Stay Focused and Live Your Dream

Do the bugs on your windshield keep you from seeing down the road? By John Thurman
With 37 years of experience as a professional counselor, I have heard these words multiple times a week. ”I want to do better.” I want to feel better.” “I want to have more for my family.” “I am sick and tired of my past tripping me up.”
Why is it that so many people seem to be stuck? Could part of it be the fact that we, as a culture don’t want to take personal responsibility? Are we looking for just the right pill, the right therapist, book, church or job? Or, could it be that we have encased in the negativity of the culture?
Did you know that there are four ingredients for success in any endeavor? Four simple principles that can change the course of your life. Dr. Tom Barrett, author of Dare to Dream, Work to Win, does an exceptional job of expanding on these basic ideas.
Ingredient # 1 – Determine what you want. Be very specific about what you want out of your business/ministry before you decide what you will put in it.
Measurable goals create focus, energy, and passion
A clear dream does at least two things:
It creates perspective
It develops perseverance
Ingredient # 2 – Decide what you are willing to reschedule or give up to get what you want. It is so important to be clear about what you want out of your business/ministry before you decide what you will put into it.
Ingredient # 3 – Associate with people who will help you get what you want.
Ingredient # 4 – Have a plan that works, then work the plan.
Now that we have the key ingredients lets mix them together. How do you blend these ingredients in a way that will produce a positive impact in your life?
Jesus calls us to live by faith, to trust God’s plan, and at the same time, he expects us to work with him.
When I think of the man at the pool of Bethesda whom Jesus healed in the Gospel of John 5:1-9. Jesus asked the man if he wanted to be healed, and told him to get up.
Is there an issue that you need to get up for. Let me challenge you this week to:

  1. Determine what it is that you want out of life.
  2. Decide what you are willing to exchange, give up, or reschedule to get what you want.
  3. Associate with people who will he get you there. 
  4. Set a date, get some accountability and clean off your windshield!

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