Don't Just Dream !t . Do !t!

By Linda Anderson

Linda Anderson is a Certified Professional Coach and
is the owner of a2a coaching. ¨a2a" stands for
¨aspire to achieve" which defines the philosophy of
the company.

Linda is passionate about helping people create and
live an amazing life and currently has clients in
Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Linda is a dynamic coach who brings a fresh
approach to Coaching. Linda's coaching style is
focused, direct, honest, challenging and enjoyable. As a coach she is committed
to the development and success of her clients.

Linda is also an active member of the !nternational Coach Federation.

!n 2002 Linda and her partner sold all their belongings, hit ¨pause" on their
respective careers, and spent 365 days traveling the world. They visited places
they had only dreamed of and had experiences they never anticipated.

¨ ! am committed to making the most of life, to be challenged and inspired by
every choice ! make, to follow my dreams. ! want balance between my career
and my desire to play. One day ! want to be a grandmother with great stories to
tell and no regrets.

As a coach ! am committed to helping clients lead inspiring and courageous lives,
taking on challenges and creating new opportunities. ! believe that if you can
dream it, you can do it."

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What You'll Find In This Book (Table of Contents}:

Ny Dream Come True +
!ntroduction and How To Use This Book

PART ONE: Defining Your Dream
Dream Page 8
The values Game 9

PART TWO: Living Your Dream
Obstacles 15
Support Structures 16
Sabotage 19
The Ouitting Zone 21
Enjoy 8 Celebrate!

Our Next Dream Come True 23

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My Dream Come True

! had a dream. When ! was in my 20's ! wanted to buy a one-way plane ticket to
anywhere, start traveling, and only return home when ! was good and ready -
¨a girl's own adventure". !t was my dream to do this before ! became too serious
about being an adult - before marriage, children, a `real' job, a mortgage etc

!t was a dream that represented freedom, spontaneity and independence.

Then ! met a man, Geoff, and fell in love. We discovered we both shared a
dream to travel to Nepal. We started talking about making this dream come true.
However, in the back of my mind was a little voice saying ¨What about the `big'
dream - the dream about the endless adventure around the world? Nepal is great
but it's not your biggest dream."

! finally shared my `big' dream with Geoff, wondering if that would mean the end
of our new relationship. To my delight Geoff said, ¨What if the adventure was for
12 months and ! came too?"

That conversation happened when we had been dating for about + months. 9
months later we boarded a plane at Sydney !nternational Airport and wouldn't
return for 365 days.

The 9 months between this idea being generated and actually getting on a plane
involved a lot of hard work, planning, commitment and perseverance to ensure
our dream became reality.

We traveled around the world - Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Turkey,
Greece, !taly, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Spain,
Portugal, Norocco, Egypt, Jordan, England, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and
New Zealand!

We climbed mountains, shared local buses with chickens, took a luxury cruise on
the Nile, and visited ancient ruins and modern wonders. We ate Llama, Guinea
Pig and Piranha's (that we caught ourselves), and discovered the hard way that
purple corn should only ever be eaten in a stew. We traveled by tuk-tuk, canoe,
bus, plane, foot, boat, elephant, and by camel. We learnt to count in Turkish by
playing backgammon with a local who spoke no English. We slept in a tent,
hotels and hostels, in the middle of the desert under the stars, on the deck of a
ferry and in a cave.

We did not work a single day and had the most amazing year of our life - the
year our dream became reality.

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INTRODUCTION: You CAN Make Your Dreams Come True


! believe that life can be anything you want it to be. You just have to have the
courage to take the first step.

We all have dreams, and yet so many of these dreams stay hidden inside of us,
or remain so far away in our minds that we can never quite reach them.

!n order to transform our dreams into reality, we need to first BEL!EvE.

We need to believe that our dreams can come true, and that we have the power
to make it happen.

We need to nurture the vision of our dreams coming true, and how our lives and
ourselves will be transformed once that happens.

We need to decide that our dreams W!LL come true, and that all that's left is the
matter of setting goals for how and when.

! believe that the human brain is not capable of imagining things that it can't
actually achieve. Therefore, whatever your dream is, ! firmly believe that you can
turn it into reality. Perhaps you need a little support; perhaps you need some
extra knowledge or skills; perhaps you need help creating a plan - that's OK!

Sometimes we don't succeed when we set goals and try to achieve our dreams.
Some reasons for this include:

• We create goals that aren't aligned with our values.
• Our goals are too big and overwhelming. We don't know where to start.
• We decide to make changes without developing or writing down any kind
of plan.
• We run into "unexpected" obstacles and we're thrown off-course.
• We try to go it alone.
• We sabotage our own efforts, consciously and subconsciously.
• !t's appears too hard.

