Creating a vision for your life is so important to your overall well-being. Let’s start at the popular verse, Proverbs 29:18, Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. The scripture clearly outlines that if we don’t have any vision, we perish, but if we keep this in mind (that we need to have a vision); we are happy. A vision is basically a plan for your life.
So where do you start with this plan? The term ‘vision board’ is pretty popular right now, and the concept that it can help bring things to you, if you focus on them enough. I think that’s part of the truth. I have talked to many people who have created vision boards, and a year later, they are in the same place they were when they started. Then, they swear off vision boards because they “don’t work”.
Now, vision boards can work, but, you have to make sure they:
1. align with God’s word and
2. you take action with them.
Making sure your vision board aligns with God’s word is imperative to its success. As 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”
So, how can you make sure your vision board aligns with God’s word? Well, let’s take a look at God’s truths.
- God wants us to succeed. (see Jeremiah 29:11)
- God wants us to be abundant. (see Deuteronomy 28:12)
- God wants you to have a Godly spouse. (see Genesis 2:22-24 & Proverbs 18:22), and
- God wants you to love him with all your heart, soul, and mind. (see Mark 12:30)
That leads me to see that there are four important things – career, finances, relationships, and spiritual. So, you want to create your vision board with those four quadrants in mind.
Where do you envision your career? Where do you see your finances? Where do you see your relationships? Where do you see your spiritual life? Break your vision board up into those four quadrants and find scriptures, words, and pictures and place them in that area on your vision board.
Once you do that, now is the time to start taking action towards those things. For example, if your career quadrant of your vision is that you want to get a promotion, make smaller goals, and align yourself with that vision. It could be volunteering for a project at your job, it could be networking once a month, or just smiling at your boss more. But, if you wrote on your career vision that you want a promotion and you’re coming into work late, gossiping about other coworkers, and consistently talk about how much you hate your job – that promotion isn’t going to magically pop up. Like the Bible says, faith without works is dead (James 2:17).
Another thing that can help you with creating an effective vision board is to make a time table of your vision, meaning, when you create a vision board, make the timeline specific. It can be a yearly vision board, a monthly vision board (this would be more of a goal vision board), or a five year vision board. It’s better to break it into a timeline, because at the end of the time period, you can see what has happened and what hasn’t happened. Then you can realign your vision if you need to.
Once you finish making your vision board, place it somewhere that you will see it often. I personally have my on my ceiling. I’m always reminded about my vision. I pray about it, I make goals towards it, and ponder on it in many ways.
Creating a Godly vision board can work for you if you follow God’s word. Put God first when you are creating this vision board, so that you know His will and purposes for your life shine brighter. Now is the perfect time to create one before the new year.
If you ever need help creating a vision, finding God’s purpose for your life, or to grow your relationship with God, check out my life coaching at www.marlielovelifecoaching.com. I help many millennials and xillennials get back on track with God’s plans for their lives.