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.