Reading this book and completing the exercises will help you avoid these
common problems and ensure you actually turn your dream into reality.

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Throughout this book you will:

• !dentify and connect with your unique vALUES - what's at the core of
your being, making you who you are.
• Set SNART GOALS - stepping stones towards the realization of your
• !dentify and challenge any OBSTACLES in the path of your dream.
• Explore different SUPPORT STRUCTURES and choose which ones will best
support your dream.
• Uncover your own specific patterns of SABOTAGE.
• Nove through the OU!TT!NG ZONE
• ENJOY 8 CELEBRATE your dream-come-true, and all of your steps along
the way!

How to Use This Book

!n each section, you'll find a brief description of the concept we're going to
explore. Often !'ll share a personal example related to my own dream. Then,
you'll be invited to jump right in by completing an exercise, reflecting on some
questions or carrying out an action in your life.

This book is designed to be interactive. ! invite you to print the book and then
use all the space provided to scribble, draw, make notes, brainstorm - whatever
you need!

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Before we get started ! want you to jot down all the dreams you have. The big
ones, the small ones, the crazy and outrageous ones, and those that seem
simply impossible right now.

Don't censor your ideas - nobody other than you needs to see this page so
anything goes!

Use this page anyway you like - write a list; random words or sentences; draw a
picture. The important thing is that you capture your dreams before we move

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The Values Game

values are the key drivers of our life. They define our standards, behaviours,
decisions and much more. Everyone has values but very few people stop to
identify them.

Knowing your values and being able to articulate them is an important part of
creating successful goals. !f we create a goal that isn't aligned with our values
we're not likely to achieve it. Or if we do achieve it we're likely to be unhappy
when we get there.

For example: You set a goal to get a new job that involves traveling away from
home 6 months of the year.

!f your core (most important) value is Family Happiness, then reaching that goal
will be a direct conflict with your core value.

Alternatively, if your core (most important) value is Advancement then this goal
would be perfectly aligned.

Let's take time now to explore and identify your values.

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Circle below ten values that are important in your life

Family Happiness Self-Respect (sense of
personal identity, pride)
Generosity (helping others,
improving society)
Competitiveness (winning,
taking risks)
Recognition (status,
recognition from others)
Wisdom (discovering and
understanding knowledge)
Friendship (close
relationships with others)
Advancement (promotions) Spirituality (strong religious
or spiritual beliefs)
Affection (love, caring etc) Health Loyalty
Cooperation (working well
with others, teamwork)
Responsibility (being
accountable for results)
Culture (race or ethnicity
Adventure (new challenges) Fame !nner Harmony (being at
peace with oneself)
Achievement (a sense of
!nvolvement (belonging,
being involved with others)
Order (stability, conformity
and tranquillity)
Wealth (getting rich, making
Economic Security Creativity (being
imaginative, innovative)
Economic Serenity Pleasure (fun, laughs, a
leisurely lifestyle)
!ntegrity (honesty, sincerity,
standing up for oneself)
Freedom (independence and
Power (control, authority or
influence over others)
Personal Development (use
of personal potential)

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Take what you have circled and reduce your list to your top five values. Write
them here, along with a clear explanation of how you would define what they
mean to you.






Now, go back to your Dream Page, and compare what's written there with these
five values. Notice where there is the strongest connection.

Use that connection to help you define the one top value and the one top dream
that are most important to you. This doesn't mean the others aren't important,
just that these resonate with you more strongly.

Ny Top value Ny Top Dream

Action: Use this ¨Top Dream" when working through the remainder of the book.

Ouestions to consider:

1. How did you find this process of looking at your values?
2. Were you surprised by anything you learned?
3. Are any of your dreams not aligned with your top 5 values?

Note: You can come back to this point of the book anytime and apply the
process to another dream!

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Creating SMART Goals

A dream is a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.

When we have a big dream, the thought of making it reality can be
overwhelming. We don't know where to start, which can cause paralysis -
complete inaction.

There's a common riddle . "How do you eat an elephant?"
The answer is, "One bite at a time!"
Our big dreams are just like that elephant. We need to break them down into
bite-sized goals or "stepping stones".

A goal has several important ingredients to ensure it can be achieved. !f you set
a goal that's missing any of these ingredients, you are not setting yourself up for

! use the following acronym - SNART - as a checklist for all of my goals, to
ensure that !'m setting myself up for success.

