It Doesn't Matter How Beautiful the Dream or Compelling the Goal if You Never Get There...
Implement and Get Results
Let me push you real hard today... maybe irritate you... but I am doing this because you are important, what you do matters, and God REQUIRES your faithfulness and fruitfulness about his purposes for your life. So . . .
Good intentions, BHAGS, compelling visions, inspring dreams, noble missions... they are littered everywhere in the landscape of history. Things that were desired but which never happened.
I bet there is a lot of GREAT STUFF that is just not happening in your life.
If we had a ten minute conversation, I bet I could find out a number of GREAT INTENTIONS you have but there is no movement at all in those areas of interest.
I bet you have dreams that are about as far off today as they were a year ago.
It is the achievers we remember.
The ones who had the dream and who turned the dream in to reality.
The ones who made it happen.
My problem is NEVER a lack of dream or vision. I have an endless supply of things I desire to see happen. These are (in most cases) really good things, needed things, important things.
My problem is almost always, a lack of good planning to get to where I want to go.
My problem is implementation and execution.
That is YOUR PROBLEM as well.
Now, absolutely, you need a dream and a worthy one that has been inspired by time with God. If you don't have one, get one. Pray, connect with God, look around the world at what is happening, probe your heart to see what stirs within.
If you are without a vision - you need one.
If you are without a direction - you are just going to wander and meander through life.
If your desires are weak and you are slothful and negligent about your life - may the Spirit of God AWAKEN you and impart FIRE in to your soul.
What did you do this week that was intentional and strategic and fruitful about reaching your dream?
What results did you have this week concerning your greatest interests?
What measure able outcomes did you achieve because of really smart work you did really well?
How is your little corner of the world better, happer, more beautiful, more blessed, more like God's will for it - because of what you did?
The goal in life is not just to put in time.
Not to be on cruise control.
Not just to get to the end and say "whew, I made it."
Life is precious. People are infinitely valuable. God's will for life on earth is to be our passion. Your labors matter. God is going to ask for an accounting of what you did with what he entrusted to you (Matthew 25, parable of the talents).
What you "intended to do" means nothing.
What you actually did and accomplished means everything.
This is where the REAL LEADERS emerge and shine.
Tomorrow, some thoughts on "better implementation."
Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International