As many of you know from a previous post, I’ve just become a distributor of Young Living, offering wholesale memberships for the best essential oils on the market. A group of us are going through a business bootcamp and today’s audio teaching was based on John Maxwell’s book, “Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It“. John believes that in order to achieve our dreams, we need to ask ourselves these 10 questions…

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1. The Ownership Question: Is my dream really my dream? Whether it be something our parents wanted for us, something our spouse believes we should achieve, an employer’s vision, or even “The American Dream”, we often pursue the desires of others without taking time to discover what we really want for ourselves. Find out if your dream is yours.

2. The Clarity Question: Do I clearly see my dream? How much detail can you give to your dream? Spend time journaling and writing down specifically what it looks like. In the beginning you may only see a bit, but be diligent and open to see more. Make a vision board or graphic of some kind that will clearly keep the dream in front of you daily.

3. The Reality Question: Am I depending on factors within my control to achieve my dream? It’s OK to believe something that seems unrealistic to everyone else but you. However you also need to assess where you currently fall short and have a way to deal with that. Taking stock of your weaknesses and looking at them straight in the face is what is needed to move forward with your dreams, not denial or excuses.

4. The Passion Question: Does my dream compel me to follow it?  Do you love Mondays? Do you bounce out of bed in the morning because you’re so excited to start the day? Or conversely, do you stay up way too late because you’re too focused and motivated to sleep? Your dream should propel you forward daily.

5. The Pathway Question: Do I have a strategy to reach my dream? Get in your quiet place with the Lord and receive the steps from Him. You can’t always take a cookie cutter strategy from someone else and apply it to your dream. We all have our own way of doing things and our own path to carve out. You might have to be the trailblazer that creates the path for others to follow.

6. The People Question: Have I included the people I need to realize my dream? Walt Kallestad said that dream team members…

Dare to focus on your significance, not simply on your success.

Respond to your ideas with respect, not disgust or contempt.

Expect the best.

Affirm your talents and abilities

Maximize learning and growth opportunities to improve the dream and the dreamer.

Take time to give honest feedback.

Encourage you unconditionally and nonjudgementally to help you persevere.

Accept only excellence, since mediocrity kills dreams.

Make the most of your mistakes and failures.

7. The Cost Question: Am I willing to pay the price for my dream? No one has ever achieved their dream without paying a price. It could be your free time, finances, certain relationships, your reputation, or even your pride. Decide for yourself what you are willing to sacrifice, and where you will draw the line. Some prices are too high.

8. The Tenacity Question: Am I moving closer to my dream? “Two Rules of Perseverance. 1. Take one more step. 2. When you can’t take one more step, refer to rule #1.” – H. Jackson Brown. That’s what it takes to achieve a dream; the will to take one more step even when you think you can’t. Take consistent steps every single day towards your dreams.

9. The Fulfillment Question: Does working toward my dream bring satisfaction? A great dream isn’t just about the destination, it’s about the journey. Is the gap between the birth of your dream and the fruition of your dream a gap of fulfillment or frustration? If you cannot enjoy the path to where you are going, you might want to rethink your end goal.

10. The Significance Question: Does my dream benefit others?  We all have a responsibility to leave our mark on humanity and share ourselves freely and fully, to put our pasts behind us and not squander these lives we’ve been given. To do that, let’s think beyond “me, my four, and no more”.

So how did your dream stand up to these 10 Questions? Pretty insightful. Click here to purchase John Maxwell’s book for a more in depth look at this teaching. If you don’t have a dream, what are you waiting for? Life is your playground. Go have some fun!

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