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A Vision for the Future

It’s time to set your course for your future – so let’s dream a little. What would you like your future to look like? Pick a time – say 5 years from now… Yikes!! Doesn’t that sound like so far away?! It will be here before we know it, though.

I’m taking time in these next few days to review some of my lifestyle and business goals that I’ve set in the past. I set these as a part of a business class I took Fall 2015 – Spring 2016. I’m a goal directed person, so you would think this would be easy. But setting goals far out in the future, even 5 years, has always been overwhelming. But I’m learning, that these goals are flexible and you are free to adjust them as needed, so that takes some of the pressure off.

Some things for you to consider that I am including:

  • 3-5 things I want to be
  • 3-5 things I dream of doing
  • 3-5 things I dream of having

I got that far in Oct 2015. As I’m looking back on them now, I still have several that are in progress, but I have accomplished some, and I’ve added others. So, I’m encouraged to continue on and revise my list this year. But, I’m going a bit further…in two ways.

I’m going to be adding the things that Creator has said to me directly, or through others, even if I don’t know what they mean. And I’m going to take each one and brainstorm ways and means of accomplishing them. Probably via a mind map. My objective here, is not just to get an idea of what I want my future to look like, but to gain some practical steps to get there.

Did you miss my last post? I gave you some good ideas on how to review the past in preparation for this goal setting. You might want to check it out here.

 

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Out with the Old

As the old year comes to a close, is a good time to assess the year we are leaving behind and begin to steer our course to the year ahead. Since just before my birthday on the 13th, I have been in prayer and contemplation of what things I need to leave behind, and what things I need to pick up as I go into this next season. You might say I’m doing some spiritual house cleaning. I am finding it helpful and thought that perhaps you might as well.

I created this basic list to give you a framework to work from, although it’s not necessary. Don’t get legalistic on yourself, or critical. Be honest – no one is grading you, and there are no wrong answers. This task is just a snapshot of where you are, and an indication of what you can do to move forward more in the new year.

  1. Consider the areas of your life: you, your relationships, your occupation, the places you go, the things you do, organizations you’re involved in, etc.
  2. Assess each of these and see how they are functioning for you mentally, emotionally, spiritually, financially, etc. Maybe give each area a number from 1-5: horrible – bad – meh – good – fantastic
  3. Take those areas that are 1-3 on that scale, or those that are from horrible to meh. What would it take to increase those numbers?
    a. Are there things that you need to give up?
    b. Are there things you need to start doing?
    c. Are there things you need to reframe your thoughts?
    d. Are you getting triggered in these areas? How or why?
  4. For the areas that are 4-5, how can you further reinforce them?
    a. What are you doing well?
    b. What is it about them that makes you proud or happy or satisfied?
  5. Take each area and submit it to God, and ask Him to show you the answers to any questions that you might have.
  6. Pay attention to dreams as you are doing this.
    As God shows you areas in need of improvement, then also seek Him on ways to address those issues. Not just general things, but specific strategies to move forward.
  7.  Also, ask God what area you should focus on first. Work out with Him small steps that you can take to move forward.
  8. Here’s a big key: Celebrate each and every success that you make! Set up rewards for yourself along the way, small ones for small wins and larger ones for larger wins. Celebration and rewards are far more motivating than punishment and condemnation. Celebrating your successes and wins sets you up to achieve greater and greater success.

You’ll notice that I recommended that you pick an area to focus on first. Narrowing your focus increases the likelihood that you will succeed. It’s just not likely that you will succeed at 50 things at once, so don’t set yourself up to fail. Again, success is motivating! And, as you succeed in one area, you’ll probably find that several others come into alignment as well, but if they don’t, you can go back to your list and go through the process with the next piece when it is time.