Why is vision so important? Vision gives people direction. Vision propels people forward. Vision gives you a reason to plan the route you're going to take to get where you want to go. If people can see the oh-so-important finish line, they work toward it.
My favorite Scripture about vision is Habakkuk 2:2, which says, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” (KJV)
After working in the corporate world, I now work for the family business. I see how important it is to have a vision and a plan for what you want to accomplish. In the family business, we post numbers every week to compare our actual numbers to the company goal. It helps my staff know how well we’ve done--or how far we have to go.
Is vision and planning any different for us as individuals? For our families? For our writing career?
Many of us created New Year's Resolutions. We're already into the second quarter of 2011. Have you accomplished your goals? If so, Whoo-hoo! Do you need to step up your efforts? You can do it. Are you looking at your list of resolutions, shaking your head in despair? Why? You can do this. Adjust.
Let me encourage you. Life happens. Don’t just look at where you are now. Be practical and do the things that are within our control. Make S.M.A.R.T. goals. This stands for Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Okay, I changed "relevant" to "realistic." I want to do so many things, but I have to be realistic.
One of my goals is to finish my college degree so I can teach college-level students. I would absolutely love to finish within the next five years. Umm, it’s not a realistic goal with my other obligations. Family. Work. Church. And my passion: writing.
How do you need to adjust your writing vision and plan in order to see your vision manifested? I’m running this race with you and together we can reach the finish line. See ya there!
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