Thoughts, Dreams and Actions
If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re bound to end up somewhere else.
As a child it was very easy for me to saunter through life. I could play all summer, I could saunter through school, I could saunter through the holidays and not have to worry about what I was going to do or where I was going to go or what I was supposed to do next. It was very easy for me to simply follow the direction of my parents, my schoolteachers and my church leaders. But as I got into junior high school, I read this phrase that said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re bound to end up somewhere else.” For me, that made a lot of sense. If I don’t know where I’m headed at the beginning of my journey, I’m just going to end up wherever the road takes me. This sentiment was echoed in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy asked the cowardly lion, “Which road should I take?” And he asked, “Where are you going?” She said, “ I don’t know where I’m going.” “Well,” he said, “any road will take you there.” As a young man I began to realize I need to have a purpose, a direction, a place I wanted to go, and then one by one, I could start working toward that purpose or goal. I later learned this to be the dreaming process.
Dreaming is simply figuring out what you want to be 1 year, 5 years, 10 years from now. Then one step by two steps do goal setting; one step by one step by one step is planning how you want to get there. And of course, the action part is very easy. You get up off the couch, you start reading a book, you starting writing down ideas, and one by one you start moving toward the dreams you have.
Of the dreams and goals you have for your life, what would you do if you knew you could not fail? Would you start your own bed & breakfast? Would you start your own business? Would you start an internet business? Would you become a scholar? Would you get a masters or doctorate degree? Would you travel the world? Would you become a millionaire? Would you become a five millionaire? Would you own 100 acres of land? What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
I found 3 three things that help in accomplishing my dreams. First, paint a picture. Painting a picture is simply describing in picture form what your dream will look like when it’s finished. You can describe what it’s like to sit on 100 acres of land you own. You can describe what it’s like to welcome guests to your new bed & breakfast. You can describe what it’s like to hang your new masters degree on your wall.
Second, it’s very important to write them down. Why not take time right now and write down 10 things you would like to accomplish over the next 12 months? This very act of taking these vague notions and putting them on paper can be very helpful.
Third, I’ve found about following your dreams is it’s very important to just start. Start with the smallest easiest step first.
There are many other things we can learn about dreams. There are many other lives we can gain inspiration from. But these 3 steps of painting a picture, writing it down and then starting with the first step can be the easiest.
Whatever your dreams are, be sure to follow them. That’s one of the reasons God placed you here on earth.
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