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Step 1: Define Your Vision

Every transformation begins with vision. Helen Keller once said, “the only thing worst than being blind is having sight, but no vision.” And my goodness is she ever correct! Sight is a function of the eyes, but vision is a function of the heart’s deepest yearnings. Learning how to define, in pictures and words, your heart’s desire is key to developing a vision for your life.

The journey of transformation begins with a clear vision: who do you want to be and where do you want to go?

Vision establishes purpose and helps you determine a destination. Where there is clear vision, a strategy for achievement can be established. One of the greatest sources of significance and satisfaction is walking daily in the strategy of your vision.

Today, I encourage you to take time to imagine what your life will look like when your actions are aligned with the highest vision you have for your life; when you achieve your highest goal or goals. Then take the time to write down a series of adjectives that describe what you see. Take notice of what actions you are performing, what types of people you are with, and of the environment. Begin to tangibly place your thoughts in front of you with pen and paper. For some, creating a vision board helps them capture thoughts in pictures. Taking steps like these can put you in touch with your deepest desires and bring you closer to defining your life vision.

When you start to discern that you are on the right path, begin to write out a vision statement that is clear, concise, and challenges you to live up to it every day. Memorize it like the back of your hand and make it a part of your affirmations and thought pattern. You deserve to live life with a purpose, on purpose, and having a clear vision for your life is a major key to doing just that! That’s what I think! So, what’s next after you’ve defined your vision?

Step 2: Put the Plan Down on Paper

What are you waiting for? It’s time to create a “transformation action plan” and put it down on paper! Any type of transformation needs specific steps to chart its course. One of my favorite Christian scriptures is Habakkuk 2:2 and it challenges us to “Write the vision and make it plain, so those who read it can act quickly.” Your action plan needs to be in front of you as a simple and constant reminder of your larger purpose.

Is your transformation physical? Do you want to lose a certain amount of weight or add a certain amount of muscle by a certain date? Do you want to quit smoking? Or grow spiritually? How about having positive participation in your community? Or is your transformation career oriented? Whatever it is, make sure it’s in alignment with your personal vision statement first. And if it is, it’s time to create the strategy. Break it down into manageable steps charted across a span of time that is realistic, and challenges you at the same time.

Once you have your Vision defined and the steps charted to achieve it, you’ve taken a HUGE step towards a better life for yourself! This week I challenge you to take the time to define those elements. Because once the vision and action plan is set, it’s time to execute and there’s no going back! It’s not going to be easy, but I promise you it will be worth it.

I’d love to hear about your goals for transformation, what your vision is and how you’re going to achieve it. Feel free to reach out to me and let me know using #Transformation!

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Have you ever felt stuck? Like you’ve reached a wall, or even a ceiling in life? Have you ever gotten to a point where clarity is difficult?

I am sure you have. I think many of us share in the feeling of being stuck and the questions of how to get ‘unstuck.’ Many years ago I had an interesting moment in my life where I had reached my financial goal; reached my educational goals; reached my professional goal; and for the most part reached my personal relationship goals. You would think I would have been pretty happy in life huh? But instead I felt stuck and didn’t know why or how to fix it. I shared similar dissatisfactions and emotions of a person who could not advance at their job, or who couldn’t quite reach their goals for other barriers. It didn’t’ make sense to me that I reached most of my goals, but still did not sense fulfillment. The lesson I learned was that linear and vertical ‘stuckness’ are nearly the same thing. If there is no vision past your barriers, in my case, my personal goals, you run the risk of hitting a wall. It is possible to have vision to hit your goals, but not enough vision to live past them. I had to find a way to transform my thinking!

Transformed thinking begins with belief systems. Whenever I notice that Im in a prolonged rut, I take it as an opportunity to personally start searching and looking at the belief system that I am operating in. Sometimes, we are limited by what we believe, as opposed to what has been done to us. Interestingly enough, my goals were my ceiling. I believed myself right up to my goals. When I reached them, I realized that over the years though my production increased, my beliefs didn’t, therefore my goals didn’t. I could not forecast another goal because I did not transform my belief in myself to do so. It is strange to think that I have achieved these goals. It has only been in the past few years that I have really begun to formulate and create new goals based on a different mindset and path. If you are not careful, you can outdo yourself – and get “Stuck” in a different way.

Sometimes, this is not growth; it is just creating the same experience and applying it differently. I equate at times growth & Expansion in the graph listed here. I am more interested, now, more than ever, than challenging myself to get unstuck, and focus on a new, Expansion.

Do you ever get stuck? If so, How do you get Unstuck? Use #WalkWithIntention to share your story.

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Spring is upon us and to me there is something incredibly invigorating about the springtime.

The warm weather, fresh air, out-door activities, new leaves, grass and shrubs etc… to me, springtime is about the new and refreshing. Particularly after a long cold winter, this time of year stimulates my desires for something different. And that almost always includes some form of spring cleaning! Yes, out with the sweaters and coats and in with the shorts and tee’s! However, as a public speaker, often when I talk about spring-cleaning, I am really discussing the idea of reprioritizing; the task of making room at the front of your life for the people, activities and things that matter most. It is not about getting rid of them, but properly prioritizing them in a way that serves both you and those in your life.

Why? Well, because seasonal changes are a part of life. And like the seasons for weather, seasons in your life change regularly. Young people become old people; parents become empty nesters; singles get married; some married get divorced; children are born; jobs are gained, jobs are lost, etc. When seasons shift, some of your priorities will have to shift with it to keep you on balance. The action of reprioritizing is important because it is possible that what was once a help to you one season could be an unnecessary hindrance to you in a different season- kind of like my winter sweaters in the springtime.

I am a big proponent of recognizing and honoring the seasons of life. For me, from time to time, I have to prioritize what matter and who matters, and you need to as well. It’s incredibly important to be able to sift through and re-evaluate areas of importance to you.

Are you carrying too much stress? Too many burdens? Perhaps its time for you to reprioritize some things.

For most people, they aren’t always getting rid of clothing, but moving winter things into storage, while bringing their spring and summer clothes out. So don’t move too quickly. Be thoughtful of your reprioritization and why. It’s not always about jumping into a new season if the existing one has not closed yet. Why move coats and sweaters if it is still cold outside? One thing that works today, may not work in the next season.

All I know for sure is during the process of your own Spring Cleaning, decisions must be made. You might have to throw things out or you might carefully wrap it up and may need it again. Either way, you live with your decisions, you make your bed, and you shift things to meet your needs, in life or in your closet.