Achieve Your Dreams!

zechariahnewman —  June 10, 2013 — 4 Comments

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” These lyrics by John Lennon described my life. Now I’m a recovering dreamer going toward a visionary. It seems as if most of us are dreamers. We go around with grand dreams saying things like, “If I win the lottery” or “if only I get a shot.” The problem is if my shot comes now I’m not ready. We see shows like American Idol and Hells Kitchen thinking how lucky they got picked and now life is great. This is not reality; the reality is it takes work and those people have put in a lot of time and effort before that brief shot. They were ready. These 3 contrasts helped me discover I was a dreamer and set my course towards visionary!

1. Victim thinking Vs. Empowerment. I didn’t even realize I was being a victim. Pretty sad yet the truth. I blamed other circumstances for different things. For example,          (1) when my pay check wasn’t what I wanted, (2) the economy, (3) those employees, (4) competition, (5) industry, (6) family, and (7) God. When we say, “Why God why, when God when?” I believe this is the heart of a victim, at least it was for me. Empowerment is different as it takes personal responsibility. If finances are bad, I’m to blame. If relationships went sideways, what can I do? If God is quite, did I do the last thing that He told me to do? It is completely focused on my part. In relationships, whether it is man or God, it focuses on my part of the partnership.

“Visionary people face the same problems everyone else faces; but rather than get paralyzed by their problems, visionaries immediately commit themselves to finding a solution.” ~Bill Hybels

2. Passive vs. Active. I was passive waiting for my fortune to turn. When you sit passively life happens to you instead of you happening to life. Reading my Bible was about as active as I got. Even waiting on God is supposed to be an active stance. What we really mean when we say this is, “I’m going to sit here and do nothing.” Active is uncomfortable; it is where do I want to be and how do I get there? It requires change in action. Change in thinking. Change in the questions we ask. Visionaries focus on what needs to change to fix the problem.

“Let your actions betray your uncertainties. Be not afraid.” ~Bob Goff

3. Not paying attention to the present vs. Realistic about present. This is what dreamers do. Someday mentality. They may say, “Someday I will have time to workout, fix my finances, eat right, be a good spouse, parent, write a blog.” Someday will never come. Today is never focused on and tomorrow the dreamer will focus on the next day. Visionaries are all about today. Focusing energy and passion into the day while still being focused on the vision yet paying attention to the steps today to create that vision. For the lives of great men and women are made up of many days.

“You have to be brutally realistic about your present circumstances and wildly unrealistic about your future circumstances.” ~Jon Acuff

So if you realize you are a dreamer instead of a visionary the first step has already happened. Your eyes are open! A choice lays before you. Do not let the sun go down without making a decision. Do you keep dreaming? Or do something now and change your today. Do what God has called you to today. Make small choices that affect your individual calling today. Be weird, become a visionary!

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  • Jer Lanska

    Nice post by the way, I agree with all you are saying. It’s good stuff to think about.

    One thing to keep in mind when chasing God given dreams is that God is not always mysterious. His Word clearly shows His nature and things that He will and will not do for us. When we study His Word and spend time in prayer then certain things will be revealed to us when we learn more about Christ. When we stand on the Word for our circumstances, it works regardless of who we are, for God is no respecter of persons. (Rom 2:11, Acts 10:34). We must realize that we are just as significant and can do mighty things for God just as anyone else who has ever lived. All with our own plans and dreams of course. But the point is, YOU can do as much in your life as you allow God to do through you.

    One famous preacher mentioned something that struck me that I will never forget. He is believing that when people get to Heaven that God will show us all the things He planned out for our lives and things He set on the table for us to pick up but we did not do it for many reasons including fear. So “regret” is what this preacher was talking about. Finding out all the things we could have done. Now there are certain feelings and thoughts we will no longer have such as condemnation when we are in Heaven, but regardless, I do not want to be in that place looking at what I could have-should have-would have. I was like, “That is NOT going to be me!”

    So therefore I have been on pursuit of my dreams and helping others as well along the way. Reading, studying and learning how to achive our destiny that God has for us!

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    • Zech Newman

      Thanks Jer. Got to be reading the word! Everything must be filtered through the Word. Great points

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