Habakkuk 2:2-3..” Write down the vision and make it plain on tables that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it, for it will surely come, it will not tarry.” The uncommon dream will have seasons of testing; adversity builds strength if we learn from it. The audacious goals in our lives are meant to make us bigger than we are in our present state, they are meant to make us bring greater value to the world we live in. God shows as a dream of our future, vision, and even instructs us to pen it down and look at it daily and see ourselves become that person. However writing it down is just the beginning, if you are to taste your dreams you need to resolve to do the following from the onset:
- Excel where you are currently
If you are faithful with little, much will be given to you. You may not be anywhere close to your dream but the “little” things you do now determine whether your dream will become a reality or not. How?
- It starts with Self-Confidence. When David went before Goliath, he reminded himself of how he had gone face to face with a bear and killed it and had done the same with a lion. All these he did while younger, so Goliath was no match. Replay past victories to boost your confidence in your abilities.
- Furthermore you will need to have total focus on your dream. The dream is never as far as it first appears, the question really is whether your head is far from it.
- Finally do all you do passionately. Passion is the drive that keeps you going when nothing seems to make sense. Create small successes now to fuel the spirit for big things.
- Take Responsibility
Leaders live out their visions by making all their actions and behaviors consistent with the visions and creating a sense of urgency for their attainment. Many people display inconsistency in their actions by doing the following:
- “It’s not my job” attitude-this only prevents team work and cooperation, don’t always focus on whose job it is to do what, see the need that exists and solve it.
- Leaving the mission to please followers-people may not agree, but do what needs to be done, at the end of the day if you do not deliver, the same people who encouraged you to deviate will come back to accuse you. You are the one to be held accountable, so be responsible.
- Failing to be a role model-everyone says the right things, but few ever back up what they say with actions. Let your actions be louder than your words, never falter when you face challenges and be ready to genuinely serve even those who oppose you..there is no better way to be a role model than to love someone who despises you.
- Build your T.E.A.M.
Nothing worth doing is ever done alone, having people around you is inevitable and assuming you have the right people around you, let these be your rules of engagement:
- T-Togetherness- create a common goal together with everyone having a role to play
- E-Empowerment-give power to those with knowledge and knowledge to those with power.
- A-Accountability-keep the goal in place and keep the team focused on the goal.
- M-Mentorship-what kind of people would you produce if the only way they learned how to navigate through life was by following you around and mimicking your actions?
- E.Q.U.I.P. your Team
The size of the dream is determined by the size of the people carrying out that dream. Unless your team grows to the level of your dream, stagnation is inevitable. Here is how you grow your team:
- E-Encourage them to serve-be aware of their struggles and fears and move with them through these things.
- Q-Qualify them to serve-train them, encouragement without training is like enthusiasm without direction, you move around a lot but little gets done.
- U-Understand their needs-listening to them should be a discipline.
- I-Instruct them-those who follow need to know where they are going and what is expected of them.
P-Pray for them-prayer is the source of vision, direction, correction and resources for the mission.