I’m fortunate to have completed some big dreams in my life like finishing an Ironman Triathlon. I learned a great deal about the power of having a dream that moved me. I’ve learned that many people need help in clarifying their dream.
When I did my first Ironman triathlon on April 15, 2007 I knew then that I had found something that was important to me. Then I set my sights on one day racing in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. After I had finish several Ironman triathlons I realized that I would have to drastically improve my times to qualify to race in Kona.
But I kept my dream alive.
Then Ironman created a program for passionate triathletes like me, who would probably never qualify by racing fast, be granted a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to race in Kona. To qualify I had to finish 12 Ironman triathlons. My dream was now again a reality. I finished my 12th race, Ironman Boulder Colorado in August 2014, that now qualified me for my invitation to race in Kona.
In October 0f 2015 I raced and finished the World Championship!
I’ve learned that if you can own your dream, feeling it, seeing, hearing it, sharing it, sensing it, you can achieve it. Most people frankly do not have a dream and are compelled to follow someone else’s dream.
Below is a dream test to help you define your dream and put it to the test. The test is from John C. Maxwell’s Book, Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It.
As stated in the Clarity question I can explain the gist of my dream in one sentence;
To spread joy all over the planet and create health, abundance and peace for every human being
My dream fits with everything I do in life. To end the suffering of my family by loving them and teaching my sons to become their best version of themselves. It has allowed me to reach and help many people and I’ve found a way to exchange value in a unique way to earn my own financial best self. It has led me to discovery that suffering can be ended by helping others outside of physically or financially such as friendship and mentoring them.
THE DREAM TEST
To assist you in putting your dream to the test, I’ve developed this Dream Test. Respond to each of the three statements under the dream questions by answering true or false. Once you’ve completed the test, enlist three people who know you well to help you evaluate yourself. If you have not already told them your dream, do so now. Then ask them to answer each of the questions as it applies to you. In addition, ask them to give you an overall score from 1 (not a chance) to 10 (absolute certainty) for how likely you are to achieve your dream.
- The Ownership Question: Is my dream really my dream?
- I would be the person in the world most pleased if I accomplished my dream.
- I have publicly shared my dream with other people, including those I love.
- Others have challenged my dream and I still embrace it.
- The Clarity Question: Do I clearly see my dream?
- I can explain the main gist of my dream in a single sentence.
- I could answer nearly any question about the what (if not the how) of my dream.
- I have written a clear description of my dream that includes its main features or objectives.
- The Reality Question: Am I depending on factors within my control to achieve my dream?
- I know what my greatest talents are, and my dream relies heavily on them.
- My current habits and daily practices strongly contribute to the potential success of my dream.
- My dream is likely to come true even if I am unlucky, if important people ignore or oppose me, or if I encounter serious obstacles.
- The Passion Question: Does my dream compel me to follow it?
- I can think of nothing I would rather do more than see my dream fulfilled.
- I think about my dream every day and often wake up or fall asleep thinking
- This dream has been consistently important to me for at least a year.
- The Pathway Question: Do I have a strategy to reach my dream?
- I have a written plan for how I intend to accomplish my dream.
- I have shared my plan with three people I respect to get their feedback.
- I have made significant changes to my priorities and work habits to put my plan into action
- The People Question: Have I included the people I need to realize my dream?
- I have surrounded myself with people who inspire me and who are honest with me about my strengths and weaknesses.
- I have recruited people with complementary skills to help me accomplish my dream.
- I have transferred the vision for my dream to others, and they share ownership for it
- The Cost Question: Am I willing to pay the price for my dream?
- I can recount specific costs I have already paid toward achieving my dream.
- I have already considered what I am willing to trade to achieve my dream.
- I will not be compromising my values, ruining my health, or damaging my family to pursue my dream.
- The Tenacity Question: Am I moving closer to my dream?
- I can identify obstacles I have already overcome in the pursuit of my dream.
- I do something every day— even if it’s very small— to move closer to my dream.
- I am willing to do extraordinarily difficult things to grow and change so that I can accomplish my dream.
- The Fulfillment Question: Does working toward my dream bring satisfaction?
- I am willing to give up my idealism in order to make my dream become reality.
- I am willing to work for years or even decades to achieve my dream because it is that important to me.
- I enjoy the pursuit of my dream so much that even if I fail, I will consider
my life to have been well spent.
- The Significance Question: Does my dream benefit others?
- I can name specific people other than myself who will benefit if my dream is realized.
- I am working to build a team of like-minded people to accomplish my dream.
- What I’m doing to achieve my dream will matter in five, twenty, or one hundred years.
If you are able to mark every statement as true, then the odds are very good that you will see your dream come to fruition. If you marked as false one or more of the statements under a question, then you need to examine whether you are being honest with yourself about where you stand related to that question.
Talk to the three people who evaluated these questions related to you. Did their answers match yours? If not, ask for their observations. Also take a look at their overall score for you. If they gave you less than a ten, ask, “What would it take for me to make it a ten?” Listen, take notes, ask clarifying questions, but do not defend yourself. As you receive their answers, look for patterns, and remember what management consultant Jack Rosenblum says: “If one person tells you you’re a horse, they’re crazy. If three people tell you you’re a horse, there is a conspiracy afoot. If ten people tell you you’re a horse, it’s time to buy a saddle.”
Used with permission. © John C. Maxwell, Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It
I’ve discovered that having a powerful dream can help you achieve so much more in your life. Powerful doesn’t mean it has to be big. Powerful means that it has meaning to you and that you completely own it.