Updated: Oct 22, 2021
Everyone has a dream and vision for life. What is often lacking is the determination to follow the tough terrains it's pursuits leads through.
To join the winners club, you need to add action to your vision.
Just do it!
Vision without action is delusion. If you have received a clear vision for your future, exercise no more procrastination. Just go for it
Dreamers dread and delight!
One day, Joseph told his brothers what he had dreamed, and they hated him even more. Gen 37:5 (Contemporary English Version.).
Every dream comes with a dread of hatred and condemnation from others.
Every visionary leader and entrepreneur knows that.
Will you be caged by other people's fear of you realising your dream or will you be poked forward by the passion and fire that comes with envisioning your dream come true?
Every dream comes with layers of dread and delight.
Be ready for opposition and resistance to the fulfilment of your dreams.
That will come from circumstances, people and situations alike.
Every dreamer has to wake up to the painful exercise of self-development to become a winner. As sure as there is bound to be fire behind every flame is there bound to be a painful preparation before any gainful exploits. Every goal getter soon finds self in the cross-road of indecision, exhaustion and contention where decision has to be made to fall back on the comfort seat of the moment or take a further stride on the painful ride. In this situation, only one word makes a difference between loser and winner. Go for it!
Go for your goal, for what it will make out of you than what you will get from it.
The tougher the challenge, the stronger your growth. Don't give up.
Every winner is a finisher.
Every winner is a master of determination, diversion, derision and delay.
Such has learnt not to avoid these necessary adversaries but to confront them and go for it!
The true worth of a man is to be measured by the objects he pursues. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Different situations will always come to test your resolve to achieve your goals. Joseph’s brethren hated him for his dreams. Instead of public applause, he found himself rather dumped in a pit. Every man with a worthy goal has to prepare for similar experience. It is the day you declare your goal clearly that you will know your real friend from your enemy. To every dream, you will encounter dream killers and dream enhancers. One has come to kill your dream and the other has come to stretch it. The friends of the past will struggle to keep you in the past and accomplice of the present will challenge your resolve to move forward. Only those who stubbornly decide to go for it has a chance to win at the end. Joseph did not allow the loss of every comfort of home to derail his dreams. Rather he used the situation to perfect his gifts, character and personality. He allowed his failures and disappointments to tutor him in the University of Self-development. His acquired excellent nature caused him to prevail over tests, temptations and trials that lined up his ways. The coldness of pit, perversion of Potiphar’s house and pathetic condition of prison couldn’t stop him.
Focus on minimising your weakness and enhancing your strength. Many doors shall open to quench your determination and divert your attention from your main goal. It takes self-discipline to follow your goals consistently on a daily level. A few simple disciplines can change your lifetime as you learn to daily focus on doing what you should do. Samson lost to adultery and got his future prematurely terminated. Joseph triumphed by choosing to take the path of righteousness. He knew committing adultery with Potiphar’s wife has come to ruin his relationship with God, the Source of his dreams. He chose to escape the short-lived pleasures of sin and self-indulgence and decided to go for his dream. Don’t compromise your goal. Go for it!
No matter how great your dream is, people would see a reason to mock it. Imagine how Joseph must have been mocked by his brethren at home and by his colleagues at Potiphar’s house when he chose prison over adultery. Friends of Bill Gates mocked him when his passion for developing software caused him to drop out of college. They mocked him as a failure but today they have all changed their minds. When Saul decided to care for what the people thought and said rather than for what God instructed him to do, he lost his kingdom. Stop playing foolery to public opinion. Public opinion becomes paramount source of direction for only those who have lost God’s consciousness and self-confidence. It can also be a dangerous thing when all men speak well of you (Luke 6:26.) Never sacrifice personal integrity and passion for public acceptance. Jesus had to endure the shame of the cross for a while to ascend the throne reserved for Him (Hebrews 12:2.) Joseph also reaped the tasty fruit of righteousness that he sowed despite earlier derogatory treatments (Gen 39:2-3; 21-23.) You will also need to learn to cut off fiendish friends that are doubters of callings, killers of dreams and destroyers of destiny and exchange them for people who can stretch and encourage you to go for it.
Various hurdles of limitations and oppositions will test your stamina unto the very end. People and situations will attempt to make you doubt God and your personal ability to carry on. Winners nonetheless are not quitters.
They know how to stay focussed and endure to the end. Winners have eyes only for the end when all vision boldly talks. With steadfast commitment and unrepentant devotion to achieving your goals, every opposition contesting your resolve to move to higher position will become a ladder of promotion and all your tests will become your testimony.
The only way to go from hell to victory is to go ahead without stopping.
Every winner understands the need to pay the price for his or her dreams to come true.
Are you ready to sacrifice the temporary enjoyment available in the alternative you let go?
Are you willing to lose for a while public acceptance, social pleasures and peer security?
Mistakes would be made, disappointments would be experienced and failure may come knocking. But every pain soon adds up to gain if you faint not.
The same dream-gift of Joseph that caused him pain and subjected him to ridicule in the early days of his career was the same gift that brought him to palace as Prime Minister.
That is what the pursuit of godly dreams with immaculate integrity can do.
Do you also have a dream located in the word of God that you are deeply passionate about?
All you need to do is amass all your energy, skills and resources together and go for it.
All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible. Orison Swett Marden