How to #Finish2020Strong by Choosing Which Dream to Pursue

Following last week's post (How to #Finish2020Strong with 3 Steps to a Fresh Start), you now have your DREAMS of what you want to achieve by the end of 2020.

(And if you don't, revisit the post to discover them... 😉 )

❓But do you try to achieve all of them?

❓Or do you focus in on a few, or even one?

❓How do you know which dream to follow?

Because as Colin Powell said,

"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work."

So where do you focus that determination and hard work?

This week's blog post will help...

I have two different approaches for you to follow.

1. The Pareto Principle

You will already be familiar with the Pareto principle: the 80/20 rule, that states that the 20% of your effort will lead to 80% of your results.

It was originally defined by management consultant Joseph M. Juran in the 1940s, when he observed its application in business.

But he actually found it in the work of an Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who first observed in 1896 that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population. He then applied this principle to other countries, and found it applied there too.

This principle, summed up by Muran as "the vital few and the trivial many" (later softened to "the useful many"), has since been applied to fields as varied as sales, health and safety, and baseball.

And it's been found to apply equally there. For example, in relation to computer science:

  • 20% of any code usually has 80% of the total errors

  • if you fix the top 20% of the most reported bugs, 80% of related issues will be fixed as a result

  • and it's even been found that writing 80% of the code will take 20% of your total coding time (while the remaining difficult 20% will take 80% of your time).

So it is time for you to apply this to your DREAMS!

Which 20% of your dreams is going to give you 80% of your results?

This is all about understand the result that achieving your dreams will give you.

And that result is how you will FEEL/ THINK/ SEE THE WORLD once you've achieved them.

People don't usually want money to collect piles of paper and metal: they want the FEELING you get from the stuff money can buy - including power, and choice.

For example, if your dreams were to:

  • make x more money

  • have y more clients

  • have achieved z projects

or even

  • have been on x number of holidays

  • have bought y objects you've really wanted

  • had z more time to do the things you've really wanted with your family.

Ask yourself:

❓Which of these goals is going to give you the greatest sense of satisfaction and achievement?

❓Which of these is going to make you happiest?

❓Which of these is going to make you feel/ think/ see that you did #Finish2020Strong most?


Don't dilute your effort by trying to do too many things at once.

Remember the lesson of the Pareto principle: all goals are not equal.

Achieving some goals will have more positive impact than others...

2. Hierarchy of goals

This is an alternative method to help you choose between your dreams, using a very powerful tool: your intuition.

(I use this with my clients on everything from which job to choose to which aspects of your career are most important to you to where to buy a house or what you look for in a partner.)

The process is as follows:

  • Have your list of dreams ready where you can see it, plus a pen and paper. Hold your hands out in front of you, palms facing up.

  • Then mentally, imaginatively, place one of your dreams in one hand, and a different dream in the other hand.

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