Do you have a dream? Do you dream of being in a certain profession, starting a business, having a worldwide ministry or large charity, donating huge amounts of money to those in need? Do you think about going to school to change your career? Are you thinking about quitting a dead end job; owning your own business, writing a bestseller?
If this sounds like the sayings of a get-rich-quick schemer, think again. There is no price to pay for thinking and imagining bigger than where you are now. You can only go places you can see in your mind’s eye. Thinking and imagining where you want to be will help you to separate real God given dreams from mere fantasies. Dreams have substance and are based in reality; fantasies are, well, just that. If you never entertain the thought, you will never leave where you are. People do not become great by accident. It starts with a thought, a dream, a desire.
What do you have now? Do not wait until you have more money, more time, more opportunities. Start where you are. If you never start, you will never know what you could have achieved. No one starts at the peak of anything. The journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. If you cannot donate a million dollars start by giving ten. If you want to change your career, you may need to make some sacrifices to go back to school. If God has put it in you heart to start a ministry, start a bible study group in your home. If you want to write a bestseller, start writing down your ideas now.
Do not procrastinate, just do it. Gather as much information as you need to get started with whatever it is you have a passion for. Seek help. What if you don’t succeed? Regroup and try again. You may not be able to start your business with the penthouse office, but you can start in your garage. You may not be on the radar of a traditional publisher, but you could self publish your book and build on that. If you cannot get on TV, there is YouTube!
So there it is: Think bigger than where you are; start with what you have; go ahead and do it!
1.Have a vision: Where do you see yourself in 12 months time, 2 years time, 5 years time? You cannot get what you cannot conceive.
2.Get organized: Decide what it is you want to do and develop a plan to pursue it. Map out a strategy to bring your plan to fruition
3.Associations: Get to know people like you who are going where you are going; people who are in the process of doing what you are trying to do.
4.Mentors: Get to know people who have gone before you and already accomplished what you are trying to accomplish. Mentors can help ground you.
5.Dream killers: Avoid these people like the plague. These are the ones who will give you 1001 reasons why an idea would not work. Hang out with forward thinking people who will encourage you to be your best.
6:Excellence: Start small does not mean start mediocre. Develop excellence in the execution of your projects , no matter how little they are.
7.Fear not: Fight against fear like you would fight against a mortal enemy. Fear paralyzes, fear is a dream killer.
8. Keep learning: There is always more to learn on the journey to where you are going. There is no “arrival” far as developing yourself is concerned.
9. Relevant information: If you want to go to medical school why are you pursuing a degree in economics? You get the picture.
10.Sacrifice:Prepare to sacrifice money, time, sleep, relationships (see 5. above) in order to achieve your dream. However, the sacrifice will be worth it.