I want to start this off by paying homage to my God sister Akua. She is the type of person that just draws people to her. We could be walking through town and a 5-minute walk would take an hour as everyone stops to say hi and have a chat. Even if she doesn’t know them, by the end of the day she would have made new friends. We took a trip to Portugal in 2017 and she made 2 new friends, some guy even stopped her while we were in Accra shopping at Shoprite. I hate on her a little. No not really, I love her dearly which is why when she ran her Women of Vision event last month I had to go and support.
I went to the 2018 event and to be honest, I had no idea what it was about and no expectations. I had a A3 card and a lot of cut outs and affirmations that didn’t really make any sense. By the end of the event it was like that course that you take where everything seems complicated but by the end of it all the pieces come together.
In brief, it is a set of goals that you want to achieve by the end of the year. It can be pictures or words, but the “vision” is put in a visible place to remind you of what you need to be done by the end of the year. They don’t all have to big hitters, I used a mixture. So, for example the big one for me was to be mortgage free. Also, knowing that I was being made redundant I put down Supply Chain Manager. Smaller ones were going to Portugal and Ghana and then there was the elusive “finding love”. Then I wrote down affirmations like “This is the start of new adventures” and “Put God first and you will never be last”, just to have positive thoughts in my head when I start my day.
There is no need to write how you are going to do it, the fact that it is there, in your face every morning gives you the motivation to plan (and pray). So, with the case of my mortgage, I worked my way backwards, I knew that by the end of May, my income was not guaranteed until I found a new job. So, based on what I was making, the balance and that deadline I would need to save up x amount. Thankfully, I beat my deadline by 2 months.
The easy hits like Portugal and Ghana they just happened to coincide with Smother’s and Akua’s birthday respectively, so I just had to budget for it and show up.
The supply chain manager position didn’t come so easy, but it did happen eventually, and I got a really good contract role before I landed this position. It has actually made me think about contracting (I hope to blog about that another day).
Finding love, it’s a carry forward..haha, well what I will say is that consciously or sub-consciously I have let my guard down and am less uptight and trying to be less controlling of my circumstances. I will leave it at that.
So, it does work, probably 90% of my vision for 2018 became a reality and now onto 2019.
It has been a slow burner I must say however I am off the ground. My aim is to go to the gym more (I went once this year, I need to do better), I want to travel more to places other than Ghana (I have booked one holiday), that is in addition to Ghana (because it’s home). I want to write more, and I want to take my career to the next level (whether in my current occupation or my passion). We shall see how the vision pans out at the end of the year.
I know some may be familiar with the vision board but my vision for Akua is to go global with this event. It is not just about the vision, but she is not one of those women who talks about supporting women and empowering women, but she lives and breathes it. So, wishing her all the best. She will be running an event called the healing table soon. I will let you know how that goes too, if you live in the East London area check it out.