Step one: Imagine your dream home.
Step two: Write it down as a goal with a date when you'd like to
be living there.
Step three: Look at it; think about it; talk about it and
imagine living in it constantly!!
If that sounds too simplistic, consider this: In all the studies
and work I have done on financial success, the biggest single
difference between people who are financially successful and
those who struggle and grumble all their lives is the ability to
create a compelling vision for their life. As my favourite saying
goes, "if you don't know where you're going you'll probably end
up somewhere else". If it's not a dream home you're after, then I
suggest you apply the same strategy to any area of your life
that's important to you.
That's the beauty of a vision – it's unique for everyone and it
drives you forward. It gives you hope, inspiration and motivation
– regardless of whether someone else thinks it's worthy or
impossible. The following story is adapted from my personal
vision for our dream home. It might not be your style, but it's
been a dream of ours for several years and it is something we
talk about, plan for and look forward to.
I can hardly stand still. I'm barely breathing that I know for
sure. Finally, after years of looking at that address plaque on
the wall in our tiny home, our rented town house and our teeny
apartment we can give it its own home. My husband has brought his
drill to mount the plaque on the pillar even before we see the
house. It looks so shiny and new beside the rusted, mangled iron
gate. We've already instructed the landscape architect that a new
gate is one of the first updates to take place, followed
immediately by our new mailbox and plaque: "plenty and grace be
to this place".
Now that the plaque is mounted, we can finally walk on the
property without trespassing. Our kids can do cartwheels on the
lawn and we can see the view of the marina from the top of the
rock outcrop beside that wonderful oak tree. The house is so
magnificent in the sunshine and will be absolutely stunning with
its new paint: gold, burgundy and sage green. Finally, we can
restore its full beauty and splendour and give the home the
attention it deserves.
As we walk around the outside, it is so grand and even more
beautiful than we saw from the dim light of the moon in previous
trespassing expeditions. The area for the pool and stream is even
better than we could have hoped for. There's a perfect location
for a big patio and hot tub where we can hear the sound of the
water rushing over the waterfall / waterslide.
Finally, here we are, enough suspense – we already know what the
land is like and where the playground, gazebo, greenhouse and
ponds will be, we can have the landscape architect get working on
some of these so we can enjoy the yard and have our first annual
croquet tournament and cocktail party on the lawn in June.
Inside – inside is our biggest prize. We've heard stories but
have not once, even in the negotiations, seen inside. Wow – the
stairs are creaky, but I love it! It's ours. We earned it. I'm
bursting. I'm so excited.
The porch is even bigger than we expected. Oh yes, there is a
grand fireplace in the entrance. We had so hoped there would be.
Oh yeah, the floors are wide plank fir -- even better than we had
hoped for. Wow – this grand room is grand. I will be furniture
shopping with the decorator next week. Quick – the kitchen – it's
perfect. Plenty of room for a walk in fridge, and our butcher
block will finally have a home in a real kitchen. And the pantry
is huge with a dumb waiter going to the basement wine cellar.
We knew there would be two staircases, but we certainly never
expected three!! I love the spiral that goes from the library to
the master bedroom. Yippee – the bathroom is huge – and already
has a fireplace to enjoy baths in that claw foot tub. The kids
are excited! There are secret rooms everywhere. We'll have fun
painting them for play areas. I love the views of the harbour
from up here. And this veranda will be awesome for morning coffee
in the summer. Lots of bedrooms – yes – for lots of guests and my
sewing room and our office.
Ok, the basement – perfect wine cellar, and great space for our
bar and pool table by the door to the pool. The steam, sauna, and
change areas will be here and there's still a beautiful space for
and exercise area and my husband's workshop and tools. This is
I am sooooooo happy we didn't give up on the dream to save this
grand home and open the garden up to the community at special
holidays. It seemed like we had been working towards it and going
further and further backwards, but here we are – we did it! We
kept going! Now it's ours and won't just fall apart from tenant
abuse and lack of respect. And having the money we need to do the
work and the landscaping right away means we'll be able to enjoy
its grandeur, share it with our friends and family and let the
community see this historical home that much sooner. We are truly
blessed and are looking forward to sharing the blessing of our
new home with others.
Ok, we've got work to do – the caterers are coming for the house
warming celebration in an hour!!
Hey, it will take some work to get there, but if you have a big
enough vision and can imagine it crystal clear – what starts as
wishful thinking can be transformed into a strategic plan to get
the job done. When you know what you really want you will make
financial decisions that support and encourage the realization of
your dream!! So, dream big and share your vision and enthusiasm
(even if most people don't get it!). It's a lot more fun than
grumbling about what you coulda, shoulda or woulda done if