Week 3: The Dream Detox

EXERCISE 3.1 || IDENTIFYING DREAM BULLIES

Consider your closest circle of relatives, friends, and colleagues. Now think about your most recent interactions with them, and ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Does this person believe in me?
  2. Does this person support my vision or Dream?
  3. Does this person speak affirmative words about my life?
  4. Can I trust this person to support my vision even if it’s beyond his or her understanding?
  5. When I leave this person’s presence, do I feel better or worse?
  6. Do I enjoy the activities that I typically share with this person?
  7. Has this person introduced me to other influential people who can advance my vision?
  8. Will this relationship be a good fit for who I want to be six months from now? A year from now? Five years from now?
  9. Is this person open to challenging his or her perspectives and trying new experiences?
  10. Does this person bring new ideas and thoughts to the conversation?
    Would I trust this person to make essential life choices on my behalf?

EXERCISE 3.2 || TIME AUDIT

I want you to monitor how you spend all your waking and sleeping hours for the next seven days and enter the data into this table.

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Week 4: Discovering Your Purpose

EXERCISE 4.1 || 10 QUESTIONS FOR DISCOVERING YOUR PURPOSE FROM THE INSIDE OUT

It’s time to roll up your sleeves and dig into the underlying qualities that define your purpose. In this exercise, answer the following 10 questions as fully as possible in your Dream Notebook.

1. What brings you your greatest joy?






2. What are you most curious about?






3. Who are the people that light you up and bring you the most joy?






4. What gifts, talents, and skills come to you naturally?






5. What are your weaknesses?






6. What are your strengths?






7. What inspires you?






8. What annoys you?






9. What would you do on a perfect day?






10. What would you do every day without pay?






EXERCISE 4.2 || Your Personal Purpose Statement











EXERCISE 4.4 || Your Dream’s Mission Statement











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Week 5: The Ideal Opportunities for Your Dream

EXERCISE 5.1 || BECOMING THE ANSWER FOR YOUR DREAM IRRITANT

DREAM IRRITANT 1

Solutions:


Resources:


Partners:


DREAM IRRITANT 2

Solutions:


Resources:


Partners:


EXERCISE 5.2 || BUILDING YOUR DREAM AUDIENCE

Use the information below to draft three ideal Dream profiles for your service, product, or idea. Be as detailed as possible so you can begin to clearly see your ideal Dream consumer.

CONSUMER 1

Name:


Age:


Occupation:


Location:


Favorite Media:


Favorite News Sources:


Hopes/Dreams/Fears:


CONSUMER 2

Name:


Age:


Occupation:


Location:


Favorite Media:


Favorite News Sources:


Hopes/Dreams/Fears:


CONSUMER 3

Name:


Age:


Occupation:


Location:


Favorite Media:


Favorite News Sources:


Hopes/Dreams/Fears:


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Week 6: Building Your Dream Network & Team

EXERCISE 6.1 || HIGH-TOUCH DREAMING — THE ART OF NETWORKING

Your High-Touch Dreaming Scorecard

EXERCISE 6.2 || FINDING YOUR MENTORS

Top Five Qualities for My Ideal Mentor:






Why these qualities matter and how they might affect my Dream:






Top Five Leaders in My Field:






How I think these leaders got there and what value will come from our relationship if each becomes my mentor:






Five Possible Ways to Connect with Them (Coffee Date, Conference Call, Etc.)






How I’ll initiate these connections, including what I’ll say or write:






Name five people who are potential mentors for each of the nonprofessional aspects of your life and add a sentence explaining why.

Identify Your Mentor Network
Industry Specific

1. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


2. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


3. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


4. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


5. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


General Business

1. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


2. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


3. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


4. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


5. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


Spiritual

1. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


2. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


3. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


4. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


5. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


Physical

1. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


2. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


3. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


4. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


5. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


Lifestyle

1. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


2. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


3. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


4. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


5. Name:


Title:


In Network Y/N:


Ways to Reach:


EXERCISE 6.3

SIX DEGREES TOWARD YOUR DREAM

EXERCISE 6.5

BUILDING A DREAM TEAM

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Week 7: Dare Now

EXERCISE 7.1 || Your 100 Nos Scorecard

EXERCISE 7.2 || The Big Ask

Your Big Ask #1

DREAM:


BY WHEN:


BIG ASK:


RESULT:


Your Big Ask #2

DREAM:


BY WHEN:


BIG ASK:


RESULT:


EXERCISE 7.3 || The Ideation Pitch

Write your clear, concise pitch in the space below.






The Company Start-Up or Departmental Pitch

If you’re the owner of a company or start-up or working for one, your pitch should include your name, the name of your department or business, and what you’re planning to do within your company or department. Be clear about what you’re asking for and how you’d like the other person to support this plan. Write your clear, concise pitch in the space below.






Pitching with an Ask

Write your clear, concise pitch in the space below.






EXERCISE 7.4 || THE UNCOMFORTABLE CHALLENGE

Write the name, contact info, where you met, and your follow-up action in the spaces below.






Bigger Spaces Challenge
Making Even Bigger Asks

Write the name, contact info, and your follow-up action in the spaces below and/or in your Dream Notebook.






