Purpose-Based Goals & Vision Month

“[What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living! Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.”
(Ps. 27: 13-14 AMP)

This all started a few months back at a networking event when speaker and life coach, Cindy Skerjenek, taught on purpose-based goals. She shared a powerful message on aligning our goals with what we want (our vision, our purpose,…) not on what we don’t want! She pointed out that often our main (and may I say most distracting) goals are based on avoiding negative situations.

I don’t know about you, but I thought she was right on! Cindy challenged us to focus on our purpose and our vision, and let those pictures inspire our goals. Since then I’ve become interested (read:obsessed) with finding visual clues as to what I’m hoping for for my future.

This process has really taken me back…to our “Amway Days.” My kids will tell you how obsessed we were with identifying and picturing our dreams. We may not have achieved our financial dreams from that business, but we certainly learned how to dream.

Strange as they might have been, those days taught us that God gave us imagination, hope, and the ability to dream.
And the more vivid and clear the dream the better.

So we covered our fridge and every mirror in the house with photos clipped from magazines, hand-written goals and scriptures that reminded us God had big things for us. Unfortunately, when the business faded away so did this powerful practice. I’m so thankful for Cindy’s workshop. It’s awakened in me the desire to dream bigger again…to put my hope and faith out there again.

Fast forward to my quiet time this morning and my favorite verses in Psalms 27. The phrase “expect the Lord” caught in my spirit and I realized this is exactly what vision is! It’s expecting the Lord…to be in the middle of our dreams, to answer our prayers, to meet our needs, and to throw open the gates and flood our lives with good things.

I got so excited, I decided to make this month “Vision Month!” (yes, I love a good theme—who’s with me??)

I started collecting photos and phrases that represent the dreams I have for 2014. I’ve been encouraging Mark to do the same. We are setting up bulletin boards in our offices (and we may even stick a few things on the bathroom mirror for old time’s sake) to help focus our minds and our faith. I know from experience how powerful this is, so I decided I would share it with you all, thinking maybe it would inspire you, too! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this! Do you have a working vision board (or fridge, or mirror) and if so, how has it helped you?

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