Do I clearly see my dream?
How specific is the picture of your future? We must create a clear picture of what we want our future to look like. You must define your dream before you can pursue it. It takes effort to bring clarity to your dream, it requires you to determine what resources, experiences and people are required to achieve your dream. Having a clear picture affirms why you are pursuing what it is you are determined to achieve; It will help you prioritise your time, resources and energy, providing motivation to the people/teams you have around you. If you cannot see or picture what it is you are wanting to achieve how will you know when you have actually achieved it?
For me personally, when I set out goals, I write them down. It is amazing how much more you achieve when it is actually written down. It gives me something to refer back to and look at when I want to see where I am actually heading. It reminds me what I want my success to look like and identify what and who I need to achieve it.
“Only those who see their dreams are able to seize their dreams.” John C. Maxwell
Is my dream really my dream?
Whose dream are you living? Is it your dream, or is it one from a parent or a teacher, your partner, a sibling, or even your coach? We need to get to a place in our life where we decide to do some soul searching to discover what our dream is. You cannot achieve a dream that you do not own.
“When the dream is right for the person and the person is right for the dream, the two cannot be separated from each other” (John C. Maxwell)
If you don’t own your dream, how can you achieve it? You can wish for your dream to happen, but unless you take ownership of it and commit to the achievement of it you will never see it come to fruition.
Taking ownership of your dream requires you to believe in your dream even when others do not. It requires you to face your fears and resolve to pursue the dream no matter what. It also forces you be to intentional in how you live. You recognise that each day matters and plays an important role in achieving your dreams.
“Find out what it is you want and go after it as if your life depends on it. Why? Because it does.” Les Brown
We live in a world where the be all and end all is Success. Are you dissapointed you lost last weeks football game, or you missed out on the promotion at work, perhaps you are finding it hard to make the repayment on your car loan, or worse still your internet connection is drinving you nuts because it is so slow.
Let this short video bring perspective to your life and the world in which we live in. We are blessed to be a blessing and should be grateful for what we have. But as we become aware of the great needs of our world our response should be to use our blessings to bless those in our world who are most needy.
In the next few blogs I want to share from one of my favourite books which has inspired, encouraged and challenged me to live out my dreams. And provide practical tools to reach my goals that I set.
In John C Maxwell’s book “ Put your dream to the test” Maxwell explores 10 questions through the book. I believe for us to live out the dreams in our life we need to consider the following questions
- The Ownership Question:- Is my dream really my dream?
- The Clarity Question:Do i clearly see my dream?
- The Reality Question:Am I depending on factors within my control to achieve my dream?
- The Passion Question: Does my dream compel me to follow it?
- The Pathway Question: Do I have a strategy to reach my dream?
- The People Question: Have I included the people i need to realise my dream?
- The Cost Question: Am I willing to pay the price for my dream?
- The Tenacity Question: Am I moving closer to my dream?
- The Fulfillment Question: Does working toward my dreams bring satisfaction?
- The Significance Question: Does my dream benefit others?
I encourage you to get this book if you are committed to living out your goals and dreams. I will be exploring some of the thoughts that John Maxwell has in this book in the coming blogs.
Enjoy your week
I read a great quote the other day that I want to share with you
“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” – Jim Watkin
What is persistence?
persistence |pərˈsistəns|nounfirm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition : companies must have patience and persistence, but the rewards are there.• the continued or prolonged existence of something : the persistence of huge environmental problems.
Persistance means to keep going forward toward what you set out to achieve despite what you face, encounter and are challenge by. Persistence means to NEVER EVER GIVING UP!!!
You can do this journey and cross that finish line achieving all you ever hoped for and more. Your dreams, aspiration and goals can be achieve you just need to remain persistence against all odds.
Be blessed today wherever you are in your journey
In the movie Coach Carter (2005), the story of of Richmond High School (Richmond, California) basketball coach Kenneth Carter who made local headlines for benching his undefeated team due for poor academic performance, Rick Gonzalez who plays student athlete Timo Cruz quotes “Our Greatest Fear”. Cruz quotes the passage in response to a question by Coach Carter – he asks the team what their greatest fear is.
