New Year, BIG Vision!
With the new year in full swing, how many of you are trying to wrap your head around the fact that it’s a new decade as well?! 2020 begs for the start of something new, different, and BIG! Could this be the year or decade where your vision becomes clearer and you actively walk into your calling?The new year always seems to start strong with big ambitions, but few take the time to document their vision or dream. Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote states this perfectly, “when you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
We at Christian Coach Institute want to help equip you to succeed this week, month, year, and decade. Let’s start with reciting our ABC’s, with a new twist! Perhaps, this new formula will help you cast away your fears and begin living the life for which God has called you. Let’s remember God’s promise in 1 Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
A is for ACTION
Start by dreaming a bit. This is a great time to go before the Lord in prayer for His guidance for your life.
Ask yourself some questions:
- How do you want your life to look? This week? This month? This year? This decade?
- What do you want your home life to look like?
- What are your financial desires?
- What kind of legacy for the kingdom do you want to leave behind?
Enjoy the dreaming process, this is where you can dream BIG! There are no rules, so have some fun. In his book, The One Thing, Gary Keller reminds us, “Don’t fear big. Fear mediocrity. Fear waste. Fear lack of living your life to the fullest.”
B is for BRAVERY
This is the time to ask yourself and the Lord if your BIG dream or vision is feasible or possible. Be ready for an astounding YES and then be brave!
Ponder the following questions:
- What needs to occur for this dream to become reality?
- What might you learn or perhaps re-learn?
- “What is the one thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” (The One Thing, by Gary Keller) This is a great question to ask daily, weekly, monthly, & yearly for all areas of your life.
Lest we forget, Ephesians 2:10; “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” As we bravely walk into our dreams, it is comforting to know we have the Holy Spirit living within us. When we are weak, He is strong!
C is for COMMITMENT
As you begin to navigate your new direction, remember that it takes 66 days to create a new habit. We can’t expect to keep doing the same thing we have always done and then expect a different result. True, lasting change will need a commitment.
Some thoughtful questions to marinate in:
- What are you willing to give up to make your dream a reality?
- How might creating a “success list” versus a “to-do” list benefit you daily?
- With whom can you share your precious dream?
According to Gary Keller, “Success is doing the right thing, not everything right.” We tend to be bogged down with our busyness, which leads to stress. Sometimes a mindset shift is what we need most. By committing to daily activities that will lead to a future payoff, we will undoubtedly start each day with the one thing that will yield the most success.
In summary, 2020 can be your year for a BIG change! Take time to reflect on 2019, remember all the lessons learned, then put it in your rearview mirror and focus on the road ahead. At Christian Coach Institute we can already hear you singing your ABCs! Casting your vision for the future takes action; be brave and participate in the process; then be committed to working your plan daily. While change can be scary, we always have our friend, Jesus, by our side. “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
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