How to Create a Vision in Unknown Times and Why You Need to
It’s a New Year, are You Ready?
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Links Mentioned in Episode
- Creating a vision for 2021 and why you need to [2:23]
- Reflection questions for your vision [4:20]
- Bible reading challenge for the year [6:35]
- The meaning behind Red Hot Mindset [9:10]
- What you’ll hear on the podcast the first quarter [13:57]
Hey winner! Welcome back to Red Hot Mindset, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! We made it! We made it through 2020, and now we embrace 2021 and all it has in store for us. Are you ready to make the most of it?
There are quite a few things I want to cover today with you:
- First I want to talk about that vision for 2021 and creating some goals for the year.
- We’ll talk about the challenge I’m deciding to participate in this year in case it’s something you might want to join me in.
- I’ll share what you’ll be gearing up for on this podcast in the first quarter.
- And we’ll finish by touching on what Red Hot Mindset is and what it truly means to step into the fire of refinement and why it matters.
I know you probably are thinking, what’s the point in goal setting or creating a vision for the year if it can just be taken away in the blink of a moment? In light of the events of last year, are you feeling any anxieties for 2021 as you are deciding on things you’d like to accomplish, races you’d like to run, vacations you’d like to take?
One thing we learned from last year is that anything can happen at any time, and we need to be prepared to shift and adjust in any given moment. I think that’s a huge lesson, don’t you?
BUT, this lesson shouldn’t keep us from dreaming and setting big, burly goals! We just need to learn to flex when obstacles come and we find we need to shift.
As we embrace the new year, I’ll be sharing quite a bit about setting and crushing goals, but as we create our visions for 2021, we need to remember that what we write down on paper may not turn out exactly how we plan. We do the work, we get into motion, but God determines our steps. His vision for our life is what is ultimate and best, and if we’re leaning into Him and seeking Him, he will reveal some of that vision to us so we can plan and work, but we need to also allow for the flexibility required to get to the finish line.
So why goal set at all?
Because without vision, we have no direction. Without direction, we stay put. Simply stated, we need vision to create something of purpose for our lives. I encourage you this week – if you haven’t already – to take some time to reflect on what it is you want for this year. If you’re in a place to take notes, write these questions down. If you are driving, come back to this part later. I’ll try to remember to leave a timestamp in the notes for these questions so you can easily access them.
When you have some alone time, grab out that journal, and take your time answering these questions:
- What is one major goal you’d like to achieve this year?
- What would happen if you accomplished it? How would it affect your life? Your family? Others around you?
- What would happen if you didn’t accomplish it? How would it affect your life? Your family? Others around you?
- What are some things you may need to give up or add in order to accomplish this goal this year?
- What are some minor goals you could create to be stepping-stones toward the major one?
- What habits might you need to create in your daily, weekly, or monthly routines?
- What is something you may need to learn in order to grow enough to accomplish the goal?
Don’t skip the reflection of this year into next. Taking this down time and quiet time is vital as you plan out your next goals and create a vision for this next year. It may not come together exactly how you see it in your mind, but it definitely won’t come together if you don’t work on developing that vision! Take these questions to your prayer time. Ask God to reveal anything He wants you to know as you navigate your next steps in your own journey. Don’t shy away from creating a 2021 vision because of what happened last year. Let last year and the lessons learned propel you forward.
Have you ever read the entire Bible in a year?
One of my goals for this year is to take a deeper dive into God’s Word and continue to seek truth in it. I’ve made the decision to read through the chronological Bible this year, not just to read it, but to study it, to understand it, to listen for God through it.
I’ll be using a New Living Translation chronological study Bible (which I’ll link in the show notes), but there are a few other good ones too. I’m also bringing alongside my English Standard Version study Bible so I can compare as needed. I just got that one, and I’m really excited for it! The ESV is more of a word for word translation, whereas the NIV (New International Version) is more of a thought for thought translation. I usually read from the NIV, so I look forward to reading two different translations, as I think it’s important to glean from different ones.
