Any new lifestyle will have its ups and downs, so be prepared to fight for it.
Where do you go once your ‘leading business’ has fallen from grace?
Perhaps because of the disruptive innovations of your competitors and your failure to implement new and innovative technologies, you now have changed your lifestyle?
You now have the skills to move forward More helpful, useful, simple and accessible products and services with lower pricing are often behind any changes you might make to your lifestyle.
Disruption is happening at an ever increasing rate and your dreams could be giving you the direction you need.
Powerful forces are changing our future whether we like it or not. Excuses about why you can’t activate your dreams are diminishing rapidly. As john Wayne once said, “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway”.
Why we dream is still one of the behavioural science’s greatest unanswered questions. Researchers have offered many theories, but a unified one remains a pipe dream. Nevertheless, people continue mining their night time dreams and their daydreams during the day, for clues to their future and for creative insight.
Activate your dream using modern technology
When you think about Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+, these companies are fundamentally data-driven and agile as they figured out a way to improve their value. They actually monetized vast amounts of data. What business wouldn’t want that, but it’s a challenge for most businesses to really digest and act upon.
Activate you dreams by moving towards cloud computing, mobility, big data, social media and robotics. You can now move beyond ‘what you sell’ and ‘how you service it’, by providing customers with unbelievable experiences. Experiences that can be more reliable, practical, useful and helpful in harmony with the dream and vision you have for your business.
“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer”. Nolan Bushnell
Where do you go once your ‘leading business’ has fallen from grace because of the disruptive innovations of your competitors and your failure to implement new and innovative technologies? More helpful, useful, simple and accessible products and services with lower pricing are often behind any change and this is happening at an ever increasing rate.
Who would ever have seen products from toys to spaceships, being developed with 3D printers? Of course, if you want to activate your dream with a minimum of time and effort you can now develop a robot to do it for you.
Make full use of modern technology. Long gone are the days when systems analysis and programming are at the forefront of a business’s future. Everyone has had to develop their own use of available technology, from office systems to business efficiency improvements, logistics, and new product development.
The use of modern information technology and communications in your business is rapidly changing the way business is done. Failing to understand this will be putting your business at risk. Customers of the future will take the current technology changes for granted and will care more about productivity and expand their business reach and sustainability.
The difference between those using the new technology tools, methods, models etc and those that don’t is significant. Those businesses who embrace learning about it will be the winners of the future. Therefore, getting in early and jumping into the deep end for real experience is important. Competitively smart for every type of business must be the strategy.
Activate your dreams, but don’t be daunted
While it can be hard to believe that an oddball dream about your mother, a circus, and a snowstorm can have any bearing on real life, there may be symbolism and potential meaning to be mined in every dream.
You just have to look for it, says Harvard-trained psychotherapist Jeffrey Sumber. “The meaning of our dreams oftentimes relates to things we are needing to understand, about ourselves and the world around us,” he says.
Instead of shrugging off strange dreams, think about how they make you feel. “We tend to dismiss these dreams due to the strange components, yet it is the feeling we have in these dreams that matter most,” he explains. “Sometimes the circus and the snowstorm are just fillers that allow us to process the range of emotions we feel about our mother and give us the necessary distraction so we can actually experience that spectrum of emotion.”
You don’t have to be asleep to dream. You can dream at your desk at work, in the car, even at your kid’s soccer game. Wakeful dreaming, not to be confused with daydreaming, is real and somewhat easy to do, says Dr Bulkeley; it just involves tapping into your active imagination.
The first step is to think about a recent dream you had (preferably a good one!). “Find a quiet contemplative place and bring a dream that you remember back into your waking awareness and let it unfold,” he says. Let the dream re-energise your emotions. It will create a more fluid interaction between unconscious parts of the mind and awaken parts of the mind.
Make a start and activate your future lifestyle
Technology intrudes and influences your life in many ways and is radically reshaping the way business is done. The upside is that these new technologies can allow you to make important changes.
Rather than just wishing and hoping things will get better as you activate your future. Many smaller businesses punch far above their weight on the world stage. However, many are not always at ease with globalisation and their international place.
Activate a more competitive and robust business through mobility. Keep employees in touch and connected to the business when working from home, or when they are away from the office.
Plan for your new reality
The new reality is people activating their future. They want to be happy to work from home, at the beach, on the weekend, at meetings with customers, or where business is conducted over a cup of coffee at the local café.
Lean into the tough challenges you are facing instead of pulling away. Pulling away is usually because of our natural instincts when the going gets tough, just as we pull away from pain. Start making the most of what you have, you have to start somewhere.
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I was lucky in that my parents allowed me, in fact, encouraged me, to follow my dreams. They let me go ahead and pursue ideas they weren’t familiar with or were part of their lifestyle
The good news is, it doesn’t take as much drastic action as you think it does to either start a new lifestyle business or, to change your existing business into a lifestyle business.
What you mind can conceive it can achieve.