Psychology of Performance – 21: Dreams, Vision and Goals

Many times our performance is held back by our assumptions and beliefs that have not been reviewed in awhile.  In his book, The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss outlines a series of questions and action items that guide one through the dreaming, visioning, and goal setting process that is necessary for execution and performance.

The questions are:

What would you do if there were no way you could fail; if you were 10 times smarter than the rest of the world?

  • Ferriss suggests creating two timelines, one covering 6 months and another covering 12.
  • On each timeline, list up to five things you dream of having, doing, and being. No judgments, just list them.
  • Drawing a blank? Many people do not have defined dreams that they are being held back from.

What would you do, day to day, if you had $100 million in the bank?

What would make you most excited to wake up in the morning to another day?

  • List one place to visit, one thing to do before you die, one thing to do daily, one thing to do weekly, and one thing you have always wanted to learn.

What does “being” entail doing?

  • Convert each being into a doing to make it actionable.

What are the four dreams that would change it all?

  • Use the timelines to highlight the four most exciting or important dreams from your list.
  • Determine the cost of these dreams and calculate your Target Monthly Income (TMI) for both timelines.  The worksheet and calculator can be found at the website: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com

Determine three steps for each of the four dreams in just the 6-month timeline and take the first step now.

Many times performance suffers because we fail to act and act now. Tim Ferriss is a master at challenging assumptions, continuously learning, and being his own best guinea pig in his life journey.  You can be the same for yourself.  Remember, no one can do your pushups for you.

Have a day filled equanimity,

Robert A. Mines, Ph.D.
CEO & Psychologist

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