Over the past week, I've had the pleasure of hosting two awesome Dreamers Summit workshops! It was so inspiring and uplifting to see the members of our studio communities come together and share their deepest dreams and visions.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the 2016 Dreamers Summits! If you missed it, this post is dedicated to sharing the process with you, so that you can dream up a kick-ass 2016 (and beyond).
The 7 Steps
1. Leave the past in the past and create from total possibility. It's okay to look over your shoulder and give a nod to whatever past circumstances have brought you to where to are today, but then turn around and face your future. The events of the past do not get to dictate what's possible starting now.
2. Visualize your life in 10 years and journal about whatever you see. (Download the visualization prompt below!) I stole this trick from lululemon and have been using it since 2011 when I was an ambassador for them. The idea behind a 10 year vision is that it is far enough into the future to help make anything seem possible. It helps draw out your greatest ambitions and helps you start doing things today to build toward the kind of future you want.
3.Identify your goals. After you've journaled, look over what you wrote and circle any concrete ideas that could translate into goals. For now, pick one that gives you butterflies. This is your Big Hairy Audacious Goal, a term originally coined by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras in the book “Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies”
4.Start planning out your action steps. Work backward from your 10 year future, all the way back to this week and come up with some action steps that you can start immediately to help you get there.
(Download my handy dandy BHAG worksheet below!)
5.TELL PEOPLE!! Put your dreams out there! As scary as it may sound: write it down, display it, start speaking it into existence.
THIS is the number one reason I've been able to accomplish big things, like opening studios, to small things, like finding the perfect piano for our yoga room. I talked about it here on the blog, in our newsletter and posted it on Facebook. I mentioned it in conversations with students, and before long, this piano was donated to us!
Some wisdom from one of my favorite books, "The Four Agreements," on the power of your word:
What kind of seeds are you planting in your conversations with others? Are you telling them your excuses, looking for agreement so that you can play small? Or are you sharing your vision for what's possible? Either way, you are sowing the seeds that will grow to be YOUR LIFE!
6.Create a visual reminder. Maybe you write your goal out beautifully on a chalkboard in your home or office. Maybe you get some nice sturdy foam core board and clip images from magazines to create a vision board you can look at every day, like we do in our Barre & Soul Dreamers Summit events.
7.Be flexible. Remember that you made it up! You can always rewrite the script. There are no right answers.
There's also no ONE calling for each of us, so don't put that kind of pressure on yourself. Dreams are infinite, you can pursue as many as you want and change your mind anytime you like. Just pick one now, and get started!
Dream it, plan it, then do it!
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