Dream Beyond the Task

by / Friday, 28 February 2014 / Published in Featured, Wholehearted

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This week I was talking with a new friend.

Over coffee, we talked about plans, dreams, ideas and goals for the year.

As we talked I shared a little philosophy that has guided much of my own journey and much of the way I’ve tried to lead my teams:

 

“Dream beyond the task.”

 

This little phrase stands, for me, as a reminder…

It helps me to remember that tasks are not the end; they are the means.

It helps me to remember that tasks are always with us.

(Which I actually think is a good thing, more on that later.)

 

It helps me to remember that tasks aren’t the problem.

In fact, we have to get good at mastering our tasks if we want to be successful.

 

Problems arise when we become shortsighted…

When all we see is the task.

Trouble comes when we never lift our eyes from the task as we endeavor to check off items on a to do list.

Stagnation ensues when we lose vision and become engrossed in just getting through.

Progress is stymied when all we talk about, focus on, and invest energy into is the task before us.

 

When we don’t dream beyond the task, we lose sight of why we started and where we are going.

When we don’t dream beyond the task, we end up doing the same things over and over again and then wondering why nothing changes.

When we don’t dream beyond the task, we end up just doing stuff, instead of building stuff.

 

 

When we dream beyond the task, we ensure that we are continually moving forward, making progress, and building toward our goals.

 

Dreaming beyond the task is about vision, training ourselves to lift our eyes.

Because dreaming beyond the task is a way of keeping the bigger picture always in view.

 

Dreaming beyond the task requires us to evaluate.

Because dreaming beyond the task requires us to be discriminating about how we prioritize and what we prioritize.

 

Dreaming beyond the task teaches us how to approach our tasks.

Because remember…

The task can be a good thing.

The task is there to help us get from aspiration to realization.

Because the task is there to serve the dream…It’s all about doing stuff in order to build stuff!

 

Dream beyond the task and move from task mastered to taskmaster!

 

Four questions that will help you Dream Beyond the Task and move from task mastered to taskmaster. ♥

  • Is this task producing progressive results?
  • Is this task building toward our common goal?
  • Is this task building and supporting our culture and core values?
  • When was the last time we talked about the bigger picture?

 

Live #Wholehearted

 

Further Reading:

Proverbs 29:18, Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV), Quitter by Jon Acuff,

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