A SMART goal must be:

Specific - Goals must be specific. Saying you want to earn more money isn't
enough. How much more money do you want to earn?

Measurable - Goals must be measurable. !f the goal isn't measurable, how will
you know you obtained it? When you state how much money you want to make,
you now have something to measure and you'll know when you obtain it.

Action - !n order to reach the goal you must be willing, able, and ready to take
action. Without consistent and persistent action, the goal will not be realized.

Reachable - Goals should be a stretch, but still reachable. !f the goal is out of
reach, it will be de-motivating. Being President of the United States in the next
five years is setting a goal that is not reachable for a 56-year-old man with no
political experience. However, setting a goal for political involvement such as
running for local office or working on a political campaign is reachable.

Time bound - To make a goal compelling, it must be time bound. The question
to ask when setting goals is "By When." The time can always be adjusted, but
having a date provides a deadline to work towards and is motivating.

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We chose a departure date based on Geoff's dream to spend
ANZAC Day (April 25
) in Gallipoli (Turkey). We worked out where
we wanted to visit before then, how much time we might want to
spend in those places, and worked backwards to select our
departure date. Suddenly we were Time bound!! - Linda

There are two more essential elements of an achievable goal:

Desire - There must be a deep desire to achieve the goal. Without desire, you
won't be compelled to reach your goals. By connecting to your passion for the
goal and identifying the benefits you'll enjoy once you achieve it, you can fuel
your desire.

Written down - Goals that are written down are more likely to be achieved.
There is power released when the pen hits the paper. Keep your written goals
somewhere you can see them daily.

Now it's time for you to apply the SNART goals principle, with the following

1. Look back at the Dream you selected after completing the end of the values
Game (page 11).
2. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being overflowing with desire and 1 being
seriously "underwhelmed", rate the level of DES!RE for your Dream. !f you
don't score at least an 8, go back and revisit it. What needs to change? !s this
really a Dream that's truly stemming from your values? How could it become
a 10?
3. What stepping stones (bite-sized goals) does your Dream need? List the steps
to achieve your Dream below.
+. Apply the SNART principle to your stepping stones (bite-sized goals) to make
sure this Dream stays within reach.


Stepping Stone
Goal #1

Stepping Stone
Goal #2

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¨Unexpected" obstacles often create a problem when trying to turn our dreams
into reality.

Aside from dealing with any obstacles that might be in our path right now, this is
a great time to look ahead at potential obstacles. Far from being negative or
pessimistic, this is actually a very savvy approach that will keep us in the driver's
seat instead of reacting to things as they come up.

Of course we can't predict everything, but the more we're prepared for the
predictable obstacles, the more empowered, calm and resilient we'll be for the
unpredictable ones.

Obstacles came in stages for us - there were the obstacles we
faced before we could even leave the country and then there were
obstacles we faced during the year away. By committing 100¾ to
the dream, we always viewed these obstacles as challenges that
we enjoyed overcoming. We always believed there was a solution -
we just needed to find it! - Linda

Action: !dentify potential obstacles. To avoid derailment further down the track
brainstorm any potential obstacle that might get in the way of achieving your
goal. Then write down at least one solution to each obstacle. This means you
already have a plan of action if the obstacle occurs.

Potential Obstacles Solutions

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Support Structures

A support structure is an external person, object, system or idea that you use to
help you achieve your goals. Goals aren't meant to be achieved in isolation so
the more support you can create the better!

Support structures can keep you accountable, give you confidence, and help you
be disciplined or motivate you.

What are some possible support structures you might use?

Friend(s), Family member(s),
Form a buddy system with someone who is also
working towards a goal; or use them as an
accountability system (tell them what you plan to
do and ask them to follow up with you). Or, simply
use them as a supportive listener. Be sure to be
clear from the start on whether or not you want
advice or problem solving from them.
Nentor Approach someone who has achieved a similar goal
as the one you're working on, and ask them if
they'll share their experience with you.
Coach Choose and hire a coach, who'll provide you with
support, accountability, encouragement as well as
suggestions for resources and other support
structures to try.
Discussion Board or Yahoo
Look online for a group of people working towards
similar goals.
Displaying an inspirational
poem, quote or picture
Change the items around, or move their location
often - otherwise you'll stop noticing them.
Calendars and/or "to do" lists Find the time management and project
management system that work best for you and
then stick with them.
Financial Budget Decide some boundaries for how you'll spend or
save your money.
Time Budget Use a schedule and plot out when and for how long
you'll do specific tasks.
Organizational systems
(physical i.e. filing or computer
i.e. software or websites)
Pay close attention to tasks you do repeatedly and
look for tools that will make them more efficient.
Notice things that frustrate you (i.e. every time you
have to access your computer you have to move
the same pile of papers) and deal with them.

