The One Key to Fulfilled Dreams


At some point, regardless of your dream, action is required. We have to seize the opportunity. Take the risk. A step of action is required for us to walk through the open door. Action is always needed for dream fulfillment. What separates dreamers from doers is action.

Rachel Morado’s dream had always been to complete her education. At 14, she dropped out of school to care for her younger brothers and sisters. Marriage at 16 and the birth of her six children pushed her dream even further away. Then in 1983, at the age of 52, Rachel became a student at the same Kansas City, MO grade school from which four of her own children had graduated. Two years later, she graduated and is now taking courses for her high school equivalency test. It is never too late to take a step toward your dream.

Goethe said, “What you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated—begin it, and the work will be completed!”

Rochelle Jones, in her book on career-changes The Big Switch, stresses: “If you can dream it, begin. If you can imagine it, proceed. Commitment and vision form a momentum of their own, which brings about a successful conclusion.”

The late Joe Garagiola offers some timely advice on dreaming, persistence, and risk taking in these excerpts from a commencement address he gave at St. Louis University: “I really believe the Lord gives each one of us two gift certificates when we’re born. One is for a dream. My dream was to be a major league baseball player. Branch Rickey, my general manager in St. Louis, signed me for a $500 bonus; my 1951 bubble gum card is worth $250.  So dare to dream.

“The other gift certificate lets you take a chance. If the front door is locked, try the back door. If that’s locked, too, try the window. Just don’t be afraid to try, and don’t be afraid to fail. Take a chance.”

What is your dream? What do you plan to do about it? Will you act upon it? Today?

About Rick Ezell

I am a husband, father, pastor, and writer. This blog is about shaping character, transforming church, and impacting culture. I believe that if one defines their moments then their moments will determine their character and their character will influence their world. I write on personal development, church leadership, and our changing culture. I also write about the resources I am developing and the books I am writing. My goal is to create challenging, relevant, and inspiring content that will help you be a better person, the church be a better parish, and the world a better place. If you are interested in those things, this blog is for you. I have served the church my entire career as a student minister and senior pastor. I studied at Samford University, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (eventually I will get it). I have written eight books. My most recent ones are Chapter 13: The Excellence of Love and Soul Therapy: The Healing Words of Psalm 23. Both are available as eBooks. I have written over 1000 articles for various local, regional, and national publications. I have been married to Cindy for thirty-three years. We have one wonderful daughter. We live in Greenville, SC. In my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, running, tennis, and golf. You can contact me via email or follow me on Twitter or Facebook. This is my personal blog. The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of my employer. The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, correctness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.
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