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I mentioned in my last post that I was reading John Maxwell’s book 3 Things Successful People Do.  Today I want to share a few thoughts from the book that really resonated with me.  I hope they encourage you to pursue your dreams.

“Your dream determines your goals>Your goals map out your actions>Your actions create results>The results bring you success.”

There is a lot packed into this one line.  It’s simple, concise and actionable.

Your dream determines your goals.

This statement assumes you have the courage to dream.  I hope you still have dreams AND the courage to pursue them. It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day frustrations of education and let your dreams fade away.  Don’t let that happen.  Keep them alive.  Continue to fight for your dreams.  You tell your student’s every day that their dreams are worth pursuing.  Don’t give up on yours!

Maxwell’s statement also assumes you believe the dream is obtainable.  If you don’t believe the dream is obtainable it’s unlikely you’ll take the time to set goals.  Without goals you’ll lose focus and flounder.

Your goals map out your actions.

You know the importance of goal setting.  I shared with you in my last post about how I quit setting goals and the negative impact it had on my performance.  Please don’t let that happen to you.  Learn from my mistake.  Take the time to set goals.  Your goals give you a map to follow and they put your plan into action.  This step is where you go from dreaming to doing.

Your actions create results.

When you have the courage to act you will create results. They won’t always be the results that you want but you can always learn from them.  These results move you further down the path toward your dream.  There may be bumps in the road and detours, but that is part of learning and part of succeeding.  It has taken me too long to learn that.  I always want a smooth journey and that just isn’t how pursuing a dream works.  Don’t look at bumps in the road as failures; look at them as learning opportunities on the road to success.

The results bring you success.

It doesn’t say the results bring you instant success.  It may take a while, but if you’re capable, persevere, make adjustments and learn from your mistakes you can make it.  Success doesn’t always come easily but it does come to those who fight for it.  If you have the chance I would encourage you to read Seth Godin’s book The Dip.  It’s about the reality that sets in once the excitement has worn off pursuing your dream; the slog between initial excitement and success.  He calls that period the Dip and he talks about how it can help you.  He also believes that if you have the skill, the courage and the drive to persevere you will find success.

I hope this post is helpful to you.  I hope it gives you some inspiration and encourages you to pursue your dreams.  Please use the comments section to share your thoughts.

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