What vision do you have for your life this year? Do you want to make a difference in your community, at work, or in the larger society? Do you want to impact the world?
Even though January is almost over, it is not too late to take time to decide the direction you want your life to take this year and how you plan to get there.
What do you see yourself accomplishing this year? Where do you want to be at the end of the next 12 months?
There is a song whose lyrics are:
See yourself in the future
You are royalty
It goes on to say:
You are an heir
Embrace your legacy
You have special gifts to bring to the world. Embrace your gifts. See yourself in the future using your gifts. It is never too late to do what you were born to do.
Now is a great time to set the vision for your life. Set aside time each day until your vision for the year is crystal clear. Or take a weekend to decide what you want to achieve in each area of your life.
I spent the first two weeks of this year deciding what I wanted the end of this year to look like for me. I saw the end before I went back to decide how to get there. You can do the same.
My goals are not only set on paper. Most importantly, they are set in my heart. I know what I have to do every day when I get up. Whether I do it or not is another story. But I know what it will take to get to where I want to go.
You may say, “I don’t need a vision. I am retired. I have lived out my vision for my life.”
Without a vision, you might sit around and be lonely. With a vision for your retirement years, you can decide to go out and explore the world. Explore your city, your state, a foreign country. Meet new people. Volunteer. Do you have a skill you can teach others? With a vision, your life is full.
You may say, “I don’t need a vision. I have children to raise. I don’t have time for a vision for my life. I’m too tired.”
Set your vision to be a great mother, to raise kind, respectful, and compassionate children. Without a vision, one day you might throw your hands up and let your children go their own way. Besides, they have a mind of their own. With a vision, you can always pick up where you left off if you get tired.
Job – Too Busy
You might say, “I am busy carrying out my company’s vision. I don’t have time for my own vision.”
Do you want to be in your job forever? Do you have a special dream tucked away in your heart? If you long to do something else but can’t quit your job, take time each day to do something toward your greater dream. Even small steps add up. At the end of the year you will be surprised at how much progress you have made towards your dream.
If you are working at your dream company, do you want to move up? Is there a dream job there that you want? Then find out what it will take for you to get there and start the process.
Cast Your Vision
Don’t wander through life without a compass. Know where you want to go and plan how to get there.
We have all heard the saying,
“Man Plans, and God Laughs.”
Of course, life will throw you curveballs. If you take a break, get right back up as soon as possible and let your vision guide you onward until you accomplish what you set out to do.
The key word this year is FOCUS!
Do you have a goal that you want to achieve this year? You can do it if you focus on that goal above all others. Be single-minded in the pursuit of your dreams.
Look deep within yourself. What is the dream that has lingered there the longest? Have you just about given up on it? Why? Do you think your time has passed? Do you think you are too old to dream? Do you think your dream will never come true?
How about dusting off that dream one more time? And this year, give it your all. Don’t let nothing stop you from focusing on this one dream.
Achieving your dream is possible! You just have to be willing to do what it takes to make it happen!
Don’t ever doubt! Have an unshakeable faith….even when others doubt you!
Peel away the covering and you will see bruises and scares where you have taken hits. You can withstand anything with faith as your core source of strength.
What do you believe about yourself and what you want to accomplish? Do you believe you can accomplish your goals? Or do you think maybe you can? Or you just don’t know?
In order to achieve your goals, you are going to need an unwavering belief in your ability to do what you set out to do.
Who are you listening to? Are you listening to your supporters? Or are you listening to the naysayers?
Regardless of what the outside voices are saying, you have a voice deep within that you should listen to for direction and guidance. The voice within will never lead you astray. It is the voice of faith.
Oftentimes, you are too busy to stop and listen. You feel that you have to race through life so no one will catch you. And when trouble comes you quit because you were not totally committed to your goals.
Do you really, truly believe that you can achieve what you set out to do? Then don’t let others stop you.
If you really believe you are called to do something, you will find a way to make it happen. Go under, through, or around the obstacle. But make it happen.
What you believe will determine your level of success. Believe in you!
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