“And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Habakkuk 2:2
Evaluating your process may be one of the most important things that you tend to overlook. But when you think about some of your favorite people or artists who have been able to stand the test of time, it’s because they’ve maneuvered being able to reinvent themselves time and time again. In that, I’ve decided to change my planning process just a bit when it comes to goal setting.
I love the power of visuals. I truly have seen things manifest that I put on my vision board at various times in my life. It works. But I have found that it’s honestly really difficult to look through magazines and think that the photos will align with my specific goals that don’t relate to beauty and makeup. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me. Nonetheless, I tried something a little different this time around and I have seen results.
This year, I wanted to be flexible. I know that every year I have plans that I think are amazing for myself, but I realize things change a lot. I.E. I probably had no idea in the beginning of the year that we would be getting married in August. Yeah. And so I didn’t want to look at an outdated board all year that I couldn’t manipulate and change the way that I wanted to. Plus, I am a writer, so you know what? I decided to just write!
So I wrote down a handful of intentions this year. Nothing too crazy just a few things that I wanted to achieve. And I’ve been crossing them off! Just spending time and putting things on paper is a simple part of the process that can truly get you to where you want to be. Last year I also created worksheets where you could actually break each goal down into actionable steps as well. Whatever way you want to slice it. I think that goal setting really just starts with thinking critically about what it is that you want to achieve and actually getting them out of your head onto paper. As long as the things you want to do are just whirling around in your head, they may not seem real.
CLICK TO TWEET /// As long as the things you want to do are just whirling around in your head, they may not seem real
You have to have some idea of where you’re going. It is not enough to wander aimlessly through this life because believe me it throws some crazy punches. It says it, “Those who lack vision will perish.” Period. I know some of us as believers battle with planning because we ultimately know that God has the final say. This is true, however, as much as we are waiting on God he is also waiting on us. He hears us. He hears the desires of our hearts in our prayers. There has to be something to actually saying them outloud or else he would just do everything we wanted without us having to ask. So boom. The deal here is that it helps to invite God into that planning process. So it’s being prayerful before you even write something down and it’s also knowing that though you write something down, things may change.
This time around at The Writer’s Muse in-person workshop, I am splitting up the three-hours we have together. The first part will focus on setting some intentions for the upcoming year. If you have attended before, you know that I always have you write some intentions for your writing to keep in an envelope and revisit. For this class, I have some fun writing exercises to helps us think about where it is that we are going in our lives and in our writing.
The other half of the day will be based on storytelling! I can’t wait. I love a good story and I want to push you to be able to incorporate some of your life experiences into great storytelling.
So, if you are looking for a supportive community of writers and to expand your creativity as a writer, I really hope to see you on Saturday, Nov. 12th as we explore our plans for the new year and our storytelling prowess. It’s going to be an amazing experience and lunch will be served for you. :-) To register, click the image below.
If you haven’t already, be sure to join The Writer’s Muse facebook group which has awesome resources, prompts, and opportunities. It’s also a way for us to connect in between in-person workshops!
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