So I don't know about you but I love the New Year! There is something about the idea of a whole fresh year ahead of me that is full of potential and opportunity that just totally gets me excited!
It's living in the beautiful tension of who I have been and who I am going to be!
This past holiday season I spent some time looking back over my last decade
and I could not believe some of the changes that had happened!
A decade ago I had just turned 30, my boys, who are now teenagers, were 5
and 3, my husband and I still owned our own brick and mortar business, and
we had never even dreamed about moving our family across the country to
start a whole new life surrounded by the ocean and mountains! I am sure if you look back on your past decade you would have the same type of "take your breath away" moment! So much can change in a decade - in fact so much WILL change in the next decade, whether you want it to or not.
The question really becomes: Will you be the one directing the change? Or
will the change just be something that happens to you?
So many of us live our lives in random reaction to whatever is happening
around us or in the current culture. Our friends all say they want to do Dry January, so we do Dry January. We see everyone on social media going vegan and we think "Hey why not, I need to get healthy, may as well give that a try!" We plan a vacation to Mexico, because, well, everyone goes to Mexico right?
Now don't get me wrong, it's great to be inspired by the people around you but
there is a tipping point where it becomes someone else's life you're living
instead of your own! As I thought about how I would direct the change in my life I realized I want my next 10 years to be lived on purpose! They need to reflect, to the best of my ability and knowledge, what I wanted them to look like. No more just going with the current of whatever was happening around me! So I did something a little different as I went into this New Year!
Instead of just thinking about what I want my year to look like, or what goals I
had, (after all how many years can I say I want to lose the same 10 lbs!) I
went bigger, much bigger!
I looked at what I wanted the rest of my life to be about!
What was the VISION for my life?
Because if your goals and action plans are the what, then your vision is the
who and the why. And unless we have a good grasp on what we want to become and why we want to become that, our goals can often fall flat!
Our vision for our life also serves as a compass, it gives us guidance when we
wonder what we should do next. How many times do you throw up our hands and say "I just don't know!"
When you have a vision for what your life is supposed to be about it will help
clarify for you what the next step could be. Our vision becomes our measuring stick, letting us know if we are on the right track. With so many things available to us, how do we decide which one is right for
Connecting with our vision helps us to know whether what we are doing is
helping us move towards the type of life we want or if it's going to take us
away from that. And it can become our motivation, the thing that keeps us going even when things get tough.
We all have times when we just don't feel like doing something.
Our motivation wanes and we can give into thinking "Will this really matter
anyway?" Our vision can remind us that YES this matters!! Keep going!!
So how about you?
Do you have a VISION for your life?
If you're interested in developing your own vision download my Create Your Vision Guide and let it help you find clarity on what you want your life to be about!