3 Steps to Make a Decision with Your Desired Destination Clearly in Mind
Step 1: Write It Down
“The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.”[i] It’s a proven fact that writing things down makes them more likely to happen. Writing things down is critical and important. No business could run without things being written down. Since your life is more important than any business, treat it that way by writing down the ways in which you want to grow, change, and become the person God wants you to be.
When God gave a vision to Habakkuk, He also told him to write it down. God knows that we are quick to be inspired, but often times slow to take action. When God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses, he had Moses write them down. In Revelation, when John experienced a vision of heaven, he was told by God to write down the things he saw. God knows we are notorious for getting distracted and forgetting to live continuously with the end in mind.
When you write down the desires of your heart and the destination you hope to reach, you clarify your thoughts and reinforce your intentions for tomorrow based on aspirations you hold today.
Step 2: Remember It
Don’t forget to keep your vision in plain sight. If you write your desires down and stick them in the side pocket of your purse to make friends with forgotten pieces of gum, loose change, or old lipstick, those desires will not be front and center in your mind or heart.
Write them down and put them somewhere you will see them.
We need to be reminded of our intentions. We need to see them. We need a vision of the beautiful tomorrow that belongs to the girl or boy in us, and we need to see this vision every day so we can remember to align our lives now with the girl or boy we intend to be later.
So write down the dream that maybe you’ve forgotten or given up on.
Write down that hope you harbor in your heart.
Post that Scripture with the command you need to follow, the encouragement you need to receive, or the message you need to remember.
And then look at it as often as possible so you never forget your destination.
Step 3: Rehearse It
Habakkuk was told to write the vision and make it plain so somebody else would know about the end game as well.
Something happens when you choose to share your destination with someone else. A friend of mine puts it this way: when you share your vision with someone else, you give it oxygen. And isn’t that what we all need—a little room to breathe and believe that change is possible?
Now, pick something. Don’t stress. Don’t over analyze. Don’t wait for the perfect time.
Remember, the first key to living with focus is to make decisions that lead to actions—even small ones—that align with your aspirations.
So act. Seal your decision by connecting it with an action.
And know that even if you’re a bit behind the eight ball—either from an indecisive period in your life or a period void of decisions at all—it’s never too late to make a choice that gets you on your way.
Eventually, you will make it too.And I know that the girl or boy you want to be will be happy to see you.