Have you heard of the story the prospector digging for gold during the California Gold Rush, made popular in the famous book, Think and Grow Rich. He apparently was digging and finding small amounts of gold but not the mother load he was after.
After a considerable amount of digging, he decided that it was pointless. Another prospector heard he was quitting and bought his tools then hired a land surveyor, geologist and an engineer. This led to the new prospector discovering gold three feet from where the original prospector stopped digging! He was so close but because he quit he lost out on the treasure he so desired.
At some point or another we’ve all been there. We have a dream within us that we are trying to see it fulfilled and it is just not happening. Like the prospector we sometimes give up when we may have been so close to our dream becoming a reality. Instead of giving up we can shift our focus to a few things.
Nurture your dreams
Take good care of your dream. Protect it. Preserve it. Make decisions that will benefit it. While you may not be able to see how it will be fulfilled, faith in God holds on to the hope that although it is unseen it will eventually become a reality. We should shift our focus to God’s timetable. How and when we imagine our plans working out are not necessarily God’s time frame.
Nurture your dream by participating in activities that give you a better chance of achieving them. Your dreams are like plants that need food and water to grow. If you neglect to provide what your dream needs, they will be stifled.
Create a plan of achievement
How do I go about making this a reality. What resources do I need. What skills do I need. Do I possess those skills? Will I need outside help? These are all part of creating a strategy to achieve your dreams. We must engage in deliberate actions. They will not materialize without thought and effort put into them.
Work one step at a time
Working on a step by step basis makes a difficult project easier to manage. This benefits us because we are less likely to become overwhelmed by the enormity of what we are trying to achieve. With the success of each step it also bolsters our confidence.
Look at the big picture of what you need to do and identify small steps that you can take to finish off the whole project. This was one of the best tips I learnt from reading works by Brian Tracey. He talks about breaking projects into manageable steps and working on each step until you have mastered it. One way of knowing you have become good at it is when others start to notice your competence in this area.
Regularly review your goals/plans
This is a ongoing process of evaluating where we are and where we need to go. Here we are checking to see what exactly we need to be working on to bring our dreams to a reality. Essentially, we are doing a progress report to see what has worked for us so far and what has not.
We want to assess where we are and what other steps we need to take to see our goals accomplished. In further readings, Brian Tracey writes about this too. One of his best tips to achieving his goals was to rewrite and review them daily.
Make sure your dream is God’s dream for you
Living in obedience to God means that we must ensure that the plans and dreams that we have line up with his purposes for us. When the temptation to quit arises we seek out his promises from the word to strengthen our faith.
One verse that reminds me of God keeping his promises is, “From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do” Isaiah 46:11. God is intent on bringing his plans to fruition. Even though the road leading to the dream may be long, nothing can stand against God’s purpose for you.
At the end of the day, it takes believing that God is who he says he is and that his purposes will be accomplished. As long as we hold that hope, we are well on our way to keeping our dreams alive when we want to quit.
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