I wanted to follow up on a previously covered topic of analysis paralysis. You see, part of the reason analysis paralysis occurs, is because we become too hesitant to act upon our ideas or dreams. Once we look at the “realistic” side of things, our natural fears and hesitation take over. And, that’s a good thing! It’s stopped many people from acting stupidly.

Unfortunately, it also keeps us from taking ANY risks. Pulitzer Prize winning author, Annie Dillard, said, “If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be too cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”

Most of the great achievements in life started out simply as a dream. When business owners are able to turn their dreams into goals, and their goals into actions, amazing things happen! Here are some ideas for doing exactly that.

  • Write down the dream. (Then place it where you’ll see it often.)
  • Think of all the steps/people/objects needed to fulfill the dream.
  • Jot down short term and long term actions to achieve your goals.
  • Take it a step at a time.
  • Keep believing.

One of the most tragic things in life is to see an unrealized dream. As an entrepreneur, you already know that this doesn’t have to be your fate. Be willing to dream a little more, and see what you can do with the world!

Leap of the Week

Ask Yourself: What dream have you forgotten or buried in to-do’s and paperwork?
What’s one action you can take today to spark that dream back to life?