Turning Dreams into Reality
By Sarah Cornally
Have you ever stopped to think how amazing the human mind is? If you
look at all the things that creative minds have conceived and then through
personal effort have brought into existence, you begin to realise the
possibilities are endless.
Have you ever marvelled at the passionate commitment some people have
to their goals and nothing gets in their way? Have you ever watched that
passion lead people astray, where they lose sight of their goal? How do we
know when we are on the right track or when we have lost our way? What do
wise people do to keep things in balance so their purpose is achieved?
Many people frustrate themselves in their pursuit of their goals
because they have a blind spot about something or they don't know what
they don't know. Our mind is quite capable of blocking things out from our
perception if it is too uncomfortable for us to see it. When people are in
traumatic accidents their mind blocks out anything they can't cope with.
We can get so carried away with our idea that we lose sight of reality.
This is why it is wise to find your best unreasonable friend. This is
someone who will tell you the truth as they see it. They will do it in
such a way as you can hear and trust what they are saying even though you
don't like it. You know they have your best interest at heart. They are
likely to be someone who is insightful, non-judgemental and respected for
being objective about things.
When you are pursuing a goal it is smart to get advice or insights from
people who have had experience with what you are doing. It is helpful to
talk to people who have succeeded and ask them the lessons they learnt
from the experience. People who have not succeeded can also be helpful in
giving the benefits of their hindsight. It is important to listen to what
they have to say, so often we reject this information thinking we will do
it differently or better. Look for the wisdom in their experience and use
it for your benefit.
A well-chosen mentor is a great asset. This is someone who will act as
a sounding board to help you think things through so you can make
well-considered decisions and choices. A mentor should have both the
qualities of a best unreasonable friend and experience with what you want
to achieve. Some people choose to have a board of advisers so they have a
number of people to assist them.
If you understand the process of achieving goals you will recognise
that it involves resistance, challenges distractions and hurdles. For this
reason you need people around you who will keep you focussed, encourage
you and support your quest. People who will help you see things as they
really are so you make wise decisions that will lead you to your goal. You
need people around you who are uplifting and believe in the capacity for
people to achieve great things.
People who create inspiring achievements surround themselves with great
mentors and unreasonable friends. It's the result of that exquisite
balance of imagination, passion and reality.
About the author: Sarah Cornally trained as an
Occupational Therapist. With17 years experience she specialised in
Occupational Rehabilitation & Injury Prevention. For 20 years she has
consulted to government, industry & commerce on how to achieve
outcomes through people. Her clients include the Who's Who of business.
She has presented on many leadership programs including St James Ethics
Centre's Sir Vincent Fairfax leadership awards program. Her business,
Leading People, advises and coaches leaders on how to shape people's
performance to turn their visions into reality. She is National President
of the National Speakers Association of Australia (2000-2002). Visit http://www.sarahcornally.com
for more information.
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