At the time of writing this post, I have been back from vacation for a couple of weeks and one of the many things that I have had to get back in the groove with is my tasks. It used to be very simple to get my KRA’s, Key Results Areas, completed week after week. All of it was kinda down to a system. However, now I find myself kind of relying on too much on what’s in my head. I have a good memory, but with al of the tasks that I need to accomplish each week, it is not sufficient. Therefore some sort of written system is in order. This post is in no way going to break down my organizational systems that help me get through each week, but it will discuss the importance of writing down where you are headed.
This super quick video clip brings me to the most memorable line for me in regards to writing down what’s important.
“Be specific about your future. You will never reach a vague goal. The more general it is, the less power it has. But the more specific it is, the more power it has in your life.” ~Rick Warren
Here are a few of my reasons:
- Clarity: It forces you to really think out what it is that you want, where it is that you need to go, etc. The details of your future venture begin to come out.
- Focus: This is a big one for me. There are so many things that I want and would like to do, but knowing what I feel God has specifically purposed me for helps put me in a more focused direction. Having it down on paper, reminds me from time to time what I am all about and realigns my activities to my core. It makes it easier to say, “no.” when I need to. Rather than taking on too many tasks than God has called me to, I can ask myself how does this relate to my purpose. Some things off purpose still will take place, but if I find myself taking too much of my time and devoting it to things that are off vision then it is time to realign.
- Energizes/Motivates: There are going to be times when you begin to feel like you are no where near where you want to be. You might feel like you are wasting time and wondering why you aren’t “there” yet. The written vision helps to motivate in those times, because you can look at it and see whether you have been planting seeds that will lead to fully grown trees of fruit in the areas of your purpose or not. If you are simply in the young bud stages of your dream, it gives you a bit of a recharge and encourages patience. If you are planting in the wrong field it once again focuses you and redirects your efforts.
If you’ve never done this before, here’s what I did and I encourage you to do the same. As part of a discipleship course, Joshua’s Army at Torch Church, we created written visions for our life.
Some points of focuses or questions we answered were:
- What is our fundamental call? Some details of your vision will change but what is constant.
- What do you need to do this?
- What will stop this from taking place?
- Who/what do you need to be around?
- Possible outcomes of your purpose.
Once it is written do not feel like it is in stone. It can and should be readjusted as the Lord brings more clarity and prunes and molds you more into Christ’s image.
Here is my latest vision.