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7 Steps to Make Your Big Dreams a Reality

7 Steps to Make Your Big Dreams a Reality

Many people have brilliant ideas, but few act on them. It might be an innovative design, a brilliant invention, a fabulous book idea, or a unique business concept. It’s what you do with your creative notion that matters. The world needs pioneers who have groundbreaking ideas. If you don’t act on it, someone else will, and you’ll be standing on the sidelines saying, “I could’ve done that!”

So, you have a big dream, a brilliant idea, a flash of insight, for a new and improved or never before done…something. How do you put it into action?

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Concept to Completion

1. Determine what need it fills

There has to be a need for your idea. Are you creating or inventing something new that fills a need people have? Have you thought of a new or better way to solve an existing problem? Will your idea improve the quality of people’s lives? Does your idea save time or streamline work? If one doesn’t exist can you create one? Sometimes a great idea doesn’t fill in existing need but if it’s fun, creative, or interesting it’s fairly easy to convince people that they need it.

2. Research and Brainstorm possibilities

Now you have an idea and you know what need it fills, it’s time to start looking for possibilities. Do your research. Has a similar idea been tried or successfully implemented? Look for successes and failures. Learn from the mistakes of others. What can you do better? Cheaper? Faster? Brainstorm additional ways your idea could be used. Is it a product that could have different applications? Is it a concept that could be developed for a variety of businesses or activities? Step back and look at the broader view of possibilities.

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3. Flesh out your idea

You have an idea that fills a need with all kinds of possibilities. Now it’s time to flesh it out. If your idea is a tangible product, what does it actually look like? Sketch out or draw it on a computer. Consider colors shapes and materials. If your idea is an intangible concept, system, or process, use a mind map or notebook to capture details.

4. Decide what end result you want

Now that you have a concrete idea with details and for, narrow it down to the end result you want. Often there are lots of possibilities, but it’s best to pursue only one at a time. There will be time later for alterations revisions or related ideas. Now’s the time to consider a prototype or business plan.

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5. Assess Motivation and Commitment

You have a concept and an idea of what you want the end result to be. Are you motivated and committed enough to make the sacrifices necessary to take your ideas to completion? Having a brilliant idea is wonderful, but only at if you have the determination, and will to keep pushing through criticism, setbacks, and roadblocks. If after an honest assessment, you don’t have the motivation or time necessary, consider offering or selling your idea to someone else.

6. Get support /Tell someone

No matter how brilliant your idea, you won’t be able to successfully put it into action without support. Share your idea with someone. An individual or a group that will be honest and supportive can help keep you on task and accountable. Find a mentor who can help guide you through the process. Whether it’s product or business development, planning, implementation, financial backing, marketing, or any other aspect of putting your idea into action, there are people who have successfully done it before that are willing to share their experience with you.

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7. Make a plan of action

You’ve got your fully formed idea, you have enlisted support, and you are ready and eager to get started. What steps will it take to get from here to the end result? What actions need to be taken four research, business planning, financial backing, production, presentation, and promotion? Determine if there are phases and set interim deadlines. What needs to happen first? Determine the first step.

Now, do something!

Just start in some small way to take steps to move your idea forward. Otherwise, in a few years you will be that sad, pathetic person who says, “If only…”

Featured photo credit:  Little Blonde Girl Flying via Shutterstock

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Last Updated on March 25, 2020

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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