How Big is Your Dream?

I got this from Pastor Niki Miranda, our Pastor back at New Beginning Community Church last 2012.

How Big is Your Dream?

Based on John Maxwell’s book “Put Your Dreams to a Test”

Introduction: All of us have dreams!

Will you achieve your dreams in a life time? What percentage do you think will your dream be realized?

Ex. Teacher tells us to prepare for the exams. They give us pointers. Why? They want us to succeed? They are setting us up for success. If you know the right questions the more the likelihood of your success.

I Have a Dream” is a public speech by American activist Martin Luther King, Jr. It was delivered by King on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 28, 1963, in which he called for an end to racism in the United States. The speech was delivered to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights.

Misconceptions of Dreams:

  • Day dreams. Distractions from current work.
  • Pie in the sky. Wild ideas with no strategies or basis in reality.
  • Bad Dreams. Worries that breed fear and paralysis
  • Idealistic dreams. The way the world will be if you were in charge.
  • Vicarious Dreams. Dreams lived through others.
  • Romantic Dreams. The belief that some person would make you happy.
  • Career Dreams. The belief that career will make you happy.
  • Destination Dreams. The belief that title, promotion and award will make you happy.
  • Material Dreams. The belief that wealth and possession will make you happy.

If these are not good dreams, valid ones worthy of a person’s life then what are?

Here’s a definition of a dream that is test and pass.

A dream is an inspiring picture of the future that energizes your mind, will and emotions empowering you to do all that you can and achieve it. A genuine dream is a picture and blueprint of a person’s purpose and potential.

If you ever given up hope and lost site of your dream and never have connected with something worth dreaming… it would be helpful to learn about the…

Five Common Reasons Why People Have Trouble Identifying A Dream:

  • Some People Have Been Discouraged From Dreaming By Others.
  • Some People Are Hindered By Past Disappointments and Hurts.
  • Some People Get Into The Habit Of Settling For Average.
  • Some People Lack The Confidence To Pursue Their Dreams.
  • Some People Lack The Imagination To Dream.

1.Some People Have Been Discouraged From Dreaming By Others.

Many people had their dreams taken away from them. This world is filled with idea killers. Many people not pursuing their own dreams don’t want others to pursue their own dreams. Why? Because other people’s success makes them feel inadequate and insecure. Business professors Gary Hamill and SK Pralahad wrote about an experiment conducted amongst a group of 4 monkeys…. pole, banana, one hungry monkey… time came that all the monkeys in the room were those who were not drenched by cold water, but continue to prevent each other from climbing the pole… but this time they don’t know why?

Perhaps others have drag you down in life… they discouraged you from dreaming… maybe they resented the fact that you wanted to grow up and move up or make something significant with your life. Or maybe they were trying to protect you from pain and discouragement. Either way if you have been discouraged from dreaming, take heart it’s never too late to start dreaming and pursuing your dreams. Ex. Joseph, David

2. Some People Are Hindered By Past Disappointments and Hurts.

Disappointment is the gap between expectation and reality. All of us have encountered that gap. All of us have our share of disappointments. All of us have our own disappointments. Disappointments can be utterly disappointing. We would sometimes withdraw. Ex. Peter was so disappointed that after denying Jesus three times he decided to go back fishing.

3. Some People Get Into The Habit Of Settling For Average.

Dreams require people to stretch. You cannot simply remain a mediocre and pursue your dreams. Mediocrity is a personal choice. Mediocrity and Dream is incompatible. When we settle for average we would sometimes blame it on others and our circumstance. Maybe your problem is your lack of dreaming. Dream (libre ang managinip). Nothing really happens with an unworthwhile dream. God expects all of us to make a difference: in our family, in our community, in our church, in our nation. Ex. Words such as awesome, majestic, great, excellence are all reserved for God…right? Who is God? He is your Father. Therefore, this should also be found in His children. If we are connected to the Vine we will bear much fruit? Who’s fruit? God’s fruit!

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)

4. Some People Lack The Confidence To Pursue Their Dreams.

Dreams are fragile. They are at risk especially if you don’t have the experience. How do you boost your confidence? Self knowledge. Great confidence comes from knowing and accepting yourself. Know who you are. Assess your strengths and weaknesses. Your mentor can help you here. All of us have been given abilities and talents to pursue our dreams.

I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1

Each one of us has received a special gift in proportion to what Christ has given. Ephesians 4:7 GNT

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

5. Some People Lack The Imagination To Dream.

How do people discover their dreams? By Dreaming! Sound simple. Many people simply stop dreaming. Imagination is the soil that brings dreams to life. If you no longer imagine or stop imagining, don’t lose hope. God has put that ability in us. Just look at the children. They are always imaginative. Discover your dream. I believe that God wants us all to dream. And to dream big! Why? Because He is a Big God! He wants to do Big things. And He wants to do this through us.

You might be saying now…OK I understand now that I need to dream… I have a dream…But what are my odds that if I pursue my dreams I would fulfill it?

Ten Questions to ponder:

  1. The Ownership Question: Is my dream really my dream?
  2. The Clarity Question: Do I really see my dream?
  3. The Reality Question: Am I depending on factors within my control to achieve my dream?
  4. The Passion Question: Does my dream compel me to follow it?
  5. The Pathway Question: Do I have a strategy to reach my dream.
  6. The People Question: Have I included the people I need to realize my dream?
  7. The Cost Question: Am I willing to pay the price for my dream.
  8. The Tenacity Question: Am I moving closer to my dream?
  9. The Fulfillment Question: Does working toward my dream bring satisfaction?
  10. The Significance Question: Does my dream benefit others?

I believe that if you really explore these questions and honestly evaluate yourself and see where you are now and answer YES to all the questions, the odds of you achieving your dreams is great.

You only need to dream big and trust God to help you fulfill those dreams for His glory and honor.

“Expect Great Things; Attempt Great Things”

William Carey, 1792