Just recently I create a vision chart. The chart contained pictures, scriptures, words, and phrases that represented by goals, dreams, and desires. It encompassed core areas including my career, social life, health, recreation, spirituality, education, relationships, and self care. To create my vision chart I perused favorite magazines and cut out images and words that resonated in my heart. Creating a vision chart gave me a keen sense of focus and empowerment regarding my future. Although my life was not aimless, I had no tangible road map. I posted my vision chart in a prominent place and each morning upon rising I speak to my vision and tell it to come forth.
Write the Vision:
Habakkuk 2:2 counsels us to “write the vision on the wall and make it plain so that those who hear it may run with it. For the vision awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it lingers, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. ” This scripture implies several important truths. First, God wants us to create a written vision for our life and He wants us to post it so that it will inspire us as well as others. Secondly, having a vision creates movement. Those with a vision are more likely to take action and do what is necessary to fulfill their goals. Having a vision can also galvanize people to stand with you and offer support. Lastly, God said that your vision shall be fulfilled at the appointed time. Therefore creating a vision plan is a guaranteed recipe for success. Don't get in a hurry or hung up on time. If you keep the vision alive it must be fulfilled.
Speak to Your Vision:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ” (John 1:1) “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (St. John 1:14). Notice that God made himself synonymous with the Word. Before God created the heavens and the earth he had a vision in mind. But it was not until he spoke it out of his mouth that the vision was fulfilled. Every great idea begins in your mind. But that is where it will stay unless you bring it forth by the words you use. Speak to your vision with relevant scriptures and positive affirmation. Your words have power and are alive. Scripture tells us that whatever a man speaks from his heart shall come to pass. Therefore, choose words that manifest your vision instead of suppressing or hindering it.
An Ear to Hear
Even if you have no idea how you will accomplish your vision, just writing it down and making it concrete sets your creative energies and the power of the universe in motion. The Word of God declares that a man plans his ways but it is God who orders his steps. Each day I ask God to give me an ear to hear, eyes to see, and wisdom to discern any opportunities He may be sending my way that support my vision. Be sensitive to individuals, resources, information, and literature that come across your path. Always be obedient to the still small voice in your heart that may be nudging you to take a particular course of action. Numerous scriptures tell us that God will make our way prosperous and cause our plans to succeed if we will put our trust in Him.
Good Fight of Faith
Don't let anything deter you from your vision. Matthew 13:19 illustrates just how quickly you can lose sight of your vision. When we sow seeds of faith it says that the enemy comes immediately and snatches away what was sown in our heart. I want to emphasize the word, “immediately. " Once you have created your vision chart, thoughts of self-doubt, fear, and inadequacy will try to discourage you from going forward. Your vision is your seed to success. Be careful not to let negative thoughts pull up your seeds before they have had time to take root and grow a harvest. Memorize the scripture, “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind, " and use it to disintegrate any fearful thoughts that plague you. Let the scripture, “speak those things that are not as though they were” become your daily mantra. (Romans 4:17).
A Clear Focus
A vision plan focuses your efforts. I created my vision plan on a large cardboard paper canvas. It only had room for so much. In other words, it created boundaries for my vision. I wasn't writing or pasting pictures on the area outside the canvas. I had to be selective and create my vision based on my heartfelt desires and priorities. If you make your vision too broad or large it may overwhelm you instead of catapult you into action. Therefore, get quiet and do some soul searching. Your vision should truly reflect your authentic self. You can always update your vision as you accomplish your goals or change your desires. If you can't fill up your vision chart, just start with one corner and add to it when impressed upon. If charts don't appeal to you, at least make a list of your goals and post it in a prominent location and read it each day. A vision plan will also help you to discontinue, weed-out, and say no to activities that aren't in alignment with your goals.
Your life is not one dimensional. You are spirit, soul, and body so you want to make sure that your vision plan reflects your whole self. If you devote too much energy focusing on one or several areas, most likely other aspects of your life are going to suffer. When creating your chart look at each area of your life and access your satisfaction level with each category. For example, you may feel very happy with your career, but believe that your social life needs an overhaul. Strive to create balance by creating a vision of how you'd like each quadrant of your life to look and resist the temptation to put all your energies in one basket.
Stomp Out Fear
Fear is the greatest hindrance to our vision. We fear failure, people's judgments, making the wrong decisions, and the unknown. However, inaction keeps us from moving into future blessings. If you are having a difficult time making a decision regarding an aspect of your vision, get still, quiet your mind, and ask yourself, “is fear hindering me from moving forward?" If the answer is yes then dispel the fear and take the appropriate action. A popular book is titled, “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway, " illustrates that we can make progress even while being afraid. Don't let fear stand between you and your dreams.
Live in the Moment
You've probably heard the saying that life is what's happening while your waiting for some future accomplishment, desire, or situation to take place. Your life is right now at this very moment. Ask God to help you to enjoy the blessings in your life today. Live consciously by giving your full attention to everything you do. Use daily meditation to help you to quiet your mind and eliminate the incessant thoughts that causes you to constantly project on the future or obsess on the past. Many people spend their whole life for some future goal, not realizing that their life is a journey that is unfolding one day at a time. Break the cycle by having an attitude of contentment and gratitude. Your vision should not be the end all to some accomplishment but a daily lifestyle that enhances every area of your life.
Just like an artist paints a new picture using a blank canvas, you can reinvent yourself and create the life you want. Refuse to allow negative people or self-doubt to tie you to your past. Manifest the life you want by creating a new picture or vision then nurture your plan by following the tips in this article. Proverbs says that where there is no vision the people perish or have no restraint. A vision plan will add meaning to your life. It will give you a sense of purpose.
Rhonda Jones is the author of a series of Christian meditation and relaxation Cds that encourages listeners to relax, spend more quality time with God, and learn to live more consciously and in the present. Please visit her website at http://www.thechristianmeditator.com for additional information.