Don’t ever allow your fear of inadequacy stop you from living out the full potential you were created to share with the world. Your life is full of potential and the world fails to be all it was meant to be if you choose to live small. It is your choice how you live. Choose to live a life that uses all the potential it was created with.
It is easy to get overwhelmed by all the needs in the world. So often we look at all the tragedy, human needs and poverty and think ” what can i do?”.
We can either decide to do nothing or committment to just doing something.to change the world starts with one person.YOU!
In the last few days i have been reminded of how easy it is make a difference. Last night i was at a fundraiser for the people in need in Peru…how did we raise money? Simply go to the movies, drink cocktails and have a fun girls night out. and that makes a huge difference as we raise money for the needs of the people in Peru.
I was watching today as a television station raised money for Sydney children’s hospital. Did you know that if every single person in NSW Australia donated $1 each we could raise over 7 millions dollars!!!
Jarryd Hayne a NRL player donated his football boots yesterday to raise money for people in Lennox Heads Australia to help the people who have been affected by a tornado. A simple pair of footy boots will change the lives of many people who’s lives have been turned upside down(To bid for his boots go to nrl.com.au)
Another player Justin Poore is committed to raising money for the people of Rwanda who have been affected by the genocide. How? setting up a website where people can make donations and hosting a dinner which raises thousands of dollars so people who’s lives have been stolen away from them can look toward the future in hope.For all the details on his charity and fundraising efforts check out www.poorerwanda.com
It is so easy to help people..what can you do? It is simply using what you have in your hand ( your experience,abilities, skills and talents) and using them to change the lives of people who are in need.
What can you do today to change the life of someone less fortunate than yourself?
“Incy wincey spider climbed up the water spout,
Down came the rain and washed poor wincey out.
Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain.
So Insy wincey spider climbed up the spout again.”
I was reminded of this nursery rhyme recently. You see I have a spider who has decided to take up residency on my car mirror. Every morning when I get in my car a big Webb has formed across the mirror. Every morning I pull it down, but the next morning the Webb returns.
I have tried everything to persuade this spider to move on and find a home elsewhere, despite pulling the Webb down each morning the spider has yet to get my hint!..This little spider is adamant this is where he wants his home, and nothing I do will stop him from staying there (much to my frustration!) Each day I find another Webb and each day it is bigger, stronger than the one before. The more I try to tear down its Webb the stronger he seems to build.
I can’t help but learn a great lesson from this persistent spider.
So often we start of in our dreams so full of confidence, self belief and passion. Along the way we somehow get disheartened. People’s words, actions tear away at us. The unexpected or unplanned happens and rather than taking ten steps forward we find ourselves going backwards.
Take heart my friend, this little spider who is determined to live in my car mirror will not allow my “tearing down” of his home, to stop him build what he wants. We need to be the same. Resolve today that no matter how many setbacks, disappointments or “failures” you face. That you keep on building. Continue to build the dream in your heart. Continue to build so that when the rain comes, the storm and hard times you will be strong, full of courage to continue to build the dream you have started no matter what challenge or obstacle you face.
One of my most favourite books of all times is written by a man by the name of John C Maxwell. This man is a leading leadership author and speaker and just has so much wisdom!
From his book ” Put your Dream to the Test” it takes us through the 5 stages of achieving your dream. They are:
1. What is the goal? CLARITY ( defining what your dream actually is)
2. What do I need to do? STRATEGY ( deciding what needs to be done to achieve the dream)
3. Who do I need to achieve it? PEOPLE ( we cannot achieve our dream solo, who do you need in your life to help you get there?)
4. What is the cost? THE PRICE ( nothing we achieve ever comes free, are you willing to count the cost to see your dream achieved?)
5. How does my dream help others? SIGNIFICANCE ( Allow others to be impacted and inspire others)
Be blessed with this practical wisdom to flesh out your dreams and making them a reality. Happy brainstorming and planning