Define Your Vision: 6 steps to Ignite Your Life

IgniteGo ahead…close your eyes. Picture yourself 10 years from now. What do you look like? Are you smiling? What are you doing? Are you doing something you enjoy? Are you a success at what you are doing?

I went to a Christian Business Women’s Luncheon about three months ago. They gave us a similar exercise about dreaming big. They made us close our eyes and picture your dream, only go bigger. And then go bigger, and then go bigger…. They had us picture what we looked like, how we felt, and a few other things I can’t remember at the moment.

What was interesting is I didn’t picture myself overweight and out of shape. I didn’t picture myself sitting in front of the television with a bowl of popcorn-heavy-on-the-butter. I didn’t picture myself sitting at a bar downing margaritas. I didn’t picture myself laying in bed. And I wasn’t sad or depressed.

I pictured myself comfortable in my non-plus-sized clothes, I was happy, I was energetic, and my hair looked pretty. My house was clean, my office was tidy. My dishes were done and my bed was made.

And I then felt like I saw the vision God had for me. It was to help other women not get in the same trap of chasing the wrong things. I saw myself sharing my failures and misfires on a path riddled with slip-ups and blunders, but also sharing how God can and will use all the mess-ups in our lives to bring Glory to Him and a deeper more satisfying life….the result is an abundant life filled with joy.

After the luncheon, I went home and deleted most of my shows on the dvr. I know…strange first step! Sitting in front of the t.v. suddenly seemed like a waste of time. The next day I went to my first CrossFit workout at CrossFit 925. (Ready about my experience.) I started my blog. I started working on several speech topics in the hopes of future invitations. Again, I know that may be sort of a “build it and they will come” mentality. But it’s really closer to what Noah might have felt when God told him to build an ark in the middle of a desert.

Since that day three months ago, I’ve been exercising 5 days per week. I’ve read more books than I have in the last 5 years. I’ve connected with some awesome women. I’ve made my bed every morning. I’ve lost several pants sizes…. I’m trying to keep my kitchen clean and the laundry at bay. (Baby steps!)

So you are probably wondering why the clean house stuff is stuck in there. Well, when I picture myself speaking to large groups of women, I don’t see wrinkled or soured clothes. I don’t see a frazzled woman who left a pile of bills hidden under a pile of magazines. I don’t see a woman who has mismatched socks. I see a woman who could invite any person into her home and not feel like hiding the piles of laundry or mail. In another blog I’ll show you my before and after pictures of my office. My office looked like it could be featured on the television show Hoarders.

I really feel I’m headed in the direction of the vision that God gave me. says: If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.

All the steps I’ve taken to pursue my dream and set good habits have been so easy for me. Three months ago I was lazy, fat, and always tired. Today I’m full of energy and excited about tomorrow. Here are some steps to take to help you move into a new direction:

Think, act, talk, and conduct yourself like the person you want to become.
Every day is a preparation for your dream come true (aka God’s vision for your life.) You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.
Choose and display the right attitude daily. It is your responsibility and no one else’s. Make adjustments to your attitude early in the day. Start by being grateful to God and expressing it. Then express your gratefulness to your spouse and your children.
Determine and act on important priorities. See blog on priorities
Seek and experience improvements daily. Journal about it. Blog about it. You’ll be amazed how many people feel the way you do.
I’m currently reading an awesome book that is helping me in my quest. It’s called Make Today Count: The secret of Your Success is Determined by Your Daily Agenda by John C. Maxwell. The above points were inspired by his first chapter.

What else? I’d love to hear what helps you.

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