Does your dream have a name? Have you given words and definition to your dream and then spoken them aloud to someone else? Sometimes our dreams are so precious and fragile as they’re forming in our hearts we can’t bear to put words to them for fear that simple act will cause the bubble to burst. Other times, we’ve given words to our dreams, but the idea seems so far beyond us we can’t bring ourselves to fully define what achieving that dream looks like. Still harder is to share that dream with someone else.
If you’re going to reach your dreams, you must form them into words and launch them into the world.
Three reasons you need to share your dreams:
1) To clarify the dream for yourself
Before you can share your dream with anyone else, you need to clarify it and define it for yourself. The dream that began as a nebulous wisp of an idea needs to be formed into something tangible. Not necessarily something that feels achievable, because dreams, by nature, are something beyond your current capabilities. Wrestle with that dream and give it a form you can name and describe.
“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” ~Christopher Reeve
2) To hold yourself accountable
Sharing your dreams with someone close and trusted helps hold you accountable to pursuing the dream. If the dream only exists in your own mind, you have no timetable to achieve it, nor anyone to hold you accountable to taking steps toward it. Dreaming is easy. Achieving the dream takes hard work and determination.
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” ~Yoko Ono
3) To allow others to help
You have people in your life God has positioned to help you achieve your dreams, but you need to take the first step. They’re ready to help with prayers, support, and resources, but need to know what kind of dream you’re pursuing. You’ll never know who may be waiting to help you until you speak the dream out loud.
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” ~Henry David Thoreau
An exciting announcement…
In the spirit of this post, I’ll share my dream with you. For the past two years, I’ve been nurturing this fragile wisp of a dream, but haven’t been able to fully form it into words. It seemed too far beyond achievable, almost too silly to consider. Yet, I haven’t been able shake it off. So, here goes my attempt to name it and launch it into the world…
My dream has been to write and to make sharing words of faith encouragement a significant part of my life and career. Writing this blog has been a great start to find my voice and work on the craft of writing, but my dream is to grow this beyond a mere hobby. So, as a big next step, I’m publishing a book!
I’m launching a series of “Pray Deep” guided prayer journals, based on the Pray Deep series here on the blog. The first books (yes, 2 for this initial launch, with more planned later!) will launch in the next few weeks. Keep watching for the BIG announcement and pre-sale!
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~Walt Disney
What is your dream? Have you given it a name and launched it into the world? Try today. However fragile, form it into words and share with at least one other person.
This post is part of the “Imagine God’s Possible” series. For more information or to read other posts in the series, click here: Dream the Impossible… Imagine God’s Possible