In the previous blog, we discovered four ways to define a dream. Now we are going to look at ways to turn that dream into reality. After all, even if you have a dream, nothing will happen until you act on it.
So let’s begin.
All significant accomplishments are birthed from a dream and realized from a vision. Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, former President of the University of Notre Dame said it like this:
“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision.
It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion.”
So what is your dream? Once you define it, turn it into a Vision Statement. This takes your dream from the abstract to the concrete and creates a path to move forward. Over the years, I have found that a Vision Statement and a Mission Statement are often confused. Here’s an easy way to remember the difference: Your “mission” is the now, while your “vision” is the future.
When you write down your vision, it not only gives you direction, it also provides guidance for those you lead, whether it is a family, ministry, business or all of the above. Is this important? Absolutely! Even Scripture counsels us on the significance of this step:
And the LORD answered me:
“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.
Habakkuk 2:2 (ESV)
With your vision before you, it acts as a compass for your decisions, including how you spend your time. With all the options we have today, your Vision Statement will keep you focused on what is most important.
If you are a parent, and your kids are at the crossroad of college and career decisions, help them define their dream and develop a vision statement they can refer to often. Even if it alters over time, it keeps them focused on moving forward and living life on purpose. In fact, one of the assets we made available for our new film release, Little Women, includes creating a Vision Board. Please use this free resource! You will find it here.
Now let’s recap:
Dare to dream great dreams.
Let great dreams birth great vision.
Let great vision create great significance.
Franklin Santagate is the Executive Vice President of Marketing for Pure Flix and works with denominations, ministries, and organizations and identifies common vision, assets, resources and influence. From that position, we create initiatives we can do together that we cannot do apart, reaching our mutual objectives and expanding the Kingdom of God. To discover more or to become a Pure Flix Global Strategic Alliance partner go to http://pureflixalliance.com/join/.To contact Franklin for speaking opportunities at churches and special events, email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org