Yesterday in our discussion of Michael Hyatt’s Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, I began to dissect my big dream and take it into action steps. In essence I was breaking down a life-long ambition into things I can do today to move me toward my goal. I encourage you to do the same thing. You see if we just look at the big goal somewhere off in the distance, we start to get frustrated because we can’t see how to get there and after a while “be realistic” sets in and we give up. The remainder of my big dream goes something like this:
I want to travel the world and use my God-given creative gifts to spread the Gospel, help others to find and use their God given gifts and talents to serve God, serve others, live their dreams and make the world a better place.
Again this is a huge goal, so where to begin. Well I begin in my circle. I work up my presentation (done), I present it at my home church (done), and I begin to look for opportunities to present it at other places, honing it as I gain more and more experience (I’ve started doing this, surpassed the first goal I set for myself and am still working to get into other places.) Each time I present what I do, I have the chance to advance my goal in two ways.
- I gain experience, and begin helping people and
- I get to meet other people who may be able to help me move to the next level.
There is no substitute for going out and doing what you do before your audience. I’ve done it for free, I’ve done it as a benefit and I’ve done it for compensation. In the beginning, take the opportunities that come your way and learn and grow.
The rest of the goal looks like this:
I want to replicate my efforts by helping others with similar dreams to mine to start their own movements.
A good first step for this is to create resources others can use and writing down the guidelines, ideas and tips I use in what I do and making them available to others. That’s pretty much how the AMOKArts web site started over a decade ago. I want to take it a step further by creating a scalable program designed to be used not just by other creatives, but by people who may not consider themselves creatives but who want to help the creatives in their midst.
I want to have creative businesses in place that help to fund this ministry and the creative dreams of people around the world and meet needs of people around the world.
My action step on this has already begun as well with my Zazzle site and my Deviant art Gallery as well as my publishing efforts. I am also working toward a motivational speaking piece on enhancing creativity that can be presented to businesses and schools. Which is further mentioned in my goals below.
I want to help other leaders to rise up in churches and return the church to it’s rightful position as the creative hub in every community, we are the children of the ultimate creator after all.
Most of this was covered in the above step about replicating my efforts, but I’ve also been living this out in my home church on a weekly basis, by incorporating the arts in our worship. I know I’m just scratching the surface at this point but at least I am scratching. I further this by doing workshops at church events on incorporating creativity in the life of the church.
I also want to be a speaker/expert on the subject of creativity so I can go beyond the walls of the church to bridge the gap between church, creativity and culture.
Again I covered this above in the creative business section but this goes more to the motivation. I may not be able to introduce the Gospel component everywhere I go, but I can live the Gospel as I take the first steps by helping people find what they were created to be and do and finally
I want to work with creatives world wide to create works of art, music, films and new media that spreads the Gospel, empowers and inspires people to greater acts of love and service.
The first step toward this is meeting people, getting them involved in AMOK and being of help to them in their endeavors.
My dream is huge and I have a long way to go, but taking these action steps goes a long way toward alleviating the frustration of the distance between here and there. By taking the next right step, I know that Lord-willing, I will see this dream realized or at least I will have pushed it as far as I can.
“He who began a good work in you will carry it through to completion in the day of Christ Jesus.”
What is the next right step for you?
If you haven’t done it yet, check out Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.