Day 13: The Fifth Vital Step

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As I embarked on this journey to publish the book in 31 days, I felt like I was stepping out on water. In my quest, I was able to identify five important steps to fulfilling our dreams. Here are the first four:

  1. Define Your Dream
  2. Pray
  3. Live your dream through picturing the end result.
  4. Ask the Holy Spirit for help.

I believe with all my heart that these steps will move you forward in the right way toward any dream you have. Remember I am using the word “dream” almost interchangeably with “goal,” but it refers to a goal big enough to need God’s help to fulfill.

Here’s a short way to remember the four steps:

Dream, Pray, Picture, Pray,

and the final step is simply:

Take a step.

When you have a dream in your heart, you can ask yourself these two important questions:

What can I do to move toward that dream? What step can I take today?

Sometimes there is nothing you can do. Continue to pray and picture and eventually you will be led to any steps you should take. You might ask every day,

Is there anything I can do today to move toward my dream?

My first step was to get my computer in good working order. I did that. My next step was to organize my posts so that I could efficiently sort through them and choose the ones that should be used. By the time each step was completed, I knew what step to take next. My third step is to copy and paste each post into a word document, and the fourth step is to meticulously revise each one. This is where I must stay now until completion. I will be doing this over the next several days. I hope to post a progress report occasionally and reminders of the Vital Steps. I will be praying for your dreams as I pursue this time consuming step.

If your dream is a trip to Bora Bora, what can you do about that right now?

  • Check prices.
  • Get an envelope.
  • Put $20 in it.
  • Look at pictures
  • Make decisions about how long  you would stay and what time of year you might go.

You may get to a point where the only step you can take is to continue to picture it, pray, and put a little cash aside as you can. Step by step your dream will come to pass.

I could write quite a lot about steps that could be taken for all kinds of dreams, but what matters to you is that you determine what your first step should be, and then

Take that step.

I can’t wait to hear about your dreams coming true!

What step can you take toward your dream today?


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5 Responses

  1. I love love love it! Keep writing! Keep dreaming!

  2. What a sweet, simple, straightforward post! Great tips! (Plus I love your giraffe. But I’ve told you that before!;) Underneath you today on 31 day survivors!

  3. I have been thinking a lot about dreaming. You are right, you have to take the first step toward your dream. It may be small and maybe it seems like you will never get there, but you have to start to ever be able to reach your goal. I recently ran a half marathon 6 months pregnant. It was a goal (dream) to do it and I was a little worried I wouldn’t. If I had never started training I never would have done it, but with training and hard work I not only did it, but did it in a time better than I expected. 🙂

  4. Oh yes – these are all vital steps! It’s so true that once you take the step in front of you, you usually begin to see and know the next step ahead! Not always – but that is when we pray (and continue dreaming and picturing and praying!) Praying for you as you edit!

  5. Love the steps you’ve shared!! I especially like how you’ve boiled it down to simple actions… 1, 2, 3 🙂 Glad I got YOU in the 5-4-5 of our 31 Day Survivors group!!

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