Write The Vision – 5 Ways to Start Planning for 2018

Happy New Year!!

I am well aware that seasons of life don’t perfectly play out on a linear calendar. I’m carrying over trials and burdens from 2017 into this year. Heck if I’m being honest, I’m probably carrying over some of 2016’s as well. With that being said one should always be crafting, reshuffling and amending their vision and goals throughout the year and not wait until a certain time. Nonetheless, the beginning of the year is a good time to assess your current situation and set intentions for the year!

I encourage you not to just make simple resolutions that will be forgotten about in a month or two but set true intentions, goals and hone in on your divine vision. However, the best-laid plans mean nothing without first connecting with God.  

Proverbs 16:9 A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.

This is a step I would always skip and then when things didn’t manifest in the way I wanted them I was stuck looking crazy. I used to write out my vision and goals first and then connect with God and pray he would make all them come true.  I should have connected with him first to see if we were on the same page.  Trying to sort out your vision and goals takes time and attentiveness. We want God’s sovereign will to be over our lives. It’s my prayer for all of you that your spirit, emotions, career, relationships, and finances align with God’s destiny so that you may be prosperous

Below are 5 ways in which you can get started to align your goals and vision with God.

Prayer and Fasting Even though God’s sovereignty governs over our lives he wants us to be in an open dialogue with him about our wants, needs and His plan. Prayer allows for the opportunity to speak with him directly about our wants and needs. Fasting allows us time to listen to His plan to ascertain His will and surrender to it. When you’re fasting you’re denying or sacrificing that which keeps you distracted from getting closer to God. Denying your flesh allows one to fully focus and rely on him to get us through the period of fasting. During this time one should work on drawing closer to God so that you better aligned with him. One of your goals should be to be clearer, more focused and hopefully have a revelation that will transform your life.

Write It Down When God gives you a vision during your time of prayer and fasting it’s important to write it down IMMEDIATELY.  Post your vision and goals in a spot in which you will see it daily so that it serves as a reminder and motivation of what you should be pressing toward the mark for. Vision boards are a great way to creatively display your vision.  

Think Categorically and Be Specific  Your goals are a list of tasks needed to be accomplished so that your vision is manifested. To help you refine your goals it’s important to divide them into categories. For example, categories such as health, career, finances, etc…  Once you have your categories lined out create specific goals under each. So under health, you may have lose 10 pounds, workout 3-5 times a week, drink 8oz of water daily. Get it!? When trying to workout how you’re going to bring your vision to fruition it’s important to stay organized and have a system in place to help you gauge progress and having specific, measurable goals is the perfect way to do so.

Seek Wise Counsel  No one reaches the top alone. God connects us with people for a reason. Use them!! If there is something you need help improving upon, a new skill you need to learn or need the advice of an expert or mentor then go to them to help you grow. Pray that God place the right people in your life at the right times. 

Dream and Think Big!  Don’t limit yourself! If God places a vision on your heart then trust Him to see you to it no matter how big or out of reach it may seem.  God made you the head and not the tail. That means with His help you have everything thing you need in order to be great. Be your biggest supporter and cheerleader. Don’t look at other peoples failures, or even your own past failures keep you from achieving your dream. Most importantly don’t let the Devil infiltrate your mind with naysayers, insecurities or obstacles.  Remember, you have already talked to God about your dream so if He has given to you then it will come to past!

Now go forth you beautiful Black girl and manifest your destiny this year and make me proud! You have been affirmed for 2018!


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