The Power of Having a “Dream Team”: How Community Helps Your Dreams Succeed

Yesterday we talked about the importance of community for moms. Let me sum it up for you:

Alone = bad. Together = good.

This same formula works well for me in other areas as well. Dreaming is one such area.

It’s actually quite easy for me to dream. I am a big-picture thinker, an ENFP {see my note at the end of this post to find out more}. ENFPs are excited by new ideas, but get bored easily with details. In other words, I get distracted by the next “shiny thing” to come along quite often.

I have dreams coming out of my ears, but on my own, most of them will never happen.

That’s where my own personal “dream team” comes to the rescue!

The Power of a Dream Team

These are the people who inspire me, bounce around ideas with me, and ground me in reality when needed! The power of having a “dream team” comes when they fill in your gaps, spur you onward, and help your dreams succeed.

My gaps include procrastination, lack of attention to details, and struggling to finish projects before starting new ones. This “dream team” is helping me overcome these deficits to pursue all that God has planned for me – those wonderful, amazing God-sized dreams!

Who makes up my “dream team?”

20130128-232259.jpgThe Hubby is my ultimate “dream team” member because he loves to plan and look ahead at where we’re going, but he also thinks about how every decision will affect our family. And he knows me better than I know myself, so he always has what’s best for me in mind!

My best friends take on two significant team roles – one as a cheerleader and one as a prayer warrior. Dreams can really take flight when supported by encouragement and prayer! These gorgeous girls are always there holding me up.

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Brooke and I are united in our vision to reach out to moms and dads of boys, so dreaming together is a joy. And, like my husband, she’s a details-thinker, so she fills in those gaps for me. Hallelujah for puzzle pieces that fit together just right!

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Amanda is that person in my life whose creativity and enthusiasm inspire me to dream bigger and keep moving forward {Meet the Robinsons for the win there}, particularly in the areas of blogging and all things kid-related! She just oozes big, wonderful, God-centered ideas!

Dream Team Gals

And to round out the team are two ladies who are so willing to listen, pray, and sweetly speak truth into my life. Stacey and Teri Lynne are women I greatly respect for their faithfulness to God and their families above all else. They are already modeling my God-sized dream, and doing so with grace and wisdom.

Notice how I need lots of realistic-minded people around me to keep me from floating off in a million different directions, chasing dreams that just aren’t right for the here and now?! Maybe you’re a detail person and the big-picture dreams don’t come as easily – surround yourself with those who dream big and catch some of their spirit of adventure!

Find your team. Share your dreams. Watch God move. There is power in community!

What kind of people do you need on your team to help your dreams succeed?

I mentioned above that I am an ENFP. That’s not a misspelled word, but rather a personality type based on this test. I would love for you to go take the test {it’s free!} and come back to share your results!

 

*Linking up over at Holley’s as part of the God-Sized Dream Team today!

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Comments

  1. I LOVE being on your team friend. God made our giftings to complement each other and I’m so thankful for you!
    Brooke McGlothlin (@BrookeWrites) recently posted..Energy for the Weary Mom {a recipe for easy energy bars!}

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    Erin Reply:

    I’m thankful beyond words for you, Brooke. May God just keep guiding us down His path!

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  2. Love the new look here! I’m looking forward to finding out more about the dreams God guides you to pursue.

    As for personalities, I have known for years that I am an INFP. Interestingly, I just love being around ENFPs. Extroverts help bring sparkle and energy to conversations that I can build upon. So glad God created us to be different; it keeps things interesting!
    Julia recently posted..No Bake Gingerbread Smoothie

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    Erin Reply:

    Thank you, Julia!

    I, too, love knowing how God creates each of us uniquely and puts us in community together!

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  3. LOVE this new look!!! congrats!
    tracie stier-johnson recently posted..what is no more

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    Erin Reply:

    Thank you so much Tracie! And congrats to YOU on the book! Yay you and yay God!

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  4. Your team is beautiful. You all inspire so many of us, and encourage our faith!

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    Erin Reply:

    YOU are beautiful, my sweet friend. I am so thankful for you and I bet we could dream up some pretty awesome boy-related awesomeness together, am I right?! Let’s get on that :)

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  5. LOOVVVEE the new look. Green is awesome! So proud of you for all the work girl!

    And, I am honored to be on your team! You are easy to cheer for because your heart for Jesus shines in all that you do!

    xo,
    Stacey
    Stacey recently posted..When Your God Sized Dream Scares You Spitless

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    Erin Reply:

    Well, you just know how to make my day, now don’t you?! Thank you for everything, dear!

    And tomorrow’s Wednesday! I love sharing our fashion connection!

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  6. I think I will skip the personality test, because that has changed in my life with illness. I don’t know whether to answer on what I can do, or what I would like to be able to do. I enjoyed reading your post, and I rejoice that you have a wonderful support group. My hubby is my biggest cheerleader. He is my life-time blessing, ’cause we have been married at least a life-time: 41 years. Our God knew exactly who I needed. Love to you. Hugs too.
    Deborah Bolton recently posted..Difficult Assignment – well today, it is.

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    Erin Reply:

    Yay for supportive husbands! I’m so glad you came by today, Deborah! Thanks for your encouragement!

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  7. I want a dream team. I want people in my life who will encourage me. I need encouragement. How do I find them?
    Alyssa recently posted..And the Winner Is. . .

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    Erin Reply:

    Some are friends from church, some I met through blogging – I think the key is having the courage to approach a friend and speak your dreams aloud to them! Ask them to keep you accountable and cheer you on! Even finding one person who inspires you and following their advice can make a big difference! Praying as you look for the right team, Alyssa!

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  8. Your dream team is awesome–which is no surprise considering their YOUR team. :)
    Holley Gerth recently posted..You {and Your Dreams} are Made to Soar

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    Erin Reply:

    They are a pretty awesome bunch, right?! I found myself a little overwhelmed with gratitude as I was writing this! And I’m pretty grateful for YOU and YOUR part in my God-sized dream journey – you are a mega-inspirer, girl!

    P.S. I get to see you in April! Yay!

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  9. So, I read the blog yesterday and took the test. But because of my personality type, I had to take it again to make sure it was correct. Community is something that the Lord continues to press upon me, almost daily. However, I’m an ISTJ. So relationships can be challenging. I’m currently seeking God’s wisdom on how to develop relationships with other women in my life because I lack the community He’s designed me for. Thanks for sharing this post!

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    Erin Reply:

    I love your insight here, Naomi! I’ll be praying for that wisdom for you as well! He knows the desires of your heart!

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  10. GIRLFRIEND. I am so honored you put me in this post!

    Honestly, I am not just saying this, you inspire me in those same ways. You always have great ideas, you are passionate about raising your kids for the Lord and are so encouraging.

    LOVE YOU.
    xo

    a

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    Erin Reply:

    I’m just speaking the truth, friend! I love dreaming BIG for our littles with you! Looking forward to Monday! Big J and I have been brainstorming! Love you too!

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