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Journal or tracking Keep track of your time, money and progress
towards your goal to keep you motivated and on
track, and to catch things that need improvement.
You can also use a journal for "free writing", as a
way of getting your worries out of head and down
on paper where you can problem solve.
Book A book like this one can be a support structure!
Congratulations - you're using one already!

Note: this list is not exhaustive. Take time now to write down any other support
structures you can think of.

!t's important to find support structures that fit naturally into your personality,
work habits and lifestyle. They're meant to make your life and goal easier, NOT
to be something to struggle with in addition to what you're already working on.

Different structures will suit different goals or different stages of your journey.
Choose your support structures as you need them.

We engaged many support structures in the lead up to our
departure overseas. The most valuable to me were travel
guidebooks, family, a budget/financial goal, postcards on our fridge
from amazing destinations, and each other.
One of my favourite memories of a support structure at play
was my birthday, which fell around 6 weeks before our departure.
Geoff really wanted to take me out for a nice dinner and ! didn't
want us to spend money on things that weren't essential as every
dollar we saved was a dollar we had for our trip.
So after we went back and looked at our budget and
financial goal we came up with a compromise - we set ourselves a
budget of $+0 for dinner and chose a nice !ndian restaurant where
we had a discount voucher.
We had a great time going over the menu options,
calculating, bargaining and figuring out exactly what we could
order to get the most out of our $+0 and have the best possible
dinner. !t was one of the best birthday dinners ! have ever had!
Having the support structure of the budget in place, knowing
our boundaries, being committed and finding creative solutions all
helped us to work towards our dream while still enjoying life in the
moment. - Linda

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Like anything else, putting a support structure in place is a new habit that can
take awhile (21 days, for most habits), so give it a fair chance before you decide
if it is or isn't working.


1. Choose 2 support structures to apply to your Dream and/or stepping stones
(goals). Commit to using these support structures for the next 3 weeks.

Support Structure # 1

Support Structure # 2

2. Get Connected! Create a vision this week that includes you having achieved
your Dream. Write it as a letter addressed to someone you are close to (or even
to me!) dated a specific time in the future. Write your vision in the present tense
and be really specific.

Here are some ideas to make more use of your letter.

A. Print it out - Stick it on your fridge. Every time you go to your fridge read it. !t
only takes 60 seconds and will help keep this vision alive and fresh.

B. Start a journal - Every day write a few words or a few pages. How do you feel
about the vision? What small step have you taken forward?

C. vision Collage Board - Find pictures, colours, words that connect you to the
feelings and events in your vision letter. Create a visual collage that you can
hang on the wall.

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Our dreams cannot become reality if we sabotage our own efforts, consciously or
subconsciously. Our comfortable habits, fear of the unknown and the influence of
other people can keep us trapped in our old patterns instead of moving forward
towards our dreams.

What can sabotage our goals?

• Unrealistic goals - !f your goals don't fit into the SNART goals principles
that we discussed on page 12, then you'll be constantly moving uphill.
• Lack of planning - !f you're not applying any of the support structures
that we explored on page 16, you may not have planned your actions well
enough to carry out your goals.
• ¨Should's" - a "should" is not a very motivating thing, and if you're not
motivated you won't achieve your goal. Thinking we "should" do
something makes it feel heavy and hard. !f you catch yourself saying,
"should", try to reframe it so it feels like something you "want".
• Not taking responsibility - !t's a waste of time to think or talk about your
"circumstances" and why situations, people or institutions are to blame for
you not achieving your goal. There are plenty of actions you can be taking
- spend your time on that instead.
• Procrastination - Fear, self-doubt, worry, fatigue or just plain "love of
ease" (laziness) can keep us still instead of acting. The only way through
procrastination is to get moving - with one bite-sized stepping stone at a
time. Procrastination is a choice - make a new choice!
• "Trying" - Trying is not empowering. !t gives you a back door. Choose
NOT to take action or choose TO take action. No matter what you choose,
be committed.
¨Do or do not - there is no try" - Yoda
• Limiting Beliefs - There can be negative messages coming at us from
different places - from inside our own heads AND from well-meaning
friends and relatives who are just trying to help us be "realistic". Focusing
on and believing these only keeps us farther away from achieving our
Dream. Listen respectfully to these messages and then let them go and
focus on more empowering thoughts.

