How To Dream Specifically

There’s a concept in sailing called velocity made good, or VMG for short. Because a sailboat cannot point directly into the wind and make any forward progress, you have to sail at an angle to the wind. So VMG is the speed that you’re actually making toward your destination.

For instance, as part of a round the world sailing trip I took with my family, we wanted to sail from Panama to the Galapagos. Our speed looked great on the surface, but there were forces holding us back. The most obvious was that the wind was coming directly from where we wanted to go. To make any forward progress, we had to sail at a forty-degree angle to the wind (called tacking), so we were doing a massive zigzag toward our destination. That quickly turns a six hundred-mile passage into a twelve-hundred-mile passage. The wind was also unseasonably light, so we just weren’t sailing fast enough.

However, perhaps the most disheartening force working against us was the one we couldn’t see. There were strong currents under the surface of the sea that were literally pushing us back. So while the boat felt as though she was moving forward across the surface of the ocean, we were actually making very little progress.

The same thing has a tendency to occur in our day-to-day lives: Our VMG just isn’t good enough. We have our eyes on a goal, or a dream, and yet there are forces—both seen and unseen—working against our realizing those dreams.

A key question to ask yourself to begin counteracting those forces is this: Do I really know where I am heading, and where I want to go? Said another way—how am I dreaming?

If you are like most folks—you have a dream. In fact, you have lots of dreams, and yet, the chances are that they are not specific at all. Almost by default, your VMG toward them will be poor.

Dreams, like wanting to be successful in business, wanting to retire rich or early, wanting to be happier, or wanting to have a strong marriage are all vague. Each is lacking specific detail about not only how you’ll arrive at that goal but also what the dream specifically means. What does it mean to you to be happy? How much do you require in your savings account to fund a comfortable retirement? “I want to have a successful career” is a dream that almost everyone has, but people who are specific about defining what success means to them, how they will get there, and by when are far more likely to achieve the dream.

Without specifics, all these dreams lack “teeth”; they are vague. Because they are vague, they open the door for you to focus on the obstacles, fears, and dreads. Ultimately, these negatives get so overwhelming that they paralyze you and prevent you from ever achieving your dream. Your VMG toward that dream will stall altogether, and the likelihood is high that you won’t achieve it. That’s what I mean when I say you’ll die full of potential. You could have achieved something that was important to you during the course of your lifetime, but you didn’t.

Back to the theory of VMG. You are not always sailing against a current when you set sail, and you do not always have to tack back and forth because the wind is coming directly from your destination. Sometimes, the wind is on your beam, (coming across the side of the boat). This typically enables your boat to sail along nice and fast. And sometimes, the current is actually accelerating your progress toward your destination. Your boat’s instruments indicate you are sailing along at seven knots, but your VMG—because of the current—is actually twelve. That doesn’t sound like much of a difference—but in a sailboat, it is massive, cutting the time to your destination almost in half—a really big deal! It’s the difference between taking eighteen days to cross the Atlantic and taking ten and a half days. Metaphorically, this is precisely what happens when you change the way you dream. Instead of dreaming in a way that enables all your specific fears, dreads, and obstacles to paralyze you, you need to dream specifically. With this approach, you will be much better equipped to simply deal with all the fears, dreads, and obstacles—one at a time as they arise.

This changes the conversation entirely. One of the positive side effects of this approach is that it places you much more firmly in the driver’s seat. You have made a specific choice, and you are taking the necessary steps to make it happen. You are no longer a victim of circumstance. All of the more difficult decisions will be easier because they have context—they are all enablers for you to achieve your specific dream.

Jeremy Cage is President of The Cage Group, which focuses on unleashing the full potential of businesses and people.  He has held senior management positions at Procter and Gamble and PepsiCo; has lived and worked in Sweden, England, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil and the United States; and took sixteen months to sail around the world with his family.  Cage is also co-founder of several start-up companies in the areas of healthy foods and nutrition. You can learn more at:



Erin shows overscheduled, overwhelmed women how to do less so that they can achieve more. Traditional productivity books—written by men—barely touch the tangle of cultural pressures that women feel when facing down a to-do list. How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest.

