Create the future you want: act on your dream.
Act On Your Dream!
September 9, 2007 Issue #6
Written by John L. Dilbeck
Copyright © 2007 John L. Dilbeck
What Is Your Dream?
What do you truly want to accomplish with your life? What are you doing to make your dream come true?
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Table Of Contents
Table of Contents
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1. Achieving the goals we set
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Achieving the goals we set
I'm all about setting goals and then working until I achieve them.
But, sometimes, we set a goal and find a total lack of interest, and that happened when I tried to get anyone to join in creating a success cooperative. It totally fell flat on the floor.
I'll admit, that knocked the wind out of my sails for awhile and I was left floundering.
If we find we have set a goal and it won't gain any traction, it's time to re-evaluate. If the goal is sound, it must be the approach that is flawed.
So, I did something totally different.
For many months, I've been experimenting with building websites, creating blogs, and testing my theories related to marketing and promoting on the web.
Now, after thousands of hours of work, I'm taking down most of those sites and blogs and I'm relegating a lot of those theories to the virtual trash heap.
You want to know what I learned?
First, there are a lot of people promoting some crazy schemes on the Internet. I got sidetracked into a couple of them for awhile, myself.
Now, I have my head screwed on straight, again, and I've emerged a wiser person as a result.
There are a lot of people getting sucked into "businesses" that exist only to pull as much money as possible from your pocket with nothing of value in return. They are the dream stealers. They pounce on your fears and prey on your dreams and take your time and money leaving nothing in return. They are not a business.
A true business sells real products or services of value and creates relationships between themselves and their customers and both are better after the transaction.
If one person benefits and another suffers, it is a "business" doomed to failure. If the only focus is on making money, run - don't walk - to the nearest exit.
Even worse than taking your money, they steal your time - and that is by far the most valuable thing you have. You can't buy any more time to replace what you lost or squandered.
If you haven't already read it, Ken Evoy wrote about Mooch Marketing last December. It's interesting reading, and may help you avoid getting pulled into one of these money-sucking time-stealers. He wrote a follow-up about Success Stories And Mooch Marketing in January.
Trying a different approach
I also learned that I was on the right track a couple of years ago, but I was approaching what I was trying to do from the wrong perspective. I was trying to build something that was already happening in many places under different names with different leaders.
I was trying to reinvent the wheel.
Nobody was calling it a success cooperative. They were just out there helping other people to help themselves. I wasn't wrong about the idea, just about the implementation.
So, I've regrouped.
I've been participating on forums, social networking sites, and in quiet conversations between people through email.
I no longer feel the need to create a success cooperative, I'm satisfied by finding the ones that are already operating and helping where I can.
So, I'm going to change the direction of this newsletter.
I'm going to talk about acting on your dreams - a necessary step to achieving your life's goals and I'm going to tell you about people and groups along the way.
If you are involved in a group that helps others help themselves, please tell us about it. Reply to this thread on our forum (see the link at the bottom of this issue) and if I like the fit, I'll help you spread the word.
It doesn't matter if your group is a virtual online forum, network, or other community or if it is a real 3-D people-meeting-people-in-the-flesh group.
If you are helping people act on their dreams, I want to do what little I can to help you spread the word.
The other change I'm making is that I am going to talk about ways I'm finding that make promoting yourself easier and more effective - and often less expensive.
Whether you are an artist who wants to let people know about your art; a writer wanting to promote your books; a small business owner looking for more customers or clients; a non-profit looking for more people who fit your mission; or an individual with what you think is a great idea you want the world to know about, you are free to discuss it on our A Year From Now Forum.
Sometimes I'll promote you in the Act On Your Dream! newsletter or on one of my other blogs or websites. We can always talk about it on the forum.
If this doesn't fit with your reasons for subscribing to Act On Your Dream!, please contact me and tell me why.
If you feel you must, you can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the page of all newsletters I send out. It was a pleasure having you along for part of our journey.
To act on most of our dreams, we have to share them
Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.
-- Napoleon Hill, author of the best selling book, Think and Grow Rich
I'm going to talk about my dream and I'd like to learn about yours.
Please remember, we're talking about important goals you want to achieve, not the dreams you have in your sleep. The English language can be confusing and this has caused me some distress because I still have people contacting me asking me what I think their dream meant, and people are having some strange dreams.
Let's stick to the burning desires we have to do something that gives our lives meaning - the dream of a better future for ourselves and those we care about.
After a couple of years of containing my dream mostly in my imagination, I'm ready to set it free and see what happens. To do that, I've joined a new business networking community called Apsense and opened a brand-new Act On Your Dream! group there. I invite you to join the community and then join my group.
This is an example of my new strategy of going where people are and working within their system rather than trying to do everything myself.
I hope you'll join me in my quest to help others, including you, learn how to achieve what we want out of life.
Let's work together for a better future.
I'm sure I can learn a lot from you. For that to happen, this needs to be a two-way, or multiple-way conversation. There's no need to lurk, tell us who you are and what you want to do.
I welcome your comments, suggestions, and critiques.
Please make your comments about anything in this newsletter in the Getting back on track with the Act On Your Dream! newsletter thread on the A Year From Now Forum.
I intend to accomplish my definite chief aim and make my dream a reality. I want to see you do the same.
If you believe you can, you can.
Act on your dream!
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