This is a different kind of post than what you’re used to. It’s about a phenomena called dreamlining. Do you know why we decided to cover it?
Because we are all human.
We’re much more than an employee of the month, unemployed mom of two, a struggling boss, a new intern or any other label that keeps us back.
Richie Norton, the author of books like The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live Without Regret, asked two crucial questions:
If money didn’t exist, would you still chase your dreams?
If money didn’t exist, would you still keep your job?
If the answer is “YES” to both, you’re on track. If the answer is “NO” to either, what needs to change?”
What was he trying to say or to make you think about?
US VS. OUR DREAMS
Each one of us gets up in the morning, does the regular routine and moves on to any engagement, obligation or task there is. And that’s fine. We’re used to it. We’re used to getting up, getting dressed and going to work or to look for a new job. Our fears, hopes, frustrations and dreams – we somehow leave at the door in order to commit fully to our assignment, no matter whether it fulfills us or not.
Our friends and family might know a few things about our dreams, but in this hectic world, not many people have the time or resources to assist us with making it come true.
In other words, we are left to ourselves.
And that is not such a bad thing.
You know why?
Because we can always change the perspective and start calling our daydreaming – dreamlining.
OK, and what is that, you might be asking.
Dreamlining is the systematic process of outlining your ideal lifestyle and making a plan to realize your dreams.
Or, as Tim Ferriss, an American author, entrepreneur, and public speaker, would say:
Dreamlining is so named because it applies timelines to what most would consider dreams.
And how do we do it? How do we find a way to turn our dreams, goals, and desires into a well-defined action plan that can help us achieve those goals within the next 6 to 12 months?
Not easy, that is for sure. And do you know why we say it so bluntly that it’s a hard path in front of those who decide to make an effort and change their life? Because it is all up to you.
Every single thing on this journey depends on you, your capacity to be constructive and think outside the box.
And, as we all know it – the biggest friend you can have is also your biggest enemy. And it goes by your first name. You are the one who can make the difference, but, then again, you are the one that can stop any progress and even start going backwards.
As always, there is a way.
The solution is something that looks more like an equation rather than the advice.
This particular key is not in any case a quick-fix. It´s a trajectory that combines the Parkinson´s law and 80/20 rule to turn you into a goal accomplishing machine.
WHAT IS PARKISON’S LAW (in short)?
Cyril Northcote Parkinson, the famous British historian and author, has concluded that
“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”.
What he wanted to say is that if you give yourself an entire day to complete a one-hour task, then (psychologically speaking) the task will increase in complexity and become more and more daunting.
Simple as that.
And the “best” part is that it doesn’t really get more complicated, it’s the stress and a tension about having to get it done, that gets you.
However, if you assign the right amount of time to each task, it will reduce in complexity to its natural state.
80/20 for beginners
The 80/20 rule is also called the Pareto Principle after its founder, the Italian economist and philosopher Vilfredo Pareto, who first wrote about it in 1895. He noticed that people in his society seemed to divide naturally into what he called the “vital few,” the top 20% in terms of money and influence, and the “trivial many,” the bottom 80%.
Also, the legend has it that one day he noticed that 20% of the pea plants in his garden generated 80% of the healthy pea pods.So, a 20% of the activities might be accounted for 80% of the results. For example, 20% of your customers will account for 80% of your sales – 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
How is this applicable to our everyday routine? And how can you apply Pareto’s principle to gain more time in your life?
It is of the utmost importance to remember that there are only so many minutes in an hour, hours in a day, and days in a week. With Pareto, this will become a good thing and not the source of frustration and a sense of limitations.
Anyway, the hardest part of any important task that leads to the fulfillment of your dreams – is getting started on it in the first place. Once you begin, after a while you find yourself already engaged with the task, and are naturally motivated to go on.
Never forget that there is a part of our brain that really loves challenges and to stay occupied and busy. Finding and nourishing this part of you can make all the difference
So, it is kind of important to feed this part of your mind continually.
A Small Dreamlining How-to
- Use your imagination. Always and as much as you can. Even for the most insignificant tasks.
- Select few of your most important dreamlines for the shorter as well as the longer term lists. Select those that can really make the difference.
- Determine first 5 steps and stick to them.
It´s not easy. Even Ferris said that the harder it is, the more you need it.
He also said:
“Don’t fool yourself. If you really want a Ferrari, don’t put down solving world hunger out of guilt.”
Think about that. And keep on dreaming!