Another year comes to pass, and a new year is on the horizon. At the turn of each year, there’s an anticipation of what’s to come. What doors could open? What goals will be accomplished? What changes will happen? What decisions will be made? Who will we meet? The eagerness of a new chapter brings forth hope and the solace of moving forward. I think 2020 will be a year of vision, a year of focus and a year of insight.
2020 will be a year of vision. See the bigger picture this year. See where you are going, why you do what you do and how all that happens in your purview of life comes together for a greater good. Perceive your purpose, calling and conviction. On one side of vision, it is something grasped. We have to have the mindfulness to seek a vision. On the other side of vision, it is something granted. A great vision is granted by God. A vision is given by the Creator who knows you, sees the greatness of your story, and dreams of more beautiful things for you than you could conceive. Vision has less to do with what we could do – doing things merely because we can. It has less to do with what we would do – doing things because we want to. Vision has to do with what we should do – doing things because there is a higher purpose, regardless of whether we want to or not. And if we think we don’t have the ability to do it, then we go and get the ability to do it. The should of vision gets you up in the morning when you don’t want to get up that day. It pushes you to plow through your fears when the fear feels crippling. It motivates you to climb that mountain. Because if there’s one thing should impresses on you is responsibility. You have a responsibility to walk that path, seize that goal or cross that finish line. It goes beyond what you think you can or want to do. The phrases of “I can’t” and “I don’t want to” still bear meaning to you, but they fall subservient to “I should.” You may tell yourself, “I can’t” and “I won’t.” Then, the louder voice says, “I should,” and that’s when you get up and go. It’s the should that causes us to live for something more than the scope of ourselves. Let 2020 be a year of vision.
2020 will be a year of focus. Once we see the vision, it’s then about being focused, with our eyes set on the path we’re on, the steps we must take and the decisions we will make. We will face the allure of procrastination, distractions, temptations, and discouragement but it’s our focus that steers us pass them. Focus spawns fortitude, discipline and commitment in us. Choices that deter us away from the vision are filtered out. We act on what our mind’s eye is set on and not on poor habits that detract us. Focus is also about clarity, like a camera lens that adjusts until the picture becomes clear. Focus isn’t a mindless fixation but a clear perception. Sometimes though, vision and focus doesn’t mean we see everything, but we see enough – enough to take the next step. While vision is about conviction and a compelling, focus is about concentration and clarity. Let 2020 be a year of focus.
2020 will be a year of insight. We will see deeper. Insight is having an understanding that digs far below surface perceptions. Our comprehension of who we are, where we’re going and why we do what we do will grow. We will have a better apprehension about other people, things that happen to us and our circumstances. We will seek truth, even if the truth we discover is something we won’t like. To be insightful, then, requires courage as much as intelligence – courage to seek truth. We will not be superficial in self, pursuits or choices. We will be profound. Let 2020 be a year of insight.
2020. I love this year already.