I have borrowed Vision 2020 from a perfect eye vision. My Prayer for you is that you have a perfect vision for all you do in the New Year. January 1, 2020 is tomorrow.
Many people will reflect on years gone by or take stock and make resolutions for the Year 2020.
The Month of January is named after Janus, the Roman god of doors. In other words, January is the door to the Year 2020. It is, of course, the first month of the year.
In USA it is also a National Month that is punctuated with themes that promote good health. So for now, allow me to talk about the 2020 Vision, Good Health, touch on HPV awareness and how setting a Smart Goal can lead to success.
I will use as an example reflections of my family experience in honor of my parents.
Write Down Your 2020 Vision: Write it in bold letters and make it plain so that others can read it. Even if you don’t accomplish your dreams, they will not be shattered. 0thers in your family can run with your dream if they know what your vision is or was. So “Write the vision, make it plain onto tablets so he may run who reads it.
For the vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” (Habakkuk 2:2-3). Tip #1/ Write Your Vision Down. Make it plain.
Reflections of Family Experience: In my home of origin, my parents instituted the habit of having “Family Meetings.” The first one took place at the beginning of each year, and subsequently at the beginning of each term (semester).
Thereafter, meetings were called whenever there were issues that needed attention. At the beginning of each year, The Chairman & Vice Chair, that is my Father and Mother would call us to the living room. In this meeting all 13 members of our family made the quorum.
If a person was visiting or living with us, they were considered to be a part of the family. First they made sure the meeting was announced a day earlier unless there was a crisis. Second it was always held after a hearty meal.
The same thing goes that “a hungry person is an angry person.” The meeting had an Agenda that started with prayers, followed by a devotional reading and a closing prayer. The devotional reading was based on whatever was taking place.
In the new year, girls promised to finish school, and boys promised to stay out of trouble. We also agreed to report to the family anything that happened outside the security of our home. In essence at the beginning of each year we knew what our parents expected of each person throughout the year.
That is the beginning of reflecting on the past, evaluating it and looking forward to the future with optimism. I owe it to my parents. Tip #2/ Evaluate the past. Reflect on the postive.
Stay in Good Health: The month of January is loaded with themes of how to maintain good health spiritually – many believers will start the year with prayer and fasting. Other important areas of good health are physical, emotional, social and economic. January in the USA is the month known for Cervical Cancer Awareness.
There are many activities that are planned on how women can protect themselves from Human papilloma virus and cervical cancer or HPV. This is the virus that causes most kinds of cervical cancer. Like most virus infections, HPV is treatable, but it hardly goes away on its own. The old adage applies, “things left to themselves tend to go from bad to worse.” You can help youth from ages 11-12 years by making sure both boys and girls are vaccinated against this virus.
It would be good to start the year with a Physical Examination. My mother would emphasize Good health. It should be #1 when setting goals. She always could be heard repeating, and writings in her letters that good health is to be valued highly.
With good health, it is possible to accomplish the goals you set. “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well [prospers]. (3 John 1:2). Tip #3/Make Your Health a Priority
Note/ Some times it is not possible to always be in good health. Let’s say, as much as within you is, plan to comply with medical requirements for your treatment.
Setting a goal is important: Most people have learned how to set a goal for Career, education, ministry, and I trust also for family members in your household, even for visitors.
The latter is necessary. Otherwise you can be used and then abandoned.
For example, you can have friends, extended famiky members or even visitors stay with you indefinitely without paying rent or contributing to your family upkeep.
Then they leave without ever being thankful.
They take it for granted. Don’t forget There is an African proverb that says, “People don’t abandon people they love, they abandon people they were using.”
Goal setting should apply to any short term, medium, or long term goals. May be 5 years can be a long term goal for a family to plan their return to Kenya; 3 years for those who want to vie for a City Council position, and so forth.
Finally Set A SMART Goal: Suffice it to say, something good happens when a person sets a SMART goal to accomplish a certain purpose in life.
As far as a Goal is concerned, If you can think it, imagine it, write it down, then you can do it. A SMART goal is:
Short term: 6-12 months.
Measurable: Build in tools to measure your progress.
Achievable: Ask yourself, Is this something I can do?
Reasonable: Ask yourself, Do I have what it takes?
Time Limited: Give yourself a specific date of completion.
Tip # 4: Always Set a A SMART Goal.
What Next? Plan to succeed. When a person fails to plan, that is equal to planning to fail. Tip #5/ Plan to succeed. Failure is not an option.
Scriptures are from/New International Version
From my notes/Rev. Wambui Njoroge, M.Sci.