Now that we’ve discussed identifying your doubter (Step #5), choosing your beliefs (Step #6), and the power of personal practices (Step #7), you’re ready to create a Dream Project that will make your dream a reality. This is such an important step. Often, big dreams or long-term dreams die when they are just jotted down on a to-do list. Dreams must be broken down into smaller, manageable projects. I recommend projects that can easily be accomplished in one month or less. Why? One month is a short enough period of time for you to stay passionate and excited about it, but a long enough period of time for you to produce a substantial result. Results are a must in order to stay motivated.
To start, write your big dream out in as much detail as possible. Dream University ® Certified Dream Coach ® clients will remember that process from Dream Coach ® Step #4: Access Your Dreamer. After you’ve gotten a good description of your dream, break it down into projects that you can accomplish in a month’s time. Choose your first project and break that one down further into strategies, action steps, and other smaller tasks. People will often say, “Wait a minute, you don’t get to strategy and action steps until session number eight?” Well, let me make it very clear. This process is not a linear process. At any given time, it may be helpful to go back and work again on doubts or revisit integrity or deepen our beliefs. But more importantly than that, if we get to the strategy too soon, we’ll compromise our dream down to what we realistically think is possible rather than seeing beyond our limitations.
I want you to have clarity about your dream (the C step), then do the work from Dream Coach ® Step #6: Believe in Yourself. Then, move into A – action. You’ll be taking some action steps consistently towards your dreams—little baby steps—but every time you can break the dream down into a project, the likelihood for success is much increased. That’s what I want to invite you to do. I want you to create a short-term project out of your dream that is something that you can easily accomplish within a month.
The criteria for the project is as follows. Number one, it must move you forward on your dream. Number two, it needs to be something you’re passionate about. Number three, it needs to be specific and measurable. Number four, it needs to be something that you can easily accomplish in a month. Even if the project is doable within one week or one day, that will be progress toward the overall goal. If you’re really motivated, you can create a simple action step. It could be writing an email, making a phone call, signing up for a course, or sharing your dream with a friend. Do something to demonstrate that you’re serious about your dream.