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How To Turn the Dream into A Reality?

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut

The first step is to understand that to achieve success. You must act. Inertia is the most common reason for lack of success!

What is your dream? Your goals for the future? What do you want to achieve in your life in the next week? Month? A year? 5 years? What would you like people to remember you for after leaving this world?

Think big – challenge yourself. Reach for the stars!

Be clear about where you are now. Audit your strengths and areas for development

What needs to be done to cut the gap between your dream and reality?

Prioritize. Look for quick wins and consider those with maximum long-term impact. Build solid foundations; think of sustainability!

Set challenging but realistic targets. Aim high.

Communicate your vision and keep doing so. Ensure that all stakeholders understand and subscribe to the same idea.

Whom do you need to involve? How will you ensure they sign up and stay committed to the vision?

Think about the language you use. Sound positive; if others think you can achieve it, they will gain confidence too. Develop a Can-do mentality within your staff. For every problem, there is a solution; encourage others to see themselves as analytical people, not problem givers.

Create clear lines of communication which run at every level and in all directions.

Break each priority down into small achievable steps and involve your team. 

Who needs to do what by when? Set a timetable

Find the roles and responsibilities of all staff; ensure that team takes ownership without creating a jobs worth approach. 

Ensure that people are appropriately trained, and that training is constantly updated.

Build in the monitoring and review process from the start so you can evaluate performance and be prepared to adjust as necessary. (By creating a culture of development rather than blame, the colossal potential will be released.) 

Celebrate success! Remember to thank people for their contribution, give credit where it is due and be generous with it.

Develop professional honesty within your staff; constructive feedback can be invaluable. 

Finally, leave your ego behind, as it will simply get in the way of your success.

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