people often say “follow your dreams”. ok, which ones? the ones that other people think should be your dreams? or you own actual dreams? the dreams that can make you a living? the dreams that can make you famous?
also… “dreams” is a funny word because its usually something nonesensical that comes to you in the night while you are asleep… i know, i know. when people say “your dreams” they really mean… the thing you really want to spend your time and self doing. the thing that ignites your soul and fills you with a sense of purpose. and if that’s the case, i would contend that we have many “dreams”
-to use our talents in a worthy and valuable way, that will impact society and at the same time bring us joy
-to walk closely with the one who created us to be who we are, because lets face, who knows us better than the one who made us?
-to have a loving marriage
-to raise godly children
What are your wide awake dreams? The things that you dwell on…
Consider them, share them… but that’s not enough, you realize… you have to take action on them.
you have be deliberate about attacking and achieving your wide awake dreams.
Let’s consider the list I just made:
-to use our talents in a worthy and valuable way, that will impact society and at the same time bring us joy – look for ways to use your gifts. offer your talents up in arenas that excite you. get involved with people doing the things you want to be doing. make appointments to ask advice from others doing the stuff you want to be a part of. people love to give advice… just ask for it.
-to walk closely with the one who created us to be who we are, because lets face, who knows us better than the one who made us? – spend time with him. read his letters to you. read his instruction and treasure it in your heart.
-to have a loving marriage – start out by choosing people to date that have things in common with you (faith, how they feel about family, god, church, hobbies, personalities) you don’t find these people by hanging out with people that are not of like mind. i’m not saying dont hang out with people that are different from you, i am just saying identify core values and whether or not you share them. ask the people around you what they might see in those you are dating that you may not be able to see. get honest feedback and take action.
-to raise godly children – learn what that means. learn from the experts (coming soon, the results from the parent interviews i recently did). ask questions. make steps to give your kids the best opportunity to learn about the God who created them. put them in situations to be met by the holy spirit. surround them with people that agree and encourage the things that you believe are important.
If you have a specific dream… you want to be an actor, let’s say. Take this list and apply it. Take action. Surround yourself with people doing what you want to do. Get training. Practice. Put yourself in the way of opportunities. Ask the experts.
You want to be a writer… join writing groups, welcome feedback, put your work out there for people to see.
You want to be a singer… take lessons, ask advice from professionals. drown yourself in music. join choirs and ensembles. cultivate relationships with others that are singers.
You want to be a teacher… interview some teachers, take the necessary courses, practice teaching, learn about the different methods of teaching and own the one that fits you best.
All of this is pretty obvious to me, and I dont mean to insult you by telling you what you already know.
I recently listened to a lesson from Jeff Young… he said “have a bias toward action”. that means that you will be known as someone that takes action, whatever the cause or case. In the matter of achieving your WIDE AWAKE dreams… have a bias toward action. Take the necessary steps to get to where you want to go.
By the way, if you are 5 or 95 its not too early or too late to become a person of action. It’s an attitude and willingness to do the work to get there.
Is it embarassing to quote Larry the Cable Guy? Git R Done?
yeah… a little… but seriously… its time to get things done. your dreams should be the reality you are taking steps toward every day…. if you do, you will be living the dream. the wide awake dream.