As a leader, you want to move the mission forward and do what God has put on your heart to do. So why is dreaming important and why do you need a vision? What would it look like for you as a leader and person to dream and cast a vision for the future?
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In this episode of our Goal Setting series, Holly and I outline the importance of dreaming: why you need to dream and how to dream PLUS we talk about creating a vision for the future: what is a vision, why you need one, and how to cast it. If you’re ready to dream and cast a vision, don’t miss this episode.
In case you missed Episode 24, we’re working through the second step of our Goal Setting Framework:
- Casting a vision + dreaming
- Setting goals
- Implementing the goals you set
The Importance of Dreaming:
Why should you dream?
- Dreaming lifts your mind and heart out of the clouds of daily living and pulls you higher into what could be.
- It gives you a freedom to be something else. To be free of the chains of sin that still bind you.
Practical steps to dream well
- Brainstorm – allow yourself to think of the possibilities.
- Consider what God has put into your heart. Pray for a God-given dream.
- Is there something you keep coming back to over and over?
- Don’t limit yourself by allowing daily mindsets be a part of your dreaming process.
- Does God keep showing you a dream? Do you keep brushing it aside?
- Study dreamers in the bible.
Creating a Vision for the Future
What is a vision?
An idea or concept about where you want to go in the future. It’s different from a mission, which is why you exist and what you do. Mission is more present-day oriented (our purpose), but vision looks to the future.
Why do you need a vision?
- Vision brings clarity
- Vision shows people where you are going
- Vision helps you to stay focused on the end result.
How to cast vision for the future:
Think through the areas where we might need to create a vision:
- Personally and for your family
- Team, ministry, organization, or business
Casting a vision personally or for your family
- Where do you see yourself a year from now?
- What does our ideal family situation look like a year from now?
- What would my ideal schedule look like?
- What accomplishments or goals have I achieved?
- How does my family unit feel? What are some ways we have connected through the year?
Casting a vision for your team, business, or organization
- Remember that people are following you first – the vision is secondary.
- Get input from your team, especially high-capacity leaders.
- If you are not self-aware, it’s going to be really difficult to know whether people are buying into you or not.
- Share the vision often.
Questions to ask with your team:
- What is different about our team a year from now?
- How have we grown?
- What achievements have we made?
- Where are we making the most impact?
- How have we helped others?
- Are we serving the same people or have we made changes?
- How is our team different?
- Have we expanded or changed locations, etc?
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Other Episodes Mentioned:
- The Next Right Thing Podcast: Look Back
- Episode 8: The Key to Becoming a Successful Leader
- Episode 24: What You Should Do Before the New Year Begins
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