There is a lot of messages on social media and in our culture around creating your personal vision.
Just something else to add to your to-do list, right? Who has the time to sit quietly and think about their personal vision? Here’s why you need to spend the time to create a personal vision:
Your vision directs all your actions
Whether you have a written, directed vision or not, your actions are directed toward what you think. You are on the path to somewhere, so you might as well plan where you are going. Once you have your vision written down, you can focus your actions toward your vision. Your vision helps you decide when to say “yes” and when to say “no.”
Don’t forget about adding a health element to your vision. Without your health, your vision will never come to reality.
It might help to think about just how long you think you will live. The different parts of your life should relate to each other. If you say you want to live to 100 years old and your diet includes donuts and sweet tea every day, then you need to be honest with yourself. Your actions will show what you truly believe, no matter what you have written down. You cannot lie to your subconscious mind.
Our Creator tells us in Habakkuk 2:2-3:
“Write the vision
and make it plain on tablets
that he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
because it will surely come,
it will not tarry.”
Yes, writing a personal vision is in the Bible. Sometimes, I am just amazed at what you find in the Bible and how it is still perfect for today. Let’s look closely at what we are being told.
Write it down – not on a computer, but on paper. A few sentences are fine; make it clear.
Read it every day. Your vision will speak to you and guide you.
Keep it in front of you. Even though you don’t see your vision unfolding, keep faith that it will.
Visualize 5 to 10 years in the future and what you want your life to look like. Think and dream big. Think about your passions and what stirs up your emotions.
Your vision statement should include both your business and personal life.
This is my personal vision statement:
“I will live in service to God by studying, obeying, and teaching the Biblical principles of longevity to individuals and groups through writing, speaking, and teaching.”
That sums everything up for me. My daily plans follow my vision. If something comes up that does not match my vision, I say no. I have tweaked it a few times over the years, but the basis has remained the same.
Now it is your turn. Write a vision statement, read it for a few weeks, rewrite it, and keep thinking about it. This will make you feel good about getting up each morning and working toward fulfilling your vision.
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