This past weekend I was in Indiana for my first ever Streams of Income Live Event. I am thrilled with how well it went. We had over 30 people in small town Pendleton, Indiana!
On Sunday I had the privilege of speaking at the church I went to when I lived in Indiana. I felt lead to talk about how to realize your dreams. The 7 steps below is a summary of that message.
I hope it blesses you!
7 Steps to Realizing your Dreams
1) Know who you are in Christ
Too many people never realize their dreams because they disqualify
themselves. They feel like because of who they are or because of the
mistakes they’ve made that they’re not worthy of living their dreams and that God could never use them.
This is a HUGE lie!
Or maybe thoughts like these below have crept into your head…
Who are you to dream big? No one in your family has ever amounted to anything.
You have always been a failure
Recognize these for what they are – lies.
You are the righteousness of God in Christ (Romans 5:21). You are a child of the most high God!
There is NOTHING that can disqualify you from fulfilling God’s call on your life and living your dreams!
2) Get a Vision for your Life
This might look different for you, but the best way for me to get a vision for my life is to pray and get quiet.
The ideas I’ve received during these prayerful quiet times have been the best ones.
3) Write down the Vision
Habakkuk 2:2 says “Write the vision”
I have a journal where I write things down from my prayer time. Many times these things get implemented in my business.
For some things I go one step further and put it on my vision board.
For example….I have the desire to do more speaking events like I did this past weekend. I feel it’s something I’m called to do. So I found a picture of a guy speaking in front of a large crowd and this is on my vision board among many other things.
And…I look at my vision board every day.
4) Take Action
It’s not enough to just write your dreams down. You must take action on those dreams.
I believe that many people miss God’s plan for their lives because it’s
disguised as work.
You probably won’t know every single step you should take. Just take the first one.
Then the next. Then the next.
With action comes clarity.
5) Don’t Rely on your Own Efforts
In 1 Corinthians 15:10 Paul says “ But by the grace (the unmerited favor and blessing) of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not [found to be] for nothing (fruitless and without effect). In fact, I worked
harder than all of them [the apostles], though it was not really I, but the grace (the unmerited favor and blessing) of God which was with me.”
“Hustle” is a word you hear a lot in business. I know not everyone that uses this word means it this way, but what typically comes to my mind when I hear “hustle” is work 18 hour days, sacrifice family time, and work some more and that it’s all up to me to make it happen.
I could never ever do what I do without the grace of God. St. Augustine said “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though
everything depended on you.”
The more I rely on His grace (unmerited favor) the more doors of
opportunity open for me.
6) Surround Yourself with Dream Cheerleaders
Not everyone is going to be your biggest fan and believe you can realize your dreams. Limit your time with those folks or distance yourself
You are on a mission and can’t afford to be de-railed by naysayers who don’t get the vision.
Find those people that cheer you on and hang out with them.
7) Consistency is Key
It’s easy to start, but harder to finish.
Small consistent effort over a long period of time produces massive results.
Keep doing the work – over and over and over again.
Go get your dreams!!!