This week, I am sharing some secrets to help you keep your year on track. It is now March. Is this year shaping up to be what you want? Or, is it already off track? Well, this week, we will be digging into some of my secrets to help keep your year on track.
If you missed yesterday’s post, why not go back and dig into it first and then come back here. Here is where you will find that post:
Today, I want to share another secret to help keep your year on track. Ready?
I don’t know about you, but I have been finding some great pictures for my home that have a focus of one word. I LOVE THEM! Just sitting here, I can see these:
I guess that I didn’t really notice how much I love seeing those reminders, but those reminders help me to keep on track.
Funny thing, I have been noticing this year that all through Scripture, God gives His people reminders that help them to stay the course. Think about Abraham’s life, in every story about Abraham, God gave him something that would remind him of all that was promised to him. I love it!
God moved on my heart to put the reminder to “LIVE” right where I work each day. Funny that He would do that, huh? Well, I think it is because I have no problem remembering to get up and get busy with my to-do’s (Of course, that is another point, huh?). I have no problem moving through my daily routines. But, I have found myself going through the motions so many times and forgetting to LIVE.
Sure, I exist.
Sure, I get a lot of great things done.
Sure, I enjoy my family and friends.
I really do have a tendency to just get things done, to exist, to survive another day. UGH! Relate?
This year, I want something MORE! I want to pursue those impossible dreams. I want to reach for the things that I have been putting off until LATER. Later is NOW! This is the only day that I am promised, well this is the only MOMENT I am promised. I want to live it well. I want to grasp on to all that Christ died to give me.
That means that I am going to have to do a few things different:
1. Get a vision for what I REALLY want! I mean really slow down to SEE IT! TO FEEL IT! It has to be CLEAR! If I can’t see it, I can’t live it! It has been said that if we don’t have a vision, a clear vision, we will always return to default. I don’t like default! Default is sitting still. Default is stuck. Default settles for less than the best. Default takes me places that I don’t want to go. I want to LIVE. I want to live the life that Christ died to give me! I want to grasp onto ALL that He has reserved for me. Relate? We can’t have it without first getting a vision for what we really want. Take the time to just sit before His presence. Let Him give you HIS VISION. Let Him make it clear to you. Get that vision!
2. Keep the vision before me! Yep! It is NOT enough to just GET THE VISION. I have done that quite a few times. The difference is what you do once you get that vision. Do we just stuff it away until later or until a more convenient time OR do we keep that vision before us as we run the race? I love Habakkuk 2:2-3:
And then God answered: “Write this.
Write what you see.
Write it out in big block letters
so that it can be read on the run.
This vision-message is a witness
pointing to what’s coming.
It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait!
And it doesn’t lie.
If it seems slow in coming, wait.
It’s on its way. It will come right on time.”
This year, I took time in the fall to write out my vision in a notebook. In fact, I detailed this and even gave some printable pages in my set Gearing Up to Reach for Your Dreams. It was sooo good for me! I didn’t JUST make a list of resolutions or to-do’s. I wrote out the vision I had for what I wanted. I wrote it out so clear that I can feel it and see it as I read back over it. It was sOOoooo good for me! But, that is not where I stopped. I wanted to reach for bigger things than ever this year. So, I also made Vision Boards that I have in my family room so I can see them all throughout the day. If you are not sure what a Vision Board is, let me share some pictures of mine here:
Some days those Vision Boards just NAG at me. I am not ALL THE WAY where I want to be. God has so much to teach me this year. I would still prefer to vege out with chocolate and old movies instead of hit the gym. I still get whiny and want to indulge my pity-party. BUT! Those boards are there reminding me of what I want. Each word on that board reminds me of what I really want! Every verse exhorts me to press on toward the mark and grasp on to all that Christ died to give me.
If I really want to LIVE IT, I have got to keep that vision right before me. Otherwise, I get off track and end up losing time that I will never get back.
What about you? Have you got a vision? Have you written it down? Have you got it right before you as you run the race?
It helps sooo much to keep the vision of what I really want RIGHT BEFORE YOU. I know that it seems like it will never come to pass, but sweet friend, IT WILL! It may seem slow in coming, but step-by-step, choice-by-choice, you will get there! It is on its way! Just get that dream out of your head and onto paper! Write it down! Write it ALL down! Keep it before you. It will come right on time!
3. Make it a lifestyle! This is key! I have no idea what you want for this year. I have no idea what your dreams are. However, they are as simple as LIVING IT! I was reading this past week and I ran across something that was very interesting. In, 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself by Steve Chandler, Steve was writing about an interview he had years ago with Arnold Schwarzenneggar. Actually his interview was right after Schwarzenneggar had retired from bodybuilding. Steve asked Schwarzenneggar what he wanted to do next. He calmly told him, “I’m going to be the number-one box-office star in all of Hollywood.” Now, you can imagine how skeptical Steve was. Imagine this huge, bulked up guy who could barely speak English–not exactly the guy you would expect to be a “box-office” success. 🙂 As Steve asked him just how he planned to become a top-star in Hollywood, he shared a life-changing quote, “it’s the same process I used in bodybuilding…What you do is create a vision of who you want to be, and then live into that picture as if it were already true.” Is that GOOD or what? I have no idea if Schwarzenneggar is a Christian or not, however what he said is the perfect definition of walking by faith! We are called to walk by faith into the vision that God has given us. That means that we do not look around at our current circumstances or our current position and LIVE THAT OUT. Instead, just like Hebrews 12: 1-2, we will….
“1THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,
2Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Anybody else HOOTING? 🙂
If we want to LIVE IT, we have got to see it, keep our eyes on it, and live it TODAY!
Today is the day to get moving forward.
Today is the day to get back on track.
Let’s do it together!
let’s commit to make this moment, this hour, this day, this week, this month, THIS YEAR really count.
Come back to join me for the next post where I will talk about BALANCE. 🙂 Until then, why not share your vision here? Write it down. Let’s move out together. Just leave me your comment or just join the discussion. I am so glad you are here. You are among friends! Just jump in and chat with me!