Hello, my friends.
Today’s lesson is about planning. The name of it is “Dream, Believe, Achieve”.
I actually have a similar teaching that I have done many times live called “Conceive, Believe, Achieve.” I like that a little bit better because “conceive” rhymes with “believe” and “achieve,” but we will use “Dream, Believe, Achieve” because I have this really cool new t-shirt.
I love wearing provocative t-shirts that make people wonder, “What’s that all about?”
And so, what is this all about?
It’s about planning. It’s about success. It’s about reaching your potential. It’s about a recurring theme in my life and hopefully in your life…
How can you become the best possible version of you?
You begin with dreaming (conceptualizing). You have to think about it, and feel it first. You have to think about what it is you want to achieve. This can be done anytime, whether it’s the time of year for your annual planning, or at any time of the year. You can stop and make a plan for the next year, and for the next five years.
But where does it begin?
You sit down with a blank sheet of paper, and what do you do?
Don’t be paralyzed. Just project forward, and write in the present tense. Say, “One year from now, this will be true.”
- For a particular year, this will be my annual income.
- This is how I will serve my clients or serve my employer.
- These are the values that I will live into.
- This is how I will treat my family.
- This is how I will treat my body.
- This is the number of books I will read.
- These are the things I will do in my community.
Make those commitments, and then truly swim around in not only what it is you’re going to do, but why it is important to you.
The “why” is a step that you would be foolish to skip, because if you don’t think about and really fantasize about how it will feel when you do the things you put down on your plan, then you are likely to lose momentum. You are likely to lose the enthusiasm that you generate during the planning process.
The second step is to believe. You have to have high enough self-esteem.
And if you don’t?
You can get it from elsewhere. Borrow others’ belief in you.
Ultimately, it has to rest inside of you. You have to understand your destiny, your fate, your potential, and what your purpose is. You must believe that, with the right level of effort sustained over a significant period of time, you can, in fact, do it.
Be inspired by other people who have overcome bigger obstacles than you are facing. Most likely, you will be able to find them.
But you have to believe you can do it.
Once you’ve dreamed it, and believe it, then set concrete goals to actually achieve it.
Break it down by quarter, month, week, day, and, literally, by the hour.
You will see me using my extra big and loud timer. I use timers to help me stay focused on the things that are the most important.
If you don’t have a vision board, come on now!
How many of my videos do you need to watch before you go create a vision board? You don’t know what a vision board is? Go search for it on Google. Look at other people’s vision boards. Be inspired by theirs, and create a vision board so that you can create a physical representation – a manifestation – of what your goal is.
I’ll share something today. I’m going to be a grandfather next year!
Linda and I are really, really excited to be grandparents. I’m just a little bit nervous about it. But you know what? I’m going to dream about it. I already am. I’m seeing babies everywhere I go.
And I’m going to do some research. What are the best things grandfathers can do? What are the best things a father-in-law can do for his daughter-in-law? How can I serve her as well as I’ve served my own children? And of course, how can I serve this baby, and be a source of inspiration, support, and love for this child?
I’m not going to do this casually and just wing it, because this is an important relationship. I’ve never met this person. I don’t know if it’s going to be a boy or a girl. I have no idea. But I know this is an important relationship.
This is just an example of dreaming it, believing it, and then achieving it. And you can do the same thing in your life.
Do you want to manifest your own destiny? It has to start in your heart, then go to your head, and then get reduced to paper.
Once you do that, you are well on your way to achieving the kind of results and the kind of life you want.
My name is Ed DeCosta, and I hope you found this educational, a little bit entertaining, and very inspirational.
(And, oh, by the way, grandfather advice in the comments section are most welcome!)
If you’d like someone to walk you through the process of planning your best life, check out our Ascend on Demand online program. In it, I walk with you through the planning. We talk about overcoming the obstacles. We go in depth about vision boards. And we help you develop your own five-year plan. And the best part? We have monthly accountability calls to help you make it actually happen.