“Okay, you may be saying to yourself, I've got a dream. I think it's worth pursuing. Now what? How can I know that my odds are good for achieving it?
Here’s John’s take on types of dreams and the definition of a dream worth pursuing-
- Material Dreams-Belief that Wealth or Possessions Will Make You Happy
We advise our clients to schedule one to two buffer blocks in their calendars each day. Buffer blocks are 30 to 60 minutes in length, and they are used to get the emails, phone messages, and other routine tasks done efficiently. Buffer blocks reduce the time it takes to get all of the incoming and administrative tasks done and they keep those tasks from interrupting the more important things.
If you decide to try buffer blocks, let your contacts know when you have them each day so that they know when they can reach you. You might even change your voice mail to say something like "I am not available right now, but if you leave a message I return calls between 11 to 12 and 4 to 5 each day." Even if just 60% of your callers leave messages, you will be way ahead!
Brian Moran - 12 Week Year
"If you've given up hope, lost sight of your dream, or never connected with something that you think is worth dreaming and working toward, perhaps it would help you to learn about the five most common reasons that people have trouble identifying their dream:
- SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DISCOURAGED FROM DREAMING BY OTHERS
- SOME PEOPLE ARE HINDERED BY PAST DISAPPOINTMENTS AND HURTS
- SOME PEOPLE GET IN THE HABIT OF SETTLING FOR AVERAGE
- SOME PEOPLE LACK THE CONFIDENCE NEEDED TO PURSUE THEIR DREAMS
- SOME PEOPLE LACK THE IMAGINATION TO DREAM"
Join in as we work through Maxwell's "Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions that Will Help You See It and Seize It."
"What is your dream? Will you achieve it in your lifetime? I'm certain that you desire to. I'm sure you hope you will. But will you actually do it? What odds would you give yourself? One in five? One in a hundred? One in a million?
How can you tell whether your chances are good or whether your dream will always remain exactly that-a dream? And are you willing to put it to the test? Most people I know have a dream. In fact, I've asked hundreds, if not thousands, of people about their dream. Some willingly describe it with great detail and enthusiasm.
Others are reluctant to talk about it. They seem embarrassed to say it out loud.
These people have never tested their dream. They don't know if others will laugh at them. They're not sure if they're aiming too high or too low. They don't know if their dream is something they can really achieve or if they're destined to fail. They have no idea how to achieve their dreams. What they possess sess is a vague notion that there is something they would like to do someday or someone they would like to become. But they don't know how to get from here to there.
If that describes you, then you'll be glad to know that there really is hope. And I believe this book can help you."
— Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions that Will Help You See It and Seize It by John C. Maxwell