Every year we have to make the decision, are we going to make the infamous New Year’s Resolutions? If so, how many will you make? How hard will they be to accomplish? By the end of the never ending questions we finally get to the point where we throw our hands up in the air, pretend we’re Jewish yelling Oi Vey, and go on without making a resolution at all. Now I have made resolutions before, yet they were always the same one… I am going to lose weight this year or the slightly different but all the same… This is my year of getting fit! Yeah, I’ve obviously lost that resolution once or twice. So I have gone the past few years without making any resolutions. Why? Mostly because I was tired of failing. I mean you can call it what you want, but at the end of the day I didn’t want to hold myself to any standards, I didn’t want to give myself any goals, and most of all I wanted nothing set in stone or written on the wall that I could be held accountable to.
I love what my blog-mates are doing with the one word aspiration. Choosing one word that you want to inspire you throughout the next year, that word that will keep you on the right path and the meaning of that word that you hope to embody. However what you will obviously notice is that I didn’t partake in that post. As I began to think of my one word that describes this next year of my life, the list of possibilities began to grow. I then began to try and narrow it down and low and behold, those words became sentences. Sounds backwards? Yeah… I know.
Vision is something MORE than goals or resolutions, its character defining.
So I stepped away. Something wasn’t adding up, why could I not pick a flippen word? Well as I sipped my coffee my answer became clear. This year I was not meant to find a word, I was meant to find MANY words. So I sat back down, tore off the top piece on my pad of paper and I began again. This time I wrote down all of the things that I would want to accomplish next year, but I wasn’t making New Year’s Resolutions, I was creating a Vision.
Vision is something MORE than goals or resolutions, its character defining. When you create a vision for who you want to be and what you want to accomplish, it’s more than checking a few boxes, it’s taking yourself to the next level. And don’t just think about your vision, SPEAK about it. Say it out loud, write it down and remind yourself DAILY of what it is you want to accomplish. “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.” Habakkuk 2:2 English Standard Version (ESV) Compact it in to a statement, like a motto. Then, you create goals (I call them vision steps) that will help you realize your vision. To give you a better idea of what I’m talking about here is my current Vision Statement and my Vision Steps.
Inspire others through my actions and words, better understanding God’s purpose for my life.
- 15 (personal development) books in 2015
- Writing once every two weeks
- Continuous Health and Fitness
- Eliminate Financial Debt
Give yourself a vision. Decide who you want to be and figure out how you are going to get there. Whether it be a one word vision like my blog-mates or a vision statement like mine. If you do not give yourself something to work towards you will stay stagnant. I challenge you to give yourself a vision this year but do not limit it to 2015, however continually strive to achieve that vision. And the best thing about a vision? Once you feel that you’ve realized that vision… you create a new one. You are every changing, ever growing, into the person you are meant to be.
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