“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”
~ Jonathan Swift.
Hello, 2020! We are now at the beginning of a new decade! Can you believe it? There are so many things to look forward to with the beginning of a new decade. What will be the defining moment of the decade? What will be the fashion trend? Who will release the hottest new item? Who will be the next artist of the decade? While these are big questions, we have to start off with a smaller unit—the year and break it into digestible increments. When we do this, we can ask the most important question of ourselves for the year—how will I do better in directing the story of my life?
The beginning of the year is a great time to sit down and plan. Shape out how you want the year to look. With everything that is going on in the world, we must refocus on the one thing we can control—ourselves. You are responsible for you. You are a unique individual with dreams, hopes, and aspirations that can leave an impact. Only you can see the path that will lead you to fulfill your purpose. So, the question is, how do we open up that path? There are seven pragmatic ways to achieve 20/20 vision in 2020.
Let go of 2019. You won’t be able to move forward until you stop clinging to the past. So, what if you came up short of your goals in 2019. Don’t carry the late years as weights around your ankles! You have 12 new months in 2020 to still make it happen. The past can damage you in two ways—by either holding you back or causing you to repeat the same thing without having learned from the first time. Don’t let it do that instead, use the past to your advantage to move forward.
Create a vision board or book. Write it down. Those things that you hope to accomplish this year. What you want to see happen. Put pen to paper and write out your vision clearly and specifically. Hold yourself accountable with measurable units and a deadline. You can be flexible but keep your eye on the prize.
See big. What I mean by this is look beyond what your eyes can see and push your mind to imagine beyond possibility. “Seeing big” can be terrifying due to the thought of it actually occurring and the misunderstanding from those around us. However, “seeing big” should be scary and not everyone will understand—it’s not for them to. You’re an individual entity and because your vision will reflect what’s been placed inside you, only you can fulfill it.
Start your days with meditation. It’s important to center yourself at the start of your day. Fill up on all the good things that will keep you tranquil, determined, and vigilant. For some, this may be devotion and others journaling. This way no matter what you may encounter, nothing can negatively affect you. It’s easy to get caught in a pessimistic attitude but being negative never gets anyone anywhere.
Appreciate the “no.” Yes, I said it. Appreciate the “no.” Appreciate the closed door because you are one step closer to being on the path you are meant to be on.
Pursue harmony and balance. It doesn’t only apply to music. This will keep you grounded throughout the year. While we work it is easy to become consumed by the daily grind, our familial needs, and personal desires to the point where everything is out of whack. Focusing on work we leave little time for family. Family requires our constant attention that we forget about ourselves. For things to work properly, you’ll need harmony and balance.
Go after the things you love. Be honest with yourself. Only you know the things that you truly love. Those things that you either won’t admit to publicly for fear of failure, sometimes before even trying. Those things that you obsess over late at night. Those things that you can’t stop sharing and getting hyped over. Go after them!