Be a visionary.
So I'm on this journey to refocusing...
The start of a new year usually means new goals, "New year, new me" posts, and new years resolutions. It also cues the start of visionary season - everyone is making their vision boards, creating their life plans for the year.
Let's rewind to December really quick. I was fake focused and I decided to create a vision board in preparation of 2018. I'd been planning for my business, this blog, and my life overall. I didn't really consult God before deciding on any of these things, but I did know that He had already placed a clear vision in my heart. He had me covered the WHOLE time I was distracted - praise God! That's a whole post right there!
Anyway, I gathered some vintage 90s magazines [Ebony, Essence, a few other randoms] and I cut out items that represented the vision I had in my mind. I knew that I would organize my board based on the various ventures I wanted to attack in 2018. The categories I had were ThickGirlThrifts: my online resale store, Naturally Inspired: this blog + a couple other ideas, Building: career and financial goals, and Photography: a hobby that I want to expand upon this year.
On my board, I included pictures, quotes, phrases and words that brought my vision to life on paper. I even added index cards where I wrote out my overall goals for the year in each category. Once my board was complete, I felt accomplished and I was happy that my vision board was all cute and organized - I felt like a true visionary!
Since creating my board, I have discovered a few major keys of being a visionary.
- Understand that your vision came from God. The vision you have did not fall from the sky, nor did you come up with it on your own imagination [as much as we love to think this]. God had a plan for your life before you even existed [Jeremiah 29:11] and He gave you a glimpse of what it will look like in this season of your life.
- You must consult God about your plans. Because He gave you the vision, you should consult Him about the plans to make that vision come to fruition - otherwise, those plans won't work. Trust me, I know all too well about making my own plans without consulting God - they've failed every time. Proverbs 16:3 tells us to commit whatever we do to the Lord, and He will establish our plans.
- Focus on the vision! So you've had a vision, consulted God about it and created a plan to make your vision board your road map. Now, you have to focus on what's on that board so that you can align your thinking and your actions with the plan that He has set forth for you. Remind yourself of your goals often and make sure that whatever you're doing makes sense in regards to your vision. Watch things start to happen!
I'm still working on this myself, so let's become better visionaries together! If you haven't created a vision board yet, it's never too late in the year to make one. Check out this post on how to make one for yourself!
You have to be able to visualize your goals in order to focus on them.