If your dreams aren’t moving forward, maybe it’s time to get out of your dreams…and get into your car! No, I’m not just referencing the ‘80’s tune by Billy Ocean! You actually may need to get into your car and do some networking!
Or you may need to get out of your dreams… and get on the phone and make some calls! Yes, the activity that all of us dread! It’s hard to believe that once upon a time when I was in sales and working on straight commission, I made 100 calls every Monday night. The rule of thumb for the financial services industry was 100 calls = 10 appointments = 1 sale.
It was like a scene out of the movie, The Wolf on Wall Street. Our motto was “Smile and dial!” Although I did line up lots of appointments every week, this definitely wasn’t my dream job. I was young and naive. It was good experience but not the best fit.
How do you realize your dreams?
1) It has to be something that carries significant meaning for you.
2) It has to be a goal with a time limit. “Someday” doesn’t count.
3) You have to draw a line in the sand and not back down.
4) You don’t need to have everything figured out. Just take the first step.
5) Make sure you have a good support network.
That is the only way I finished my book, Finding Your Divine Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula. If I didn’t set a deadline and have my mastermind group holding me accountable, I probably would have put it on the back burner. I have to admit that it got very overwhelming at times, due to the intricacies of the self-publishing process. Thank heavens for friends who were available to help!
Writing the book wasn’t really the main goal, however. It was reaching as many people as I could with my message of hope and healing. The book was one vehicle to tell my story and to help others. Speaking and drumming are other ways I further my mission.
If you have a dream that’s so big, it’s overwhelming, take the first step that will bring you closer to your goal. And then another. And another. If not now, when?
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Dori Staehle lives in the Raleigh, NC area and is the Chief Encouragement Officer and Rhythm Maker at Rock the Next Stage. She loves helping people move their dreams forward so they can rock the next stage of their life. For more information or to book Dori for speaking or drumming events, contact her here. Her book is now on Kindle but the print version will be ready in 2-3 weeks.