuable to me?” That expanded my dream in ways I would not have known if I hadn’t started to take it seriously.
I bet that once you start getting more information and filling in more details, you’ll start to see your dream closer than you originally thought possible. And remember, everything is learnable! (You can tweet that one, just add @kimschuld)