1. Prepare for The Dream.
When you are expecting a child youthink of possible names you are going to identify the child with. First, you are usually not sure what sex they are. You are so excited to meet them though you know there are going to be a lot of sleepless nights, unplanned clinic trips, toddler tantrums when they become five, along with teenage behavior. You don’t care, you are happy, you can’t control it. During the preparation, you prepare for clothes and baby blankets and all the stuff for when the baby is born.
Bottom Line: Plan. When you first conceive a dream; when you first get a glimpse of what you want to do with your life, there is a lot of excitement. It’s got your juices flowing. You’ve got a lot of adrenaline. That is a great state to lay down a plan, to chart a course, to set the direction that you’ll take in the journey. This will help you work smart than hard. Working smart has a way of making your efforts effective and fulfilling than frustrating. Treat your dreams like a baby…
"Seeing your goals written down in your own handwriting has a powerful affect on your mind" - Napoleon Hill
"Without strategy, execution is aimless. Without execution, strategy is useless." - Morris Chang CEO of TSMC
2. Identify Your Dream.
What’s the first thing done when a baby is born. The mid-wife looks at the baby. Notice, she looks at the baby. The key word is look. Why do you look at something? To identify. So, when a child is born you want to know their sex, then how they look, clothe the baby, check the weight, and all. You get to be able to distinguish them from others. Of the things you procured in preparation, you pick what goes along with who they are. A name, you give them, the one that suits them – to identify them.
Bottom Line: Define your dream. Find a way to describe it with excitement. Be able to distinguish it from a bunch of other activities you are involved with. Work on seeingit soclearly enough to describe it in a way that it motivates someone you would be telling it to. When you can, it’ll excite you too. You can get people to help you because you can influence and motivate them. You are more likely to have a high-speed and high powered momentum and focus. I mean youare less likely to lose compass or motivation. They become somehow attached to you.
3. Keep and Watch it’s Health
There seems to be nothing more important to watch and be careful about when taking care of a baby than health. Is the baby okay? Any small issue like incessant crying or vomiting can be alarming. The child just has to be alive, healthy and kicking. Anything against that is alarming and worrisome. To make sure that such is the case parent ensure necessary precautions are taken.
Bottom Line: Be precautious! The world is naturally treacherous to new ideas. The world is a dangerous place for dreams. People are basically cynical and negative to dreams. History has proven that most dreamers had to endure rejection in order to realize or start their journeys as dreamers. Don’t tell much about it to everyone. Not everyone sees your dream as a possibility; other people are dream-killers. Not to say I’m trying to breed paranoia but that’s just how things are – a reality.
"Never tell anyone your plans, show them your results instead." - Unknown
4. Make sure it’s Secure
Part of the grand plans any able parent will put in place once they have a baby and every other time after is ensuring that their child’s future is secure and safe. They put together trust funds, set up medical aid plans, and so forth – all in the name of a bright future. Later, they also put together rock-solid will for when they(parents) die.
Bottom Line: Work on the Plan. Execute, be outgoing and relentless. Recruit. This to make sure with every breath your energy for it is meaningful. You know to make sure your enthusiasm for it doesn’t die – otherwise it dies with dream. Or the dreamt future is not as bright as you dreamt it. Now, that’s frustrating. You don’t want that – Secure your dream.
"When your dream is bigger than you are, you only have two choices: give up or get up or get help." - John C. Maxwell
Part of securing your dream is recruiting. Do you have people that can further your dream if it happens that you won’t be able to (which always happens)? Basically, you need to get people who you work with to realize you dream. This has something to do with the fact that; to make sure that you don’t sell yourself short on your dream, you don’t work it out alone. But why? Because though you may know almost every detail about your dream, you won’t know to do everything perfectly as expects would. So, you need people with the skill in certain areas; Steve Jobs will tell you that. Even Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Thomas Edson and so on.
5. Enrich it and Equip it With Knowledge
Uneducated children do not tend to do so well in life. Pardon me, I meant kids who are ignorant about basic things in life are normally put down by small issues in things they try to do. And, because of this, it’s a general instinct for a parent to want to educate their kids. From basic things as to how to eat, sit, speak, use the toilet, to writing until we talk about cooking, driving cars. Even managing businesses and being in a marriage.
Bottom Line: Seek more knowledge about what’s involved in your dream. Attend seminars, seek mentorship if you can. You don’t want to look back and wish you had done better. So? Get some insights and work smart, not hard!
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss