One of my dreams has been to share some of the practical knowledge about life and business that I’ve accumulated during my time here on Planet Earth. I’m always looking for ways to do that in small, bite-sized chunks, that are meaningful and easily understood.

For 2017, I’m going to try something different. Once a week, I am going to post a short (three minute) video, to give a practical, useful tip for improving your life and/or business. To start out, I’m going to post the videos on my Coach Dale Facebook business page using the Facebook Live process. These will be done on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Central Standard Time. Once each video is finished, I’ll pop them over to my YouTube channel and post them on my website in case you can’t jump on while it’s live.

To set the stage, I want to share a short video of Denzel Washington talking about dreams:

This 1-minute clip is part of a longer 4 minute clip which is actually a good watch — but for today, I want to focus on the tool that Denzel describes:

To achieve your DREAMS, you have to set GOALS and then apply DISCIPLINE and CONSISTENCY.

Don’t miss this, in order to turn your dreams into reality – into something that you have accomplished – you have to set goals and then apply both discipline and consistency. How do you do that?

First, get in touch with your DREAMS. Spend some time with yourself, and get in touch with your inner drives, your inner motivations, those things that are buried in your heart (your dreams live in your heart, not your head.) There’s all kinds of resources available to help you with this – one of my next “three-minute tool talks” will be on some of those.

Second, set some GOALS that will get you closer to your dream. This is where you have to have the courage to put a goal out there, and keep moving toward it. Again, there are lots of resources in this area, but if you’re struggling with this let me know.

Third, apply the DISCIPLINE to keep moving toward the goal you set. I like this definition of discipline: “training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character.” Discipline is the self-control to keep you focused on where you want to go.

Fourth, apply the CONSISTENCY to keep working towards the goal, keep putting in the long hours and the hard work to build the habits that will allow you to accomplish the goal.

Fifth, repeat as needed.

Has this been helpful? How will you use this tool in your life or business? I would love to get some feedback — please leave a comment!