What Is Your 2020 Vision?
For some of us, 2019 was a tough year. Some have overcome sickness, lost loved ones to sickness, had roller coaster rides in finances, etc., but we made it! Now that we’ve made it, goals must be set to continue. Now that we have entered 2020, we must have 2020 vision. Not just for this 2020 year but have a goal for our lives. Having a 2020 Vision also means having a clear vision of what you want and how to achieve them. Here are ways to start your goals:
Have a Desire or Passion
A desire or passion should naturally be the first thing to start with. For years, one of my desires was to meet and marry a wonderful man. I complained about how there seemed to be few good men and the so-called “good” ones ignored me. I had all the details in my head about marriage, bumped my head a few times along the way meeting the wrong guy and learning from my mistakes, but I didn’t give up believing that the right man was out there for me. I wondered what he looked like but more importantly, his character. I desired a loving man who would treat me right.
For years I envisioned myself walking down the aisle without falling down in my white heels and into my future husband’s arms. The desire to marry a great man was so strong that I prayed about it, talked to my closest friends about marriage and how I didn’t want to settle. Then I stopped complaining about what I didn’t have and started focusing on helping others more. I also focused on what I need to do to be found by the right man. When I didn’t think the negative and focus on working on myself to become a good future wife, things began to shift and my vision manifested. The same applies to you and whatever your goal is. Have a desire or passion to be and do what you love and focus on improving and preparing yourself to receive what you desire.
Whether it is weight loss, a business, a relationship or travel, a goal can begin with a desire. You must want to make a move to keep the ball rolling. When you love what you do, it can be consistant. It is easy to set goals for anything but difficult to keep goals of something you may not necessarily enjoy doing. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, your desire may be to look and feel great in anything that you wear. You may not have a desire to work out or eat right to achieve it, but if you enjoy listening to music, dancing to your favorite songs can be a great start in lieu of the gym. When necessary, you can even take a break from something you love to do to keep you sane and refreshed but remember to set a time to get back to it if you want to see results.
Write Down Your Vision
When in doubt, Habakkuk 2:2 says, “And the Lord answered me and said, ‘Write the vision, and make it plain on tables that he may run that reads it.'”
When 2020 vision is plain, it is a clear vision. Remember to write it down so that people who read it will run tell others. For example, before I started this blog, I struggled with staying organized just to complete things I planned in my head to do. So I would write down several tasks I needed to do that day and checked off each one as it was completed. Even if I didn’t always complete everything, I accomplished more written goals than I did before when I wasn’t writing them down. My sharing what works for me to all who read this may help you get started doing the same thing, sharing this with others and paying it forward. You don’t even have to do everything I did because I’m only sharing what works for me; however, even writing down just one goal that you already had in your head can help you get started working towards that goal.
Break Down Your Vision
Remember that your 2020 vision is not just for the year 2020. It can be a short term goal set for the next couple of weeks or months. Or it can be long term goals for a year in advance. I learned the hard way that one of the easiest ways to achieving a goal is to break down your vision of that written goal into increments or small steps and within a short period of time. For example, a year after my vision of meeting the man of my dreams had manifested, we had a year and a half to plan our wedding. I saw the bigger picture of looking ideal, royal and regal on my wedding day. I wrote down a few tasks at a time with a budget in mind and a short time spent to achieve a task that may only take a day to complete.
Each small task detailed what I had to do to achieve a goal. Step one was to buy the dress. A friend offered to take me to a bridal shop to pick out my ideal one-strap A-line wedding dress. After trying on three dresses that day, we noticed the first one we picked was the ideal one that I imagined being in…a one-strap A-line dress. It fit pretty well, but I wanted to look and feel comfortable wearing it with ease as I walked in my future white heels without falling. So I ordered the dress anyway as motivation. With help, it only took about an hour to decide, 3 hours including the two- hour drive roundtrip.
My next small step was to lose weight to fit into the dress, so I started with a free Zumba class as an invitation from a friend. After a couple of months into it, I was ready to try a bigger gym that had more equipment, including a treadmill with its own T.V. I signed up and met with a trainer for a free session. By then, I had about 14 months ’til the wedding. Five pounds and three inches later, I moved comfortably down the aisle in my wedding dress and white wedge heels–without falling.
For you, it may start with simply waking up early to start your journey. Write down the time you intend to wake up, even if it is as little as 15 minutes early. Think about what you would like to get done and make time to wake up earlier to complete a written task early each day. Start with something you enjoy such as brewing your morning coffee or meeting with a friend.
Have An Accountability Partner
Speaking of friend, having someone to hold you responsible for your actions or inactions is a great way to keep you motivated. It doesn’t even have to be a person. An accountability partner can be as simple as a reminder alarm on your phone to assist you with time management in getting your written tasks done. I use a reminder app to keep me on schedule. The friend who took me to pick out my dress is an example of my accountability partner.
The friend who invited me to Zumba class started as my accountability partner to help me start my weight loss journey. You can even have a mastermind group of strangers from a Facebook group or college students with a major in your interest. You can encourage one another with ideas and written, achievable goals.
Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish:…”. Speak your 2020 vision with positive emotions daily to help remove self-doubt, and mix faith with action. I challenge you to live out your 2020 vision, now matter how big or small your goal. You don’t have to share your vision with anyone except the accountability partner you trust to help you achieve your goals. When the written and spoken vision hits the right people’s ears, they rinse and repeat, pass on the message and it snowballs. Next thing you know, lives are impacted and your results are as big as your vision. Its your choice. It begins with you. What is your 2020 vision?
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