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
Have you ever woke up very unmotivated about your day? Maybe you’ve even gone weeks and months lethargic and unmotivated. On the other hand, do you have people you know who seem highly motivated? What’s the best best way to naturally stay highly motivated?
When I first joined a company that was full of highly motivated people I wondered why they were so up and positive. As an Ironman triathlete and owner of my own CPA firm I felt energetic and upbeat and approached each day ready to get after it. I didn’t need all the hype of a 4 CD set of the hottest motivational speakers or book touting a 10-Step program to success. But I was now in a culture that had new people join who had been just the opposite of me and the successful leaders in my company. They had never been really motivated in their life and now for the first time they were motivated to do something special only to have that motivation fade away a week later.
That is when I began my quest to help my new associates stay motivated long after the hype was over.
The Single Biggest Key to Motivation; The Treasure Map Approach™
The best way to create motivation in your life and to keep it is by having a great big and valuable purpose in life. Some refer to purpose as “your why.” Why do you get up in the morning? What excites you? Why do you have certain needs for you and your family that compel you to continue to seek after when you have to face your fears and conquering them?
Your why is like the treasure on the treasure map. The more valuable the treasure the more motivated you’d be at finding it.
Let’s use this analogy. If I buried a box with $25,000 in your back yard and placed a map under one of the 10,000 rocks in a field next to your home as to where it was buried, you’d stay motivated turning over each of the rocks until your found the map. But if the buried treasure was only $100, you might give up looking after turning over 50 rocks.
The key to staying highly motivated is to have a great big why!
I’ve been highly motivated to conquer the finish lines in Ironman triathlons ever since I started racing at age 50 in 2007. Why? For me the lifestyle kept me healthy and fit and able to live a freedom life physically, something my dad, who died of cancer, never enjoyed. In 2015 I was invited to race in the pinnacle of all Ironman’s, The Ironman World Championship held in Kona, Hawaii. I had two major surgeries during that year and perhaps most people would have quit and said it was to much, i.e., their buried treasure was only $100. Yet for me, racing the World Championship was much more. It was freedom! I wanted the physical freedom to never be restricted in want I wanted do. For me, the World Championship was the $25,000 buried treasure. I had to stay highly motivated to train and rehabilitate from the two surgeries. I was fortunate to accomplish my goal of finishing! Found my $25,000 buried treasure too!
I have many great big whys! Spiritually, physically, emotionally and financially, I’m motivated to accomplish all of them. If you build your why, it’s much easier to stay motivated and to fight through the challenges that you’re sure to face as to work to achieve them.
What is Your Great Big Why?
What is your treasure chest? How much is buried in it? Is it so powerful that it would lead you to keep seeking after it? Is it larger than your fears?