What is Your Dream?
Imagine you are fifteen and you can choose the work you are going to do. What is your choice? What is your dream? You can still choose a way to follow your dream.
Imagine your best day. What would your morning schedule be like? What would you wear? What time would you have to be at work or if you work at home what is your office like? Describe it with details, colors and layout. Imagine the work you would do, that you would enjoy.
- Is it clerical?
- Is it creative?
- Is it repetitive?
- Does it give you flexibility?
- Does it give you satisfaction?
- Does it give you joy?
What is it that calls to your soul?
Dreams aren’t required to be realistic. They can, however, direct your choices.
For example if you dream is working with children as an elementary teacher you might begin as a teacher’s aide. Or if your dream is to have an online business selling items you create, you might begin selling the items locally to test the market. If your dream is to work in ministry or a field of social work, helping people you might search your area for nonprofits that hire people with your qualifications.
Bruce Wilkinson, the author of The Prayer of Jabez also wrote The Dream Giver. In it he suggests that you “observe your life and write down your conclusions.” Here is a list of questions Wilkinson suggest you ask yourself:
- What have I always been good at?
- What needs do I care about most?
- Who do I admire most?
- What makes me feel most fulfilled?
- What do I love to do most?
- What have I felt called to do?
Get your dream into focus. Pay attention to a “longing that won’t go away.”
My longing, my dream, is to have a support system for single mothers. During a two-year period the moms will attend college, have sessions with a life coach, attend classes in life skills like money management and receive financial assistance for rent and childcare. My dream is to offer single moms a chance to turn their lives around, to be self-sufficient. The Community Coalition here in southeast Texas includes this program as Bridges of Hope for Single Mothers.
Honestly, this dream is so huge I know that I can’t make it happen without divine guidance. So I move forward slowly, one baby-step at a time.
What is your dream? Do you have a longing that won’t go away?
My hope for you in 2017 is that you will bring your longings into focus, make a plan and achieve your dream.
I’d be delighted to hear about your dreams.
I am a Certified Professional Coach and I hold a degree from Lamar University in Speech and a Master’s from the University of Texas. I married Sam after raising three children as a single mother. I was an educator in regular and special education for twenty years, finishing my professional career as a Braille teacher. In 2007 I founded SMORE for Women. SMORE is a nonprofit association whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. My stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. My Website.