#2) Develop Your Dream

successThe Seven Goals of Success

Second Goal:  Develop Your Dream

Leaders start with dreams. What is your dream?  Why are you willing to lead?  What do you want to do with your life?  Who do you want to be like?  What problem needs to be solved?  Your dream may take many different shapes:  You can say, “I will be happy no matter what.  Let’s just go along and see what happens.” or move all the way to, “This is what I want to do.  This is the difference I want to make!”

There are three things to remember as you develop your dream:

1.  Dreams come from someplace.  Where did your dream come from?  is it based on pride, you want the biggest and best?  Is it based on competition, you want to be more important than the other person?  Is it based on need, someone has to do something?  Or, is it based on fear, if I don’t do this, what will I do?  Why do you want to develop this dream?

2.  Take the first step of realizing your dream.  Dreams don’t work if they stay a secret. Discuss it with others.  Ask if anyone else is doing this.  Maybe you could join them or learn from their success and failures.  Listen to their questions, think about the obstacles, refine your plans, focus your efforts, get the picture of exactly what you are going to do clearer in your mind.  Figure out how to explain your dream to someone else in 60 seconds.

3. The next step in realizing your dream is to actually do one thing that will move you in the direction of your dream.  Don’t be afraid of failure, it is often the best teacher.  Select the thing that has to be done and do it the best you can, no matter how small or large.  Do something!

Dreams are what leaders build their plans upon, and plans are what you need to succeed.  Your plans will define your dream. Your dream will craft your plans.  So, move carefully and purposefully, but, move with the discipline of one who knows what they need to do and has the commitment and determination to do what is necessary to get there.  First steps are often the most important.  Make it your goal to understand, be able to articulate, and present your dream in a way that allows others to help you in the development of that dream.

*This is the second of seven posts talking about success.  Be sure to read all 7 by CLICKING HERE


Dr. Ron Cline helps build the body of Christ around the world. His background as a pastor, educator, counselor, missionary and author gives him credibility and rapport with the many groups and individuals he and his wife, Barbara, minister to in various countries each year. After 7 years of pastoral ministry in Southern California, and ten years as the Dean at Azusa Pacific University, the Clines’ international service began in 1976 as a short-term opportunity when he agreed to pastor the English Fellowship Church in Quito, Ecuador for two years. Those two years stretched into six years. Following that he served as the president of HCJB World Radio, also in Ecuador, for 20 years. HCJB Global, now Reach Beyond, has media, health care, community and/or leadership development ministries in Latin America, Europe, Russia, North Africa/Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia Pacific. Ron and Barb currently serve as Global Ambassadors with Reach Beyond and live in Southern California after living 30 years abroad. They travel from Southern California throughout the world. For the last ten years they have been encouraging, coaching and working with leaders in Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, Mongolia, India, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Solomon Islands, Western Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Fiji, America Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Central Asia, USA, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Ecuador, Russia, Malawi, Ivory Coast and South Africa.

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