Visualize

visualize

Everyone has a dream. We all have something we want, a goal we want to reach. The secret to getting it is to visualize it. I have wanted to start my own childcare for years. It took a friend asking me to watch her son for me to really see my potential as a business owner. I wouldn’t say business is booming but I would say I am successful and close to my goal. I make more than I was when I was working for someone else plus I get to be home for my family. I make my own hours and choose what children come each day. I base it on the good of my family, then look at the needs of the family bringing their child to me for care.

It takes hard work and determination to visualize and meet our goals and even deadlines we have set for ourselves. There is the fear and potential of failure, pressure to give up because it is too hard, and busy schedules. I have a goal to start writing again. I haven’t done it in years. I visualize each day what my goal is for that day only (remember my word for the year is Present). Today, I am writing a blog then checking out my freelance site to see if there are any jobs I am interested in. My ultimate goal is to write a book. But, it will take a little while to get there.

The more detailed your visualizations are, the more likely they are to manifest in your life. Sitting down and writing out your plan each day will help you go into detail and get there more efficiently. Believe in who you are and what your goal is. Without that, there is no way you will accomplish it. There are methods to get you to visualize your goals more clearly. I have come up with three techniques to help you get there.

1. Treasure Map Technique. This technique requires real imagination and creativity. Imagine your goal to be a treasure chest filled with gold and jewels. Whatever you find to be beautiful. Then, map out how you are going to get there. Draw the map complete with the big red X and picture of the treasure chest. 

2. Receptive Visualization. This is the technique I most often use. This requires some quiet, serene surroundings where you can think and visualize what you want. Each day I visualize how I want my day to go, I pray about it, then I execute it. It doesn’t always go exactly the way I would like, but most days my visualization plays out. I need to be realistic in my expectations and think of all that could go wrong and prepare for them. But, I don’t dwell on what could go wrong. I simply put them in my mind so I am prepared to handle any situation. 

3. Altered Memory Visualization. Let’s face it, things aren’t always going to turn out the way we hoped. This technique comes into play on those days. Look at the issue at hand, why things went wrong. Then, visualize all the different ways you could have handled it. Looking at what went wrong can help you visualize what you will do different if you find yourself in the situation again. 

Visualization is a technique anyone can master. It can help you break out of any current limitations you have placed on yourself, as well as any others have placed on you with negativity. Don’t settle for mediocrity when you have the potential to be great. Let me know if you need help or post any stories you may have about the power of visualization in your life.

Align

align

  It is often easy to lose the momentum we need to keep at it in the new year. Resolutions have been made but are often difficult to keep. We make unrealistic goals for ourselves then become frustrated when unable to keep them. Why is that? It is because our goals often do not align with what God has in store for us. We want our lives to look a certain way and are hard on ourselves when what we want doesn’t happen. Our lives are not our own. We belong to God, our lives need to align with His plan. He will put in front of us what He has chosen for us. It is up to us to live according to it.

There are ways we can stay aligned with God’s purpose, even if we are struggling to be productive. These are tips that I hope to execute in the new year.

1. Plan when you will have quiet time each day. This is something I have already been doing in my life. I love the mornings. I have to get up pretty early, between 4:00 am-5:00 am, in order to get in my workout and quiet time. During this time I do my Bible readings, devotions, journaling and prayer time. It is usually 30-45 minutes each day. My husband and I have also started a new marriage devotional that we do each night. Quiet time together, reflecting on our marriage will make us stronger together.

2. Make a list of your daily priorities. Life can be so busy! Making a list helps keep you on track. This is something I often do on the weekends. However, being a mom of four, I also have to make lists during the week to remember to make appointments or get stuff together to help my daughter apply for college.

3. Choose a word for the year. This is something I talked about yesterday. Take time to think about what you want that word to be. You don’t have to choose it right away. Think about your life, what you need to change and choose the word carefully and thoughtfully. This will help keep you on your chosen path.

4. Put away your phone. Believe it our not, our phones can cause so much stress and drama in our lives. I make it a point to have my ringer off during various points of the day. The only social media I try to use during the day is my business accounts. I post pictures of the kids I care for so the parents can see what they are up to. I am looking to change the use of phones and social media in my household. My kids actually don’t use it that much. It is my husband and I that need to work on that!

5. Use mealtimes to check in with God. When my teens were younger we did family devotion time at dinner. We used this time to sit together each night and discuss our day. We then did Bible drills and a daily devotion that our church provided us with. Now, they are older and it is harder to get this done, more so because of the toddler we have at our table. She demands a little more attention. I think it is time to start implementing short devotion again in our home to get her used to doing it.

Productivity is best when aligned with God’s purpose for you. Keep perspective by putting God first in your life.