As the year winds down, everyone starts talking about vision and goal setting for the new year. Especially this year, since we’re entering into 2020. We’re all familiar with the term 20/20 vision as it relates to sight. It’s kinda hard not to jump on the bandwagon. In fact, I’m hosting my own Vision 2020 event on November 23rd where I’ll be walking a small believers through the process of clarifying, planning and creating an actionable strategy to manifest it.
So vision has been heavy on my mind for a few months now. I wanted to share with you 7 tips that will help you move from VISION to REALITY.
Tip 1: Ask God to show you the vision and plans He has for your life.
Don’t just ask, wait for His response.
Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
God has a beautiful plan for your future. Too often we get caught up in our own plan or the plan family members or society in general have for us.
When was the last time you asked God about HIS plan for your life. His plan has provision attached to it, but the only way to grab hold of the provision is to also accept His vision.
Set aside time today to get alone with the Father and seek His vision for your life. I promise, His vision is far greater than your own.
Tip #2: Write out your vision and review it on a daily basis
Habbakuk 2:2 says we are to write the vision and make it plain so that those who read it can run. You are the one who is to read it and run.
You will never manifest your vision if you don’t keep it before you regularly. On the journey, you will face many challenges and difficulties. Without a clear focus of where you are going and why, you will give in to the resistance.
Write down in as much detail as possible the vision God gives you. Prioritize time daily to read it aloud. Faith comes by hearing right? Then close your eyes and imagine yourself living inside the fully manifested vision. Allow yourself to feel the emotions attached to your future.
This process fires up your RAS (Reticular Activating System). It acts like an internal GPS. When you open your eyes and are back in your current reality, you brain goes to work finding ways to bridge the gap between where you are and where you see yourself going. This is why visualization is so powerful.
Your vision is important enough to set aside 10 – 15 minutes each day practicing living it out until it is your reality.
Tip #3 Use statements of affirmation.
What you speak, you create. Proverbs 18:21 says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Everything you say eventually produces fruit. This is why statements of affirmation are so powerful. You have to consistently say where you are going rather than where you are.
However, affirmations can get a little sticky. A lot of people make simple declarations like “I am wealthy” or “I am successful” but never manifest what they declare. This is because if you are not those things, your brain knows it. It feels like a lie.
When it comes to using statements of affirmation to attain your vision, you want to design them to align with the actions you are taking to manifest your vision.
For example, one of my affirmations is “I am 100% committed to becoming the person I need to be to attract, create and sustain the levels of success I desire in my life and business.” By phrasing it this way it is an aspiration rather than a statement of motivation or inspiration. Align your affirmations with the actions you are taking to become your vision.
Tip #4: Share your vision with others.
It is hard to be accountable only to yourself. That is why it is important to share your vision with others. However, not just anybody.
- Share it with people who can help you attain your vision.
- Share it with people who will hold you accountable to doing the necessary work rather than accepting your excuses.
- Share it with those going in the same direction as you.
Most people keep their vision to themselves for fear of someone stealing their idea.
Listen, if God gave it to you it doesn’t matter who else snatches it and runs with it. You can’t reach EVERYBODY with your vision. You aren’t CALLED to EVERYBODY.
What God has for you is for you, and you alone. NO ONE ELSE CAN HAVE IT.
Plus, it is better for join forces and collaborate. You can reach so many more by banning together. It’s like my current favorite saying, “If you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go together.”
Tip #5: Create a vision board
Vision boards have become very popular in the last several years and for good reasons. Having a visual representation of what you are aiming for serves as a source of continual motivation, especially when done with purpose and intention.
When creating your board, don’t only include images of the “things” you are pursuing. Add words that represent the emotions you will feel when you arrive at your destination as well as along the journey. Include new skills you need to learn, or degrees and certifications required.
I also like to add scriptures which remind me who I am in Christ and God is with me. Hang your board up somewhere you will see it daily. I have a couple in my office at work and several in my office at home. When I get frustrated or feel unmotivated I take a few minutes to review my vision boards.
Just like David, sometimes you’ll have to encourage yourself along the journey to your vision.
Tip #6: Map out a plan
You wouldn’t set out on a road trip to a place you’ve never been before without a map or directions. You shouldn’t do it with your vision either.
Take time to create a detailed plan for how you’re going to get from where you are to your destination. Identify not only the actions to take but the resources you’ll need along the way. Consider what type of obstacles you may face along the way and decide how you will handle them should they arise.
Planning your strategy in advance will help you save time, energy and resources along the way and prevent you from getting off course or lost. That is if you are actually following your plan.
Tip #7 Do something every day to support your vision
All the visualizations, affirmations and detailed plans in the world won’t bring you any closer to your vision without aligned action.
Most people think you have to be able to make big advances in order to achieve your goals and manifest your vision. The truth is small actions done daily add up over time to create the momentum you need. Commit to doing something EVERY SINGLE DAY that moves you in the direction of your vision and follow through with that commitment.
When you focus on the process the outcome will follow.
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