I don't know about you, but during the last few weeks of the year, I tend to battle with myself. What are the things I really want to experience/achieve in 2019? I want better relationships with my husband and son. I want to experience an abundance in my business. I want time to research and get a handle on my autoimmune issues. I want to do a better job of taking care of myself. I want to take a vacation somewhere beautiful (other than our annual mission trip to Peru). I want to survive our upcoming move to a new house!
As I write down my list, I feel overwhelmed. How often have I made a list and not been successful at completing any of it?
What about you? Are you motivated, feeling a sense of purpose and optimism? Or do you feel like you're just waiting to see what 2019 throws at you?
I've realized in the last year the reason I don't fulfill my goals. They have been separate goals, with no common theme running through them. They lacked a vision.
What is a vision?
A vision begins in your heart and formulates in your mind. It becomes something imagined that you would like to make real for your life. Ideas turn into intentions and a desire to make something happen. A vision is the expression of your desires for a future that is better in some important way than what exists for you now. And for a Christian, a vision is a dream that He puts in your heart
"A vision is the art of seeing things invisible."
"The ability to see beyond our present reality, to create, to invent what does not yet exist, to become what we not yet are. It gives us the capacity to live out of our imagination instead of our memory."
- Steven Covey
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him and He will do it.
- Psalm 37:4-5
Why create a vision?
Every choice we make in life, big or small, has a cause and effect relation attached to it. Without the direction of a clear vision for guidance, we will likely fail in acquiring a life full of the abundance we want and hope for.
A clear vision of the future leads to satisfaction and a sense of meaning and purpose in life. The lack of a clear vision leads to settling for whatever happens. Creating and staying
"If we keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep getting what we're getting."
- Steven Covey
"When one door closes, another one opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don't see the one that has opened for us."
- Alexander Graham Bell
What's your vision for 2019?
If you don't know the answer to this question, here are some questions for you to think about:
Who do you want to be? I want to be someone who is....
What do I need to let go of in order to be that person?
What do I need to do in order to make the difference I want to see in myself? in others?
How can I best take care of myself?
Wouldn't it be awesome if we could all step into 2019 feeling motivated and optimistic, with a North Star to keep us on track!