Vision. How to lead your life by design.
For the past few years, I have kicked off the new year by deciding on one word (or theme) to focus my thoughts and efforts on throughout the year. But this year, I decided to start my year off by beginning a vision of the end of my year in mind.
Before I created any new goals, I wanted to have a clear picture in mind of who I wanted to become, where I wanted to go, and what I wanted to accomplish by the end of 2019. Once I had a clear vision of what I wanted to see happen in my life, I knew my goals and actions would follow.
Creating a clear and compelling vision for my life required me to do some deep soul searching. Not only to determine where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do, but also process my WHY behind it all.
Where do you want to go?
Do you have a mental picture in mind for where you want to go, who you want to become and what you want to accomplish this year? If not, I’d love to share some of the questions I processed to help me establish a clear and compelling vision for this new year. And when you sit down to establish your vision, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to reflect on and respond to the questions below. I promise this will be time well invested because you will be able to run rather than wander toward your future with clarity of focus and direction!
Personal Reflection Questions
- What would have happened in my personal and professional life for me to feel happier, healthier and more successful?
- Who do I want to become this year if I truly believed I could reach my fullest potential?
Why do I want to become this?
Will my end result only serve me well or will it also serve others well?
Who do I believe God wants me to become?
- What do I want to accomplish this year if I believed I couldn’t fail, be stopped or be blocked?
Why do I want to accomplish this?
Is this because I want to receive more recognition or because I want to make a greater impact in the lives of those around me?
What do I believe God wants me to do this year?
Do my plans align with God’s plans?
- How can I impact the world with my work/talents?
What impact would I have wanted to make in the lives of those I lead, love and work with?
What impact does God want me to make?
- Do I recognize my limiting beliefs?
What beliefs are holding me back from dreaming and believing I can become more and accomplish more this year?
What truth from God’s word can I use to refute the lies I’ve been believing?
Who does God say I am and what does He say I can do through Him?
Remember, your vision is a picture of your end result. It’s not supposed to map out the process for how to get there (that would be your action plan). But having a vision will keep you focused, energized, and motivated, especially when you face challenges and obstacles along the way. Another point to remember is that your vision shouldn’t just serve YOU– your passions, your aspirations, your well-being and your desires. A great vision should always include service to OTHERS.
As I close out this topic on vision, I want to leave you with one last thought. Having a successful year comes down to committing all of your dreams and plans to the Lord because when you do so, He promises to make them succeed (Prov. 16:3).
Just do it!
Refuse to let another day go by without establishing a clear vision for this year (in collaboration with God). Establishing a clear vision will serve to direct all of the decisions you’ll make and the actions you’ll take for leading your life purposefully this year.
I am convinced that if we can DREAM BIG, BELIEVE BIG and take BIG, BOLD STEPS OF FAITH that will move us closer toward our vision, we WILL ACHIEVE it! Because with God, ALL things are possible for those who believe (Mt.19:26)!
What’s your vision?
What are your thoughts on establishing a personal vision? Do you think we need one? What’s your personal vision? I’d love to know your story. Drop me a comment below.