So far we have covered 6 Fabulous Motivators:
- 1. The Movers & Shakers
- 2. The Deal Breakers
- 3. The Momentum Builders
- 4. The Inspiration Generators
- 5. The Savvy Time Shoppers
- 6. The Day Simplifiers
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.
- 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.
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