2020 is coming. Are you ready? 

As I was thinking about the significance of the upcoming year, I wanted to know what 2020 vision really meant. You may already know the definition, but I’ve just accepted what the doctors have told me in that I physically — and thankfully — have 20/20 vision without understanding what that entails or truly means.

20/20 vision is a term used to express normal visual acuity.

To be honest, I had to look up what acuity meant, and it means the clarity or sharpness of vision. The eye doctor measures this acuity at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, then essentially, you have normal vision because you can see at 20 feet what a person with normal vision can see at 20 feet. Makes sense?

Now, if you have 20/100 vision, it means that you must be within 20 feet to see what a person with normal vision can see at 100 feet, so your eyesight is below normal. On the contrary, if you have 20/15 vision, you actually have better clarity and acuity than the normal person and can see at 20 feet what a person with normal vision can only see at 15 feet. And, additionally, you are considered legally blind if you have 20/200 vision.

I’ve been reflecting this PAST year on the fact that NEXT year is the year of 2020. IT’S THE YEAR OF VISION!! I’ve been hashtagging #my2020vision all of 2019, and I’ll continue to do that throughout this next year as a reminder of the specialness that this year brings.

Every year I like to come up with a word for that year that describes what the driving force behind my actions is. Do you do the same thing? 

Last year my word was “New Beginnings,” which I know is two words, but it held a special meaning in my life.

I had ankle surgery on Jan. 2, so I knew I’d have to learn how to walk again — NEW BEGINNINGS. I began a journey of creating a coaching business to help others go after their dreams — NEW BEGINNINGS. I finished and published my first book — NEW BEGINNINGS. I learned how to run again since I had to start over — NEW BEGINNINGS. 

Last year’s words rang oh so true in my life and helped me keep my vision for the year in front of me.

My word for next year is VISION, and though it’s probably not unique, it is appropriate for 2020. 

What kind of vision am I talking about in my life? Vision to finish the Boston Marathon strong. Vision to publish my second book. Vision to be on stages and lead workshops to inspire moms to go after their dreams so they can be the best role model for their kids. Vision for the legacy I want to create. 

This word, vision, is a powerful one. Vision is about being able to think about or plan for your future through a combination of imagination and wisdom. Where there is no vision, the people perish. Vision is crucial to creating momentum in your life.

Side note: We’re coming up on the holidays with Christmas and New Years, and I want to give you permission to slow down to speed up. We need to stop at times and evaluate what we’re doing, where we’re going, and how we’re going to get there. Work alone won’t get us there. We can work ourselves to the bone and still not feel like we’ve accomplished anything. Most of the time that is directly correlated with not having a vision of where you are going.

So this holiday season, take some time off work or your business and spend quality time with your family and friends. Rather than to just continue to work, work, work, take this time to reflect on your past year, what you accomplished, and consider the vision you have for next year. Taking time to rest and recover is vitally important. 

After running a marathon, you don’t just go out the next week and run another one!

Okay, so some crazy runners do … and I have to admit may have contemplated it, but that’s not normal nor healthy. You have to give your body time to rest and recover. After a race, many elites will take a couple of weeks or a couple of months completely off before they begin to train again for their next race. Why? Because they know the importance of slowing down to speed back up.

I’m going to do just that over Christmas. You’ll see me unplug from December 23 through December 31. I plan to spend quality time with my family and to rest and rejuvenate for the next year. In the mornings I will still write, but I’ll be reflecting and focusing on my vision for 2020.

Where am I feeling led? What do I want to accomplish? What legacy do I want to create this year? Ask yourself those same questions. Where are you feeling led? What do you want to accomplish? What legacy do you want to create this year?

It’s perfectly fine to slow down to speed up. It’s better to be intentional in our planning than to just do, do, do all the Have a purpose. Find a purpose or reason behind your vision.

Do you want to know a secret? When you have a true purpose or a why, it’s also easier to stick to it!

Come January 1, we will be up and running and going after ours goals with all we have.

We’ll take that vision we created and put it into practice. I’ll be sharing tips and tricks to plan out how you can actually accomplish the goals at hand. The game plan is extremely important, and that’s something that ironically gets missed. We create these big, burly goals but have no direction. Without direction, we’re aimlessly walking around with no destination in mind. 

New Year’s resolutions are a good idea, but if they remain an idea without a well-thought-out plan, they will continue to just be a good idea, and you will have no follow-through. Or you may follow through for a few weeks on those resolutions until something better comes along or you just don’t feel like doing it and let your emotions dictate your vision. Let’s not let that happen this year. This year, 2020, is the year of vision! I know God has something great in store for you! 

Are you planning your 2020 vision? What matters most for you next year? Do you have a word for your year? 

Take the next couple of weeks to reflect and plan what direction you want your life to steer next year. Finishing strong means you’re ready mentally and physically to launch into the new year. It means you’ve looked back and evaluated your past year and learned lessons that you can use as you look ahead. We don’t dwell on the past, but we can learn from it and make necessary adjustments that will drive us forward.

Dream huge, and, remember, you are a winner. Just run YOUR race!

I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below and let me know, what’s your 2020 vision?

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