February 22, 2011
1. Name your craving
What do you hunger for? Give it a name. Be specific. You never see a recipe for just, “Cake.” The recipe’s title describes it, like, “Dark Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Filling.” For example, if your big vision is to write a book about knitting that is wildly successful, your recipe could be called, My Fabulous, Famous Knitting Book That Inspires People and Makes Money.
2. Make an ingredients list
List everything you need to make your big vision happen. Be as specific as possible. Again, recipes don’t usually call for just “sugar.” They’re more specific, and will ask for “3 tablespoons of brown sugar.” If your big vision is to start a business, some things on your ingredients list could be:
- a business plan I’m excited to execute
- shared office space with 2 other entrepreneurs for $X per month
- a website built on WordPress with a blog
- 200 business cards with my new logo
- a business license
3. Make a shopping list
After you make your ingredients list, make a “shopping list” of what you need, but don’t have yet. Add notes next to your shopping list of where you can find what you’re missing. For example, next to “business cards” you could write, “Moo.com.” If you don’t know where to get some of your ingredients, write down the name of someone, or somewhere you could ask for help, like “Business license – check with the Small Business Association.”
4. Write out your directions
Once you have your list of ingredients, write out the directions for your big vision recipe as best you can. What actions do you need to take, and in what order? How long will it take to complete each step? For example, let’s say one of your big vision dreams is to learn Italian. Your directions might look like this:
- Research evening Italian language classes
- Arrange for childcare one night per week
- Take one class per week for a year
- Watch one Italian film per month
- After 6 months, organize a conversational Italian group to meet 1-2 times per month
- After a year, or so, plan my trip to Italy!
4. Start cooking. Adjust your recipe as you go.
Once you’ve got your ingredients list, shopping list and directions, you can start cooking. Be sure to keep “tasting” as you go along to see if you need to change the ingredients, or directions. Sometimes you start cooking one thing, and end up with something else. Sometimes you have to start over. Cookbook writers often have to test recipes over and over again before they get it right. In the end, I’m sure you’ll make something delicious!
5. Serve and enjoy
The best part of cooking is eating, especially with other people. Be sure to savor the experience of fulfilling your big vision, and share it with others. Figure out a way you can serve, or “give back” in appreciation for your success, and for everyone who helped you create your scrumptious life.
Britt Bravo is a blogger, podcaster, social media coach, and creative career consultant who loves to teach people how to write their big vision recipes. She likes to cook real food too (photos are by her). She blogs at Have Fun, Do Good and hosts the Big Vision Podcast. You can find out more about her work at brittbravo.com and follow her on Twitter at @bbravo. Britt’s next Juicy Blogging E-course starts June 1st.