I love to watch the HGTV show Million Dollar Rooms. The host tours everything from game rooms to 12-car garages to pools, highlighting some of the most remarkable spaces around. It’s fun to see what people can build when money is no object!
It’s also good motivation for me personally. When I watch Million Dollar Rooms I can’t help but dream about what my own version would look like. What be most important to me? What would the room be used for?
And dreaming is important. Very important.
Our dreams are what fuel us and motivate us to go through the uncomfortable work to progress. Without compelling dreams we have no real reason to move forward.
In my eBook Living Life Stoked the first step to building a life you’re excited to live centers around this idea: Look Up.
You must know where you are going! You must understand the intricate details of what your destination looks like.
Turning dreams into visions
When your dream begins it’s always kind of fuzzy. It’s way up there in the clouds, and you can’t make it out too clearly. The next step is to bring your dream down out of the clouds and give it some shape!
Will you live by the ocean? How big will your house be? What will you do for a living? How much time will you spend with your family?
As you start to answer these questions and put some concrete details to your dream, then it becomes a vision. The more details you can add to transform your dream into a vision the better!
You need to describe it in great detail for two reasons:
One: Make it make sense
It needs to make sense! Suppose your dream was to own your own gym where you could coach local athletes to greater success. But you also dream about jet-setting all over the place on a whim.
These two things aren’t exactly congruent. Your clients depend on your special coaching touch and your personality to complete the brand. You need to be in the gym to make it work. Jet-setting all over the place and running a local business don’t exactly fit together nicely!
That’s not to say that it couldn’t work. But if you do want both of these things, you should be planning it from the beginning! Make it part of your vision.
Make your vision make sense!
And Two: Make it feel real
It needs to feel real! You need something concrete you can be striving for to really get that motivational oomph!
I can tell you what kind of boat I have docked at my lake house. I can tell you how many people we can comfortably have visit and how long a drive it took to get there from my home in Austin. Details!
This is one of my favorite parts of building a Life Stoked! You get to build your ultimate life and craft every detail.
One of my favorite ways to start to flesh out a vision is by creating my ideal day. It will help you pull your dream down out of the clouds and give it some shape.