Judge me if you want, but yes, I bought a ticket for the Powerball a couple of weeks ago. Waiting for the numbers to pop up on the screen, for about two minutes I felt hope swell inside of me. I felt there was a real possibility that I could actually win. Like everyone else anxiously waiting for the winning numbers, I began to make plans with my winnings. It started out with the obligatory pay of my house; then I would set money aside for my kids future plans, and send my in-laws on a vacation around the world. Then my thoughts began to scamper down the rabbit hole of possibilty even more. I began to think about what new business I would start, I began to dream about starting a purpose-developing institute that would be known as a world class company. I began to dream about how much money I could give away to young startup companies and churches. I started thinking of my friends and how I would put money in a trust for their kids. I could even buy new church buildings for my pastor friends.
My train of thought was completely derailed as soon as the first number popped up on the television... not a match. In fact, not a single number on my paper matched the numbers on my screen. I felt deflated, 15 seconds knocked me into reality and shattered my Powerball dreams. I sat there for a moment, and then, it dawned on me… my dream was limited.
True vision cannot function as a product of perfect circumstance. In fact, true vision thrives in any circumstance and it does not back down on the count of bad weather or a shallow bank account.
This is my advice: imagine what you would do if you had all the time in the world, all the money in the world, all the resources and connections in the world. Write that down. Get busy!
As cliche as it may sound, take it one step at a time. Once you accomplish step one, then figure out how to accomplish step two. Do not get distracted with how to get past step 46 if you are only on step 10. Your vision will probably need to be refined in the process, and yes it will be a process. I also recommend getting some trusted advisors to check in with along your journey.
If you have a vision, if you have a dream, don’t wait for the Powerball… think bigger.