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The Outrageous Dreamers – 10 Fabulous Motivators That Inspire You To Take Action Part V

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So far we have covered 6 Fabulous Motivators:

Continuing with the seventh motivator …

10 Fabulous Motivators That Inspire You To Take Action

7. The Outrageous Dreamers

Truly speaking … for some of you, it’s not really your fault if you get de-motivated and can’t get motivated. When the tasks are boring and uninspiring, motivation is difficult to catch hold off. What motivation needs is something to look forward to. What motivation needs is a goal – just the thought of which energizes you and makes you want to work. When your goal is such that you can’t wait to start working on it, lack of motivation will automatically stop being a problem.

  • The Outrageous Dream

    The outrageous dreamers are all about finding such goals – goals which inspire and motivate you, which challenge you and stretch you. If you want to create momentum and bring on tremendous progress in an area which you are struggling with, set an outrageous aim. Aim something beyond your capabilities, something you would love to achieve but don’t know is possible, aim for the moon and see what happens. The outrageous goals are really as outrageous as aiming for the moon.

    My ‘boring goal’ for last year was to exercise. What gave it life was the ‘outrageous goal’ of finishing the Couch to 5K Plan. For those of you who don’t know, the Couch to 5K is basically a plan to get you from being a couch potato to running 3 miles/30 minutes in 9 weeks. Did it work? All I can say is that never in my life have I dreamed of my exercise time and waited eagerly for it. I missed running so much that I started running more than what was mentioned in the plan. From being a running hater I completely transformed into a running lover. Exercise stopped being a problem.

  • Take The Sparkly Test

    One of my favorite quotes by Dr Abdul Kalam captures the spirit of outrageous dreams perfectly. He said … “Dreams are not those which are seen while you’re sleeping. Dreams are those which don’t let you sleep”. So dream … Dream Big. Dream such that you find stars in your eyes. Dream such that you spend all your time working on your dream or eagerly waiting to start working on it. When all you can think of and all you can do … is about your dream; when you find a mysterious sparkle in your eyes … just like the one you have when you fall in love … you know, you have found your outrageous dream.

    Do keep in mind that what’s outrageous for you, what’s inspiring for you, need not be outrageous or inspiring for someone else. As long as your dream meets the sparkly test, and fuels your motivation, you are on the right track.

  • Don’t Lose Your Dream

    The risk of dreaming outrageous dreams is that sometimes that’s all they remain – dreams. Even though there is a strong desire to make them come true, no action is taken. Usually this happens for two reasons –

    Two Reasons You Could Lose Your Dream

    • 1. You don’t set aside time to work on the dream and life takes over. Burdened with long hours of life work, the outrageous dream seems distant and soon you start thinking of the outrageous dream as just a dream. Your dream simply loses its spark. You lose your dream.
    • 2. Most ‘work’ time on the dream is spent on dreaming. Planning, learning, researching … all fall into dreaming category. Till you actually don’t take action towards your dream, you are in danger of losing your dream, and exchanging it for more hours of life work.

      Most of you may argue that learning/researching/planning for something which will help you to make your dream come true is a step taken towards your dream. This logic is absolutely fine. But that’s not how we will work. All these things by default fall into the category of ‘planning to make your dream come true’ and not ‘working on your dream’.

      When you take action on your plan or put to use (while taking action) what you learned/researched, you can say you have worked on your dream. Till then it is all planning and not working.

    If you wish to remove the risk of losing your dream, follow the next step.

  • Schedule For Some Dream Come True Time

    The best way to get a jump-start on your dream and make progress in leaps and bounds is to take some outrageous action right away. Doing something outrageous will shock inertia away and set your system into action mode – that’s exactly how you want things to be.

    The first thing that you want to do in action mode is to schedule for your dream come true time. Set an appointment(s) in your calendar … which date, how much time, where – decide on everything. Then show up and start working on it right away.

    If you want to take out time to research/learn/plan set some days for it. After that many days, you don’t get more time to do so. You have to start working. This might sound tough but is absolutely necessary. The desire to get everything right and the fear of making mistakes won’t allow you to begin the journey otherwise – unless, you say stop to planning and set a deadline on ‘start working’.

    The best way to beat fear and perfection is to take some imperfect action. ‘Imperfect’ gives you the freedom to make mistakes and be wrong. It gives you the freedom to stumble and fall down. Every time you stumble and fall, pick yourself up and remind yourself that this is how the journey of making your dream come true should be. You make mistakes, you learn and you get back on path. You don’t give up on your dream and you don’t give up on yourself. You just get back to your motivation and get back to working on your dream.

Action Item:

  • 1. Become an outrageous dreamer. Practice thinking outrageous. See how far and how crazy can you think. Do this exercise with kids for some good competition and inspiration.
  • 2. Pick one area where you struggle with motivation and set an outrageous dream. Take the sparkly test to check whether you set a goal which is good to have or an outrageous dream.
  • 3. Take stock of past actions and how you usually tackle a project to determine whether you are bit by the perfection bug or the planning bug. If so, set reminders to not fall into their trap and to take consistent action

The outrageous dreamer doesn’t seek for motivation. Motivation seeks for the outrageous dreamer. Are you an outrageous dreamer? Do share your story/experience.

