Well, now, image your journey to your dream as something similar to the above. In fact, the similarities are so many, that you probably already see where I'm going. Do you think that everyone who wants to make a company thinks like this "Ok, then, I have to plan every day from now on for the next year or two." To be honest with you, I'm sure very few people ever see it that way. We got used to the idea behind 'The Secret' - you just visualize your dream, paint it on a poster, look at it every day and imagine how it's already true. Yeah, sure. And in the meantime, you sit in your couch, literally, daydreaming.
Sorry guys, but it doesn't really work that way. If you want to have a tree out of a small seed, you have to water it every day, take care of it every day, protect it from vermin or damage. Do you just leave it there to dry out under the summer's hot rays? If you do, you're sure to fail it and you won't have a tree. You'll have nothing.
So, why do people just plant the seed of their dream and expect that it will just magically come to fruition?! It's amazing that 90% of people don't do anything about it.
So, it really got stuck in my head - map your journey! Plan every day, every month, set goals on a monthly or weekly basis. Look at your journey from above, take the map and mark your milestones. And then just follow your map to the last detail. Don't miss anything, don't change anything. If you believe your first mapping was perfect (and would lead you to your goal/dream), then don't change anything about it and follow it!!
I tried that yesterday. I mapped by journey and today I did ALL the tasks I had in mind and was surprised that they were quite a lot but I still had some free time and did a few more things. I sure will be tough in the future, but it gives me confidence that this concept about mapping actually works! But you have to be so persistent NOT to give up, not to swerve from your path, that this will definitely give you a hard time. You may want to just give yourself a break, but you'll delay your dream. You may even lose your momentum.
I'll finish with a great quote about momentum and movement (think of Newton's laws :) ). The quote goes like this:
"Did you know that a space shuttle blasting off from Earth uses more fuel in the first few minutes of flight than it does for the rest of the entire trip?"
If this doesn't motivate you to persevere through the hardship in the beginning of your journey, then I don't know what else could. For me, this is the most powerful metaphor when talking about dreams.
What's a dream without this blasting energy to give it momentum?