THREE STEPS TO A WONDERFUL LIFE There are essentially only three things you need to have a wonderful life:
1. A clear direction (your dream)
2. A well-aligned compass (your values)
3. Milestones you can visit along the way to your ultimate destination (your goals) For our purposes, we can think about it like this: All men dream, but not all equally. Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake to find it was all vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, and make things happen. —T. E. Lawrence When you pursue your goals guided by your values in the context of your dreams, miracles happen!
We all have dreams—deeply felt desires for a different, better life. Take a moment now just to fantasize, to let your mind wander—literally to daydream. Answer the following question:  What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
If you paused and considered the question for even a moment, you’ve just done what all truly successful people throughout history have done—used a purposeful state of daydreaming to access the creative realm. Nikola Tesla, the inventor of alternating current (AC) and holder of 111 other U.S. patents, could design a machine perfectly in his mind and operate it mentally for years before ever creating its counterpart in the physical world. Einstein imagined riding through space on a beam of light to develop his theory of relativity; Mozart heard whole symphonies already completed in his creative mind. Michelangelo, Goethe, and Walt Disney all entered the creative daydream or reverie daily as a source of ideas and inspiration. What all these innovators were doing was a form of visualization, self-hypnosis, or, as it’s known in the corporate world, strategic planning, which I will be sharing with you later in this chapter. All of us need to engage in this creative activity. In fact, the more time you spend in creative dreaming, the more successful you will become. Why is this state of creative reverie so important? Because for anything to happen in the real world it first has to happen in the imaginary world.


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