The 4 D’s of Dream Development

Are you working hard to realize your dreams, but not getting anywhere?

If you reached the end of 2016, looked back over the last 12 months, and wondered why you were still in the same place that you were at the end of 2015, it’s probably becomes you’re missing the 4 D’s of Dream Development.
The key to changing your life isn’t to work harder - after all, the definition of insanity is to do the same thing repeatedly and expect different results.
Instead, it’s time to see what you’ve been missing, and how to use those vital elements to create the life you want.

Dream Development D #1: Discover

Your first step is to discover what you want your life to look like. If you don’t know where you’re going, you have no way of knowing which action steps will take you there.

The discovery of your dream could be a new awareness, or it could be acknowledging something that’s been buried deep below the surface for years.
Today, ask yourself: “What would I love to experience and bring forth to the world?”

Don’t ask “What would make sense, be profitable, or get people’s approval?”
Instead, ask “What would I love?”, and be completely honest in your answer.

Dream Development D #2: Defining

It has been said that no wind is favorable to the sailor with no destination in mind. Or, as Stephen R. Covey put it in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “begin with the end in mind”.

This is where your 5 physical senses can play a pivotal role, by imagining what your dream looks, sounds, tastes, smells, and feels like.

The more specific and defined you can get, the more your dream will motivate you, and the more you’ll notice opportunities to create that dream. It’s like looking for a book on bookshelf - if you know what it looks like, it’s easier to find it.

For example, don’t say something vague like “I want to make more money”. Know how much money you want to make each month, and by what date you want to be making that much.

Dream Development D #3: Direction

Once you’ve discovered and defined your dream, it’s time to move in the direction of that dream.

Even if you can’t see the whole journey, take what steps you can from where you are, even if they’re baby steps.

Dream Development D #4: Decision

There will always be circumstances that stand between you and your dreams, but you need to decide to look beyond them.

Look beyond what your dream costs, and ask yourself what it will cost you NOT to embark on this journey.

Your journey begins with deciding for your dream, but the decision-making doesn’t end there. Obstacles and fears will continue to arise, and you must continuously decide to get bigger than your circumstances and the naysayers around you, and to live from the greatness within you.

No new path can be blazed, and the right circumstances won’t fall into place, until a decision for your dream is made.

The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward. ~ Amelia Earhart

Are you ready to stop living the life you “have” to live, and start living the life you WANT to live?

Your first step is to book a 1-hour strategy session with me, during which we’ll explore your dreams, see what’s holding you back, and see if I’m the right person to help you turn those dreams into reality.

To get started, just send me an email at or call me at 806-679-9326.

About the author:

David Norris is a leadership development and personal growth coach for entrepreneurs, business owners, executives, and men and women who seek to uplevel themselves, their businesses, their lives, and the lives of the people around them. David has dedicated his life to empowering and teaching people to be better leaders and better human beings.  David is co-author of the international best-selling book The Change 7- Insights Into Self-Empowerment, and he can be contacted by email at, or through his website at

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