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Action: Think about times when you've tried to achieve this Dream before, or
maybe other dreams that you either did or didn't reach. Looking back at your
own experiences, do you recognize any of the forms of sabotage we just

You can use that valuable experience to avoid falling prey to sabotage again. Use
this chart to plan out some new ways to these old patterns.

How ! usually sabotage a goal

Ny new action/thought for next time

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The Ouitting Zone

Have you ever had a goal, worked really hard to achieve it, persevered through
the ups and downs along the way, and then at some stage it all seems too hard
and you doubt whether you will ever achieve the goal and so you give up?

This is "The Ouitting Zone".

The funny thing about The Ouitting Zone is that it almost always occurs just
before you will succeed. The difficulty is that you cannot see that success is close
... hence why quitting seems like a great option at that point.

The Ouitting Zone is a very common stage people go through when striving to
achieve a challenging goal - so how do you pass through the Ouitting Zone and
get to the other side?

* Re-clarify - Take time out to remind yourself why you want to achieve the goal
... what will be the positive impact. How much do you want it?

* Don't fight it - !f we accept that The Ouitting Zone is a natural phase then
there is no need to struggle with it. Choose to pass through with ease. Know that
this is temporary and your journey W!LL get easier again.

* Celebrate - Take time to celebrate how far you have come. The Ouitting Zone
is so tempting because we usually forget how much we have already achieved.
Write down what you have already accomplished, what obstacles you have
overcome and use these to fuel your confidence as you make the last steps
towards success.

* Engage Support - Seek out friends, family, a work colleague, mentor or life
coach. When things feel tough, it's essential to have other people to give you
encouragement and to help you keep focused on the ultimate outcome.

* Keep Noving Forward - One step at a time. Before you know it you will have
passed right through The Ouitting Zone.

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Enjoy & Celebratel

The entire year was a celebration! One thing that many people
don't realize is that 365 days traveling constantly is actually quite
hard work, so it was important that we celebrated along the way.
Celebrations included things like a nice dinner out, splurging
on a hotel room rather than camping, and taking time to reflect on
how amazing the journey was. - Linda

Whenever pursuing our dream seems like hard work, or we feel heaviness or a
burden when we think about our goals or plan of action, this is a sign we are
likely to give up.

By shifting our mindset, perspectives and attitudes, we can make the process of
achieving our goals and ultimately reaching our dreams as fun as the end result.
We need to find the lightness and fun in everyday tasks and occurrences.

Make it Fun: ! always say, "!f it's not fun ! won't do it" ... things that feel hard
or boring do not inspire us to take actions. !f you feel hung up, heavy 8
lethargic, or frazzled about a goal or action, see what happens if you make a
game out of it. !t doesn't matter how crazy or silly the game seems - just make it

One client made a game of her budget - ¨The $1 Game". She decided which day
she would take out her weekly allotment of cash, that she would not use her
credit card to pay for anything, and the aim of her game was to always have "$1
in the wallet" at the end of the week.

Reward & Celebrate: We are often so busy looking forward to where we still
need to go that we forget to celebrate how far we have come. Rewards and
celebrations can inspire, energize and motivate us.

Set milestones for your goals. For maximum benefit pre-plan how you will
celebrate when you reach each milestone. You don't need to wait to celebrate
just the "big" achievements.

Rewards and celebrations are an important part of acknowledging your
achievements and recognizing that you're moving towards your end goal. !f you
plan these ahead of time you're more likely to actually reach each milestone and
enjoy it when you get there.

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Our Next Dream Come True

From the day we met Geoff and ! shared a dream to travel to Nepal. Although
we have chosen to pursue several other dreams during this time, our dream of
Nepal has never been far from our sight.

We have collected travel articles from the newspaper, received a book with
amazing photos of the Himalayas, and purchased the ¨Trekking in Nepal" issue
of Lonely Planet.

!'m excited to share with you that as ! put the finishing touches to this book, we
have now purchased our plane tickets from Sydney to Kathmandu. February
2006 marks the turning of another dream into reality.

A dream is a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.

! hope that this book has inspired you to pursue your dreams. You can achieve
all of your dreams, one at a time, by applying the methods outlined in this book.

! believe that if you can dream it, you can do it. And ! believe that you and
your dream are worth it!

! invite you to visit my website,, where you'll find
plenty of free resources as well as information about how ! can work W!TH you
to achieve your dream faster and with better results.