Walt Disney has been quoted saying “If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.” That is what he said it took him to start Walt Disney Company; from an idea and dream that he imagined and believed. Many big companies like Walt Disney started from just an idea and its vision, and believed about the idea and vision, and decided to make things happening. Your imagination and what you believe is the prerequisite to your success. Of course several other things also get to play into part of the overall success, but the two steps foundations to start a business, to pursue a dream and goal, is to imagine it first, and believe about it so that you can act toward it and live it.
- What we imagine
Many influencers and experts say that you can’t get something that you cannot imagine. Before you can ever get something especially things that are worthwhile to have and pursue, you have to see yourself getting it first. Before you can have your harvest, you have to see yourself harvesting it. Before you win, you have to see yourself winning. You have to see the unseen by faith before you get to manifest it into your world.
When you imagine before you have it, you are basically seeing it in your mind before you actually achieve it. Before you can have it and live it, you have got to imagine it. You need to get a vision for your dream. So make sure you see a clear picture of your dream, goal, and objective. The clear the picture is the reality it can become to you. Get a big picture what you really want. Write down what you see in your mind. Do some research if you can, and write down a clear version of what you see and imagine concerning your life, your business, your ministry, and so on.
Successful people visualize their dreams and goals. In order to paint a clear picture of their goals, they use visual images maybe through vision boards, dreams and goals books, wallpapers, screensavers, and posters. They search for visual images concerning what they see in their minds, or what they think about their future, put them together, and display them where they can see them on regular basis.
One thing we can learn from fashion designers, or architects is that before they custom-made something for you, let’s say you went to a clothing fashion designer to custom-made a dress for your special occasion, before he or she can take any measurements, you will both sit down and do some sketching of the dress you have in mind before he or she sends it for tailoring.
The same thing with our dreams and goals, we need to sketch down a clear picture according to our imagination, or what we see in our minds. And what I have realized is that as you write it down what you imagine in your mind your dream and goals becomes even clearer.
If you are Christian, a born-again Christian, it’s important to involve God so that you can get a clear picture and revelation from God that you can see and imagine. Spend quality time with God in His Word, reading and meditating the scriptures, pray about it and ask for the Holy Spirit to guide you and help you to yield to His direction. God has different ways to speak to us, His people. If we seek Him, He will even give us better revelations and insights concerning His purposes for us and His plans for our lives.
In the book of Genesis chapter 13 from verses 14 to 18, it records that, “The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had left him, “Raise your eyes and look from where you are to the north and south and east and west. For I will give all the land that you see to you and to your children and to your children’s children forever. I will make your family after you like the dust of the earth. So if anyone could number the dust of the earth, then he could number your children’s children. Rise up and walk far and wide upon the land. For I will give it to you.” Then Abram moved his tent and came to live among the oaks of Mamre in Hebron. There he built an altar to the Lord.”
The Lord told Abram, look from where you are, for I will give all the land that you see to you and your children and your children’s children forever. So we learn from what the Lord told Abram, it doesn’t matter where we are today, but is about where we are looking, where we are trying to go. It’s about where we see we are heading. It’s about what we prophesy for our future in our present moments or where we are today. There is a difference between where we are today and where we are going. Things can change between where we are today and where we want to be tomorrow. If we don’t like where we are today, we can locate scriptures concerning where we want to be tomorrow and present it to God in prayers so that He can help us to get there. When hang on God promises concerning our lives we can be sure that we have a promise land to look forward to.
Don’t ask a billionaire for ten dollars when he or she is willing to help you. I mean, it will be like an insult to the billionaire, because he or she is able to help you with more than ten dollars. That’s why they say, we might as well imagine big because the Lord God, our helper is well able. He is bigger and able than what we think in our imagination. And we learn from what the Lord told Abram, sometimes God will give us according to how far we can see. Therefore, we can say that how far we can see is how far and much we can get from life.
- What we believe
Oprah Winfrey has been quoted saying “You don’t become what you want to become. You become what you believe.” It’s not about what you want, it’s more than that. How many of us want things but we still don’t have them. You can want all you want, but if you don’t believe you are worthy of them, or you can achieve them, or you hesitate getting them, then your disbelief may hinder you to go after them, or getting them.
