When you have a vision, are you the type of person who holds onto it, to think about it every once in a while? Or, are you the person who is going to take action on your vision and turn it into a reality by creating a strategy and not winging it?
The other day I came across a quote from Erma Bombeck. She said, “There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, ‘Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course, I’ve got dreams.’ Then they put the box away and bring it out once in a while to look in it, and yep, they’re still there. These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box. It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up, and say ‘How good or how bad am I?’ That’s when courage comes in.”
While Bombeck is talking about dreams, this quote made me think about how people who have a vision for something is similar to a dream. It made me think about how most people hold onto their vision hoping it will come to fruition one day. In other words, they “wing it”.
While this is not a bad thing to do, if you ever want to see your vision come to life, you have to do more than think about it often. In this article, I give you three tips on how you can take your vision from concept to reality. Let’s get started.
Start with the end in mind
When you have your vision, think about the specifics of the vision. What does it look like when you are actually there? Ask yourself, what are you doing? What are you feeling? Where are you? What do your surroundings look like? etc. You want to make sure you have a clear picture of what your vision looks like once you have arrived.
Reverse engineer your vision
Starting with the first step, what are the steps you need to take to make this vision a reality? Break it down into small pieces and work from there. Once you are finished, you are going to have a lot of action steps. My suggestion is to add a date to each task so you can add that task to your to-do list each day to make it more manageable.
This is the “scariest” part – the part where Bombeck speaks on courage – because it takes a lot of bravery to simply get started. Why? By now, you are probably looking at how long it is going to take you to accomplish your vision and it looks overwhelming. But, I promise you, if you start taking a look at the smaller steps you assigned yourself to do each day, you will start to see and feel the progress and the overwhelm will slip away.
The best thing you can do when you want to make your vision a reality is to take the time to do the “hard” work of breaking it down into pieces and acting on those pieces. As long as you stick to it and move through the overwhelm, you will get closer and closer to making your vision a reality in no time.