I want to talk about my recent interview with Chris Coon. I am not sharing the video here yet because I am juggling a few things, and I want to have it professionally edited before I post it here or anywhere else.
Chris Coon has the dream of starting and running a non-profit organization that helps homeless people become entrepreneurs. Essentially, he wants to provide a platform for homeless people to sell their art. Chris himself is an artist. He writes poetry and currently works at a tattoo parlor in Staten Island called Deadly Ink. So, you might want to stop by and say hello, and buy a t-shirt or custom greeting card while you’re there.
Because I was recently coached by the amazing, amazing “Coach’s Coach” Mark Moffitt, I also wanted to share a little bit from that experience too.
Chris in in interim, but he has made the habit of playing big, so I know that he will succeed in getting his non-profit going. A common error that we all tend to make is asking for permission or validation from others before going for our goals. I think that I may have forgot to tell Chris when we met that I was a poet too, and I could not imagine selling copies of poems to passer-byers could work. The idea just does not seem plausible. But, he did it. He’s sold thousands of copies of his poems since making the decision to start selling his work late last year.
So, I want to walk you through the process of seeing a dream become a reality.
STEP 1. Create the vision in your mind.
When we understand that almost everything we see on the planet was once just an idea in someone’s mind, it’s really a lot easier to grasp this concept. The idea must first be conceived with clarity in the mind. Writing it out, mind-mapping, sketching, etc. helps.
STEP 2. Walk through the creation process in your mind.
Literally, picture yourself going through the creation steps, or if that is too much, picture yourself with the finished product or goal.
STEP 3. Stay with it.
The more real the vision or dream is to you, the easier it will be to take the necessary action. So, put reminders up in prominent places such as your fridge, calendar or phone of that dream. If it will take a few months or years to accomplish the goal, this part is most important.
STEP 4. Get to work.
You will find work which you are passionate about very easy to complete. And, you will find that after you have made the decision to do something and you are working on it without wavering in your decision, the people and resources show up to help you complete your goal. It works out, without fail, every time.
Now, I will not say that this process is easy. I will not say that it is not without setbacks or challenges. But, if you have fully bought into making your dream a reality, nothing can stop you.
“You can do anything you want to do as long as you keep a good attitude and keep working at it. But the second you give up, you’re screwed!” – Dolly Parton
The idea is that your dream is like a seed. It takes time to grow before it breaks the soil and becomes a plant. You have to water it and protect it while it is young and fragile. And, you can’t dismiss it for months and then come back to it. It will die. But, if you nurture it like you’re supposed to and learn as you go along how to take care of it better by those that have had similar ideas and brought them into reality, then you will really know the dreams to reality process and succeed.