Are you a dreamer or a doer?
It’s easy to get the two confused.
Dreaming lives in your head and your heart. It doesn’t have a plan or a start date. Dreaming is future-oriented. It’s about later… when you have time, when the kids are older, or when the circumstances are just right.
Doing on the other hand is your dream in A C T I O N. Doing is a plan. It has a start date and end date. It keeps you accountable and is about doing in the present for the future.
Don’t get me wrong. Dreams are very important! Dreaming gives you
But Doing is transformative!
Doing gives you a
⭐Sense of pride
⭐Sense of momentum
⭐Sense of accomplishment
⭐New/evolved sense of identity
If you dream all the time and never take action, you can become stuck in your dreams. Although doing may feel scary at times, it is totally necessary. Dreamers get no where in life without become doers. Once you become a doer that’s where the big life changing magic happens and all your dreams start to take shape.
Here are 5 ways you can turn your dreams into massive action, become a doer, and become unstuck.
Write down your goals and a deadline. When you write down a goal you increasing your chances of actually completing the task. When you give a task a deadline, it makes large project more manageable. What’s the best way to eat an elephant? One bite at a time. By writing down your goal, you are able to see the big picture, reverse engineer your goals by writing smaller goals and working backwards and seeing what it will really take to accomplish said goal.
Balance your needs and wants. Every time you sit down to work, pause, look at your to-do list and choose the task that you need to do, not the task you want to do. Instead of starting with the easy fun tasks first, start with the tasks that may be more time consuming, may require more brain power, but is actually the task that you need to be doing to more your business efforts forward. This will stop you from wasting time on task that do not serve your business.
Surround yourself with doers. It has been said that you are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with or your five best friends. Doers feed off each other. If you want to become a doer, surround yourself with doers. Remember, you are in charge of your network. If no one in your immediate circle is a doer, then look outside your circle and join a networking group in your industry or an online community of like-minded individuals. I am in several online communities for Christian entrepreneurs, Black Women Entrepreneurs, and other Mompreneurs. You can find an online community that will support you.
Stop doing what doesn’t work. I am 100% guilty of this. Always thinking if I change this one this, everything will finally work. Wrong. Einstein’s definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If you’ve been dreaming about something but your attempts haven’t led to positive results, it is time to stop, reassess, figure out what’s wrong and try a fresh approach. You’ll never get anywhere making the same mistakes over and over again.
Assume everything will take longer than expected and cost more than planned. One of a downfalls of being a dreamer is only seeing the shiny accomplishment at the end and not thinking through the details of what it will actually take, how long it will take, and how much it will cost. When writing down your plan of action, increase the time and money by ten percent and yourself a buffer. This will save you from any surprises.
Being a dreamer is great and so is being a doer. Coming from a total dreamer, I understand that you need both to reach your goals. So don’t let your drive to be a doer crush your dreaming. It’s your source of inspiration, creativity. and motivation for reaching for the stars.