The Secret (8 Steps) To Achieving Your Dreams, Part 2
5. Build Capability
What I have learned about life is, life is about building others.
One thing, I think, that have learned about the heroes of mine —they are leaders who never are at status quo. They always want to be better. And they have come to understand, that the real work in life, that which is meaningful, anyway, is building capability in others. No matter how good they are, they always want to improve, and they want others to improve.
If you haven’t come to know or understand this yet, your dreams, at least the ones that will matter will involve building capability in others. It is not what you do in life; it is what you leave behind that will matter. Can others pick up where you leave off in life, or will they have to start from the beginning like you did? If they must start from the beginning then perhaps you didn’t accomplish your dreams. The greatest dreams always involve building capability.
6. Organize the Work
I have learned in life that you have to not only be willing to talk the talk but walk the walk.
Example and or Mentors – find individuals who have been there and done it. Or if the road hasn’t been paved, build it yourself. Walk the walk, don’t just talk the talk.
And I think that a leader must demonstrate this all the time—that we’re not just talkers of the truth, but they live it.
How do they walk the walk and organize their work, they do four things well.
1. Prioritize life
2. Prioritize work
3. Do fewer things
4. Do them better
7. Accomplish the Work
Do it – Do It Now
So, I love the Nike motto; “Do It.” But it should be expanded to “Do It Now.” Spencer Kimball said this: “One of the most serious human defects in all ages is procrastination, an unwillingness to accept personal responsibilities now. .. Many have allowed themselves to be diverted and have become . . . Addicts to mental and spiritual indolence and the pursuit of worldly pleasure” (Spencer W. Kimball , 4, 5).
Don’t get distracted or diverted, “Do It Now.”
Now a word of caution, and I think this is an important lesson for leaders if you’re so busy being task oriented and you have your little checklist every day— “Well, I got this done, I got that done, and that done.”
I tell you, you’re too busy. The leader of a family, home or organizations must have some time to think. Some time to plan for the future. Some time to think about the inspiration and dreams we spoke about earlier.
Simplify. Do that which matters most. And when it comes to dreams, that usually means people. Do It Now. Accomplish The Work
8. Render an Account.
I love a statement from Thomas Monson, and I think it applies in all of our work: “When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates”
Be accountable to yourself and those around you. Set a
Now a final thought, and it is a question I have asked myself.
What would I tell my younger self about how to use your time and accomplish your dreams?
After all the bucket lists and material things you think you want or need, none of it will satisfy or fill you with joy and peace, which is the purpose of life.
What would I do more of?
“I think that I would try to love more”
And I don’t know what my children or wife would say. You should ask them. But my life has been demanding educator. I have worked with a lot of people in my work and seen a lot of good come from it. Sometimes I am sorry to say the process itself of change became my focus. Don’t get me wrong it is important to do, as I say and get into the slipstream and identify correct doctrines and principles in life that lead to happiness. But, I have learned the attributes of people first, and I learned that love and tenderness must eventually come to every person as their personal character inside. But I would like to have started with that earlier. I would like to have loved more, been kinder, been more understanding. So, I think that’s what I would do. I don’t have regrets. It’s different. I knew love was the key to life, I just wish somehow, I would have applied and truly learned it earlier. Life and dreams and time are about people and whether you truly love them. You remember Mother Teresa, ““If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
Well, I hope and pray all of you will live your Dreams. Have a great day.
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