HOW TO TURN YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITY

There is a story from ancient Israel of a man who was paralyzed for 38 years. He lived by a pool that was called Bethsaida. This pool had healing powers. An angel would come periodically and stir the pool – if any sick person jumped into the pool at that time, they would get healed. This man for 38 years desired to be healed. Jesus turned up one day and saw the man. All the man could tell Jesus was “There is nobody to help me into the pool”. He was looking for a pity party. Jesus responded with three verbs: “Stand up, pick up your bed and walk” The gap between wholeness and 38 years of lameness was just ACTION!

Many dream few execute. Many desire and few perspire. Action must now succeed where words have failed. Action is the spark in your dream. I want to share with you four principles critical to executing your dreams.

Principle One – Change Your Mentality

You cant be winning in life if you are losing in your mind. The lame man had a dependency mentality. For 38 years he was waiting for someone to help him get into the miraculous pool. It never happened. Execution of your dream is one thing you can never delegate. Your dream hears your voice. What YOU can conceive YOU can achieve. You have the power to turn your dreams into reality.

Principle Two – Change Posture

Position determines possession. The man had been sitting for 38 years. Jesus asked him to change his posture – “stand up!” Execution sometimes requires that you change your methods.

Principle Three: Change Your Focus

You become what you behold. For 38 years this man focused on his inability to get into the pool. He had a deficit inquiry than appreciative inquiry approach to issues. He looked at what was not working rather than what could work. Positive focus is the force that turns dreams into reality.

Principle Four – Action, Action and Action

Action is the bridge between your dream and reality. It is instructive that Jesus did not make a hell shaking prayer or sing a powerful hymn for this lame man to be made whole. He gave a simple command – stand up, pick up your bed and walk. 3 verbs! Therein rests the greatest key to executing your dreams – action. I want to persuade you to turn the great ideas from thin paper to thick action. That song must be sung. The book must be published. That business must get busy. The project must get off the ground.

Rise up; pick up your ideas and fly!

THE POWER OF ASSOCIATION

General Colin Powell wrote this about the power of association, “The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity” Its a fact! I have a different revelation to this though. I want to share the same quote wearing my appreciative inquiry glasses “The more you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you celebrate excellence in others, it increases your excellence” One of the greatest lessons I have learnt in life is that between you and your next level of success is a person – just get the right connection and you will go to the next level. Today I was reflecting on the impact that Jesus had on his disciples:

“When the Council saw the boldness of Peter and John and could see that they were obviously uneducated non- professionals, they were amazed and realized what being with Jesus had done for them!”

These simple man became overnight celebrities based on a simple qualification – “they had been with Jesus”. Their association with Jesus was a game changer. It gave their gloomy, inglorious lives an EXTREME MAKEOVER…overnight. This is the power of association. Here are some nuggets to chew over the weekend:

1. Your alignment determines your assignment
2. Your position determines your possession
3. Who you see determines who sees you
4. Perception influences acceleration
5. Your network determines your networth

If I had time I would share about how an orphan called Lot became so rich, just by being with Abraham …the power of association!

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POWERING YOUR DAY: “LIVING GOD’S WAY”

POWERING YOUR DAY

“Living God’s Way”

Galatians 5:22-23

But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings GIFTS into our lives, much the same way that FRUITS appears in an orchard––things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to STICK with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

1. God’s WAY leads somewhere

2. The WAY of God is laden with GIFTS & FRUITS

3. In God’s WAY you don’t have to force your way in life – things flow

DECLARATION: I choose to live today God’s way. I express my gifts and produce fruits. I don’t have to force my way – everything is flowing.

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