By Diony Cespedes
Last week, I shared a few ideas to help you identify your passion and potential goals. Were you able to D.R.E.A.M. big without limiting yourself? If not, you might have been distracted by premature or false assumptions about what it takes to realize your dreams.
Research. The second step in the D.R.E.A.M. system, helps you make informed decisions about the goals you choose to pursue. Below are some tips to make your research more efficient.
Identify and answer four questions for each potential goal
Avoid distractions and research paralysis
Date your dreams before committing to them
Create opportunities to test your dream before committing to it. For example, arrange internships, socialize with people who have accomplished your goal, and attend goal-related conferences. If you dream of building a business, create and sell prototypes of the product or service your business will offer. If you dream of adhering to an exercise program, spend a few weeks testing different exercise equipment and or activities until you find a combination that motivates you. Dating your dreams helps reduce the risk, cost, and fear connected to pursuing longer term and or expensive goals.
Organize your research
Create a simple chart to organize and keep the information you find (e.g., telephone numbers, instructions). This will help you avoid searching multiple times for the same data.
Enjoy your research and remember to seek information from positive, experts. That is, positive people who have successfully accomplished the goals you are considering pursuing. I repeat this message often because we, at Sole Strivers, see many smart, capable clients who have postponed attempting exciting goals because they sought and internalized advice from negative, non-experts. My goal is to help you avoid similar delays.
I wish you a pleasant and productive week.
Diony Cespedes, MBA is a financial fitness coach and business strategist. She founded Sole Strivers,LLC , a wealth-building consultancy, to provide coaching, programs, and publications to help clients attain financial goals. Sole Strivers specializes in helping clients reach their first $100,000 in liquid net worth through behavior changes, career strategy, and entrepreneurship. Email her at email@example.com; read her blog at solestrivers.wordpress.com; and follow her on Twitter @solestrivers.