Making Dreams a Reality

Some of the questions I have considered have to do with people who have worked with the same coach or taken the same business training and yet experienced widely different results…

Why is there a difference? Is it simply taking action, or is there more to it?

Of the ones who are successful, what made success possible?

Based on my own work and my research, what seems to matter most is MOTIVATION.

If motivation is the key to success—the factor that makes the biggest difference—then how do you get motivated? What makes a difference in your life? Motivation is often tied to wanting to contribute, to having a powerful mission. What is it that shapes your ability to contribute?

How do you take your dreams and make them a reality? I suggest you adopt these three ideas from successful dreamers:

  1. Focus on a moment when you realized what is possible. Think of an experience that ultimately satisfied your internal criteria, like achieving a certain financial goal or business goal that at one time seemed unachievable, and use that as a motivator.

    Two powerful examples of people who achieved the “unachievable” are 1) the first person whose website got a million hits in a day, a feat now surpassed several times over, and 2) Roger Banister, the first person to break the 4-mainute mile, even though the prevailing “scientific evidence” claimed that doing so simply wasn’t possible. Certainly what you do will work if you believe it will work.

  2. Get psyched with success, which creates even more actions, creating a success loop.
  3. Use fear, if necessary. Paradoxically, this works for some—those who became more afraid of what life would be like if they didn’t follow through. This amplified pain creates action.

How can you push yourself to succeed? 

  • Recognize who you are (identity) and what you are capable of.
  • Set a compelling goal.
  • Take frequent action, such as consciously doing one thing a week to achieve something.
  • Condition your mind each day. (This allows breakthroughs to happen, which is why it is a must for you.)
  • Spend time with people who are hungry. (People can change their standards when they are around others who have different standards; that’s why mastermind groups work so well.)
  • Seek out mentors, models or coaches.
  • Avoid doubt, because when you are in doubt, you are in no man’s land.
  • Maintain an optimistic viewpoint. Avoid pessimism.

And finally, persevere. Be prepared to overcome setbacks and keep going, no matter what. Such resilience makes the difference in achieving success. You must create emotional states that can carry you through the difficulties, boring times, or setbacks so that you can ultimately achieve what you want.

I enjoy collecting stories about belief change experiences. If you have any interesting ones, please share them below so I can comment on them in subsequent articles or posts. 

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About Terry: Terry Hickey, M.S., is a Certified NLP Professional Coach, Business Trainer and Consultant, a Certified Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and the co-owner of NLP Advantage Group. Originator of the Belief Breakthrough Method™, Terry specializes in teaching coaches and entrepreneurs how to rapidly resolve limiting beliefs about wealth and success. His tips and strategies can help you launch yourself into the future you want… NOW. http://terryhickey.com/

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