Today I spent most of the day at a day long seminar called “Get Motivated”. It was an interesting experience. For the most part I walked away very much left unchanged by the morning and having, if I’m completely honest, little to say about it. However, as I reflect back on the day one quote stuck out to me that, in context, had a completely different intention than the direction I am going to take it. I can’t remember the quote verbatim but the core of it was “those who dream during the day change the world.” This idea speaks deeply into what I believe will make up the future of the church. In a world where distractions occupy much of my day I still always find myself drifting off at times in thoughts about the future of my ministry, where I want it to go and what I need to do to take it there. I cherish these moments because they are the driving force behind my desire for ministry.
Potential is what takes things to the next level. Identifying potential in people develops into mentoring which develops them into leaders. Potential in programs and structures leads to effectiveness and vision for the future. Day dreaming has always been portrayed as a negative practice but I believe that these dreams during the day are the birth place of vision and vision leads to change and if properly put into place vision leads to effectiveness. This idea brings up 3 points that I wanted to share with you.
1. If you’re not dreaming you’re not in the right place.
If your current situation, in particular your work environment, does not cause you to dream of the potential in that place, of what it could be then you are probably not in the right place. Apathy within the work place is the death of effectiveness. Not caring about the future and only operating in day to day survival mode probably means that you have checked out and are only where you are for the paycheck. Not only does this do a disservice to the field that you are in but it also does a disservice to you. We should all strive to be in places where we dream about the future, where our creative juices flow and are nurtured both by you and by those you work with and for.
2. If your dreams are not nurtured by your superiors, it’s time to move on.
The stifling of dreams is an attack on creativity and vision. If your dreams and ideas for the future are not listened to, nurtured and, in the appropriate ways, invested in then you need to move on. The setting in which you are in is not conducive to your passion and it is better for you to find a place where you can cultivate your passion than work in a place where you feel oppressed and unsupported.
3. Dreams are only as good as the actions you are willing to take to accomplish them.
Everyone dreams, but not all dreams come to fruition. You cannot sit by and be frustrated by the lack of development of your dreams if you are not taking action to see them come to life. This means learning to cast the vision of what you see, sharing that with others and being open to refining them so that they fit the purpose and goals set forth by your organization. It does not do any good to be frustrated by a lack of passion if you are not putting out the effort to see your dreams come into reality.
These are just a few of the thoughts that have been bouncing around my head today. I’d love to hear your thoughts.