One of the major keys for any individual to fulfill their vision is to write it down. Any vision that is not written down is at a higher risk if not being fulfilled because writing down your vision saves you from forgetting and serves as a means of self-accountability that pushes you to action.
I have written another guide that outlines the other keys to fulfilling your vision. In this article, we are only focusing on how to write your vision.
Firstly, you should understand that when you write your vision, it wouldn’t be a finished product. You will keep refining it as God makes your purpose clearer as the months and years go by and as you experience spiritual and personal growth.
How To Write Your Personal Vision Plan by Dr. Myles Munroe
1. Eliminate distractions
You need to understand that a vision that is worth running with for a lifetime must be one that comes from God. To hear from God, therefore, you will need to separate yourself from the noise of the environment so your spirit can receive expressly from Him. Like Habakkuk, you might need to set yourself on a tower (any place that will take you away from other things or people that catch your attention).
2. Find your true self
It is possible to be free from people and things without being free from their influence. This is the next step. After you have separated yourself from distractions, you must also separate yourself from the influence of your environment. This will include the expectations of people around you, the patterns your background has followed, the norms in your society, and so on.
For instance, to write your vision, you will need to put aside your father’s vision and find what applies to just you. Even if it ends up being similar to your environment, you don’t go to the place of receiving expecting what is obtainable around you.
3. Find your true vision
This is the point where you get a picture of your future. This will contain the purpose you should live for, who you are to become in the next 10 or 30 years, the things you are to do, the people you are to walk/work with, the resources you will need, the places you are to go to and so on.
In summary, your vision should contain: who to live for, what to live for, where to live and who to live with. Read a detailed guide on this here: 12 Principles and Power of Vision by Dr. Myles Munroe
4. Discover your true motive
Visions from God always have kingdom motives. When writing your vision for your life, you must include the motivation behind everything you are writing about your future. In the Kingdom of God, why is more important than what. Because God doesn’t just see action, He weighs actions.
Now you shouldn’t just claim to have your motives in your heart, the same way writing down your vision is one of the prerequisites to fulfilling your vision, writing down your motives also protects the integrity of the vision. It will remind you when you are drifting away into something else, and it will encourage you when you are getting tired of running.
5. Identify your principles
Principles are guiding rules that govern actions. You cannot fulfill your vision without being guided by clear principles. While you are writing your vision, you must also include what you can and can’t do for the vision to be realized.
Your principles should include the associations you can keep, the places you can go, the people you listen to, the books you read, and so on. You might not be able to define your principles in full just like every other aspect of your vision you are writing, but as you advance and the vision unfolds, you will continue to adjust your principles to what is needed in every phase.
6. Choose your goals and objectives
Vision is a big picture of the future. However, you cannot fulfill that big picture at once. For example, if you have written in step 3, what you want to become in the next 10 years, choosing your goals and objectives requires that you break it down into what you need to achieve in the next 5 years, the next 12 months, and the next 2 weeks.
It is the accumulation of what you achieved within the shorter time frames that become the fulfillment of your vision. Goals without plans are mere wishes, so with every short-term goal and objective, you must also include what you must do to achieve it.
7. Identify your resources
Resources are the provisions required for the fulfillment of your vision. When God gives any vision, He creates in them the provisions required for the fulfillment of that vision. To aid your search, there are 5 resources God has made available for the fulfillment of your vision:
- spiritual resources ( God’s presence, spirit, power, and Word)
- Physical resources (the people around you)
- Resource of the soul (the ability to think)
- Material resources
8. Commit to your vision and God
It’s not enough to beautifully and detailed-ly write your vision; the beauty is in actually running with the vision. It requires commitment and staying through with what you have written until it is fulfilled.
To write your vision, the first step is to eliminate every form of distraction and find your true self. After you have done that, you begin to write down your true vision, your motives, your principles, goals and objectives, and resources. Then you stay committed to the vision. These are the requirements for your written vision to be fulfilled.
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Olusegun Iyejare is a career coach and certified counselor. He helps individuals discover and maximize their potential to live satisfying lives regardless of obvious limitations holding them back.