I love reading inspiring books by John Maxwell so I jumped at the opportunity of laying my hands on his Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It as part of the Thomas Nelson BookSneeze blogger programme.
The author describes a dream as “an inspiring picture of the future that energizes your mind, will, and emotions, empowering you to do everything you can to achieve it.”
5 Most Common Reasons That People Have Trouble Identifying Their Dreams:
- Some people have been discouraged from dreaming by others
- Some people are hindered by past disappointments and hurts
- Some people get in the habit of settling for average
- Some people lack the confidence needed to pursue their dreams
- Some people lack the imagination to dream
In the introduction is a Dream Test. Enlist some friends and answer true/false questions to evaluate yourself and your dream. Then the book will help you along and measure how prepared you currently are to reach your dream. At the end of each chapter, you have the option to go over your answers to the Dream Test and what to focus on.
The questions (which also make up the ten chapters of this book) are:
- The Ownership Question (Is my dream really my dream?)
- The Clarity Question (Do I clearly see my dream?)
- The Reality Question (Am I depending on factors within my control to achieve my dream?)
- The Passion Question (Does my dream compel me to follow it?)
- The Pathway Question (Do I have a strategy to reach my dream?)
- The People Question (Have I included the people I need to realize my dream?)
- The Cost Question (Am I willing to pay the price for my dream?)
- The Tenacity Question (Am I moving closer to my dream?)
- The Fulfillment Question (Does working toward my dream bring satisfaction?)
- The Significance Question (Does my dream benefit others?)
I found this book to be very interesting. The author uses a creative way to look at your life and help you see the way to a life you want to live, not one you have to live. He shares a lot about himself in this book which helps reassure the readers that they are not alone as he uses stories from his past and childhood. He also uses examples from celebrities, movies and famous people throughout history.
I was aware of most of the principles mentioned there, it was beneficial that someone with a fresh perspective helped me assess my dream. I would definitely recommend this book to anybody seeking to get greater clarity on their calling, vocation and purpose in life. As a minimum engage with the 10 questions above before you buy/read the book and see what mileage you get from them alone!
If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself!