Attributes of a daydream: A general feel-good idea that makes you want to focus in this direction some more. Vague, little or no details, or details are grandiose, unrealistic and murky with no connection of how to get from one step to the next. Lives in Someday, though you enjoy it, you aren’t compelled to take immediate action, though you may spend hours or days basking in it’s warm, comfy presence.
Attributes of a Vision: Clear and precise, with action steps that are clearly laid out. It’s detailed. In your mind, you can see the plan, the overall picture as well as fine little points that make it totally unique to you. The vision leaves you energized, charged with a mission as if sent from a higher power. You are motivated, compelled to take action toward completion.
Why do we need both? And how can you use DAYDREAMS and VISIONS to grow your business?
For Creatives, the daydream is a portal to art, to story and to unlimited possibilities. For many of us, it is also a source of guilt. How many times growing up did you hear, “Stop daydreaming and get back to your work!” We live with a push-pull relationship to the dream. Not enough dreaming and the creative well dries up. We feel restless, uninspired, chained to our to-do list. Daydreams are as necessary as breath to the creative entrepreneur who wants an original, exciting business that they can sink their teeth into.
However, too much dreaming and the mind becomes a virtual candy store filled with delightful clutter. So many options and no map to get any of them done. We become splattered, confused and overwhelmed as if we are trying to shove our creative brains through the tiny hallway of a funnel. We waste time, we procrastinate, enjoying the dream more than the reality and live with the guilt of our childhood admonishments of “Get back to work!”
How to Turn Your Daydreams into Your Powerful Vision:
Get the Daydream on to paper: Write down every aspect of your daydream, every bit of it that comes to mind. The simple act of turning thought to words often is a pivotal brainstorming step. Don’t worry about coming up with details, simply do a a mind dump.
Ask Detailed Questions: Once the mind dump is completed, review your written daydream. Look for fuzzy, non-detailed areas and ask yourself very concrete questions. Ask who, what, where, when, why and how questions. Who is the target audience? When is my timeline for completion? Why does this feel important? Whose help do I need to turn this into a Reality? How would I fund this? Keep on asking and answering your questions until the picture becomes clearer.
Enlist a Coaching Ear: Ask your coach, mentor or friend to review your revised daydream and look for the loopholes. Ask them to come up with even more questions that you might not have considered. Be open to their thoughts, comments and concerns and rather than becoming defensive or chucking it away as a bad idea, keep asking, “How could this become possible?”
Weigh the Importance and Timeline Factor: Now that the daydream is moving closer to the vision, how important does it feel? Is your entire mind and body shouting the thought that this must be done now? Or is this a project to add to your idea and future projects book? (You have one of those, right?) Not every vision is meant to be completed this moment. Some of them need to age- like fine wine- until their perfect time.
Create the Action Plan: If it is time to usher the vision into reality, it’s time to create an action plan. Make a list of your first three action steps and number them. Ask yourself and your coach to create accountability for getting them done. If the steps aren’t clear to you, go back to asking yourself more questions until the way becomes clear.
Turning Visions into Reality.
If your mind is open, you will likely have many more daydreams and visions then will ever see the light of reality. Pick the key ones for this time and leave the others in the book. Focus on one at a time, in order of importance for you, and concentrate on bringing them to life one baby step at a time. Sometimes when our vision becomes crystal clear, we can be bogged down by the long road ahead of us and give up before we even begin. To stop that splatter, focus on only the next action step in the plan and keep the big-term goal in check.
My Last Suggestion: Get a big Vision Book! When you master the tips to turning daydreams into visions, you may find they come to you more often. The Universe seems to know when you are listening. Be sure you have a safe place to record them all!
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