Mobilization often means motivating and encouraging people. Ideally it connects people and resources to meet a need, or to help complete a task. Mobilization can be motivating givers to give, workers to go, people of prayer to pray, encouragers to encourage, and so on. Even a potential mobilizer can be encouraged to use their gift by another mobilizer. But what happens when there is a shortage of mobilizers, when encouragement is in short supply? Is it possible to self-mobilize?
Over the years I have discovered that despite outward appearances, I am not a very disciplined person. Am I organized? Yes. Can I see the bigger picture and cast vision? Yes. But I have always been challenged with self-motivation. Maybe it has something to do with how I was raised, maybe I just developed bad habits as a young adult, or perhaps I am a just bit lazy at heart. It may sound odd for a mobilizer to say this, but my lack of discipline has been a difficult obstacle to overcome. However, over the years I have discovered a couple of simple but essential components for self-motivation.
The two components that work hand in hand and allow me to be more disciplined are; dreaming big and creating challenges. It may sound simple, but unless you apply yourself to both components it won’t be effective. Taking time to dream big can give you the motivating vision you need to be self-mobilized. Dreaming big interrupts the ordinary with the extraordinary. Spend some time with the Creator and dial in on how He has uniquely created you. Think, or better yet, dream way beyond circumstances and limitations. Ephesians 3:20 says, “God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Dream God-sized dreams, and then give yourself a challenge! Create a challenge that moves you in the direction of your God-sized dream. Your challenge may only be a piece of the vision. You may have a series of challenges. The challenge can be extremely empowering if it’s connected to the big dream. As I dream big I sense God’s challenges for my life. I take them serious because I trust He is moving me beyond “all I ask or imagine”. Creating challenges dare me to trust God in an area of my life, while simultaneously giving me the goals I need. Think of your challenges as stepping stones to your dream.
I have seen the two components of dreaming big and creating challenges work in my life. They have helped me to become the person God created me to be. He has blessed me with some big dreams over the years and He continues to challenge me. I’ll share a few examples. I have always wanted to be a musician. I was born into a family of musicians, but struggled with the discipline to play well. At the age of twenty-five I challenged myself to form a band and play out professionally. I have been playing music ever since. In the past I have struggled with a consistent prayer life. Ten years ago I challenged myself to regularly attend a prayer group, even start and lead a prayer group. It changed my prayer life. Accountability is another discipline that doesn’t come natural for me. Fifteen years ago I challenged myself to lead a men’s accountability group and have been doing it ever since. I am currently working on a better health challenge, another disciple I’ve struggled with. But God has given me a vision for a healthier me, and I trust Him. What are your big dreams? How can you specifically challenge yourself in some area of your life, ministry, career, health, finances, etc.? Mobilizers are forever casting vision in hopes of creating movement towards a need. How about casting vision for your own life and intentionally challenging yourself towards that vision? You may find it very self-motivating, because it is God who is at work in us to do more than all we can think or imagine.