I knew that we were going to talk about this more than a week ago. I’m not talking about the dream you had last night or the one you want to ask the someone to interpret. I’m talking about the dream that is inside of you that is more than just a wish. Here’s a coaching question: If you could do anything you wanted and knew you couldn’t fail, what would that thing be? Stop and hush the “but I cant’s” for a minute and look head on at that dream. Now, quiet the noise and discern your spirit. Do you sense the approval or nod of God in that place of dreaming? Do you perceive a yes in your own spirit – I’m not talking goose pimples – but a way down deep inside “This is my place” when you consider that dream. This year, do you want to make that dream a reality? Let’s get started.
First you must determine if the dream is reality or fantasy. Fantasies are how we entertain ourselves when we aren’t doing what we supposed to be doing. We talk a lot about purpose, so let me do a little sidebar to help you identify that. I encourage you to get Mike Murdock’s book, The Assignment. There are great principles for identifying your God-given assignment (purpose) in the book. For example, two of those principles are: The thing that makes you angry is what you’ve been called to confront and the thing that makes you cry is what you’ve been anointed to heal.
You should always consider your reason for being here with the unique collection of giftings, personality, passions (as in the above two principles) and desire. So now I ask again, What are you dreaming about? And how does that dream come to fruition? Here are some steps to consider that will help make your dream a reality:
1. Although you may have a lot of dreams, Identify the dream that is hooked to your purpose.
2. Identify the problem your dream solves.
3. Identify the platform – the place that dream will be launched from: is it a business, a book, a workshop, a radio show or a ministry?
4. Assume the stance of a leader. You may be the first one that has ever seen it this way, because you are the one created to solve the problem. That means others might not understand, and you could feel rejected.
5. Have accountability. Consider Proverbs 11:14: "Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety." The best way to make sure your dream and assignment are on track is to have accountability – people who can tell you the truth even if you get angry. The first part of the above verse is important because when we perceive a dream we can run off in pride and set ourselves up for falling and destruction.
6. Step. Write the vision. Create action steps. Do the steps.