I truly love inspirational books because I feel like there are times in our lives (and they occur continuously) where we all need to re-realize what drives us, what we are passionate about, and/or we need something to give us that kick in the pants we’ve been avoiding or looking for. When I received this book, I was in need of a little bit of it all.
It is a faith-centered book, so if you aren’t into that sort of thing, this might be a bit too spiritual for you. I, personally, feel like there is a spiritual part to our lives that helps guide us and that helps make things happen when you’re on the path you’re supposed to be on, but I definitely believe that it is based off the choices we make and that nothing is pre-destined no matter how we live our lives. This idea is certainly evident in the first part of “The Dream Centered Life,” by Luke Barnett.
The first three chapters describe his journey to get to where he is. While he somewhat avoided filling his father’s shoes, it is where he ended up, if not surpassing what he thought he was capable of becoming. He describes his fears and his self-doubts, but always says that when he prayed and trusted in the Lord, things worked themselves out for the better more often than not.
The next section is focused on dream-centered living and leadership and the principles that he’s discovered in his journey of living this way. One of my favorite quotes in this book is as follows:
“God “conceals” our dreams from us to see who is eager and energetic enough to search them out. He’s not going to give his best ideas to the lazy. It’s like the gold in the hills – it’s there, but we have to dig for it. That’s why easy solutions are cheap, but everything of lasting value starts with a dream.”
It’s so true though. You can coast through life, even work harden than everyone else at it, but if you aren’t doing the right things that will get you where you want to be and putting the energy and effort into the things that will get you there, you may NEVER get there. You also have to play to have a chance at winning the dream.
Some lessons learned through his journey:
- Some people won’t believe it until they see it. Success may only equal tangible accomplishments to some.
- There will be disagreements over culture.
- “Criticism doesn’t have boundaries.”
- Hire slow, fire fast.
- “Before new dreams can take off, old dreams have to die.”
There are also dream busters and dream lifters, The dream busters involve a couple things: those people who don’t believe in our dream and try to move us away from accomplishing it and also those things we tell ourselves or let ourselves believe that prevent our dreams from coming true. It is important to rise above the dream busters in our lives if we’re ever going to get anywhere.
The dream lifters are things that will help you achieve your dreams. There are a few lifestyle habits that will help you achieve your dreams:
- A schedule – setting aside time for those important tasks that help the dream be realized
- Simplify – being too busy can fill our time with the wrong things and make us feel productive, when actuality we aren’t productive in the important ways
- Fast and pray – it can involve skipping meals, drinking only liquids, eating only things from the ground, or removing your biggest craving(s) such as media, sports, etc. for a period of time
- Get quiet and listen – pray and then sit quietly and listen; keeping a journal can help as well
It takes work to make a dream come true and things just aren’t destined to happen, therefore we cannot just sit around waiting for things to come to us.
I enjoyed how Barnett summarized the important points at the end of the chapters because it can be used as a quick reference if we need a refresher of the specifics. I also enjoy how things aren’t particularly sugar-coated about how to make our dreams come true. A lot of inspirational books focus on the positive only (or mostly), but life isn’t all positive and our experiences that lead us to our dreams (or lead us away) aren’t always the happiest.
Overall, this book has many helpful points and lots of great stories and spiritual examples. Give it a try if you’re feeling a little or a lot lost or just need a push. It might just be the kick in the pants you needed!
The Dream Centered Life
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.