I love and encourage dreaming.
I think dreaming is healthy for our emotional well-being. It’s a process that helps us accomplish great things personally and for God.
We are told we serve a big, creative God, whose thoughts will always be bigger and better than ours. We are to walk by faith. We are to trust God into the unknown. Dreaming should be natural to believers. Dreaming stretches the vision of churches and organizations, it fuels creativity and many great opportunities develop first as a dream.
The reality is, however, that more people have dreams than attain them.
Perhaps you have dreams you have yet to accomplish. I certainly do. One reason dreams never come true is that we don’t have a system in place to work toward them. I love to be an encourager for people with great dreams, so with that in mind, here are some steps to help you move toward reaching your dreams:
Identify your dream—This is where you list specifically what the dream would look like. Obviously it needs to be attainable. If your dream is to create a new moon, you may be disappointed, but don’t be afraid for it to be a stretch either. For example, suppose your dream is to be to be an author. That’s a dream you can accomplish, but it may not be realistic to write the next Purpose Driven Life.
Make an action plan—Write down specific action steps you can take toward attaining your goal. (The writing down part is important.) Sticking with the idea of being an author, perhaps you could start with a blog, for which you write post regularly to build the discipline of writing. Then move to outlining chapters. Then you might set aside a few hours a week to actually write the book. Record realistic dates to begin/complete each step.
Develop accountability—Most of us work harder when we know someone is going to challenge us to do so. Consider the success of programs like Weight Watchers. Accountability works, so share your plan of action with a few people who will continue to challenge you to completion.
Share the load—Even though it is your dream, the best ideas are accomplished when people work together toward a common vision. Don’t be afraid to invite others to help you accomplish your dream as needed.