Your Vision Can Keep you Motivated
Most of us are facing things that neither we nor previous generations have ever experienced. Your career may have transitioned, your children’s education moved home, and your social life has gone online. As you adjust your life during this shelter-at-home season, it can be easy to lose sight of your vision. The truth is that in times of chaos and change it is even more important to know and focus on your vision.
In part one of this series, “How to Stay Motivated while Sheltering at Home“, I covered key ways to maintain your motivation. In this post, I will cover why vision is another critical aspect of maintaining your motivation.
Vision is Essential for Success
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Without a vision, our lives are marked by confusion, frustration, and a lack of (stick-to-it-ness) necessary to cross the finish line.
When we are not working toward a vision that inspires, we stop thriving and begin just surviving. We lose excitement for the future and get stuck dwelling on circumstances and problems.
Where there is no vision, the people perish ~Proverbs 29:18 KJV
When we have a clear vision, we come alive! We are focused, energized, and passionate.
Good for the Whole Family!
Having and communicating the vision for your business will create a cohesive team. The same can be true for your family. Vision can form a powerful bond of love and leave a family legacy. Do your children know your vision? Or do they see it as just something mom and dad have? Do they feel valued and that they contribute to the vision?
This time is a powerful opportunity to model how to successfully navigate through challenging seasons. The vision can be small or large. It can be learning how to grow a garden to feed the family and celebrate God’s provision. Or it can be using this time to create a culture of worship and service. I have seen families serving meals, sewing masks, creating videos, educational blogs, and even starting family businesses.
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When COVID-19 shelter-at-home began, the first thing I said to my son was, “You are getting the time off you have desired to build your business. Consider this a paid vacation. Use this time to advance boldly.” I am so proud of him. His website is up and he is getting sales nearly every day.
George Barna describes vision as
“Clear mental image of a preferable future imparted by God and based upon an accurate understanding of God, yourself and your circumstances”
WHAT IS POSSIBLE?
One way to get a clear image of your preferable future is to ask empowering question such as what:
- is possible?
- gifts has God placed in me?
- is that thing in your heart or gut that never leaves you?
- have you dreamed about?
- makes your heart sing?
For me, the answer to those questions is building Prosper Retreats on 3 continents – a place where women and children can experience total life transformation and heal spirit, soul, and body.
Keep your Vision Front of Mind
Here a few ways to gain clarity, grow your vision, and keep it front of mind:
Ask God to show you “more” to give you supernatural wisdom as to the “how’s” and the timing and direction. Do this often. As you spend more time, all God to show you more and refine your vision. Ask God about the:
- Timing – Is the vision for NOW? Or does God have you in a season of learning and preparation? Remember, Moses took care of sheep for 40 years before God gave him the vision. Consider the additional 40 years he spent in the wilderness before they entered the Promised Land. Consider also, David was a young boy when Saul anointed him, yet he did not become King until he was thirty years old. Scripture teaches everything has a season and that includes the fulfillment of our vision.
- Location – Is the vision for HERE? When things (river) dried up for Elijah it was because God wanted him to move! His next season was not in the place of his previous season.
- Method: what new thing is God doing? How does He desire me to do things differently?
2. PUT THE VISION IN WRITING
Did you know that over 5000 years ago, Scripture told us to put our vision in writing?
Then the Lord answered me and said,
“Write the vision and engrave it plainly on [clay] tablets
So that the one who reads it will run.
“For the vision is yet for the appointed [future] time
It hurries toward the goal [of fulfillment]; it will not fail.
Even though it delays, wait [patiently] for it,
Because it will certainly come; it will not delay. Hab. 2:2-3 AMP
The vision statement does not have to be perfect the first time you write it. Allow it to change and evolve as God reveals more.
3. SPEAK THE VISION OFTEN
Communicate with those who can pray for the vision, support it financially, or partner with you. Ask the Lord for partners and resources (He works in a body)
4. CREATE A VISION BOARD
I carried a picture of a woman in a red bathing suit on an island for years. Today she has my exact body! My body didn’t even remotely resemble hers when I first started looking at the picture.
Involve your children. Even create a family vision board. The important thing is don’t just create it and then forget about it. Look at it often, feel it, experience it. I like looking at mine while saying affirmations and declarations. For those of you who do EFT (see this video for more on emotional freedom technique), it is powerful to do while looking at the vision board. It literally is rewiring your brain and creating new neuropathways.
You may also like the post, “5 Keys to Creating a Vision Board that Works (and grows with you)
4. Take action.
Scripture says that faith without works is dead. In a similar way, I have found daily asking myself, “What is the single most important action I can take TODAY to advance in the direction of my goals and vision” gives my vision wings.
In part III I will cover the power of “chunking” will equip and empower you to stay motivated and accomplish more.
Praying You prosper in ALL things
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