My church is a great example of creating a dream, putting it up where they and everyone else can see it, and speaking positively until that dream comes to fruition. In the last several years, they have looked for a building for the feeding program. In the last 8 months, they have served 150,000 families who needed food out of the car-port of our church. The food that is donated to the church lines every wall of the church on most days.
Ten months ago, they put up several drawing and pictures of a big building that was vacant. It is a huge warehouse that would fit the food program and many other ministries, which they have no room to create at the church. Month after month, week after week, day after day, the pastor, Karen Belknap, would speak about how God would give the church the building. Even though at first it was over 2 million dollars, she still spoke into the situation and she kept bringing people in to see her dream on the wall of the sanctuary.
This week Pastor Belknap and a donor will go in and sign the papers to purchase the building. They will then go in, clean and polish, and get the building ready to serve even more families than they do now. Some may say it is coincident, but I know it is because the goal was placed before them. They never wavered in their thoughts or words. If they were even tempted, the building was placed in front of them to remind them to keep dreaming.
In my own life, I have done the same thing. In my office, I don’t have a board, but I have a book that I line with pictures and words. These pictures and words show and tell what my goals are and where I want to be in 5, 10, 20 years. Do I think it absolutely be the same as what is in my book? Maybe or maybe not, but what I do know is that whatever comes my way will be even more amazing. Why, because I am working hard to perfect skills that I need to be successful in anything I do, and I am conquering fears that might get in the way of my success.
In addition, my eyes are focused on the goals that mean the most to me. These goals are my passion. At the end of my life, I want people to be inspired by my life. For this to come true, I need focus in my life. Dream boards, vision boards, or vision books, whatever name you use is the way to focus and keep on track. My husband, Brenton, was looking at my vision book last night and realized that, although I had a lot of things I am still working on, there were a lot of goals that I had accomplished.
Now you need to make a list of all your dreams. If you don’t have dreams, goals, or steps that you need to take, go back and start making those dreams, goals, or steps. Look through magazines, through internet pictures or advertisements to find the pictures that represent your dreams.
For those who need help with their dreams: I have other blogs on following dreams and creating goals. You can go back and read those. Once you have your dreams written down, you can go back to creating a vision.
We will be talking next week on how to make sure you have the right people in your corner (another concept I learned from Pastor Karen Belknap).