Got a dream?
Turn it into an immediate project!!
How do you distill that dream into an immediate, discrete project you can rock?
I like to lean into the physics of dominoes when I do my dream-to-project strategic planning.
Do you know the physics of good ol’ dominoes? Somehow I stumbled across this awesome little YouTube video of a (fantastically geeky) Physics professor outlining the basic mechanics.
It goes something like this: a domino can knock over another domino that is 50% larger than it. Our friendly Professor shows us 13 dominoes. The first one is so small he literally has to use tweezers to put it in place. It’s about the size of your pinky fingernail. Now, that tiny domino can knock over the next domino that’s 50% bigger than it. And, guess what? That domino can knock over the next one that’s 50% bigger than it. (And so on.)
Our 13th domino is now 3 feet tall and weighs 100 lbs. Our Prof needs to do some work to get it in place it’s so big. (Continue for another 15 dominoes or so and you’re looking at the Eifel tower!)
Professorsaurus Rex (not his real name) carefully uses his tweezers to get our itty bitty little domino in place and then knocks it over. As the dominoes fall, TWO BILLION times more force is created with the last domino vis-a-vis the first. (Wowsers.)
So, back to you and your dream we’re converting into a project.
Your dream is that 13th (or perhaps 25th?!) domino. We need to identify the tweezer-placed micro-domino project that’ll get the whole process going.
What is it?
What’s the next little foothold milestone you could rock that, if you crushed it, would give you a good shot at knocking over the next domino?
P.S. As I type this (December 2014), we’re getting ready to (re-)launch my Optimal Living membership program. After a 3 1/2 year stint working hard to get other people’s wisdom out there, I’m now back and focused on doing my work. (Exciting.)
My little itty bitty domino? Get the first member signed up. There’s a fair amount of work to make that happen but guess what? If we can get 1 member, we can get 10. If we can get 10, we can get 100. If we can get 100, we can get 1,000. If we can get 1,000, we can get 10,000.
And who knows what’s possible on the other side of that? Frankly, I don’t care. I’m too focused on that tweezer domino. :)
P.P.S. Let’s do this!