In the Bible in the book of Matthew chapter 16 verses 13 to 20, it records that “Jesus came into the country of Caesarea Philippi. He asked His followers, “Who do people say that I, the Son of Man, am?” They said, “Some say You are John the Baptist and some say Elijah and others say Jeremiah or one of the early preachers.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him, “Simon, son of Jonah, you are happy because you did not learn this from man. My Father in heaven has shown you this. “And I tell you that you are Peter. On this rock I will build My church. The powers of hell will not be able to have power over My church. I will give you the keys of the holy nation of heaven. Whatever you do not allow on earth will not have been allowed in heaven. Whatever you allow on earth will have been allowed in heaven.” Then with strong words He told His followers to tell no one that He was the Christ.”
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So the Lord Jesus first asked His followers, “What do people say that I am?” And then He asked them “What do you say that I am?” There is always about what they say, and what you say. People can say what they say, but what do you say. Your circumstances can say whatever they want, but what do you say to your circumstance, or about yourself, or about the God you serve and rely on for help?
We can use this example to learn about the importance of believing in ourselves, in our dreams and goals that we have got all it takes to achieve them, and in God Who has equipped us that He can help us bring to reality our dreams, goals, and aspirations. Many times, even when our loved ones believe on us and they can see our potentials, but if we don’t believe in ourselves and whether we can achieve our dreams and goals, we become our own roadblocks, we create a limitation on ourselves.
I will give another example from the book of Jeremiah. The Bible records in Jeremiah chapter 1 verses 4 to 8 that “The Word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.”
Jeremiah believed he didn’t know how to speak and he was too young for what the Lord appointed him to do and say. But the Lord replied to him “Do not say you are too young. You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.” What we can learn from this Bible passage is that, if God says He has equipped you and He will be your shield, then He has the last say, and what He says it’s final. There is nothing can be strong enough to corrupt God’s promises and plans for our lives. Not our circumstances, our surroundings, what is against us, even ourselves. If God says go and do, you will go wherever and do whatever He tells or sends you. We learn this also in the Bible in book of Johan who was sent by God to prophesy and proclaim judgment to the people of Nineveh, but went on trying to escape the divine mission. And God sent a big fish to swallow Johan and for three days and three nights Jonah suffered inside the big fish’s belly. After He prayed and repented for his disobedience, God spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Johan safely on dry land. After his rescue, Jonah finally obeyed the call to prophesy against Nineveh, which in turn caused the people of the Nineveh to repent and God to forgive them.
There is another story in the Bible in the book of Luke chapter 8 from verses 49 to 55, it records that “While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.” Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” When He arrived at the house of Jairus, He did not let anyone go in with Him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.” They laughed at Him, knowing that she was dead. But He took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.”
The Lord Jesus was on His way to heal Jairus’s daughter, but before He arrived there, someone came to say that it was too late; there was no need for the Lord to go there, because she was gone already. Therefore the Lord Jesus told Jairus, don’t listen to that report, just believe, and she will be healed. So it was up for Jairus to believe Jesus or the report that came.
When the bad reports come into our lives, we have choices to whose report to believe. Are we going to believe what God says about us and our situations, or are we going to believe on the bad report? It doesn’t matter what our circumstances or situations, when we believe and rely on God to help us, He will turn it around for your good. All we have got to do is believe that God wants us to be healed, to succeed, and wants the best for us, and ignore all our bad reports. Whatever the bad reports are to us, because the bad report can be anything; it can be a healthy situation, financial situation, or opportunity situation. They laughed at the Lord Jesus, because they didn’t know what He knew and believed. If you read the text, why would the Lord Jesus said to Jairus “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed” after someone came to say that she was dead? Even after He arrived at the house, the Lord Jesus told them “Stop wailing, she is not dead but asleep.” But then the Bible says, “After the Lord took her by the hand and said He took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up,” Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up.” What we learn here is that whether she was dead or not, it doesn’t matter to what you believe it can be. If you believe a dead person is only asleep, and have great faith like the Lord Jesus, He can bring that person to life because all things are possible with God.
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So after we get a clear vision of our dreams, goals, or objectives, then we have to believe whatever we imagine, whatever we want, whatever we dream, that we can achieve and live it. Like Oprah said, we don’t become what we want, but what we believe. We have to overcome our doubts and go after our dreams and goals. Every time we doubts creeps in, encourage yourself and say “God is not a liar. The Bible says He is faithful and true, therefore if He promised, then He will me bring it to reality. It’s only a matter of time.” It’s about whose report we choose to believe.
Helen Majaga is a founder of Helen Majaga International, Live to Your Full Potential Podcast & YouCount Magazine, specializing in the training and development of individuals and businesses to achieve personal and professional goals.
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