55 Responses to How To Dream Specifically

  1. Stephenpep says:

    generic viagra names cheap generic viagra non prescription viagra

  2. JamesHib says:

    viagra walgreens viagra for sale viagra cost

  3. KevinUsaby says:

    cheapest cialis web prices cheap cialis cialis free trial

  4. DanielNug says:

    non prescription viagra viagra buy viagra online

  5. Wallyblula says:

    online meds for ed comparison of ed drugs prescription drugs without doctor approval

  6. Wallyblula says:

    new erectile dysfunction treatment what is the best ed pill erectile dysfunction remedies

  7. Stevendub says:

    viagra prices buy ed pills online how much will generic viagra cost

  8. Stevendub says:

    viagra doses 200 mg viagra canada is there a generic viagra

  9. Stevendub says:

    over the counter viagra canadian pharmacy viagra viagra coupon

  10. Stevendub says:

    is viagra over the counter cheap viagra is there a generic for viagra

  11. Danielzef says:

    non prescription ed pills Cheap Erection Pills erectal disfunction

  12. Danielzef says:

    drug pharmacy generic cialis erectial dysfunction

  13. Danielzef says:

    prescription drugs without doctor approval do i have ed injections for ed

  14. Danielzef says:

    treatment for erectile dysfunction ED Pills male enhancement pills

  15. NathanHoake says:

    price of cialis generic cialis for sale can you have multiple orgasms with cialis

  16. NathanHoake says:

    cialis and interaction with ibutinib cialis online canada price on cialis

  17. WilliamRox says:

    vacuum pump for ed canadian drug pharmacy medication for ed

  18. WilliamRox says:

    online canadian pharmacy prescription drugs ways to treat erectile dysfunction

  19. Roberttop says:

    buy sildenafil online sildenafil without doctor prescription

  20. Roberttop says:

    buy sildenafil sildenafil for sale

  21. Roberttop says:

    payday loans direct lenders instant online payday loans

  22. 968843 164285Very efficiently written story. It is going to be beneficial to anybody who employess it, including me. Maintain up the great function – canr wait to read much more posts. 50042

  23. 33648 699948Currently it seems like BlogEngine may be the very best blogging platform out there proper now. (from what Ive read) Is that what you are using on your weblog? 860382

  24. StephenNup says:

    buy generic 100mg viagra online buy viagra generic online viagra

  25. RobinSeike says:

    buy online drugs generic drugs prescription without a doctor’s prescription

  26. RobinSeike says:

    goodrx viagra viagra sale buy generic viagra

  27. RobinSeike says:

    over the counter ed remedies buy Nolvadex online best ed treatment pills

  28. RobinSeike says:

    viagra without a doctor prescription usa online viagra prescription how much will generic viagra cost

  29. RobinSeike says:

    generic cialis no doctor’s prescription cialis for sale expired cialis 3 years

  30. RobinSeike says:

    over the counter ed drugs canada drug pharmacy pharmacy medications

  31. RobinSeike says:

    normal dose cialis cialis generic cialis 20mg

  32. RobinSeike says:

    ed pills comparison best online canadian pharmacy doctors for erectile dysfunction

  33. RobinSeike says:

    drug prices generic Cipro ed pills online

  34. RobinSeike says:

    cialis tolerance cialis tadalafil cialis prices

  35. RobinSeike says:

    top rated ed pills Zithromax canadian online drugstore

  36. RobinSeike says:

    natural ed treatment Cipro india shots for ed

  37. RobinSeike says:

    mail order viagra viagra sale viagra 100mg price

  38. RobinSeike says:

    ed medications comparison canadian pharmacy viagra over the counter erectile dysfunction pills

  39. Traviserony says:

    non prescription erection pills: ed drugs compared natural pills for ed

  40. Traviserony says:

    ed medications over the counter: is ed reversible canadian pharmacy

  41. LarryCague says:

    take cialis with or without food cialis online cialis maximum dosage

  42. LarryCague says:

    zithromax online usa where can i buy zithromax uk buy generic zithromax online

  43. LarryCague says:

    zithromax 500mg price zithromax online australia zithromax buy online no prescription

  44. LarryCague says:

    generic viagra india viagra 100mg price viagra online canadian pharmacy

  45. LarryCague says:

    zithromax capsules 250mg zithromax buy zithromax for sale usa

  46. LarryCague says:

    zithromax pill zithromax antibiotic without prescription zithromax buy online

  47. LarryCague says:

    over the counter viagra cvs cheap generic viagra viagra cost

  48. 74ABT2244D,118 is available. We are distributor of NXP Semiconductors / Freescale 74ABT2244D,118. Buy 74ABT2244D,118 IC BUFF/DVR TRI-ST DUAL 20SOIC.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.