What’s talked about is a dream. What’s envisioned is exciting. What’s planned becomes possible. What’s scheduled is real. – Tony Robbins and here
What does that mean?
This quote is about the steps one goes through on the path from an idea to a result. It starts with you talking about it. To yourself, to a friend, just out loud, you are dreaming it.
As you finish the dream stage, you start to have a pretty good idea what you are going to do, and what it will look like. You have envisioned it.
Then, you have something to draw you forward, so you start planning what you will need to do to make your vision a reality. You now have a plan.
To actually make it happen, you have to make the time to perform the actions which will turn your dream into reality. It sounds like a lot of steps, but it’s one way to break things down and think about them.
Why is scheduling things important?
I have to admit, I rarely schedule things. Not like appointment schedule, just “sometime this weekend” or “next week” – and you can guess how well that works.
So I’m trying to schedule things a little tighter, to make appointments to get things done. How many things are on your “to be done, eventually” list? How many actually make it off the list and actually get done?
If you’re like me, that list is where tasks go to die. We make time for the things we MUST do, and the rest, they just don’t happen.
While things we schedule often have difficulties, delays, or even (on rare occasions) disasters, they seem to get done a whole lot more often than those which are not on the schedule.
A schedule is another way to say that a particular task has a deadline, and that (at least for me) is an important factor in making sure something gets done.
Where can I apply this in my life?
Let’s start with the items which have been scheduled, but have been pushed back or skipped. Why do these things happen? If you were to look back at all the big things which were scheduled but were not done, what would be the big themes?
For some people, there might be fear. Fear of getting in over their head. Fear of all the things happening in their imagination. Fear of the next step, which won’t happen if this doesn’t get finished. Even fear of what to do next, once that item is finished.
For others, it might be lack of materials, time, or cash. I have a tremendous number of photos to be sorted, but no time. I have probably 300 posts in need of updating, but no time. I have lots of projects, but not enough cash. Some of it is excuses, but some is a bit more real.
What tends to trip you up? Why is that important? Is there a point in scheduling something you know won’t happen? If you know how it will fail, you can work on that, so that the schedule can be kept. What do you need to add to your plan so that you can schedule your tasks?
For me, I’ve been juggling a couple of car projects, and both are in a holding pattern. The wagon is waiting for the new engine to come in, but there are other things which I could be doing, but I’m waiting for the big thing to happen.
For the Nova, I have almost all the info I need. I just need to make one more phone call. My priorities shifted from the Nova to the wagon, but I should still be working on the phone call while waiting for the engine. I’m just over-focused on the engine, and letting the rest slide.
Knowing that, I have scheduled the phone call for a specific day next week, and plan to begin working on other parts of the wagon over the weekend, starting bright and early Saturday morning. Unless something else comes up, that’s the way my family is sometimes.
What are you going to add to your schedule? Take a moment and reflect. Of all the things on your list of things to accomplish what is the most fulfilling thing you could do this week or this weekend? Write it down.
You had your dream, and you envisioned it. You even planned it, so you know it’s possible. But when will you schedule it? For real, and for sure, get it done kind of schedule it?