Today's guest blogger is Dr. Catrina Pullum author and motivator. Check her out in book Millionaire MOM (220 Publishing)
Take a moment and think about the word, Vision. Within the bible, there are over 100 verses relating to vision alone. As one year begins to wrap up and another year starts ramping up, people should take time for themselves to set goals for change. Especially when New Year’s comes around, some of us call this goal setting process “making resolutions”. We resolve to eat better, work out, quit smoking, get organized, or learn a new skill. According to history.com, 75% of people manage to keep these resolutions for one week, 71% for two weeks, and by 26 weeks, only 46% of people are still maintaining those lofty goals. Why such a drop off? Why don’t more people follow through for a longer period of time? The resolution starts off as a good idea, a good feeling! However, if we interviewed that 54%, I believe we would find that they really just held on to the good feeling, and never really planned the change they wanted. An Asian proverb states, “See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil”. I have turned that proverb into a vision building exercise, stated “See Your Path, Hear Your Destiny, and Speak the Vision”!
To start building your vision, you must see your path. Your path is connected to your purpose. To know your purpose you have to know yourself, and know what drives you to action every day. You must have a clear understanding of who you are and whose you are, and what parts of your purpose drives you to get up in the morning. Once we have established these things firmly in your mind, we want to take the vision, the images that we have seen for our lives, along with the message of the call of our destiny, and record them in a format to remind us what they are. It is said that the eyes are the window to the soul, so something visually appealing to the eye, and that can quickly, at a glance, record its reminder message on our soul, is the tool for this job, a vision board. A vision board is simply a poster board, containing words, pictures, and images to remind us of the path we are supposed to be walking daily.
As we search for items to place on the vision board, we need to listen for the call on our lives. Get magazines, newspaper ads, any sources of words and pictures you are comfortable cutting up, and as you begin to leaf through them, listen to your heart, listen for that still, small voice, listen for what calls to you. You might find a picture of a doctor or a nurse, which causes your heart to leap. You might see a motorcycle and can hear the roar of the engine, and see yourself out on the open road. You might see affirmative words like “hope”, “love”, “beautiful”, “strength”, “joy”, “happiness”, or “family”. These words might speak to the chains you have recently broken in your life, or resonate along a chain still waiting to be broken. Search for and find the things which call to you, and speak to your destiny, to your calling.
Finally, you must give birth to the vision. Record it all on the vision board, all that you have seen and heard for your life. Once it is complete, stand in front of a mirror with your vision board and explain the board to yourself, out loud. Speaking your vision out loud has two purposes. First, is to sow the message of what you want to accomplish into the universe. Second, to show that there is clarity in your final creation for yourself. By voicing it aloud, you are able to show that the vision you saw was clear and plain. If it is not understandable to you, or everything you want is not represented there, work on it some more. If it delivers the message you desire, you then know that the message will resonate with you every time you see it, and that if you want to explain your vision to someone else, you should be able to state it clearly to them.
Dr. Pullum has been called a Trailblazer, a Transformer, a Visionary, & The Chain Breaker. Her life’s mission to help women heal and grow their greatness! Dr. Pullum has an enlivening presence that compels people to stop allowing limits placed on them to hinder their growth toward becoming all that God destined them to be. Dr. Pullum uses her broad & diverse experience and successful track record to assist her coaching clients in their needs. As a Film, TV, & Theatrical Producer, Dr. Pullum is creating a platform for women to share their stories of Triumph through the Arts.
Dr. Pullum is relaunching her website www.drcatrinapullum.com and her Facebook fan page (Dr. Catrina) on January 1, 2017. You can find her on twitter @drpullum or Instagram @drcatrina. You can reach book her at firstname.lastname@example.org.