I love this time of the year. The dawn of a new year excites me. I feel invigorated, refreshed, and ready for new things. The end of the year is a great time to chart your course for the upcoming year. Of course we can plan our life at any time we want to but there’s something about the New Year that get’s my creative juices flowing. I feel like all things are possible. What a great time to do like one of my favorite scriptures says, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Habakkuk 2:2 (KJV)*
Here’s a strategy that you can follow to start your New Year off full of possibility:
Write the vision
The truth is that you can end up where you want to be without a plan but the journey will probably be shorter and less frustrating with a plan.
So, the first thing that you need to do is write your vision for your life. What are your goals and aspirations for the next 5 yrs? What’s on your “bucket list”? Do you want to learn a new language? Launch a new business? Visit the Bahamas? Write it all down. When would you like to accomplish each item on your list? In 1 yr, 3 mths, 5 yrs? Write it down.
If words don’t inspire you use pictures, charts, or whatever inspires you. Record your goals on paper, in a journal, use a fancy pen, use a regular $1 pen. Tear pictures and cut out words from magazines, stick them on a poster board or on paper. Make your charts and tables. Get your vision down in a tangible form right away. Use it to keep you on track.
Make it Plain
This sounds so simple doesn’t it? The reality is we often make our plans but they’re so complicated or unrealistic that we can’t do anything with them. When you write your vision, make it plain and realistic. You can’t learn to speak and write Spanish in 3 months. Set realistic goals for yourself so that you don’t give up before you even get started on your journey.
Run with it
You have it down on paper; you have your poster board up. You didn’t do all that work for nothing. It’s time to get running. Choose a goal and run with it!
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