I’m an idea person, a dreamer. I’ll start learning French on a Monday, read a book about starting a non-profit on a Tuesday and start sewing a dress on a Wednesday. Thursday I might go back to my book and then Friday I’m onto the next thing. I love exploring, learning and creating. I’m always coming up with ideas for projects, meals, companies, ways to inspire others, new places to travel, things to try. Up until recently, dreaming was fun but this week as I was stuck in traffic somewhere on 394, I realized it’s time to stop dreaming and start doing.
When it comes to my professional life, I’m a doer. Project after project, I meet deadlines between meetings and conference calls. When it comes to work, school and family, I'm a doer. I can meet every demand, check every box, make every deadline without chipping my nail polish.
A lot of people are like this, you're probably one of them.
So let me ask you this: Why, when it comes to our personal lives, do so many of us get stuck dreaming?
It’s easy to see something through when you’re following someone else’s agenda. When we're asked to do something and given a deadline, we know how to be doers. If we want to graduate school, we have to do the studying. If we want to succeed at work, we have to nail the presentation. Imagine the joy you’d feel if you put this doer attitude towards your dreams. It's time to stop dreaming and start doing.
I've found it starts with setting your own agenda. Wake up each day and decide what step you'll take to bring your dream to life. Do this before you check your email, get on social media or even take a shower. Maybe it’s reading a blog, signing up for a class or finishing that project you started last winter. Whatever it is, write it on your calendar and make it part of your day.
If you’re like me, you have a bunch of really cool but really unfinished projects started; rough edges, half read chapters. Make a list (we love lists) of all your unfinished business and treat them like you would a work assignment. Become a doer by creating deadlines, setting goals and developing an action plan. Once you get started, check in often to make sure you’re on track. Hold yourself accountable and you’re dreams will become realities.
Stop putting your dreams on the back burner because you don’t know where to start. Start with one stitch, one page, one new ingredient. Don’t be afraid to fail, in fact, embrace it. The more your fail, the greater you’re trying. Learn from it, rework your action plan and get back to work. Dream on, doers!
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