Bigger Ask Challenge
Elevate Your Circle

Write the name, contact info, and your follow-up action plans in the spaces below.






Elevate Your Circle Challenge
Be Okay with an Imperfect Pitch.

Write the name, contact info, your pitch date, and your follow-up action in the spaces below.






Imperfect Pitch Challenge

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Week 8: Going in Through the Roof

EXERCISE 8.1 || THE DREAM EXTREME CHALLENGE

Dream Extreme Challenge 1: Moving to a New City

DREAM CITY:


MOVING DATE:


Dream Extreme Challenge 2: Leaving a Full-Time Job

PURPOSE FOR LEAVING:


EXIT DATE:


Dream Extreme Challenge 3: Starting a New Venture

DREAM VENTURE:


EXECUTION DATE:


EXERCISE 8.2

Five Ways You’ll “Do It Differently” This Week






Five Things You Will Do This Week in the Spirit of Who You Want to Become






EXERCISE 8.3 || Finding the Gap

Identify three to five organizations or people you want to work with.






Identify three to five areas where they can improve and where you can help them grow.






List the gifts, skills, and services that you bring to the table.






Reach out and then schedule meetings with three to five industry leaders to explore how you can be an asset or of service to them. Log those meetings here.






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Week 10: Dreaming Profitably & Responsibly

EXERCISE 10.1 || Financial DNA Questionnaire

1. How did your family’s beliefs about money affect your major life decisions, like choice of college and major, career moves, etc.?






2. How have your family’s beliefs about money affected your career choices?






3. Have your family’s beliefs about money led you to want to earn as much as possible?






4. Which beliefs from your family continue to inform your position relative to money, as in, were you taught to always save? To spend whatever you want now? To never lend?






5.Which beliefs from your family might derail your earning potential?






EXERCISE 10.2 || Your Quarterly Dreamer’s Budget

EXERCISE 10.3 || Dreamer’s Cash Flow Questionnaire

1. How much cash do you expect to generate each month, quarter, and year?


2. What are the standard payment terms for your contracts? 30, 60, 90 days?


3. How much cash will you spend each month, quarter, or year per client?


4. How much cash will you need for labor, support staff, and contractors?


5. How much cash will you need for credit lines, loans, and investments?


Yearly Cash Flow Statement for Your Dream

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Week 11: Dream Warriors Fight the Giants

EXERCISE 11.1 || THE SURRENDER JAR

As a Dreamer, you’ll be faced with roadblocks that are beyond your control. One symbolic way to let go of the worries that accompany such roadblocks is to keep a jar on your desk or beside your bed at night labeled “surrender.” Before you leave your office each day or before you close your eyes at night, if there’s anything still troubling you, write it on a small piece of paper and drop it into your Surrender Jar.

Take a few minutes for yourself and write down all of your troubles on individual pieces of paper and place them in the jar. You can revisit and add to this jar whenever you need.

EXERCISE 11.2 || Embracing Your Big Fears

1. Big Fear:


Mitigating Action:


2. Big Fear:


Mitigating Action:


3. Big Fear:


Mitigating Action:


4. Big Fear:


Mitigating Action:


Entering “Never Been Done Before” Territory

DREAM WARRIORS FIGHT THE GIANTS
Dream Pioneers

Name:


Title:


Phone:


E-mail:


What experience does this Dream Pioneer have that you can tap into?




Name:


Title:


Phone:


E-mail:


What experience does this Dream Pioneer have that you can tap into?




Name:


Title:


Phone:


E-mail:


What experience does this Dream Pioneer have that you can tap into?




Name:


Title:


Phone:


E-mail:


What experience does this Dream Pioneer have that you can tap into?




Creating the Motivation to Continue
Find a Hype Man

1. Name and contact info:


2. Name and contact info:


3. Name and contact info:


Encourage Yourself with a Rainy Day Note
  • Why you’re qualified for this Dream
  • A detailed list of your greatest attributes
  • Why this Dream is so important to you
  • A minimum of 25 reasons why you should not give up
Developing a Growth Strategy: Employees
Finding the Right Talent

Talent Sourcing Option 1:


Talent Sourcing Option 2:


Talent Sourcing Option 3:


Running List of Great Talent
Facilities:
Office Space or Manufacturing

Location:


Office Space or Manufacturing

Location:


Office Space or Manufacturing

Location:


Working Capital

Funding Source Option 1:


Funding Source Option 2:


Funding Source Option 3:


Avoiding Slow Business Growth
Generate New Revenue Ideas





Identify New Channels to Reach Your Target





Seek Partnerships





Managing Lack of Funding and Cash Flow Issues
Ask for a Line of Credit

Program 1:


Program 2:


Program 3:


Negotiate Better Payment Terms

Client 1:


Client 2:


Client 3:


Look for Creative Ways to Cut Expenses

Expense Reduction 1:


Expense Reduction 2:


Expense Reduction 3:


Navigating an Unexpected Layoff
Work with a Headhunter





Create a “Great Places to Work” List





Keep a Rock Star List





EXERCISE 11.3 || LIFE BALANCE TRACKER

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