Daydreaming Without Doing? Try Planning Without Commitment

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Ever catch yourself daydreaming? You find yourself thinking about how cool it would be to start your own business, travel to that exotic locale or write a novel. But most the time when you start daydreaming, nothing gets done. An exercise I’ve found helpful in converting daydreams into reality is planning without commitment.

Dreams Don’t Manifest Because They Are Detached From Reality

I believe the reason people don’t act on their daydreams isn’t because of fear, laziness or low self-esteem. The problem is that when most people try to take there daydream and put it in the real world, it is quickly overwhelming. Thinking about all the hard work isn’t nearly as fun as thinking about the reward. So what should you do?

Be Curious – Plan, But Don’t Commit

A cool technique for stopping this problem is simply to plan without committing yourself to doing anything. You aren’t seriously planning at this stage, you are just curious. Sometimes that curiosity will grow into actual goals and plans and sometimes it won’t. In either case it is still better than just a fantasy in your head.

Ask Yourself Some Questions

Next time you catch yourself seriously daydreaming about something, don’t engage into your rational, “I can’t do that because of…” frame of mind. Just ask yourself a few questions purely out of curiosity. Here are some questions you might consider asking yourself right now:

What would I need to do in order to…

  • Double my income?
  • Take a fun vacation?
  • Write a novel?
  • Start my own business?
  • Meet new people?
  • Run a marathon?
  • Get a black belt in martial arts?
  • Live in a mansion?
  • Have a fulfilling relationship?

The next time you catch yourself fantasizing about something, just step back and ask yourself what you would have to do to get there. No commitment, no pressure to actually take on the goal. Just ask yourself what it would take. The surprising truth is that when you finally get the curiosity to figure out what you would need to do, it often isn’t that much.


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  • max night

    thanks for this, all of my other comments on this site have been a little critical, but Im just that type of person. I have been thinking, or daydreaming as it would seem, of writing the script of my own anime. That would be quite a lenghty job, considering that I am still in high school. I suppose I could do it over the summer, but I still wouldnt finish it. As fate would have it, Im not Japanese, even though that wouldnt matter, but It just seems so hard for me to put my ideas onto paper. New ideas and plot points keep coming into me, and I think I need some advice on the subject.

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  • Joyce

    Really great site you have here! I’m impressed, and even more so that you’re so young too!

    I’ve been browsing through a few articles, and this one in particular seems like a really great and original idea. I think far too often I over think things that I would love to do, but only on the “why it’s not plausible” side, and not what if I were to plan to do it… Thanks for the kick of motiviation! And I’ll check into your site from time to time.

  • http://www.scotthyoung.com Scott Young

    Thanks Joyce!

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