"They can see a goal really
clearly, and the 'how to' images begin to appear like magic. While the goal may seem bold,
they can imagine doing all these little steps on the road to that goal. We call it vision.
"Finally, they are willing to do something each
day, according to a plan, that will bring them one step closer to their dream. We call it action.
"Passion + vision + action is our equation for
success."1 Marilyn King runs courses and
seminars teaching Olympian Thinking to corporate executives. She has also launched a Dare
To Imagine project to pass on the same techniques to at-risk young people in her home city
of Oakland, California.
So how can you apply the same principles to anything
else you want to achieve and learn - and how can you do it faster, better, easier?
2. Dare to dream - and imagine your
If, as we believe, nearly all things are now possible:
what would you really like to do? What's your real passion? The thing you'd like to
do more than anything else? Make great wine? Become the district golf champion? Get a
doctorate? Start a new career?
Nearly every major achievement in the world has started
with a vision: from Ford to Disneyland, Sony to Microsoft. So take up the King
challenge - and dare to imagine what you'd like to achieve.
3. Set a specific goal - and set
Ask yourself first: What specifically do I want to
learn? Why do I want to learn it?
If it's a new job, a new skill, a new hobby, a trip
overseas, a new sport, a musical instrument or a new challenge, what will you need to
It's easier to learn anything if you have a set goal.
When you've done that, break it down into achievable bite-sized pieces. Then set realistic
deadlines for each step, so you can see your success from the start.
4. Get an enthusiastic mentor - fast
Whatever you want to learn, many others have already
learned it. When you've set your goals, find an enthusiast you can come to for specific
advice. And if you can swap skills, even better.
Let's say you're a printer who wants to learn word
processing. Obviously you'll be skilled in typography. So find a word processing
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