What are your dreams for the future? Are you still dreaming? Have you stopped dreaming? Begin to dream again!
These are notes from Darren Rowse’s speech in the World Domination Summit in 2013. Darren is the founder of several blogs including problogger.com
Here’s what Drren Rowe suggests in his talk “How to Get Dreams Out of Your Hea”:
#1 Take Responsibility for Your Future
“The Future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made.” – John H. Schaar
Dream every year. Revise and review your dreams every month.
Here’s something else you may need to read a few times to let it sink in.
How we spend our time and money is shaping our future. How we are investing our time… Or wasting our time. Either way, we are shaping our future.
Question: What do you want your future to look like?
Question: Do you regularly set aside time to dream?
Allow yourself to dream. Be encouraged to dream again. Paint a picture figuratively of where you want to be in the future. Or paint a real, literal picture of where you want to be in the future.
Ask yourself “What needs to change?”
This is what Darren suggests:
1. Take more risks
2. Develop some skills
3. Meet some people
4. Make some changes to enable your dreams to come true
5. Take responsibility and make the changes
#2 Look for Sparks
All the big things that happen start small. Take the small sparks and grow them into a flame.
The reality is the next big thing might be the small thing in front of you.
Question: What is giving you energy?
Question: What gave me energy today?
Don’t only do what you’re passionate about. Do what gives you energy. You will develop a passion for it. Look for what energizes other people. Try, try, try again… Prolifically throw out experiments.
Question: What is giving others energy?
This will give you hints of what is sustainable to invest your time and energy in.
#3 Become Hyper-Aware of Problems
There are problems all around us. Notice problems you have or someone else has. Problogger was started because Darren wanted to teach people to Identify those problems and then…
#4 Become Obsessed With Being Useful
Become obsessed in being useful… in solving those problems! Identify 1 problem people have and solve one problem on a daily basis. After one year sparks fly and opportunities come as you will have solved 365 problems.
#5 Create Space to Observe.
We’re being bombarded with messages. We have immense pressure to broadcast messages. Sometimes we loose sight of sparks or ideas around us. Darren set aside some time in the middle of the day by moving his shower from the morning to the middle of the day. Darren did this through The Daily Examine.
Set aside time each day to observe the world around you. Set aside time to think through your life.
#6 Don’t Lose Sight of Opportunities.
At the end of the day ask yourself these 5 questions:
- What gave me energy today?
- What sucked energy out of my life today?
- What problems did I see?
- Who was I today?
- How did I react with other people?
#7 Inspiration Without Implementation is Empty.
Keep in mind that ideas are good. But without putting them into practice they are of little value.
#8 Take the Next Step.
Choose one small thing a day that will take you closer to your dreams… And do it with the best of your ability.
Darren: Besides the size of my dreams…. I realized I wasn’t starting because I didn’t think I could do them perfectly.
Observation: Perfectionism hinders dreams. Do what you can to the best of your ability.
#9 Set Aside Time to ‘Create’ AND Complete
Darren: I spent 2 years thinking about writing an eBook. I decided to spend 15 minutes of each day to create it. It took me 3 and a half months. I sold lots of copies in the first few weeks. I thought: Why in the world didm’ I do this 2 years ago?
Question: What Kind of Future Will you Create?
#10 Share Your Dream!
When you share your dream…
- 1. You become accountable.
- 2. There’s exponential chance of your dream come true.
Do this exercise.
- 1. Share and write down your dream in one sentence.
2. What is the next step in making that dream come true?
- 3. Share your dream 10 times each day.
Are you ready to dream again? Are you ready to take your dream to the next level?
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Watch the video “How to Get Dreams Out of Your Head” here on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/70159694
Note: WDS is a worldwide gathering of creative, unconventional people. Every summer, the group descends on Portland, Oregon for several days of speakers, workshops, meet ups, and fun. Learn more at WorldDominationSummit.com.