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5 Steps to Make Big Dreams Scalable and Reachable

5 Steps to Make Big Dreams Scalable and Reachable
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Do you feel like your dreams are just too big? That perhaps it’s beyond what you think you can attain?

Does your dream feel so far out of reach, you don’t even know what steps to take towards achieving it?

If so, then here are 5 steps you can do now to make that dream scalable and reachable so that the first steps to make that dream come true are clear as day for you.

1. What’s the Point?

In this dream of yours, narrow down the essence of it by answering the following question,

“What problem are you solving?”

I understand that your dream may solve many problems, but get down to the most important, most pressing issue you want to solve and name it.

2. Who is it For?

In this dream of yours, who are the people you are helping?

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To find this out, close your eyes and imagine you’ve already have made your dream come true; that you are able to solve this specific problem for people. So who is coming to you for help?

What kind of people are they?

What kind of jobs do they hold?

What are their major concerns?

What are their interests?

What is important to them?

Write this stuff out. Make a list of your future clients and customers. Give them names like “Bob the electrician.”

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It is important to know the people you are trying to help because then you will know where to find them.

How will you find them? Easy.

You already know what kind of jobs they have, what concerns them, and their interests. With this information, you can determine where they hang out, what magazines they probably subscribe to and what kind of events they would attend.

3.  The Delivery System.

What is the easiest, cheapest, and fastest way to get this solution out to the people you want to help?

A good point to keep in mind is that your initial delivery system doesn’t have to be perfect; it just needs to get the job done. You can make it fancier later.

Pastor and motivational speaker Robert H. Schuller said, “Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.”

With this in mind, will your delivery system be a brick and mortar, an online store, blog, book, ebook,  video, mobile app etc.

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When you think “fast, easy, and cheap,” what comes to your mind? 

4.  Who is in the Show?

In this dream of yours, are you by yourself or do you have other people in your dream helping you?

Close your eyes and think about this for a minute. See your dream realized and are you there alone?

If you are alone, then this is good to know off the bat. You are a one-man show. That means that the success of your dream solely relies on your ability to just do what you say.

If you see others helping you, then list these people out. Are they partners, employees, contractors, developers etc.?

Here is another way to use the fast, easy and cheap model.

Who can help you achieve your dream faster? Who won’t cost a fortune and you can easily work with?

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Write their names down.

Perhaps you may know some of them personally or you may already know offhand that you will be using freelancers.

5.  The Next Step.

Using the information you gathered from thinking about Steps 1-4, write down your next step.

Your next step may be:

  • Looking for a property space.
  • Registering a domain name.
  • Writing down the book title.
  • Calling up a friend to talk about your dream to see if they want to be a part of it.
  • Researching how much it would cost to hire a virtual assistant or app developer.
  • Start spending time where your potential customers and talking to them about their problems.
  • Check out your competitors to see what delivery systems they are using.

After concertedly thinking about the questions that were raised through this 5 step system, the first few steps to making your big dreams come true should be quite easy for you to see.

Now follow through and do something your future self will thank you for!

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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