With summer almost over, there is another opportunity to set some goals for the upcoming school year.
I found a post, Big Dream Guidance System, about chopping your big dreams into smaller pieces and I thought it was a great way to look at the "problem".
Curt Rosengren writes:
"One way to shift how you think about those big dreams is to see them as a way to define the direction and scope of your efforts. Think of them as a guidance system, rather than goals that must be achieved."
According to Rosengren, the big dream provides the primary focus and scope for future opportunities to pursue. This then leads the way to sub-dreams that become more "doable" goals or targets. Or as he initially framed it as- guidance.
If your big dream is to produce a comedy show that will be watched and receive rave reviews by both critics and viewers, what is the focus of this dream? (Hint, the more detailed you are in visualizing and documenting your dream, the better this exercise will be) The focus could be that you are looking for an outlet for your humor or that your desire is to make people laugh.
The sub-dream asks you to look at what you do to make the bigger dream happen. To produce a comedy show, you have to write humor or document humor. How can this be done? Start a blog, use Facebook and share with your friends, etc. This sub dream could be to become a writer for a comedian. It could be the sub-dream is to submit a show idea to air on cable. It could be that the dream is to perform improv.
Actually, asking what parts of you big dream are most important to you will generate stronger sub dreams.
I've said this before, "if money were no object, what would you do?"
Dreaming big allows you to look at the smaller components and find sub dreams! Thanks Curt for the wonderful post and inspiration.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.