Thursday, January 27, 2011

How to make something great out of nothing?

You swing open your pantry and you think what am I going to eat or make for dinner, as your children repeat there is nothing good to eat! For some writers, like myself, might stare at a white screen waiting for me to start tapping away on the keyboard, and I think to myself what am I going to write now.

Actually, so many things that are good come from nothing, the universe was created from nothing and look at it now, it keeps expanding creating new and wonderful things that are beyond imagination. Before an Iron Chef creates an extraordinary meal, he starts with a blank chalkboard. JK Rowling also started with a blank notepad.

Now to make something good or even great, you must dream. For example, my friend wants to finish an Ironman Competition which is a race of 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, and then a whole marathon of 26.2 miles of pounding pavement on your feet. My dream is to qualify for the Boston Marathon, where I need to run a qualifying marathon in 3 hours and 20 minutes for my age group. It could be to weigh a certain amount like 120 or 175 or 199. Your dream might be to become financially free or debt free. Whatever it is, you must have that dream, that vision to makes you stop in your tracks, focus, and create that drive that nothing will stop you from accomplishing that goal.
After figuring out your dream, write it down. By writing down your goal, it becomes real. Funny man Jim Carey, wrote a check to himself for $10 million, prior to making it big in movies, and a few years later he deposited that check.
Now make copies of that goal, and tape it to your dashboard, your bathroom mirror, on your desk, and anywhere you need a nudge to get back on track. This will remind you of your “Why.” Anyone passing by might ask you what that is all about, and you can tell them about your goal.
Your dream should be big enough that it’s outside your comfort zone. To make it more manageable, you will need to develop milestone goals that will keep you on track, and you won’t get discouraged. I remember training for my first marathon, and telling my wife that I ran for 10 miles for the first time. There was no way for me to finish a marathon without reaching the 10 miles first. Every great goal worth doing can take time. So think of your goal as your marathon finish line.
You have your final goal and the mini goals that you want to accomplish. What steps are needed to accomplish your feats of success.
• For marathons, you might need to buy a good pair of running shoes, set up a training program, join a gym, hire a personal trainer, hire a coach, buy a map, buy some moisture wicking clothes.
• For a fund raiser, you might need to get permits, print flyers, hire crowd control, find avenue.
• For a new business, you might need to get financial funding, find a location, hire people.

Basically you need a plan, and work that plan that lays out as much detail with a timeline of getting those tasks done.
Also be specific with your goal, for example, I will finish the Steamtown Marathon on October 9, 2011 in 3 hours and 20 minutes, or I will weigh 170 lbs on April 17, 2011 at 12 pm. Being specific creates clarity and is measurable. Either you reach it or you don’t.
Share your goal with your friends and family. This will hold you accountable for your actions, and helps you stay focused on what you want to accomplish. It’s amazing to get an email of encouragement.
After all that, you really made something good and it all started from nothing! Keep up the great work.

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