There’s Hebrew wisdom that declares, “Without a vision, the people perish.”
The general idea that if you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll likely end up somewhere else and perhaps not where you’d ultimately like to be. Where are you going?
Here are some steps to help reshape some areas of your life that may not be serving you and will help you see your vision crystal clear.
1. Work to resolve old wounds.
It can be difficult to embrace a new vision for your life while being held by old wounds that have not been settled. Spend some time thinking and feeling about hurts that are still within your heart. Do you need to forgive someone? Are you hanging on to pain that needs healing? Be truthful with yourself about those feelings, engage wise counsel and support, and begin the reshape process so you can fully heal and move forward.
2. Understand it’s all not about you
Build out a vision for your life that makes the world better for others. You will create the very best version of yourself in the process.
3. Explore your passion and talents
We are all made with God given talents and passions. What are yours? Are you truly living them out in some way? There is nothing better when you feel you are living in your lane using your gifts.
4. Spend time with people you admire and are inspired by
Identify people whose lives you admire. Talk with them about how they got where they are and why they do what they do. Make a point to spend time with people who do what you want to do…you are the company you keep!
5. Envision what you want your life to look like
Start with the end goal in mind, this is the first key to any strategy. What do you want your life to look like? Visualize it and see it in vivid detail.
6. Don’t limit yourself in your thoughts, your heart or by your current situation
Cast your vision big. Don’t allow fear or a lack of confidence shortchange your vision. If your vision doesn’t make you at least a little uncomfortable, then you probably aren’t dreaming big enough. It should be scary but also exciting. If you can see it, you CAN get there!
7. Get feedback from trusted sources
Ask the people closest to you for support and buy in. Be sure they are there for your best interest and will be honest and supportive.
8. Write a mission statement and list action steps
Create a one sentence statement that encapsulates your vision. Write it down and place it somewhere where you can read it every day. Next write down three-to-five action steps that you will bring you closer to reaching your vision. Take action. Once a quarter or two times a year, you may need to add new action steps as you progress with your plan.
9. Find accountability with trusted relationships
This is one of the most important elements to reshaping any area of your life. Gather a small group of people that will encourage you and hold you accountable to stay on course. Give them the authority to do it and don’t get frustrated when they do.
10. Be flexible, the journey to get there may not be what you would expect, but keep focused on the end goal
We cannot cannot control everything in our lives. Circumstances happen that can cause your vision to change or adjust and it’s ok. Think of your vision as a living thing that aligns with the fullness of your heart, mind, soul and health as you progress with your life over the years.