About three or four years ago, I started a New Year Eve tradition with my family. Every year on December 31st, we would come together at my moms house to eat, have drinks, laugh, pop firecrackers and create our vision boards. When the clock hit 12, we would take turns standing in front of the room and we explained our vision to the rest of the group. It was kind of like a school presentation.
Coming into 2017, I'd decided that I wasn't going to create a vision board this year. I just wasn't feeling it. Then I let my friend Myra talk me into doing one anyway. I wont lie. I have actually accomplished some of the things on my board. However, my board is just there. I'm not inspired by it at all. I really don't even see it. Every day I walk past it going out of my room as if it isn't even there. (Note: I put it next to the light switch so that I'd see it everyday.) Sound familiar?
I just finished reading The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson a few days ago. You can read my post about the book here. Close to the end of the book, the author talked about creating a "life goals list". Now, I'm familiar with a bucket list, and I'd assume that this is just a different name for that. Still, I was drawn to create my own. When I think of bucket lists, I think of a list of daring things to do before you die. You know, things that we could typically just do. No supernatural favor needed. (No shade) The life goals list is different. And by different, I'm referring to the intent behind creating the list in the first place. Creating a life goals list requires you to do three things with the intention of you ultimately focusing on one thing. Prayer.
Those three things are:
1.Dream Big: We create small goals because we know that we can accomplish them fairly easily. When we dream crazy big seemingly impossible dreams, we either give up or don't go after them at all. However, know that when God wants you to do something there's no escaping it. You're dreams are not your own. He plants these crazy big seemingly impossible dreams within us so that we can seek Him. Let's be real. We all run to God the moment we're faced with something outside of our control. Don't look at it as a bad thing. It's the foundation for building a real relationship with God. That's they key!
2. Write: I noticed a huge difference between using sticky notes and journals to write down quotes and goals and gluing pictures from magazines on a poster board. I personally believe that when we write things out, it takes up space within our subconscious. We begin to think about these things even when we aren't trying to and then guess what? We pray!
3. Read: There are lots of studies that tell us that we are stimulated by visuals. Pictures and videos grab our attention more than anything. I find that true as it applies to viewing things in a crowded place such as social media or on a jam packed peg board at your local Starbucks. However, when I see a handwritten list, I'm drawn to read what's on it. If you read your life goals list daily and pray over it daily, you're bound to eventually cross those things off one-by-one.
Now I'm not telling you to ditch your vision board. If it works for you, then great! If it isn't working for you, you might want to try something different. Grab my free downloadable Life Goals List worksheet here. Challenge yourself to come up with at least 100 meaningful goals that you're going to pray for and work toward. In the Circle Maker, he uses categories such as Life Experience Goals, Physical Goals, Family/Relationship Goals, Travel Goals and Influential Goals. He doesn't have an area for spiritual, (which would be an obvious theme anyone would want to add to their list) because he thinks all of our goals should be spiritual in some way. I agree!
If you are going to create your list, be sure to share with me on Instagram @AllThingsChrys. Tag me in your photos using the free download. I'd also like to keep up with your journey. Let's stay connected. Drop a comment below and tell me at least one thing you'll be adding to your list.