Looking for potential: put the vision before you

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A new year is here, and Ellen Goodman – American journalist and Pulitzer prize winner for Distinguished Commentary-suggests a new approach to the age-old tradition of making new year’s resolutions: “We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives, not looking for flaws, but for potential.”

Beautiful advice. We can do all things through Christ.  One way we can look for potential is through creating a vision board. Habakkuk  2:2 (ESV) says, “And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.”

A vision board is a tool you can use to focus on and to accomplish your dreams and goals.  You can make it very inexpensively, with a poster board, old magazines, and glue, tape, or staples. This past year I made a video, showing how to create your vision board. You can watch that video at my blog post here.

My friend Susan Evans also created a vision board that is beautiful. You can see it on her blog post, Visual Goals for the New Year.

Susan has been making smoking tracks this year in all she’s done. Be sure to check out her post, 50 Things I’ve Accomplished This Year, for inspiration!  I was simply amazed (and felt just plain lazy!) when I read this. I better get busy!  🙂

Have you created a vision board yet?   What is the vision you have for your life this year?  Set it before you today!

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One word for the new year


How were your holidays? We had all our kids and grandkids over, and they enjoyed Ray’s traditional sweet, holiday ham – enjoyed it so much that there were no leftovers! 🙂 Today is the start of 2011, and if you’re like me, you’re ready to put the old year behind and start fresh.

Resolutions always leave me feeling like a failure (by about the 2nd week of January!), so I’ve decided to do a “theme” word instead and concrete goals where I can take steps of action to accomplish them. I got the idea of a “one word theme” from K-Love Radio Station here.

The one word can be a character trait you want to work on, or something you want to focus on this year. You pray and ask God to speak to you His “one word” for you this year.

Radio listeners’ comments about their theme included words like “dream,” “destiny,” “more of God,” and “forgiveness.” That one word will stick with you all year long, and will keep you motivated. And one word from God can change your life!

What would your one word be? Leave your comments below.

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