The Difference Between a Dreamer and a Doer

Take a minute and reflect on the past few months of your life. Have you had great ideas that you've thought of? Have you planned new trips, experiences, races, joined a community of like minded people? There are small differences between the dreamer and the doers but the results are drastically different. I am NOT saying that one is right and one is wrong, they are just very different. 

I also want to challenge you before you read this. I challenge you to share this post with 3 friends who are dreamers who you think could become one step closer to doers if they read this! Now READ!

Most days, in most cases, I would categorize myself under the title of a dreamer. 

I have plenty of awesome ideas that I think could bring value to peoples lives but at the end of the day, I find myself often getting caught up in the should of, could of, and would of the process and don't actually get anything concrete finished when things come down to it. Now of course this isn't always true, I do plan adventure trips, I do camping and exploring with friends but I often find myself not finishing just as many projects. 

What does this mean for you? how do you know if you're a dreamer? take a look at this list and if you said yes to more than 5 of them, then you are a dreamer.

  • Do you play it safe when it comes to taking risks?
  • Do you often seem to have a new ideas?
  • Do you fail at something less than 2 times a week?
  • Are you really good at making pros and cons lists?
  • Do you find yourself making excuses as to why you fail?
  • Does fear paralyze you?
  • Are you really good at seeing the destination? (end goal)
  • Do you find yourself comparing yourself to other who have what you want?

Before we go any further, lets talk about doers. Doers are typically the nitty and gritty people. They are the ones who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty. Often they are learning new skills, they have crazy stories of ways they failed and sometimes awesome stories of success. They are the people who don't let fear paralyze them from taking action. Doers often times see themselves as successful EVEN when that doesn't mean they have lots of money. They value experience over academia and some might even say they live quite adventurous lives. 

If you're a doer, you probably know it, but incase you haven't identified yourself yet take a look at this list and if you said yes to at least 5 of these, you got it, you're a doer!

  • Do you fail anywhere from a few to several times a week?
  • Are you fueled by the unknown?
  • Do you focus on the journey rather than the destination?
  • When you fail, do you look for solutions?
  • Do you focus on what you can do rather than focus on those around you?
  • Are you actively writing goals and completing them?
  • Do you find that life is full of adventure and excitement?
  • Do others come to you to get a project done?

Check out the TED talk that helped inspire this blog post! Click HERE to watch it


Now if you are like me and want to know how you can shift yourself from the dreamer side to the doer side without losing your sense of direction, sense of consistency, here are a few suggestions to help you jump in the water without dunking your head under. REMEMBER, I am an advocate of doing 1 thing at a time! So only choose one of these and try it for a few weeks! I would love to hear your experiences and if you choose one of these, which one! leave a comment below.

  1.  Next time you are out to eat, look ONLY at 5 items on the menu and choose from those within 2 minutes! Yes, this is FAST but the goal is to be a little ok with "failure" (eating food you aren't extremely pumped on). Until you pick that meal that is AWESOME
  2. Write down 3 goals that you want to complete in the next 8 WEEKS! that is very short time frame so make sure they are SMART goals (look up the acronym to help you write them)
  3. Surround yourself with doers! you know a few of these people in your life. They are the people in your life that exhaust you even by knowing them. You think, "How the heck do they do so much?!" yeah, ask to hang out with them. AS OFTEN AS THEY CAN HANDLE YOU. 

Remember, choose one and try it for the next 8 weeks! Small Steps on The Road to Better Health. It IS the journey, not the destination. Subscribe and share with friends if you think they would enjoy this content, I appreciate you more and more every time you share this with your friends! 

The summit of Mt Whitney a few years ago. Seeing myself as a dreamer that DOES. A good friend of mine Jesse Aston and I take a pic amidst the snow without shirts on. Being goofballs as usual. 

The summit of Mt Whitney a few years ago. Seeing myself as a dreamer that DOES. A good friend of mine Jesse Aston and I take a pic amidst the snow without shirts on. Being goofballs as usual. 

Grow Some Food

Welcome back to The Road to Better Health where we talk about topics that keep you on track to live a healthy happy life. 

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A few weeks ago I talked about 4 different documentaries pertaining to food and how you can best educate yourself and set yourself up for success. The biggest take away from the post is that when it comes to food, ignorance ISN'T bliss. . . Read the blog HERE if you're up for a bit of a read. 

Anyways, one of the big suggestions in this post is to start a home garden and GROW some of your own food. Liz and I have taken the challenge and look forward to sharing with you. We just completed our very first garden box and are excited to fill it with soil and start growing some food we can eat! Not only is this a great way to know exactly where your food is coming from, I have actually found that this process has been a lot of fun and an awesome way to keep myself outside and learning new things. Who knew being healthy could be so fun!? If you are up for the challenge I am putting some links below to a few different DIY garden boxes to get you started. If you have any questions I'd love to hear from you in the comments or an email and I'll do my best to give you some valuable insight! Also, if you have any advice for us, I'm all ears! 

One of my friends The Urban Garden Girl wrote an awesome article on how to start growing all your own herbs, and trust me when I tell you, she knows what she's doing. READ MORE

Now we need some soil and seeds! What should we grow?

Now we need some soil and seeds! What should we grow?

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One Goal From The End of The Game

Welcome to the start of The Whole Life Challenge! Each week we focus on a new lifestyle challenge and this week is GOALS! Do you practice writing your goals? or are they just some mystical dream that you think of every once in a while, then they wisp away just as quick as they came up. 

Goals are a health practice that is often overlooked as something that seems nice to do but doesn't really make an impact in the caziness of daily life. I see goals fitting under the realm of personal development, and personal development is a key to a happier, healthier life. 

Starting on week one (Saturday Jan 21st) you will WRITE DOWN a short term goal (up to 1 year), a middle term goal (1-3 years), and a long term goal (3-5 years) and you will RE-WRITE these goals everyday over the next week. 

The idea here is to create a vision for yourself here. They say when you write something down on paper, it changes the way you see it. Think about learning. As crazy as it may seem, when learning new skills or material, writing the material you are trying to learn down on a piece of paper actually improves your retention. Really want to nail it down, try writing it down everyday for a week. I can almost guarantee that that material is going to be on your mind a lot more often. 

Now translate that idea to your goals as you're thinking about them on Saturday. Spend a solid 15-30 minutes (maybe more) writing down these 3 goals. If you have more than 3 that you would like to write down, then more power to you! (but lets try to keep it under 5 to keep your focus pretty solid, and not overwhelmed) 

After you have your Short, Mid, and Long term goals, you will re-write those goals every morning for the next 7 days! I will check back in with you next week to see how this exercise worked for you. Did you find that your goals changed slightly over the week, were your goals getting easier to remember, were you starting to think about steps to achieving each of your goals, did they inspire any change in your actions? Can't wait to hear from you. 

On top of the weekly lifestyle challenge, remember to complete the other areas that you can get points throughout this next 8 weeks, nutrition, exercise, stretching, water intake, sleep, and reflections. be sure to check in with the Whole Life Challenge website if you are confused on how you score each of these categories. 

Whole Life Challenge pre-workout explaniation video

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