Write the Vision And Make it Plain

Write the Vision And Make it Plain

The other day, I saw a vision and affirmation sheet written by renown author Octavia Butler on a friend’s Facebook page. The Author started her affirmation by stating “I shall be a bestselling writer.” She continued her affirmations saying that her books will be best sellers whether the publishers push them or not and that millions will read her books. As an author and long-time goal setter, I was captivated and in awe as I read her affirmation sheet. Octavia Butler_authorI immediately thought to myself, “I clearly have not been specific enough in my vision casting!”

IMG_6054The Word of God says to write the vision and make it plain (Habukkuk 2:2-3). For as long as I can remember, I’ve always set goals for myself. As a child, my goals would be as simple as memorize my Easter and Christmas speech, then I would set a goal for myself the next year to get an even longer speech to memorize; make all A’s next semester; graduate from high school; go to college; so forth and so. Through-out my childhood my goals were always mental notes. Once a young adult, I learned that a better strategy was to actually write my goals down which makes them more concrete. I’ve always prided myself in periodically reviewing and updating my goals and being pleasantly surprised that everything that I had set out to do had either been accomplished or was a work in-progress. After reading, Ms. Butler’s affirmations I realized something that I had never thought of before – that my goals were very “me focused” and oftentimes selfish.

Towards the end of Ms. Butler’s affirmations, she delares how she intends to send poor black youngsters to writing workshops and to college and help them broaden their horizon. Her goals progressed from being self-focused to how she intends to be a blessing to those less fortunate in the community. This has made me re-evaluate my goal setting strategy and process. I will now, not only focus on myself and where I want to go and grow in life, but focus on and be deliberate about how I can help others reach their goals.

Do you write your goals down, or make mental notes? I’d love to hear from you; thanks for sharing!

“And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Habukkuk 2:2-3 Goals

Terry Cato About Terry Cato

Terry Cato is a Talk Show Host, Author and relationship blogger. She is the Founder of Relationships 411, a blog community dedicated to healthy relationships and marriages. She is the Host of Real Talk w/Terry a Bay Area talk show focusing on relationship and lifestyle topics. Her memoir, “No Longer a Bridesmaid!” chronicles the 7 years she was single, celibate and believing God for a husband. Feel Free to Follow Terry on Twitter and visit her website for more information about the Author.


  1. Great post, Terry! I love the verse you used.

  2. Bettilu Davies says:

    Thanks, Terry. I needed that. I often pray for God’s will, not specifically asking for anything, knowing God will give me anything I need. You are showing me another side to that.

  3. This post really speaks to me today, Terry. I’m a goal setter in just about everything, and I often pray for God to use me, but this post reminds me to be specific. It’s something I’ve never really thought of! Thank you for that.

    • You’re welcome! I’m totally there with you. I would always think, “well God knows my heart and He knows what is best for me…” but I realize that I need to be a little more specific! 🙂

  4. Janet K Brown (@janetkbrowntx) says:

    I also say goals should be specific, written down, & forgiveable. When I retired from bookkeeping, I set a goal to work on my writing & see 7 books published in 7 years. I didn’t reach that goal, but I did get 2 published just under the 7 year mark. Even though I didn’t reach the goal, it’s a good thing I set it. Always a good reminder, Terry. I absolutely love that verse in the Bible.

  5. I do write goals down, but maybe not often enough. I know I mentally stew about them. Want to get better at committing them to God in His wisdom. Thanks for the post.

  6. Wow! I want to do this. Set my goals, and watch how God moves me from self-focus to others-focus.

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