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5 Reasons to Write Your Vision
Write It to Achieve It!
Have you ever envisioned or dreamed about doing something that you've always wanted to do? Perhaps you dream and talk about it but fail to move forward. I've come to regard my dreams and ideas in the same manner as a business plan - it needs to be in writing.
Some time ago, I started implementing something that I believe has been key to accomplishing my goals. I wrote my vision on a large piece of Easel Pad paper and placed it on the wall in front of my desk. I took this idea from a Scripture in the Bible - Habakkuk 2:2, “And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets,that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. ” (NKJV) Although I’ve read and heard others reference the importance of writing down your goals or visions. Now, I personally know the reasons why...
When I sit at my desk and glance at the paper in front of me, I’m motivated to continue with the vision. Lack of motivation is a key factor to lack of progress. It’s similar to the ”out of sight, out of mind” concept. If there isn’t a visual image that reminds me of my goals, then I lose interest. For years, I’ve written goals on notebook paper and then misplaced it; but if it’s on a large presentation style paper or board, then I’m less likely to lose it and to lose motivation.
By writing my target aspirations on paper, I have a visible, tangible source of inspiration that keeps me focused on my purpose. My written plan is now a central point of concentration. In the past, my dreams and desires remained only in the conceptual stage of my heart and mind. I always talked about my goals but I failed to take any further steps toward achieving those goals. I conceived but I didn’t receive. To receive something means to take it as your own. You take what has been given to you and begin to nurture it to maturity or manifestation. Just as I nurture my children, I must actively nurture my vision as well. If I become side-tracked or discouraged, that paper draws me back and helps me to avoid deviating from my primary focus.
Writing thoughts and ideas brings clarity to my vision. With each day, I can modify the specific details of my vision as I gain more insight. Typically, every detail doesn’t come all at once but over time. I pray, read, research, Google and network to obtain more knowledge that leads me closer to achieving my goals. On paper, I can add thoughts, side notes, categories, etc. as it takes on the form of an outline. The more information added helps me to become mentally clearer on what is required to reach my goals.
Unlike before, I have direction in my pursuits. It is impossible to reach a destination if I don’t have a roadmap. Just like with any navigation device, I plug in my current location, the destination and a detailed set of directions are provided. The only difference is that it’s the Spirit-led guidance that is inside of me that is producing the instructions. Also, when you know the direction of your pursuits, then you can periodically track your progression.
Finally, writing it down gives me such a sense of purpose and fulfillment. When I can check off a few steps, I feel that I’m on course and I’m accomplishing great things. Just as the Scripture says, I must run with my vision. Though there may be challenges or delays, I have the assurance that it will someday come. Because the vision has become a thriving and integral part of my life, I no longer have to speak to it. The vision now speaks to me and calls me towards completion. That's exciting!
Let me also mention that an alternative or addition to a written format of goals is a Dream Board or what I call a “Theme or Vision Board”. Place article clips, Scriptures, images, inspirational statements or words on a board and position it on a wall that is visible to you for daily inspiration.
It's never too late to successfully run with your vision. You may desire to go back to school, take a craft class or just finish a home project. Once it has been conceived inside of you, receive it fully and begin to put your thoughts and goals on paper. Doing so will provide a plain view of where you are going and how to get there. With each step, not only will you gain confidence in your vision, but you will now that you are ultimately fulfilling God’s purpose for your life. Before you know it, those days of complacency will be a thing of the past and you will find greater joy and purpose in your living.
Melissa Roshan, 2011 Cover Model Contest Winner
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A young woman shares her story of how it all began with writing down her goals after spending time at a teen shelter.