A girl wearing a dream cap with a light bulb on top and a bubble that says "Dream it! A Playbook to Spark Your Awesomeness."
How to fall uphill infographic. A bicyclist falls up a mountain until they are standing on the top.
If your dream is a mountain, where are you? Going from the impossible to the possible.

How to fall uphill

Can you identify where you are in the process of turning dreams into reality?

How to fall uphill worksheets
How to fall uphill worksheets in black and white and color. Identify your dream and what step you are on. Good for kids and adults.

A free worksheet

This graphic has been simmering in my brain for years. I think it really captures the essence of how doubt and fear are essential to any adventure. Imagine your dream is a mountain. We all start our grand adventure at the bottom. It is the place with all the possibilities. As you climb, sometimes you’ll trip and fall. But you’ll notice that when you get back up, you’ve accidentally traveled farther up the mountain, and you’ve learned from your mistakes. We call these happy accidents falling uphill.

This may be my favorite worksheet of all time. If you don’t know, I rode my bicycle around the world. This infographic describes all the different stages I went through. The first part of being a good adventurer is knowing where you are, and this worksheet helps you figure that out. It also gives a hint about what to do if you are stuck. Believe me, I wish I knew this stuff when I first started on my adventure.

Printout instructions: Below, you can download the free, PDF worksheet. It’s good for kids and adults. Each worksheet includes brief instructions, but here, I explain the concepts in depth. (If you are a facilitator, you can summarize or paraphrase these ideas for your group.)

Bonus poster: I’ve also included both a black and white and color version without the instructions which will make great inspirational posters for your office or classroom.

Update: This graphic was actually adapted and used in our new book “Dream It!” to teach kids how to turn dreams into reality. If you like the idea of falling uphill, you love our book. It will teach the first and most important step in any adventure: how to find your passion.

Download below.

Download: How to fall uphill

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This is a printer-friendly, high-res PDF. You’ll get both a color (if available) and black and white version. Each PDF comes with simple instructions. We recommend building a life planner by putting all your activities into a 3-ring binder. Thanks! And have fun!

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