It took a while. A long while. 10 years to be exact. From the time I became a "dreamer" to the time I settled into the "dream" God would have me invest the majority of my energies into, it took 10 years and many different iterations of the dream.
Here is a snapshot of my journey...
- Pre-Paid Legal Services
- Success Motivation International
- Mona Vie
- Designing Your Best Year Ever!
- The Movement Church
Many, many lessons can be gleaned from this journey, but here are 3 I find myself currently reflecting upon:
YOUR FIRST DREAM, WON'T BE YOUR LAST
The first grand idea for God's grand purpose for your life won't be your only idea. Much of life, especially in the earlier years, is about trying, exploring, and failing. Don't be discouraged if the first grandiose plan you set out to make a reality didn't come to pass. It rarely does.
EVERY PURSUIT BENEFITS THE NEXT
Though I "failed" in many of the endeavors I pursued, the skills, relationships, and experiences I had in each of them made me stronger, wiser, and better for the next opportunity. Most, if not all, of the many challenges and experiences that I had with starting multiple businesses became an asset to me as I became a church planter/pastor.
YOU MUST COMMIT TO ONE
At some point, you must commit. ENTIRELY. At some point, all other ideas, aspirations, and hopes must take a back seat to the one thing God has called you to. The biggest obstacle to the fulfillment of your current dream is your next dream. See something through to completion. Your credibility depends on it.