This is a challenge I’m doing for me, but I’d love for you to join in! It’s not too late, and in order to read the full chronological Bible in a year, you only need to read a few chapters a day. I think it averages out to be about four chapters, and that leaves room to miss days here and there.
My friend Connie from Square Root Wellness created a group for those of us who are doing this together, so you are welcome to join us! I’d love to have some friends along on the journey! Just let me know you want to be a part of it by sending me a direct message on Instagram or Facebook or email me at email@example.com. I can get you all the details from there. It’s completely free. All you need is to pick a chronological Bible to use, and if you have one already, use that! If you don’t, I’ll link the one Connie is using for the group in the show notes for you to find.
What’s the story behind Red Hot Mindset, and what does it truly mean to step into the fire of refinement?
This name isn’t just a random name I thought up, and, yes, I have red hair, so it plays into that. But it’s so much more than that! I did a longer episode early on (my first episode) that goes into this even deeper so I encourage you to go back and listen to it if you haven’t heard it or as a refresher for where we’re going, but as we start 2021, I wanted to briefly share some of it with you again. This year was a year of shifting, and some of my messaging has changed, but the meaning of Red Hot Mindset has remained constant.
To be “RED HOT” is to be lit on fire, and in order to go through the refining process, you have to be willing to step into the fire! The refining process is about applying heat to draw out impurities. That’s what a blacksmith does with old, dilapidated steel or iron pieces. He molds and shapes them in the fire and turns them into useful tools and resources like nails and axes. It’s a fascinating process!
Refinement is peeling away the imperfections layer by layer, little by little, and overtime something beautiful is created. Now, just because we are peeling away at imperfections, doesn’t mean we’ll ever be perfect or arrive – we won’t! But, when we step into God’s fire of refinement, He becomes our blacksmith and is able to mold and shape us into the women he created us to be – nothing more, and nothing less. It’s in that process where he preps us for the greater purpose He has for us here. The heat is the training process.
To be Red Hot means you’re willing to be put under pressure, to go through the fire, so you can come out stronger and crush your goals, God’s way! Breakthrough doesn’t come without a struggle, and it’s in the struggle that we change. Change takes us out of our comfort zone, and it isn’t easy, but it’s necessary for growth. God didn’t promise us a trial-free life. In all honesty, He said trials and tribulations would come. We would have to face them head on, but when we let God use those trials in our lives, we can grow through them, and little by little, they chip away at our weaknesses and draw out our strengths.
We all have our rough edges, but if you’re willing to step into the fire, God will whittle away at your fears and insecurities, and your faith and confidence in Him will emerge. God may not cause the bad in our lives, but He can turn our messes into something beautiful that He can use for His glory! Will you allow Him to do that for you? Will you allow him to transform you into the woman He’s called you to be? Stepping into the fire means you’re willing to change.
Red Hot Mindset is about transforming our minds to align with God. I’m not the one doing the transformation for you. I’m merely guiding you and giving you tools and mindset to use as you allow God to create the change in your life.
The theme verse I relate my ministry to is Romans 12:2, and it says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing, and perfect will.”
That is the mission of Red Hot Mindset. My mission is to help you step into the fire of refinement so you can come out stronger and crush your goals, God’s way. The refinement process is what transforms you! All I do is help you overcome any mental barriers standing in your way through a faith-based approach to building inner resilience.
I’m extremely excited for the first quarter on the Red Hot Mindset podcast! I have so much planned for you! Here are just some of the things you’ll hear as you tune in each week:
Each month I’ll be bringing you not just one but two Boston Marathon mama stories!
I’ve loved connecting with each of these ladies and hearing their struggle/victory stories to accomplishing a major feet of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. For most of them, the 2020 race would have been their first chance to run the historic course, but, as we all had things canceled, this was too. We chat about how they made the virtual race special, even though it definitely is not the same as being on that starting link in Boston.
