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First Fridays: November

D’you know, I’m not even sure how or where to start today’s blog post. November is such a significant month for me namely because it’s my birthday month, and the month when a friend and I released a poetry piece (today’s actually the one year anniversary 💃💃), and a number of other things. It’s also what I’ve decided to be the month where I actively prepare for the coming year.

Since last month’s #FirstFriday (to read click here), I’ve had on my heart the tagline Vision2020, and I’ve really just been thinking on what I see for the year 2020.

Yall remember how in August I said that I didn’t want to be closing the year off so early because I firmly believed that August is really premature to be thinking that way? Well, I think the time for that has come. This is not to say give up on everything else that you were planning to do in these last few weeks of the year, nor does it mean to stop having faith for a particular miracle. What it does mean is that we need to look ahead.

What is Vision2020?

Let me break down the thought process behind it. Starting with what vision is.

The Oxford dictionary defines vision as the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom. So basically Vision is what we see when we look at the future beyond our sense of sight. It’s what we see with our eyes closed. It’s the hopes, dreams, plans and goals. It looks, to a large degree, beyond our current physical experience. I say to a degree because there are many of us whose ability to envision has been limited because of what we’ve either experienced in the past, or what we are currently experiencing.

That in and of itself requires that we shift our perspective as well as what we feed our mind/spirit in order for those chains to be broken. And it starts with God’s word. Romans 12:2 says “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” When you allow God to change the way you think, you’re open to seeing (with vision) endless possibilities around you, for your life and all that concerns you. I’m talking about your academics, your ministry, your family’s relationship dynamic, your friendships, your business(es), your impact in the community you find yourself in, your work environment, etc.

The 2020 part of it not only signifies that this is in planning and prepping for the year 2020. You see, back in primary school, and I believe once or twice in highschool, I had an eye test done and every single time, the eye doctor would tell me that I wouldn’t need spectacles because I have 20/20 Vision. Basically, I’ve got perfect eyesight 💁🏽‍♀️😂. I’ve happily carried that with me for the longest time! But to bring it back to what I’m talking about today, when I think of Vision2020 I think of it within the context of 20/20 Vision. Being able to plan for the coming year with a clear sense of direction, with the Holy spirit as my compass.

With that said, I’d like to encourage you to get active and be intentional about starting NOW when it comes to 2020. Too many of us wait for January to start, and in all honesty that will have you lagging behind on what you could have had a headstart on.

So Jo, where do I start?

Start by spending time in prayer. By spending time with the One who has gone before you, and knows what lies ahead of you. Do this daily. Remember also, that prayer is a conversation which requires that both parties get the chance to speak as well as be heard. Many of us treat God like an ATM where we go deposit our checklists of things we want and never sit down to hear what He has to say. Then we go back to the ATM to complain about not having withdrawn what we asked for, even though we didn’t wait on an instruction from Him that would best position is to receive what we’ve asked for.

Secondly, have a pen and paper/journal by your side ready to jot down whatever God lays on your heart during your quiet time. It might be a word, an instruction, an action, a theme, an idea. But whatever it is, be ready to write it down, because the faintest ink is always better than the sharpest memory.

Thirdly, find a way to keep that vision in front of you. Whether it be that you type out a document on your phone that you can always refer back to, or that you carry the journal with you wherever you go.

I’m big on vision boards because I’m a visual person. Very imaginative, but also very visual. I like to proper see what is going on in my mind, and vision boards are great for that.

An example of a vision board

For those who are wondering what it is, a vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal/ specific life goals. Literally speaking, it is any sort of board on which you put a collage of images and words that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life. It’s great because you constantly see what it is you’re working towards, in its “finished” state. So that too is another way to keep the vision constantly in front of you.

Four, start working towards it now. If there are habits you need to let go of, or new ones you need to adopt in order to grow into what is on your board, don’t wait for the 1st of January to start making those changes. It takes roughly about 21 days of consistency to lay the foundation of a new habit. Be pro-active.

Lastly, pray.

Let everything begin and end with prayer. And let the inbetweens be guided by prayer too. You’ll find that as you do this, God will give form/shape to your vision, and structure how to walk it out. How to live in it.

A man’s mind plans his way [as he journeys through life], But the Lord directs his steps and establishes them.

Proverbs 16:9 [AMP]

Since today is the 1st of November, it’s the PERFECT day to start on this. Let me know in the comment section down below what way you use to make your vision plain.. but also, are you looking forward to planning for next year ahead of time? I’d love to know!

I look forward to hearing from you 🤗

Grace & Peace to you & yours
– Xo, Jo 🌺

2 thoughts on “First Fridays: November

  1. Right?! Same here. It’s insane how fast a year goes by. What overwhelms me is how to this day, the impact continues.

    Lol, not much at all actually. I was also trying to decide whether to start planning for the new year in October. The cool thing about it is it puts you an entire quarter ahead when it comes to the new year.

    I love that you’re so excited about the plans & things to come. Please let me know how your vision board comes along. <3

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