“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” ~ T.E. Lawrence
“Have a plan. Follow the plan, and you’ll be surprised how successful you can be. Most people don’t have a plan. That’s why it’s is easy to beat most folks.” – Paul “Bear” Bryant, football coach, University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide.
“You know what it’s like to wake up in the middle of the night with a vivid dream? And you know how, if you don’t have a pencil and pad by the bed to write it down, it will be completely gone the next morning?
Well, I had one of those dreams when I was 23. When I suddenly woke up, I was thinking: what if we could download the whole web, and just keep the links and… I grabbed a pen and started writing! Sometimes it is important to wake up and stop dreaming. I spent the middle of that night scribbling out the details and convincing myself it would work.” – Google founder – Larry Page
Our dreams require action long before it is apparent to others. Leaders always recognize those opportunities and launch a plan that allows others to see the need to join the effort. In many cases, there are five basic steps that you should consider in reaching your dreams:
1. Investigate: Inspect the work to be done carefully to reach your dream. In many cases, you should privately do your homework before declaring the goal in public. Dreams are usually hard to reach. Effective leaders know the right timing to make public their plans. This will avoid premature negative reactions. Some leaders use the method – “ready – fire – aim” approach. This plan often fails because they don’t do their homework. “Ready – Aim – Aim – Aim” is when you wait too long to act and miss the opportunity. The timing of the action is everything.
2. Motivation: When you are ready to announce your plan – there are three important ingredients to casting a new vision. a) The vision has to be insightful on the problem or situation. It should include an honest assessment which shows you have done your homework. b) It needs to be inclusive and suggested that we should all fix this problem c) Has to be inspirational and framed in a higher purpose for the organization. Let’s change this so we can gain this_____?
3. Determination – You should move forward with your action steps despite criticism. This is how you tell a leader from a non-leader. They understand that 10% will never get on board with any plan you create. The success of their actions will help to build greater confidence in your leadership.
4. Timing – For a leader – it is always too soon to quit. You should always give a time frame for the goal. This will let others know that you understand the complexity of the challenge and can plan the take steps to reach the goal. Having a list of what needs to be done is a key to success.
5. Opposition – “We have tried that before” Opposition just might mean you are doing the right thing. Most people don’t like change so don’t be surprised to see opposition show up.
Good plans shape good decisions. That’s why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true.
– Lester Robert Bittel (b. 1918), writer
Can you share one of your dream and how you got there?
Running to Win….GTR