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3 Easy Steps to Turn Your Dreams into Reality

It happens every New Year: at some point, we start to feel more stuck in the mud than motivated about our goals.

I’m facing the energy lull in my own business right now. The excitement of a new project has worn off, and it now requires dedicated effort. When I say effort, I mean I am trudging through the uncomfortable stages, fighting off procrastination, and using determined force to keep the momentum going on this thing. It’s not easy!

Good old resistance is rearing her ugly head, and I have no choice but to face her. In fact, having the courage to persevere when the going gets tough is what builds long-lasting success.

Today, I have a three-step formula that you can follow to achieve all that you desire:

Step 1: Act as if. Act as if you are already where you want to be. Imagine your biggest dream came true last week: all that you’ve been wishing on is now yours! Does that change anything about your day? Would you be wearing what you have on? Would you be doing what you had planned? Would your mood be the same?

To change your present attitude and act as if you already have what you want, think of the positive role models in your life, the people whom you admire. When you find yourself in a funk or you’re struggling to get a project completed, ask yourself:

  • What would my role model do if faced with a similar obstacle?
  • How would my role model be dressed today?
  • How would my role model manage the project I’m working on?
  • Would I be proud to show my role model this project/space/idea and the progress I’ve made toward building it?

Acting as if you’re already the success you wish to achieve will change your mindset and propel you toward becoming it.

Step 2: Create a Plan B and be stoked about it. I am working on a life-changing Plan A this year. I want Plan A so badly I can taste it! I visualize how it will unfold. I get carried away in daydreams, and I practice my reaction to Plan A coming true in the mirror. I love Plan A.

So that my desire for Plan A doesn’t turn into desperation, I have carefully drafted a second place prize: Plan B. In Plan B, I still achieve the feelings I desire, I just have to practice more patience to reach the ultimate goal (Plan A).

For example, let’s say you want to learn to speak French. You go and buy a course that will teach you the language, and then you set a rewarding Plan A. “If I get to third level French by the end of the year, I will travel to my dream destination of Paris, France for one week. I will become affluent in the French language using the week to practice speaking with Parisians.”

That’s a pretty lofty goal, but just imagine it! Picture yourself on the streets of Paris in the springtime speaking French. Allow daydreams galore in which Plan A unfolds in all its glory.

As you envision Plan A, you might realize some obstacles. It’s an expensive vacation and a long flight. How will you save the money and take that much time off work? Maybe you’ve never traveled so far, and the idea of leaving for Europe begins to overwhelm you.

So that Plan A doesn’t become desperate or hopeless, you need a hearty Plan B. In Plan B, you still learn French; that life-long goal still comes true. In case Plan A falls through (Paris for the week), you could go to Quebec for the weekend. You still get to practice French with native speakers, and it’s still a pretty romantic vacation. In fact, following through with Plan B will get you closer to Plan A. You’ll practice leaving the country, finding your way in a foreign city, and using the French language. I’d bet that once you conquer the Quebec trip, Paris will feel more doable than ever before!

Step 3: Keep your vision front and center. The things I’m working toward (new deck, family car for travel, tickets to Wicked the Musical, etc.) are plastered all over my office walls and Pinterest boards. Remembering what I’m working so hard for keeps me grounded and focused on my tasks.

I’m grateful for every luxury and reward that my creative business adds to my life, and I try to surround myself with reminders of the comforts it brings. Create a vision board for yourself to collect these desires and reflections. Appreciating them will only bring more of what you want into your life.

Best of luck in making your dreams a reality!

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Lisa Jacobs is creative biz wiz who teaches online sellers how to get more sales and professional recognition. She owns the Energy Shop on Etsy and writes the blog, Marketing Creativity.

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july desktop calendar

July 2, 2012

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july desktop calendar

a new month, a new desktop calendar! can you believe it’s july already? this month’s calendar comes with a little motivation to help make your dreams come true. i hope that you find it inspiring!

july desktop calendar

to download: click on the image above, then select your preferred size (most likely, ‘original’). right click and select ‘save as desktop background’.

please note: all images and elements © bonnie christine. you may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way, but please feel free to download for your own personal use. if you share on your own blog (i’d be flattered!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. thank you!

 

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making motion

April 12, 2011

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making motion

Solving complex problems requires an inquiring mind and the willingness to experiment one’s way to a fresh solution.
– Daniel Pink, Drive

are you ready to move on your creative goals, but just don’t seem to be going anywhere? between life, work, family and everything else we can all find ourselves stuck in a rut. if you’re ready to pursue your dreams but just need that little extra push, this e-book is for you. making motion: 7 steps for doing more with your creative life by tara gentile is a short, power packed book to help you get the ball rolling on your dreams and aspirations. it’s the same strategy that tara has used in creating her own empire, and she shows you how to build a successful business while maintaining balance with your hobbies and interests at the same time. get started the right way by heading on over to scoutie girl to learn more!

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the art of action

February 23, 2011

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do you have a dream? i know you do. we all do. i have some so big that i’ve never even shared them with you. dreams can be scary, right? what if i can’t do it? what will people think? how do i even get started?

that’s where the art of action comes in.

if you’ve followed tara gentile and scoutie girl for very long, you know she’s a master of action. she takes her dreams and turns them into realities. quickly!

the art of action
 
after reading so many of your stories from the do what you love giveaway, i can tell so many of us are struggling to get started on our big dreams. you’ve been laid off from work, don’t like your job, or are just too tired from it when you get home to even think about your dreams.

there’s an art to action, and a way to accomplish your goals, one step at a time. that’s exactly what tara’s goals are for the art of action. it’s an e-course where you’ll learn step by step how to act on you big dreams and goals in life, and put them into action.

“Your big dream is your art. Your idea, a brushstroke on canvas. Together, we will set up your easel, get out your paints, ready your brushes, and begin.” – Tara Gentile

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it’s all about execution. the art of action will help you put what you learn into practice. it will help you define your goals, finalize your concepts, and move forward.

it will help bring your dreams into reality.

the art of action tara gentile visit the art of action to learn more, get inspired and register today. spots are limited!

i’ll see you in class!

xo, bonnie

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