Sometimes dreams seem overwhelming. “Where do I start?” “How long will this take?” “Can I do this?” I’m going to show you the techniques I used to create a huge feline playground and show you how you too can create your dreams in bite-sized chunks.
Is this just an opportunity for me to show off what I made? Maybe. Can it help you be more successful? Absolutely! So let me fawn over my handiwork and throw in a life lesson or two… oooooh – and also give you a sneak peak into an exciting new project that can help you take control of your life!
But it’s mostly the bragging thing.
When I say “catitat” it sounds like I’m doing sound effects for an old mobster movie: “catitat-tat-tat. We got him, Johnny!”
In actuality it’s my way of saying I’m too lazy to say the words “cat” and “habitat” separately.
It’s kind of odd, actually. I’m the type of person who’s lazy enough to sound like I gave up mid-sentence, but I still managed to put together a seven-foot tall, eight-foot wide playground for cats with six insulated compartments to keep them warm while they sleep.
That’s on top of writing tens of thousands of words a month for 20+ blog posts on 5 different sites, creating videos, writing a new app, drafting a detailed marketing plan and business plan, learning an hours worth of skills every day, practicing my guitar and working out daily (not at the same time*), reading over 50 books a year, and more.
Here’s the thing: I’m no Superman. I’m simply a lazy computer gamer who came across some amazing psychological tricks to help me make my dreams a reality, and I’m going to show you how to create your dreams in bite-sized chunks.
My Cat-Based Dream
We have a few cats in our neighborhood that don’t have a home. They’ve been fixed, and they’re pretty tame, but they simply wander about. They appear to have made our backyard their place to camp out.
As it starts snowing as early as October here and we’ve already had a dip below freezing in September, I thought it might be nice to create a little place for them to sleep without the biting cold always at their back.
So I dreamed up a Catitat – a cat habitat. I was so invested in the idea that I drew up plans then created a 3D model (I’m such a geek), then came up with a parts list. The game was on!
But I soon found it was a lot more work and required more material and thought than I had planned. These are the types of revelations that used to spin me out, making me put the project aside for a day, then a week, then indefinitely causing me to frequently see that dusty contraption in the corner which drenched me in shame.
But now I finished it. Within about a months time I drafted it, started it, adjusted it, purchased more supplies, finished it, and installed it. And I’m here to tell you that you too can create your dreams in bite-sized chunks like I did. Here’s how.
Create Your Dreams in Bite-Sized Chunks
Did I always have this level of motivation? Absolutely not! In fact, I struggled with motivation several times on this project, but I used a few key techniques to complete the project that I’m going to share with you.
- Use Bite-Sized Chunks: I feel like I should have said “spoiler alert” before I even shared this post’s title with you, but, yes, bite-sized chunks are a big part of success. So often we think about making big progress that we overwhelm ourselves and do nothing. Instead, focus only on getting something done. It can be small. It’s often best if it’s small. But those days I went to the store to get more screws or the days that I just decided to cut a couple pieces of wood were some of the most crucial days I had. Often, I would end up getting motivated and do more, but doing simple bite-sized chunks made all the difference, especially when paired with the next item.
- Make Progress Every Day: Sure you can take a day off once a week, but try to make progress every day, even if it’s just visualizing how you’re going to do the next step on your day off. Some of the most important progress I made was mentally walking through how I was going to attach supports or blend carpet, etc. It helped me stay focused and find great solutions. For all other days, make some level of progress. It doesn’t matter how much, it only matters that you do something. Again, bite-sized chunks done every day are more powerful than inconsistent big pushes.
- Find Your Motivation: There were several days that I didn’t want to do it. I was fortunate enough to have an awesome girlfriend that was willing to take her phone with her and read a book around me while I worked on it. Sometimes just having someone around provided enough incentive to do the work. You can also find a reward that you can give yourself. Bring music or a play a TV show in the background. Find ways to motivate yourself to do your bite-sized chunks daily.
Get Ready for Major Motivation
I’m happy with the catitat, but I’m more happy with the fact that I’ve become someone who can get the work done. In fact, I’ve spent tons of time and effort to learn scores of psychological tricks and methods to become more productive.
After reading a large number of books, watching a vast array of courses, doing research, conducting interviews, experiencing personal trial and error, coaching others, and sharing secrets at several universities and Fortune 500 campuses, I’m developing something special to help people just like me – people who have amazing dreams and goals, but can’t seem to get past themselves to make it all happen.
My company, Cedowin, Inc., makers of AweVenture will be sharing a new, exciting, and, fun way to create the types of habits that will make life thrilling.
If you want to know more, go to AweVenture, and sign up for the mailing list. You’ll get a free eBook that has a load of great ideas to make life more fun, and you’ll be up to date on this exciting new… well… I can’t tell you yet!
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