Making Dreams a Reality

Maybe it is just me, but if I am not dreaming up something for my ministry or life… I feel a little dead inside.  There is an emptiness if we are only limited to that which we perceive as “reality” for now.

Michael Hyatt recently offered seven steps to thinking big.  Here is my take on it:

Imagine the possibilities. No matter if you find yourself buried in the tomb for three days, imagine resurrection. Do not just re-purpose someone else’s dream or success for your own. Consider what is possible based on your own skills, imagination, and passions.

Write down your dream. And then hang on to that paper scrap, the napkin note, the scribble.  Let it haunt your notepad or desk until you add to it, refine it, take the first steps towards it.

Connect with what is at stake.  Don’t let your dream stand out there on its own; it will die of loneliness.  What are the elements of the present dream that will change your future existence? Begin to connect those changes into your daily life.  Speak aloud of the dream to others. Your explanations and rationalizations will help refine and define the dream.  In doing this, you will come to understand the “sweat equity” of your own cost of time and effort needed to make your dream reality.

Outline what would have to be true. Start with the dream but work strategically backward. It’s the same for any goal.  Identify all the steps needed to make something happen. You do this on a regular basis with any program that you do. Incorporate those skills on programming out your dream

Decide what you can do to affect the outcome. Just like with the program planning we discussed above, you can not expect success unless you complete all the step you have identified.  Sometimes we do not follow through on these steps. Maybe because we might fear failure or even fear that changes that success might bring. But we must always  keep the bigger picture on our mind and on our task list.

Determine when this will happen. (I am lifting these comments completely from Hyatt) Someone once said that a goal is simply a dream with a deadline. A deadline is one way to make the dream more concrete—which is exactly what thinking big is about. A deadline also creates a sense of urgency that will motivate you to take action. Force yourself to assign a “by when” date to every goal. (If you get stuck, ask yourself, What’s the worst that can happen if I don’t hit this?)

Review your goals regularly. Mark down how well you are achieving your goals. Pray about your goals.  Have an accountability partner with whom to share your successes and frustrations.  Celebrate the distances traveled on the journey. Pray through the pilgrimage from the moment of the dream until the destination of the reality.

I wrote this today because a friend I met with yesterday needed to hear this.  I wrote this today because I know that I needed to hear it as well.  Every blog posting comes under the dream that (for over twelve years now) that maybe you, who have read this far, needed to hear it as well.  Dream big, folks!

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D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.

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