“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers, but above all, the world needs dreamers who do.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach
Perhaps one of the world’s best-known dreamers who did was Walt Disney. There’s a great Disney quote: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Disney’s creative process has been studied by Robert Dilts and he identified three distinct roles Disney played to achieve his dreams. Those roles are:
Dreamer – dreaming up ideas for new business ventures as well as films.
Realist – taking those ideas and turning them into businesses and films, or in other words, taking action on ideas and making things happen.
Critic – evaluating everything the dreamer and the realist did, thereby ensuring everything he did was the best it could be.
Walt Disney didn’t just plan, he took action on those plans and he evaluated the outcome of each and every action he took to ensure the end result was the best it could be. This is a strategy for success we can all learn from, but to realise our dreams in the way Disney did, the most crucial lesson we must learn is how to strike a balance between all three roles.
People who turn dreams into realities are people who take action, but the key to success is to take planned action. To get to where you want to go in life, you need to know exactly where that place is, and this will take some thought… Where do I want to go; where am I now; how do I get there; and what’s stopping me? You need to plan how you’re going to get there, and you need to act on your plan.
Your future intention determines your present action.
You need to think carefully about what it is you want to achieve and then you need to identify the steps you will need to take to get you from where you are now to where you want to be. To succeed, you need to have a clear intention and then take focused action.
We all have the potential to succeed in life, but it takes planned action to be able to realise our dreams and achieve our full potential. So, are you a thinker or a doer? Are you thinking about your success or are you taking action to become that success? The key to realising your full potential in life is to do both. Think big, dream big, make big plans and then act on those plans. When you set yourself a clear intention and then take focused action, you become a dreamer who does, and you turn your dreams into realities.
Don MacNaughton is a High-Performance Coach and has worked tirelessly to help clients achieve success in the world of sport and business over the past 15 years. The next, highly popular, NLP Diploma and Life Coaching Certificate course starts in April 2019. Click here for more information or to sign up.