Put Your Dream to the Test

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A brief overview of John C. Maxwell's book, 'Put Your Dream to the Test".

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  • A dream can be put to the test and pass. A dream is an inspiring picture of the future that energizes your mind, will and emotions. Empowering you to do everything you can to achieve it.
  • 4 common reasons people have for not identifying their dream:Discouragement from dreaming by othersHindrance by past disappointments and hurts – disappointment is the gap between expectation and realityHabit of settling for averageLack of confidence needed to pursue dreams
  • Ownership – is my dream really my dreamClarity – do I clearly see my dreamReality – am I depending on factors in my control to achieve my dreamPassion – does my dream compel me to follow itPathway – do I have a strategy to reach my dreamPeople – have I included the people I need to realize my dreamCost – am I willing to pay the price for my dreamTenacity – am I moving closer to my dreamFulfillment – does working toward my dream bring satisfactionSignificance – does my dream benefit others
  • How to take ownership of your dreamBe willing to bet on yourselfLead your life instead of accepting your life – making the right decisions and managing those decisions dailyLove what you do and do what you loveDon’t compare yourself or your dream to others – when you compare yourself with those superior, you feel inferior. When you compare yourself with those inferior, you feel superior. When you stop comparing yourself with others, you feel empowered.Believe in your vision for the future even when others don’t understand you
  • ClarityA clear dream makes a general idea very specificA clear dream doesn’t become clear without effort – what am I feeling, sensing, seeing, hearing, thinking…A clear dream affirms your purposeA clear dream determines your priorities
  • The more unrealistic your dream, the more you will be tempted to depend upon things you cannot control to make it become a reality.Adding realism to your dreamBuilding on your strengths activates the law of least effortBuilding on your strengths enables consistent good results
  • Passion pulls us up – enabling us to overcome adversityPassion pulls us out – giving us initiativePassion positions us well – giving us the greatest odds for success
  • Leader births dream and then finds peopleFollowers find the leader and then find the dreamDreams must be transferredLogically – by communicating a realistic understanding of the present situation and by providing a sound strategyEmotionally Visually – show them the dream from their perspective and show them your heart – you need to let people see your heart and your hope
  • To move closer to your dream:Recognize that quitting is more about who you are than where you are.Improve your vocabularyRecognize that waiting for everything to be right is wrongChange your thinkingRecognize that the resources for your dream stop the moment you doPractice the Rule of FiveRemember that when you have exhausted all possibilities – you haven’t
  • Put Your Dream to the Test

    1. 1. WelcomeDave Gambrill
    2. 2. A DREAM is a picture and blueprintof a person’s Purpose and Potential
    3. 3. 4 Common Reasons for not identifying dreams DisappointmentDiscouragementSettling Lack of Confidence
    4. 4. Survey of highly successful leaders 100% 50% Have a dream Given up on a dream 95% 95%Accomplished dream Frustrated at times in pursuit of dream
    5. 5. Dream Test Pathway People Passion Cost Reality TenacityClarity FulfillmentOwnership Significance
    6. 6. #1 OwnershipSomeone else owns your dream You own your dream It will not have the right fit  It will feel right to you It will be a weight on your shoulders  It will provide you wings to your spirit It will drain your energy  It will fire you up It will put you to sleep  It will keep you up at night It will take you out of your strength zone  It will take you out of your comfort zone It will be fulfilling to others  It will be fulfilling to you It will require others to make you do it  You will feel you were made to do it
    7. 7. Taking OwnershipBet on yourself Love what you do Lead your lifeDon’t compare Believe in your vision
    8. 8. #2 Clarity feeling sensing PRIORITIES DETERMINED!!! PURPOSE AFFIRMED!!! seeing hearing thinking
    9. 9. Fantasizers v. Dream Builders Rely on luck  Rely on discipline Focus on the destination  Focus on the journey Cultivate unhealthy expectations  Cultivate healthy discontent Minimize the value of work  Maximize the work they do Look for excuses  Lead to action Create inertia  Generate momentum Breed isolation  Promote teamwork Wait  Initiate Avoid personal risk  Embrace risk as necessary Make others responsible  Make themselves responsible
    10. 10. #3 Reality Law of Least Effort Consistent good results
    11. 11. Reality Roadmap  START AT A CERTAIN PLACE  DETERMINE WHAT YOU NATURALLY DO WELL  INJECT HABITS  REALIZE POTENTIAL  REALIZE DREAM
    12. 12. #4 Passion Gives initiativeOvercomes adversity Increases odds for success
    13. 13. #5 Pathway State all of your positions Examine all of your actions Consider all of your options Utilize all of your resources Remove all nonessentials Embrace all of our challenges
    14. 14. #6 People
    15. 15. #7 Cost  The dream is free, but the journey isn’t  The price must be paid sooner than you think  The price will be higher than you expect  The price must be paid more than once  It is possible to pay too much for your dream
    16. 16. #8 Tenacity Drea mMoving forward when everything isn’t perfect Improve vocabulary Resources stop the moment you stop The Rule of Five
    17. 17. #9 Fulfillment Drea Realizatio m nSize of Dream = Size of Gap New discoveries are made Natural Law of Balance Appreciation for every step of the journey
    18. 18. #10 Significance For myself For others With others
    19. 19. Thank You Dave Gambrill

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