Ephesians 5:8, “For you once walked in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light; for the fruit of the light consists of goodness, righteousness and truth.”
Day Four: The Descriptive, Experiential Vision Statement
Michael Linenberger, Productivity Expert, offers 4 tips to helping us follow through with our goals. In my opinion, the first and most powerful tip he provides is how to create a powerful vision statement that preps us for our mission. Over the last three years, I chose a bible verse each year to declare my vision for that year. I then created a vision board and hung the vision board in an area where I would see it often. My vision statement for 2017 is Ephesians 5:8, “For you once walked in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light; for the fruit of the light consists of goodness, righteousness and truth.” This verse speaks volumes to my spiritual life. While the year 2016 was the most traumatic year of my life, it was also the year that my spiritual eyes were opened. When I could see, I was able to expose sin and use the sword of the spirit to speak against demonic strongholds.
This morning, as I reflect on Michael’s description of a vision statement, and consider that I am a tri-part being (body, soul and spirit), I recognize that I need to add some personal meat to the vision so that I can ground myself in the goal. In essence, I need to align my body and soul (mind, will and emotions) to the Spirit of God. For my subconscious mind to move God’s word (the scripture verse) to the conscious mind and physical actions, I need to experience the vision, personally, descriptively and vividly, repeatedly, in my mind on a regular basis.
Let’s take a minute to break down the components of what a solid, experiential and descriptive vision statement looks like. First, the vision has to be personal. I have to be able to relate to the vision, in my own way. Second, the vision has to be descriptive and vivid. By using all five senses (see, smell, taste, touch and hear) I can create color and live to my vision. The vision has to be easily accessible so that my memory can recall it quickly. This is how I learned my multiplication facts. Repetition builds recall. Creating a visual representation of your vision, through a vision board, also helps to process and cement the vision in your mind.
Now, I will put that into practice and update my vision verse for the rest of the year (2017). Here goes,
“I once walked in darkness, but now I have light from the Lord. Under a rainbow of color, I run with a spring in my step, free from pain. I have abundant energy and a smile on my face. I am free to live and give and love myself and others. I am a child of God.”
This is what I did to create this vision. First, I closed my eyes to imagine what it means to be a child. For me, a child is free from burden. They are light on their feet. They have a lot of energy and can play all day long. They are curious and love to explore life. They are adventurous and want others to join them on the adventure. They don’t see differences. They only see hearts. Children are by nature helpful and don’t like to see anyone hurt and upset. Once I had that vision in my head, I was able to write my statement. After writing my statement, I re-read it and saw that instead of writing in present tense, I wrote it in future tense. For instance, I said, “I will run” and “I will have abundant energy.” I realized that if I write it in future tense, then I am missing out on imagining my new life as I have reached it. In my mind, it was for someone else…the me I want to be, rather than the me that I am. So, I changed it to reflect the present.
How does this vision statement effect my journey to weight loss? It does so in every way! I am grounding myself in the Word of God. I am aligning my mind to His Spirit. I am seeing myself as God sees me…a child free from the weight and burdens of this world.
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