DON’T JUST CHASE YOUR DREAMS…
I was asked recently where I was from (Sault Ste Marie) and why I moved to Toronto (athletic and professional career). When I answered he nodded his head in a seemingly knowing manner and replied: “Oh chasing the dream.”
I hate the saying, I understand what it represents but the words we choose directly influence our outlook. The word “Chase” conjures up images of a hopeless dog after a much-to-quick rabbit. “Chase” is the childish younger brother that is still partying all night and sleeping all day because he hasn’t yet decided what type of legacy he wants to create. “Chase” is without a plan or focus, and ultimately, just “chasing” your dreams will never be enough.
HUNT your dreams down! The replacement of one word changes the entire outlook on the situation. Instead of overmatched and wild it has become methodical and precise. You are now the wolf closing in on its prey, wearing it down daily and making adjustments until it collapses at your feet instead of the hapless dog.
So, you’re sick of fruitless circles and want to start hunting down your dreams but aren’t sure where to start? Below are my top three tips for becoming a Dream Hunter.
1.) Plan… “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” -B. Franklin
Mr. Franklin is frequently referenced, for good reason. It’s important to sit down and plan out your attack. I have heard some experts suggest 5 – 10 years in the future but it is next to impossible to accurately estimate your position in 10 years. I would instead suggest writing your goals for the following:
Now that you have written your goals add 1-3 notes on how to achieve each of them. These bullet points will become your flexible action plan. Constantly assess and evaluate what strategies are successful and bringing you closer to your goals. Incorporate more of those actions and discard the ones that haven’t proven useful. Having a plan will create focus and clarity in your work, and keep you moving in the right direction.
2.) Know your WHY… “There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we disciver why” – W. Barclay
There are several motivational speakers and lifestyle coaches that preach how vital knowing your “WHY” is to achieving success. Everyone has their own guru but I love listening to “ET” Eric Thomas because he has so much passion and excitement.
If you don’t know why you are hunting your dreams how can you expect yourself to put in the necessary work? Set aside some time for reflection and write down your WHY(s), having them in front of you will help you stay motivated and on task.
Check out the short clip below on knowing your WHY.
3.) Develop Staying Power…“The ability to maintain an activity or commitment despite fatigue or difficulty.”
Personally, I feel this is the most important ability when hunting down your dreams. You will get hit, certainly metaphorically but perhaps literally. Sometimes it will be minor, the whip of a branch as you pound down the trail after your dream, and sometimes the ground will fall out underneath you. You have to develop your staying power and be willing to absorb and learn from whatever is thrown your way.
I fight mixed martial arts professionally, a sport where the stakes are as high as they can be every time I step under the lights. I’ve lost and it has hurt, but I understand the value of adversity and I am a better fighter and person because of those experiences. I will stay the course.
Far too often people have the courage to take the first step but as soon as they encounter adversity will flounder and quit. You cannot know exactly what to expect but you can be prepared to endure it.
An integral part of living a Championship Lifestyle is hunting down your dreams every single day and I hope you can begin implementing those three tips into your life immediately. Plan, Know your Why and Develop Staying Power. Don’t just chase, Hunt!