I have these interviews planned all the way to Patriot’s Day when the 2021 Boston Marathon should have been taking place. That, too, has been canceled. Hopefully it’s only postponed, and they have plans to run it in the fall of 2021, but no date is set, so we’ll see what happens.
My fingers are crossed because I’d like to be there with a chance to race with some of the best runners in the world and meet many of these women I’ve interviewed! I have good reason to believe it will happen, but, again, just like we talked about in the beginning, plans can change in a moment, so we need to be ready to adjust and not become too rigid with our vision that there isn’t room to shift.
Each month I have an additional struggle/victory interview with women I’ve selected to share their stories.
I love listening in on these stories because I love that these women are just everyday people like you and me, but they choose to take their struggle and let God use it in their lives. They choose to learn through them, become better, gain strength, and turn those struggles into messages to inspire others.
When listening to these stories, don’t just enjoy them as a feel-good episodes. Let them lift you up, listen for the golden nuggets they share about how they made it through the struggles. You will glean so much wisdom from these women if you choose to!
Additionally, we’ll be diving into the topics of critical thinking, truth seeking, goal setting, and intentional living.
All these subjects are near and dear to me, and this past year has taught me that it’s vital to seek truth and think critically about what is being presented by the media, government, our pastors, or anyone in a leadership position.
We have the ability and freedom to scrutinize what is being fed to us, so why don’t we do it?
Social media is a great place to connect, but it’s a terrible place to find our news sources! We need to take what we hear and evaluate if it’s true or false, logical or invalid, and we keep the truths and disregard the rest.
My oldest is working through intermediate logic for homeschool, and I’ve been learning right alongside him. Logic fascinates me! I’m not naturally an analytical thinker or probably not even naturally a logical thinker, but it’s a trait I’ve been learning and developing, and I believe it’s one of the most important things we can learn ourselves or that we can instill into our children before they graduate. Individual thinkers are the most powerful people in the world!
Take for instance all the crazy political ads we saw for the past year. I HATE political ads because they are full of fallacies and illogical arguments. Many times they are just putting the other person down and bringing to light something that has nothing to do with the position they are vying for or the things they have or will do. Many of the political ads have circular reasoning. And, if you’re not listening closely, you’ll miss it. Don’t just jump on the bandwagon because you heard it. Take the statements you’re hearing, and see if they line up logically. Do they make compelling, truthful arguments, or are they meant to sway and manipulate through emotion?
This stuff fires me up, so I’m excited to dive deeper into it throughout the year. I’ll probably share more about the things I’ve changed or learned as well. I definitely don’t have it right all the time, and I probably have it wrong more than I do right, but the one thing I know is I’m willing to dive in and immerse myself in researching for myself what seems to be the truth. I could go on and on, but I will stop there. We have all year to talk about these things together!
Oh, and one of the best additions to the Red Hot Mindset podcast this next year is that I’m bringing on some friends who are experts in areas I’m not to share their wealth of wisdom with you!
I’m calling it Thursday Tidbits where you will hear tangible tips that you can implement immediately as you work toward intentional living. We’ll tackle productivity, life balance, marriage, faith, homeschooling, mindset, morning routines, finances, and so much more! It can also be called Mama Mindset because these women know what they’re talking about, and they’re here to help us change our mindset so we can crush our goals!
If you know anyone who would be excited about the topics we’re discussing, would you do me a favor and let them know about the podcast? Word of mouth is one of the best ways for a podcast to grow, and I appreciate your continued support as I work to bring value to you each and every week. If there’s anything you are interested in as a topic for the show, or a question you have, please reach out and let me know. I value your feedback! If you’ve been listening for a while, would you consider hopping on Apple podcasts and leaving a review? It’s quick and easy, but it’s also one of the major ways for this podcast to get noticed.
As we finish up today, I want to encourage you. Let 2021 be a great year, no matter what it brings, find joy in the journey. Don’t be afraid to let God work on you! Don’t be afraid of the refining process! If you stick with me, I’ll help you stick to your goals and live intentionally. We are going to step into that fire together and come out stronger. I just know it, and I believe in you!
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