5 Secrets That Will Help You Reach Your Dream And Why You Should

If you’ve ever had a burning passion to do something with your life…You’ve had a dream. Maybe you have a secret wish to change something about your life. That’s a dream. Do you have an idea that will change someone’s life? If you do then you have a dream, and you can reach your dream.

Whether they recognize it or not, most people have a dream. It’s something that they want out of life. The bad thing about having a dream is that most people never reach them. You’ve probably seen someone you know spend their entire life wanting to launch out and do what it is they feel compelled to do; but they never got to it.

This post contains 5 secrets to reaching your dream; but before we get to those I have to admit that there’s one thing that’s a deal breaker for any dream. To reach your dream you must do this one thing first. What is it?


You have to commit to your dream to reach your dream. It’s the real first step.

It seems like the word, commit, gets bad reviews. Maybe there’s a reason for that. Here’s what I think about it…

Everything and everyone wants a solid, strong commitment from you. They want it now. And their worthy cause is better than anyone else’s. Your time is stretched between family, church, work, school, career, activities and endless other possibilities. But here’s the deal…

It’s not possible to fully commit to everything.

By committing to everything, you are actually committing to nothing. You can’t do everything in life effectively at one time. There’s only so much of you to go around. And for sure…you’ll never reach your real dream by spreading pieces of yourself in all directions. To reach your dream is going to require commitment so be ready to give it.

Now…I promised you 5 secrets…and I’m just about to give them to you. Here’s the trick to them…They’re not just secrets to help you reach your dream. They’re actually secrets to help you commit to reaching your dream, because unless you do…it won’t happen for you. So here they are…

5 Secrets That Will Reach Your Dream Sooner Rather Than Later:

1.) Contribute to someone else’s dream.

There’s something you’ve always wanted to do. Until you can do it, you should help someone else do it. There’s nothing like pouring yourself into someone’s life for the sole purpose of helping them reach their dream.

You’ll never feel more important or make a greater impact than you will by helping someone else reach their dream. And here’s the deal…As you reach out to help someone else, I guarantee that in time, someone will reach out to help you with your dream.

This is a simple scriptural principle called sowing and reaping. You reap what you sow. So start sowing into someone’s life and help them toward something they can’t do on their own. Believe me, you’ll be rewarded and you’ll be planting seeds for your own help in the future.

2.) Keep working at it.

Ok…This may sound a little bit too simple…But the number one way to kill your dream is to quit. You’ll never reach it if you just give up.

If you aren’t committed enough to keep working at your dream, you won’t be committed enough to keep it if you get it.

Listen…It’s hard work to keep working at it. Sometimes it seems like you’ll never reach what you really want…But I can guarantee that you won’t reach it if you take yourself out of the game by quitting. But…If you won’t commit, you might as well quit.

3.) Expect setbacks…but expect to overcome them.

You have to remember this: If the dream you’re chasing is something you’re meant to do, you can overcome setbacks!

No one who ever reached a worthwhile dream did it without having a few setbacks.

Maybe your dream is to have a specific prayer answered. I know that’s been my dream at various stages in my life…And I saw plenty of setbacks before I reached the answer to my prayer. But the answer did come.

Your dream may be a new job, to have a family, to get a degree, or maybe you have the same dream that I do now…to be an author. Here’s what I know from experience…God has a way of pushing you past your setbacks when your eyes are focused in the right direction.

4.) Answer the question – “Why do I want it?”

Don’t miss this…it’s really important.

You need to understand and fully believe in the compelling reason behind your dream.

Having a strong “why” will keep you going in the tough times when it feels like nothing is happening. Having a strong “why” lends moral authority to you. You’re doing something for a higher purpose.

And the bottomline is this…If you don’t have a compelling enough reason to fully commit to your dream…you won’t.

5.) Keep your heart right.

Scripture says this:

Proverbs 4:23

23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

Everything about your life stems from your heart. Your level of commitment is no exception. As a follower of Jesus Christ I believe that getting and keeping our heart right with God is the starting point of everything. Really it’s the secret to everything else in your life. When your heart is right with God…He will supply the strength to stay committed to your dream even when you don’t think you can.

Why should you commit to reach your dream?

Because in the end your dream is not just about you. It will inspire others too, and give you the insight to give encouragement to your friends, family, and those closest to you who need it most. Your dream is never just about you.

If you’ll put these five secrets to work in your life, in no time at all you’ll be seeing results in reaching your dream. It starts and flourishes when you have commitment.

Faith Building Challenge

Sometimes we know we need a little push, but we can’t seem to do it on our own. My five-day faith building challenge is the little push you need to jump start your faith. In it, you will find easy, actionable, and strategic steps to help you build your faith. I would love the opportunity to help you along the way. To join the challenge, sign up below, and I’ll send you an email to get you started.


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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