Dream Killers

dream-killers“If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.”

The three biggest dream killers; overwhelm, isolation and frustration, are most often experienced when we operate without a plan. You may have the best idea and the clearest vision, yet without support along the way, it’s an enormous challenge to achieve that dream.

• Stop thinking stupid thoughts
• Stop doing stupid things
• Stop working on meaningless projects

Make a map of everything that is important for you to work on right now. A strong visual is a reminder of where you are headed. It reinforces your dream and makes the goal more tangible when you can see both the path and the objective.

Notice what you do every day. Do your activities support your dream?

Whenever you focus on your dream, there is always one thing, that if you do it, it can change your life or business forever. Where’s your timeline for accomplishing that one thing?

Remember, your environment is a perfect reflection of YOU. This doesn’t mean pricey space or a team of consultants. For some, a cluttered or a messy desk is inspiring and underscores activity and ideas in action. For others, a more serene, less stimulating space is ideal for creativity. You choose!

And, let’s not forget about the people you surround yourself with? Are they positive, realistic, and smart? Do they share your vision and values? Can they be critical and objective too? Are these people a reflection of your past or your present?

Do an overall scan. What are you reading? What TV programs do you watch? Strive for harmony not dissonance which will give you a more congruent or matched life, internally and externally.

Failing to make necessary adjustments, you will feel frustrated, like you are always climbing uphill, forever inches short of realizing your dream. So, do the personal and professional inventory, make the changes and keep your eye on the prize.


Do, Dump, Delegate or Defer

1e750f2The 4Ds typically refer to time management techniques. How can you be more effective, more efficient and hopefully, more satisfied with your work environment. Since we spend at least 1/3 of our waking hours working, better functioning by eliminating some stressors may also have a spillover impact on our personal lives. And with the ever increased blurring of lines between work/home, why not use the same tools to improve the way we approach our lives as a whole?

I hate clutter, a messy desk, or a disorganized closet. I find it hard to concentrate or relax when the environment feels chaotic. My preference is to maintain a level of neatness that’s livable vs. neurotic and there’s always room for improvement.

The approach that I have found most workable is to prioritize tasks and the strategies to best approach them.

• Dump/Delete/Drop: This is a topic unto itself. Whether it’s e-mails, meetings, bad relationships or outdated clothing, think of each new day as January 1st and an opportunity to “clean-house” and move on. With practice, you will become better at identifying this category more quickly like scanning for unwanted e-mails or not responding to other interruptions.

• Delegate: If someone else can do the task 2/3 as well as you, pass it along. From holiday dinners to other tasks that are time consuming, and not in a good way, think of other options to engage more people in creating positive outcomes.

• Defer: The timing may be better done later. Determine if that is the case and while a given task must be done, if there is no urgency, assign it a low priority and revisit at a later time.

• DO: Work on one thing at a time. Stay focused, buckle down and get it done. Once you have eliminated the previous “tests” and identified what YOU need to do, prepare the space and concentrate. Notice how much easier it is to do so now that you have removed distractions and other time wasters.