More Fabulous Motivators That Inspire You To Take Action In Part VI

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Reader's Comments

  1. Jacqui | February 3rd, 2010 at 8:14 am

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  2. Amit Sodha - The Power Of Choice | February 3rd, 2010 at 9:43 am

    This is the best one yet Avni and I’m blown away by that quote by Dr Abdul Kalam.

    I’ve been thinking about my outrageous dreams lately and I was thinking about one in the car not an hour ago. I was thinking I’m going to be wealthy, famous and make a difference in the world that will change it forever.
    .-= Amit Sodha – The Power Of Choice´s awesome post ..7 Enlightened Thoughts For A Kick-Ass Day =-.

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  3. Tess The Bold Life | February 3rd, 2010 at 11:53 am

    “Dreams are not those which are seen while you’re sleeping. Dreams are those which don’t let you sleep”.

    Love this quote! And today I’m taking outrageous action! Thanks thanks a million thanks for all of the encouragement.
    .-= Tess The Bold Life´s awesome post ..Born To Run =-.

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  4. Erika | February 7th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I love your posts!
    Wishing you all the best!

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  5. J.D. Meier | February 7th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Beautiful write up blending dreams + action. Dreams don’t just happen by themselves … after all, among a sea of dreams, how would they know which ones are the most important to you? … you tell them with your action, and actions speak louder than words.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s awesome post ..Top 10 Lessons Learned in Spirituality =-.

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  6. Farouk | February 9th, 2010 at 3:49 am

    nice and motivating post :)

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  7. jonathan figaro | February 9th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Sweet post. Very detailed indeed. Your right we all need action to strave our fears. Action makes dream happen and a olide passion to achieve.
    .-= jonathan figaro´s awesome post ..You Don’t Need Time To Yourself =-.

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  8. Kaushik | February 16th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Great post, good advice. I think a critical factor may be in learning to listen to being rather than the ego, to know which dreams are true. When we know this, then as you say we can dare to dream outrageously big, and it’s self-motivating.
    .-= Kaushik´s awesome post ..Divine Valentine and 2012 =-.

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  9. Catrien Ross | March 2nd, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Avani, hello again from the white slopes of Mount Fuji. Thank you for your outrageous post. Having followed what some saw as outrageous dreams I’d like to say that such dreams catch hold of your spirit and soul in a way that creates the dynamic in which you can move to realize the details. In a way, the dream creates the action, and seeming setbacks can always be refueled by the original passion and outrageousness that you dared to dream in the first place. I was also interested to read about your experience with running, because I feel that physical shifts in our energy can make a dramatic difference in our mental and emotional perceptions, and I just wrote about one such simple process in my latest blog post. As always, Avani, an inspiring post. Thank you and warm wishes from Japan – Catrien Ross.
    .-= Catrien Ross´s awesome post ..Catrien Ross on Blowing Out Your Negativity in A Puff of Positive Intention to Shift Your Energy =-.

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  10. jeff | March 29th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Love it! Dreamers. I wish i had been encouraged to dream and go for it at a younger age. I was taught to drive toward financial stability. I did not learn until later in life that a dream is the greatest motivator there is, and that a good dream leads to the kind of success that either provides that stability or it feels so good you don’t care if you are financially stable or not. I am teaching my children to settle for nothing less than their dreams. jeff at

    thanks for the article.

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  11. sunny | April 27th, 2010 at 7:31 am

    hi!ur posts are truly inspiring. they just turn the sparkle in me into fire.
    I finished my engg in ’08 after making my dream of becoming a famed writer almost succumb to an end. My whole family(from top to bottom and from rightmost corner to the leftmost) wanted me to go for an MBA. But then I started looking for some kind of writing job. And luckily I got one – as a content writer! The good news is that I am doing good there. Still my family is pushing me to go for MBA for you know engg followed by mangmt has a good pay.

    Further, I am planning to get an Eng hons degree from DU through correspondence. Though they won’t permit! Your articles give me strength to keep moving ahead.

    .-= sunny´s awesome post ..Why I may or may not become a writer? =-.

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  12. jonathan figaro | April 28th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    As long as we hold on to our dreams. We are holding on to what makes us who we are; HUMAN!
    .-= jonathan figaro´s awesome post ..Can Eminem Make You Famous? =-.

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  13. jonathan figaro | May 6th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Are you on vacation? I’m looking forward to your new posts!
    .-= jonathan figaro´s awesome post ..Can’t you tell your Intuition is on the Off switch! =-.

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  14. B @ logos coaching | May 18th, 2010 at 1:09 am

    nice post full of great ways to keep our dreams alive and kicking. Sometimes we do need to be outrageous. Love the Abdul Kalam quote too :)
    .-= B @ logos coaching´s awesome post ..A few quotes too long for Twitter =-.

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  15. Pradeep Murthy | June 16th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks for this post

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  16. Jannie Funster | July 11th, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Hi Avani, I was thinking about you, and popped in.

    It’s been too long!

    Are you still running? Something tells me you are still making that dream happen.

    This has certainly inspired me in a great way — the simple step of setting aside time to actually WORK on a dream, instead of only dreaming the dream speaks to me. And it’s so true, life has taken over.


    And thanks for this helpful post.


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  18. TUSHAR SEN | February 24th, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Great Post

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