Stop Dreaming and Start Planning
I plan on owning a Mustang Convertible — maybe even this one.
I’m working toward my goal. I think about it from time to time, but I don’t dwell and dream of the possibility — I dwell on what will get me there. I’m working hard. I’m working long hours. My wife and I are saving.
I’m not dreaming. I’m planning.
I also plan on taking care of my mother when she gets older. She bought me my first computer and I plan on paying her back. I haven’t forgotten what she has done for me. I don’t dream of buying her a Rolls Royce and giving her a mansion, but I plan on making sure she doesn’t have to work past a certain age. I plan on paying for any medicine or medical bills she might obtain.
I plan on making sure her lawn is always mowed.
We’re not talking about pie in the sky ideas here, but simple goals that can be accomplished with a lot of hard work and a little bit of planning.
I have more plans. They include:
- Allowing wife to stay at home and raise our children
- Building an incredible amount of muscle
- Teaching Natalee how to be an athlete (basketball, soccer, everything)
- Learning how to dance
- Writing a book
I don’t like dreaming. Dreams will keep us happy and satisfied as we sit on the interstate every morning, waiting in traffic to only arrive an hour later at a job we hate. We’ll do it for the next 40 years because we were too busy dreaming about winning the lottery and moving to the Bahamas.
We were too busy dreaming and not planning.
I dreamed for 23 years. I dreamed my entire life about having a six pack, flexing big and strong muscles, being chased by the girls, etc — the dreams of an overweight teenage boy. But, just like we’re not going to win the lottery, quit our job and move to the Bahamas, I wasn’t going to wake up one day and be shredded. I was morbidly obese and it took years to reach 344 pounds — I wasn’t going to lose it all overnight. Muscles aren’t grown like a beanstalk.
Meeting our goals requires planning, not dreaming. Start planning. Not tomorrow, but today. Get started with whatever it is you want to do in life.
Share your plans with me in the comments below.