Live Your Dreams Today With These Three Steps

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Here’s the deal…You may not have a tomorrow. We are never promised tomorrow. With that in mind, here’s the question…Do you want to live your dreams, today?

Most people would probably have to answer “yes”. You’re probably one of those people. We tend to get caught up in day to day life and to live your dreams is pushed to the back burner. Making a living, raising a family, taking care of responsibilities becomes the language that we speak.

Dreams are just that…dreams.

But what if there was a way to live your dreams today? Don’t you think you’d do it if you could?

You’ve got a dream. Everyone does. Culture teaches us that dreams are these huge, world changing ideas…and sometimes they are. Here’s what I say…Live your dreams on a smaller scale and you can start to live your dreams now.

You dream of having more time with your family. You dream of having a job that you really love. You dream of doing the things that you really want to do. You dream of making the difference you believe you were meant to make.

Instead of letting those dreams remain in your heart…why not live your dreams today? I believe you can. You can reach your dreams. There’s a way to live  your dreams today. You just have to find it.

Here’s what to do:

1.) Define your dream.

Is your dream to make more money? (undefined)

Or is your dream to pay off a specific credit card that would allow a specific amount of cash to be put back into your family’s income stream? (defined)

Here’s the deal…I think most people categorize dreams as far away goals that they hope to someday reach. The bad news about that sort of thinking is someday usually never comes. You can spend your life dreaming about someday or you can define the steps to your dream, and live your dreams today in bite sized pieces.

How much could it help if you started defining bite sized pieces of your dream? How quickly could you reach your overall goals if they were broken down into executable parts? You could take action on those parts today. You could live your dreams today. Wouldn’t it be an awesome feeling to know that you did something today to live your dreams.

For me this blog is part of that process. I have a message. “Wouldn’t it be great to write a book for that message”, is what I ask myself. You know what? I could choose to sit on that dream and hope that someday I have the opportunity to write, or I could publish small pieces of that message every week.

Live your dreams every chance you get…in fact, make chances.

It’s taken me a while to see the value of defining my dream. But once I did it became much easier to take action on it. Living it out a little bit each day has been awesome! If you want to live your dreams today…define them.

2.) Take action.

Dreams don’t change the world. People who take action on them do.

You know what stopped me from taking action? Fear. Fear of failing. Fear of looking foolish. Fear of people not understanding.

Eventually you have to punch fear in the face if you ever intend to take action on your dream.

If you’ve defined your dream and broken it down into actionable steps…then step. Take action. Put your dream to work. You’ll be so glad that you did. You can do this thing you dream of doing.

The only thing that can stop your dream is you.

People of all ages go back to school to get their degree. Why? It’s a way to take action on their dream. People start businesses. They write books. People just like you change their life by taking action.

Who says you can’t take a step toward your dream?

Here’s a question for you…What action step could you take today to propel you towards your goals and dreams?

Answer that question in the comments below. Put it in writing where someone can see it. Put yourself out there. Sometimes the simple act of writing down your dream, or the step to your dream can make it seem more concrete. Putting it where other people can see it makes it more real and makes you feel more accountable.

3.) Live in the moment.

When you’re pursuing your dream in small, actionable steps, you have to learn to live in the moment. If not you’ll be discouraged. Discouragement is not what I want for you. In fact, one of the core values this blog represents is encouraging people.

Living in the moment allows you to enjoy how you can live your dreams today.

This is really hard for me. I’m a planner. Maybe you are too. Planners want to see the big goal accomplished. We’ve planned it out. We want it. Living in the moment seems like wasted time to a planner because you are constantly planning your next move. Be careful about doing that though. Planning is good; but it can rob you of living your dream in the moment and really enjoying it.

Here’s what you have to remember…small pieces of your dream, lived in the moment, add up over time.

My dad has a dream to reach people in Mexico with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He’s not a missionary by trade. He has a secular job just like most people do. But I’ve seen him take many trips to Mexico to build churches, orphanages, and bible schools. What was he doing? He was living out his dream in the moment. Taking actionable steps towards his goal. Feeling the satisfaction of knowing that he did what he could.

Are you living in the moment? Are you doing what you can to pursue your dream today? You can. I hope you will.

I hope this post has encouraged you to live your dreams. Reach for them everyday.

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Larry Shankle is a pastor, author, and blogger. He helps people get clarity and direction in their calling, purpose, dreams, and leadership.

Larry and his wife (Amanda) live in the Arkansas river valley with their two boys (Braxton and Dawson). He has spent almost two decades in active local church ministry serving in multiple leadership roles. Larry has spent the last six and a half years serving as Lead Pastor of GrandviewChurch in Natural Dam, AR.

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