6 Step Process for Goal Setting: Mind Map your Dreams to Reality

Learn how to think big, take your dreams and turn them into business reality.

Every year is filled with new opportunities and a fresh perspective on life and business goals. Now is the perfect time to start making your goals a reality.

Moving from dreams to reality is an elusive concept for people in general. Winning in business starts with a winning mindset. And, “If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big,” as suggested by Real Estate magnate Donald Trump. Let’s get started by learning to think big, take your dreams and turn them into reality.


Step 1: It Starts with a Dream

A dream is defined as:

A hope or wish for something in the future such as a desired situation or the acquisition of a particular object or goal.

Every great leader was, in fact, a great dreamer. No successful company ever started without a dream [hope or wish] for the future. So, why don’t most people dream anymore? If you ask many people about their dreams – they don’t have an immediate answer. Why? Somewhere along the way they may have listened to “well-meaning” individuals and embraced self-imposed limitations. Dreams are the fundamental building blocks of great success.

“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. Lawrencce)”


Step 2: The Creative Force of Imagination

A dream coupled with imagination is powerful.

Imagination in its simplest form is the ability to form mental images and concepts in a moment when they cannot be perceived through sight, hearing or other senses. Imagination is the work of the mind that helps create. Moving from a dream to creation is the next step.

An entrepreneur’s ability to dream and then start the imaginative process of creation is a powerful tool. What would you do if you had no ’perceived’ boundaries such as lack of time, money, skills etc.? Creativity in business knows no bounds or limits. Start imagining what ‘could be’ and approach your goals with solution-based scenarios.


Step 3: The Spark of Genius … An Idea

Many people are waiting for that next great idea – the thing that will take them from the life they are living to the life they want. An idea is defined as something, such as a thought or conception that potentially or actually exists in the mind as a product of mental activity.

This is the brilliant thing about ideas – they don’t actually exist yet. They start in the mind (i.e. dreams) and as a product of mental activity (i.e. imagination). So, ask yourself? If you refuse to hope for your future and form mental images (envision your hope brought to life) then why would you expect to stumble upon the next ‘big idea?’ But once you make a decision to start dreaming and tap into your imagination — ideas will soon follow.

When you have an idea in your grasp, don’t delay — take action.


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