You may wonder how to achieve your goals and dreams. We don’t talk much about our dreams. In fact, we may not talk to anyone about some of the hopes and dreams we have because we think we might be made fun of or discouraged. Our spiritual goals, visions, and dreams may feel impossible or, at least, we have convinced ourselves they are. How can we achieve our goals and dreams if we don’t look at them?
Of course, the answer is – we can’t. I often hear women say – I would like to do that but I just can’t. Why? I realize, of course, that some dreams have to be put aside until the time is right. Perhaps you have a dream to travel in Europe but right now you have 3 young children and limited finances.
What are the Obstacles to Your dream being Fulfilled?
I think there are other dreams we have which could be done sooner, but we don’t have the confidence in ourselves to do them or we are so burdened with other responsibilities that we truly can’t unless we make some significant changes. Often, money is our obstacle.
Life takes over and we put our dreams in a box and may never take them out again. I’m not saying that all of our goals, visions, and dreams are God’s will. Some are just our own wishes and there is nothing wrong with that. But, if we can’t achieve them, it doesn’t mean we are failing God.
Start with prayer
So, how do know which dreams and goals to hang onto and which ones to set aside? Of course, that’s an individual decision, but, the first avenue is always prayer. If we pray and put the dream in God’s hands, we will know.
How to Achieve Your Goals and Dreams
Secondly, the fulfillment of our dreams generally requires hard work and dedication on our part. God doesn’t do it for us. He gives us the strength and knowledge but He does not do the work involved – we do. As we look at our dreams, we must decide what would be required, what sacrifices might have to be made, and whether or not we are willing to commit to the amount of work required.The fulfillment of our dreams generally requires hard work and dedication on our part. God doesn't do it for us. He gives us the strength and knowledge but He does not do the work involved – we do. Click To Tweet
For many years, I had a desire to write and believed it was what God wanted me to do. My life finally reached a point where I had the time to begin educating myself. Then, my husband was killed in an accident and I was diagnosed with cancer. For over two years, I was sidelined just as I thought I would be able to fulfill my dream.
Finally, the pain and fog cleared and I started again. I didn’t allow the circumstances to make me stop. I renewed my education, went to a writer’s retreat and made the sacrifices necessary to publish a book. It required time, money, hard work, and dedication and there were times when frustration reached a peak. I published my book.
Then, I started blogging. It too has required a huge learning curve, time, frustration, money, and more. However, I knew that this was what I was supposed to do and so I am! I love to write and that passion brings me through the frustration and exhaustion.
Do You Love Your Dream?
There is one thing which will be the primary determining factor in whether or not your dreams, goals, and visions are fulfilled. Know that God is with you is, of course, the basis. However, this one thing will determine whether you succeed or fail.
Do you have a desire deep in your spirit that won’t be silent? Do you love your dream? Does it provide you with joy when you think about it? Is it worth doing? Is it worth it to you?
It doesn’t matter what others think. Does it matter to you? If so, then you will be willing to do what is required to make it happen.
Be Open to Change
The finished product might not look like your original picture. That’s a common factor in all of life. We have a picture but, in the end, there are changes and modifications made along the way simply because of things we weren’t aware of as we formed our first picture.
I wanted to write but I did not originally see a blog as part of the picture. After I started the blog, I didn’t see the videos and podcasts, the images which would have to be created, or the learning curve for a multitude of apps. All I saw was writing! My picture changed and it had to.
I had the choice of embracing the changes or sticking to my first picture because I was unwilling to change. I never envisioned the amount of work involved in being a Christian blogger. I had to make another choice to embrace that.
Death or Fulfillment of Your Dream
If you have a dream, it’s fulfillment will involve things you can’t see now, but, if it is a dream you love, you will embrace them and move forward. That is what decides the fulfillment or death of your dream.
Some dreams are built over a period of years. Very few take place in a short time. Of course, that depends on the scope of the dream. If your dream is to open a coffee shop – it may take a great deal of time. If your dream is to start a dog-walking business, it may happen much more quickly.
What is your dream? Have you ever shared it with someone and they discouraged or mocked you? While it is hard to overcome something like that, you need to go back to what I said before – do you love your dream? If so, don’t let the negativity of others deter you.
How to Pursue Your Dreams
The fulfillment of every dream is hard work. If you truly can’t fulfill your dream right now, at least start with the initial steps. Write out what you want to do. Then start researching what is required to do it. You can do that for free. Find others who have done something similar and talk to them. Ask questions.
In 2002, I started a faith-based non-profit for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. All I started with was a desire to help people in need in the community we had moved to. I started going and talking to people at the city and other community service agencies. One person led to another and I ended up talking to the Victim Witness Coordinator who worked for the County Prosecutor. She told me what was needed from her perspective.
From there, I contacted a couple of larger organizations and just kept pushing forward. I had never written an application to be a 501 c(3), but I did it and received the status. I opened a small office at our church with a desk and a cell phone. Local law enforcement was not particularly inclined to work with me but I persevered. I kept talking to them and sitting in my little office all by myself!
I spent hours online learning. I learned how to write grants and actually got some money. Over the next twelve years, I built an operation that employed several people and served hundreds of people per year in two counties. I had a dream and I stubbornly pursued it! It was very hard work but I knew I was doing what I was supposed to do.
I had no idea what I was doing when I started and my first steps were just questions and lots of reading! I’m telling you this to encourage you to step out. The only way anything will happen is if you do something! Thinking will not make your dream come true.
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Pray – Act – Pray – Pray – Act
I didn’t have any special help. I had no money and no help at all in the beginning. I’m not special or different. I had a dream. God gave me the strength and I stepped out to do things I had never done before – things which were out-of-character for me. But, I saw that the steps were required in order to move forward so I took them. That’s how a dream becomes a reality. Pray – act – pray – pray – act. That’s the way to succeed.
As you learn, journal. Keep a record of what you learn and how you apply it. This is something I wish I had done. There is great value in knowing what worked and what didn’t. It is also a great faith-builder to look back and see the progress you have made in so many areas. You will be amazed and encouraged.
Here are the steps we have looked at so far:
- Write out your dream and what might be required to fulfill it
- Take the first steps – ask questions and begin your education.
- Write out what will be required as you learn.
- Calculate the cost – in terms of money, commitment, and work.
- Take all the steps you can and continue to learn.
- Be willing to make adjustments and changes to how your dream looks.
- Don’t give up.
How to Make Your Dreams a Reality – Don’t Give Up
I had nay-sayers about my dream to help people. I had opposition. There were many obstacles to overcome. If you believe you are to do what you have dreamed of, then pursue it.
Hebrews 10:34-39 TPT, “You sympathized with those in prison and when all your belongings were confiscated you accepted that violation with joy; convinced that you possess a treasure growing in heaven that could never be taken from you. So don’t lose your bold, courageous faith, for you are destined for a great reward! You need the strength of endurance to reveal the poetry of God’s will and then you receive the promise in full. For soon and very soon, “The One who is appearing will come without delay!” And he also says,
“My righteous ones will live from my faith. But if fear holds them back, my soul is not content with them!”
But we are certainly not those who are held back by fear and perish; we are among those who have faith and experience true life!”
Endurance is required but the reward is to have faith and experience true life! Don’t let your dream be crushed by others. Don’t crush it yourself. Instead, take an honest look at it and decide whether or not you are willing to pursue it with God’s help. If so, you will see the fulfillment of your goals and visions.
**We use verses from different Bible translations.
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