Dreams

Power In A Plan

Do you have a plan for your life? I know you have dreams for your life so let me be more clear. Do you have a WRITTEN plan for your life?

Something amazing happens when you take pen in hand and write out your plans! When you write them down, there is a much greater chance your goals will be accomplished!

An old Chinese proverb shares, “The faintest ink is sharper and longer-lasting than the brightest mind.”

It is the truth.  On many occasions, I have written my plans on paper and accomplished the goals.  Sadly, I have had many more occasions where I did not take the time to write out my plans and rarely were those dreams accomplished.

We tend to get way too busy to continuously remind ourselves of our plans and dreams. We are busy running from the kid’s basketball game to go to church. We run from there to go to dinner with friends. From there we dash over to school for an event there. In the midst of all of this activity, we can lose sight of our future hopes/dreams/plans.

Maintaining a written dreams list will provide a constant reminder of “why” you are doing what you are doing right now.

Take the time right now to write out your plans, hopes, and dreams! The achievement of your hopes and dreams is at stake, so it is worth the time! Spend five minutes dreaming and writing right now. It could change your life forever.

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Top 10 Reasons I Love Paid-For-In-Advance Vacations

You may have wondered why there was silence on the blog for most of the past week.   It was because I was able to take my family on an incredible beach vacation!

I am overwhelmed at how blessed I really am that I am able to take such a tremendous vacation – and to do it without debt.

I just want to share a picture of my wife walking with our son along the beach early in the morning and to share a few things that I love about taking “paid-for-in-advance” vacations.

Top 10 Reasons I loved taking this “paid-for-in-advance” vacation:

  1. The beach is my bride’s favorite place to be
  2. Watching my kids play in the surf and sun
  3. Seeing an 8 foot shark, dolphins, alligators, and sting rays
  4. No bites from all animals mentioned in #3!
  5. No debt followed me home
  6. Able to totally enjoy the trip – knowing we saved for it!
  7. Total relaxation knowing that we funded a dream – and lived the dream!
  8. Able to negotiate a better deal because we had to plan early to save for this trip!
  9. I arrived home FIRED UP and CREATIVELY RENEWED!
  10. My bride is happy!

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Financial Comparison

People often compare their financial situation with that of others around them.

They won’t say it out loud, but here are some of the things they are comparing:

  • Do they make more money than I do?
  • Do they have better cars than I do?
  • Is their house better than mine?
  • Do their kids have better toys than mine?
  • Do they have a better job than me?

All this can do is lead to an endless spiral of depression because there will always be someone who has something “more” or “better”. ALWAYS.

A better, more life-giving approach would be to ask the following two questions:

  • Is there some way I can serve this friend?
  • How can I help them accomplish one of their dreams?

When you choose to serve others, it cuts the comparison game out at the knees.

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Goals – A Great Definition

“A goal is a DREAM with a DEADLINE.”

I recently heard a friend of mine (a great leader) say this, and it can really help you with the accomplishment of your dreams.

If you refuse to establish a DEADLINE, the DREAM is very unlikely to be accomplished.

If you just have DEADLINES without a DREAM, life can be really bland.

QUESTION:  Do YOU have a deadline established for each of YOUR dreams?

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A Choice

I meet so many people who are believing something that is completely false and untrue.

They believe that their financial situation determines their dreams.

They will dispute this, of course, but their ACTIONS (which speak way louder than words) indicate otherwise.  I tend to look past the rhetoric to see a real indication of belief.

I’ve found that I have been susceptible to this as well!  We are so good at self-deception.

For example, here are some situations I have seen a person say that they:

  • Really want to be debt-free, but they continue to spend money without a budget!
  • Really want to be debt-free, yet they pull the plastic out to charge items not in the budget!
  • Want to improve their marriage, but they refuse to work with their spouse to plan their finances.
  • Believe they can take a dream trip, but no money is saved for the trip.
  • Want to start a business, but have never started the first step toward it because the challenge is so intimidating and daunting.

I’ve determined that I am going to pursue every dream given me.  I will surely fail at some of them, but the successes are so very worth it!

You have a choice – TODAY – to write down your dreams or to never write them down.

You have a choice – TODAY – to write down dreams regardless of the cost or to write down only the dreams you know you can afford.

You have a choice – TODAY – which will you choose?

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