I’ve been reading a lot of books lately on how to pursue your dreams. They all start in the same place. They all start with facing your fears. I don’t know about you, but I need some motivation to face my fears. Facing your fears is important, but so is dreaming.
This week we are going to dream first. We are going to take some time to dream and plan so that in our dreaming and planning we can find the motivation to face the fears.
I want you to take out a sheet of paper. Divide your paper in half. Write down all of the different roles that you currently have on one side. Mine looks something like this:
- Child of God
Now write down all the roles that you wish you had on the other side. Mine includes:
- Entrepreneur (store owner)
- Short-term Missionary
This is the time to dream big. It is the time to be filled with joy and wonder at the potential of life.
What is it that you dream of being? A world traveler? A nurse? An artist?
What is that you dream of doing? Living a healthier lifestyle? Selling your art at shows or online? Helping others?
Write it down. Write all of them down. Be specific.
Save these lists. Come back to them. Review them. Edit them.
For this month, we want to focus on just one of these roles, one of these dreams. Choose something small that can be completed this month. This month is not about making all of our dreams come true all at once. That is draining and overwhelming so I need you to pick just one dream.
How do you choose? Pray about it. Ask the Lord to guide you.
- Start with the most urgent.
What is the most urgent role or dream that you have? What is pressing on you? What is that thing that you know that you need to change? For some people, it will be finding a new job. For others like me, it will be living a healthier lifestyle. What has to change?
- Start with your priorities and values.
If there is nothing urgent, then look at where your priorities lie and what you value. Out of all of these roles, what is the most important to you? What is important but you have pushed to the side because other things seemed more important or more urgent? Focus on one of those dreams.
- Start with your passions.
Still can’t decide? What do you feel passionate about? Which of the dream roles do you want most? Start there.
- Start small.
Start small. Start with something that seems simple to change. Take baby steps. Is there something that you are able to complete this month?
This month is about learning to be faithful in the small things so that we can be faithful in the big things. It is about learning to be disciplined and self-controlled. It is about learning and growing, about being intentional, about challenging ourselves. It is about doing. It is about getting started.
Choose a dream to get started on. Pray about it. Ask the Lord to give you a dream or show you what you need to change. It can be a small dream that can be completed in a month or it can be part of a larger dream.