Goal Getters Paint Their Pictures On Dreams

“A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.” Leopold Stokowski

I say goal getters paint their pictures on dreams.

Yes dreams.

After all a goal comes from a dream.  Without the dream there is no goal, and no, it’s not a chicken or egg scenario – the dream or vision comes first.  

SO what exactly do I mean by this?  I’ll boil it down into 3 parts and yes, I’ll continue with the painting & the musical analogies (I do love a good analogy – don’t you?).

The dreams you have for your life or business are just like the vision an artist has in their head, or a musician has humming around inside.  It’s the idea of something to be completed.  A story if left untold will eat away at you.  I believe it’s your job in life to see these dreams to fruition.

Nobody wants to die with dreams left inside.  I know chances are we probably all do die with some left unformed – but what a waste of a life, if you don’t develop any or most of them!

So what do you do with that dream? You explore it, you expand on it, you chunk it down – you do everything you can to make it happen.  You take massive action towards it…..every-single-day. For the creatives the outline on the canvas or the notes on the scorepad would be the next step.  So what’s the Goal Getters?  This is where you nut out the big steps needed to get you to that end result.  The big marks on the map to your destination.  When doing this with goals, I would suggest 3-5 of these markers.

Then you get to the actual goals, or in the case of the creatives it would be the colour & texture on the canvas and the lyrics & instrumentation of the music.  For this step there may be many bite size goals, or a few bigger ones – again dependant on the dream.  I would stress though, no more than 3 -5 goals at a time.  Your brain & heart simply can’t cope with anymore at once.  Apart from anything else, it’s a time management nightmare….arghghg.  Trust me, I’ve stuffed this one up many a time.

It’s in the goals that the magic happens.  With each success your confidence is built and the path to your dreams becomes clearer and more meaningful.  Sure there will be setbacks (don’t ever kid yourself that there won’t be), but those setbacks actually build your goal getting muscles.  With each one you get stronger and more willing to do what it takes to achieve what you want.  These setbacks also test your dream – if the setback knocks you way off course, chances are, that dream is not the one you should currently be going for.

This random dream popped into my head, so we’ll go with it as an example. Crazy given it’s never actually been anywhere in my written dreams.

Big Dream

To be living in Paris speaking French or Vivre à Paris et parler français

Yes, I did have to Google that.

Markers

Speak French

Set up current business to be run from anywhere

Sell / rent our home and find a Parisian base

Nuts and bolts (schooling, visas, shipping)

Move

Goals

Remember I do believe goals need to be SMART

It’s the 31st December 2020 and I feel très fabuleux that I speak fluent French.

You get the gist.

What I love about looking at Going For Goal’d in this way, is that the overarching dreams often have no deadline.  Some things need time to happen.  They can’t be forced.

What’s a dream in your heart that you are desperate to get onto a canvas?

Ambition is not a dirty word

This week we have been surrounded by fabulous images of Ashleigh Barty and her historic win in the French Open for 2019.  The story was boosted by an image of her as a child holding a trophy going viral, with the story of how she wished one day she’d be holding a bigger one.

AMAZING.  SHE DID IT.

What has upset me about the story of this incredible triumph is people continually discussing this win as though it came out of thin air.  Not the thousands of hours training, the diet, the missed social events, the driving around, the travel, the things the family missed out on to fuel that pasison and ambition.  Now please forgive me if I’ve missed great articles written by those that know lots about the sport.  I don’t.  I am talking about what I have witnessed in a few places, as it has re-ignited my passion for stomping out this bonkers attitude towards Ambition.

Yes, in Australia in particular we have a shocking attitude called ‘Tall Poppy Syndrome” defined as “a perceived tendency to discredit or disparage those who have achieved notable wealth or prominence in public life.”

It’s quite simply bloody stupid (just so I sound really Australian).

It means that SO very many people never for for their goals and their dreams.  The fire burning for  what they desire has to win over their fears and lack of skills, knowledge etc to get there, but now they have to grapple with other worries.   That if they speak up about their dreams they will be quickly knocked into shape by the ‘dream stealers’ and if heaven forbid they should actually achieve their dreams, they will be cut down at the stem by ‘tall poppy syndrome’.

Yes, people are actually fearful of what people will say when / if they become successful.  I know.  I have been one of those people. F it. Never again.

When we hear children say something suitable like ‘I want to be a fire fighter, teacher or lawyer’ we applaud them and tell them to work hard.

hen we hear someone say they want to develop a way to harness solar power so cars will in the future will help actually generate more energy to be fed back into the grid without causing harm, we probably shrug it off and make a joke about how they should get a job with Elon Musk.

If the chubby kid says they want to be a Victoria’s Secret model we probably make a joke and point at their stomach. Yes, people are this cruel.

All of these things are probably possible with ambition, yet we are so fearful of expressing it.

You can’t get the life you want without it.

Ambition is not a dirty word

Ambition is:

  • waking up an hour earlier after great sleep
  • hustling
  • having the strength to mute the naysayers or not sharing with them
  • setting goals (including a really big one)
  • finding and working with the best to help support your dreams
  • learning everything you can about your dream
  • taking risks
  • getting shit done, not just talking about it
  • having an ambitious circle of friends
  • eliminating negativity anywhere you can
  • not waiting
  • visualising success
  • working on any limiting beliefs
  • work on your ambitions every single day (even if it’s not your paid work)
  • create an environment that supports your ambition
  • develop your confidence, charisma and courage (I can teach your how 😉)
  • 100% commitment

Ambition makes me think of the Beyoncé song Diva.  She is my ambition role model.  Ok, to be honest I have a few.  I even have a picture of them all in my diary for the year, and when I’m stuck at something, I ask myself what would they do?  In fact as I type this, I’m listening to Queen Bey.

When she was singing as she ran on a treadmill or doing hundreds of hours of rehearsal and negotiating her ninja Coachella deal with Netflix she was fired by ambition.  It’s in her blood.

You can mark arguments about good ambition vs bad ambition, but for the sake of brevity I will assume that nobody reading this is aiming to take over the world and make Cersei Lannister Queen of the 7 Continents.

I think it’s so sad to be afraid to voice our ambition, but when you read stories of ambitious people, so many say that one of the keys was not sharing their ambition.  My question is – when you’re fearful of sharing it, are you actually wanting permission to go for it, or are you wanting to state it like a certainty?

I know in the past I have shared thing because I wanted someone to say ‘great idea, you’ll be fab at that’ – a friend recently told me that my languaging around this kind of thing had changed so much. YES. All this work really does help!

I promise you, I will never judge your ambition. If you want to tell me your wildest, most incredible dream – I will support that.  You can email me or dm me on the social media platform of your choice and I will be 👏 from the sidelines.

If you close your eyes and think, what is your biggest ambition???

Write it down.

Promise yourself that from now on, you will lead yourself in that direction and take every step you can to get to where you are holding your own version of a French Open 2019 trophy in your hands.