When my wife and I decided to move forward with the master bathroom remodel, we had a vague idea of what we wanted the finished product to look like. Over the course of several weeks, we explored websites, researched design concepts, and visited showroom displays at various home improvement stores.
Through the process of seeing what we liked (and didn’t like) and clarifying our shared goals, we reached agreement on important details related to colors, style, fixtures, tile, flooring, lighting and ventilation. All of these details contributed to our shared vision for this intimate space in our home. Check out the insights I gained from the vision for our new master bathroom. Blessings, Verdun Woods The Thriving Marriage Coach
Vision and Purpose
A vision is a mental picture of the future you desire. More than just a goal, a vision is the embodiment of our hopes and dreams in a particular area; the picture of what has not yet happened, but what the future may hold. The proverbial writer stressed the vital role that having a vision serves to keep us focused, stating that without a vision, people are unrestrained, stumble all over themselves, and even perish! Matt Bowman, President and Founder of Thrive Internet Marketing Agency, states the following: “Having a vision means we have a clear sense of purpose. It means we have a much larger picture of our business, or our life, than simply setting and reaching short term goals and tackling problems as they come along. Visions are driven by passion and dreams, and they are reflected through real efforts to create real results.”
Begin With the End in Mind
Like assembling a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle, having the box with the picture of the finished product serves as a vision that keeps you on track when you get caught up in the minute details of the daily grind. Dr. Stephen Covey, author of the classic work The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, expressed this idea in his Habit #2: Begin with the End in Mind. Covey taught that to begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you’re going so that you better understand where you are now to ensure that the steps you take are always in the right direction.
This notion of having a clear vision proved to be invaluable throughout our bathroom remodel project, especially when we encountered unplanned challenges and setbacks. It enabled us to create an initial project budget, make appropriate trade-offs on certain “preferred” items to maintain high quality of other “required” items, and revisit our original plan to determine what adjustments we needed to make to complete the project. No Regrets
Oddly enough, during my work with couples over the past 40 plus years, I have observed that many (dare I say most) couples enter marriage without a vision for the long-term of their relationship. Caught up in the euphoria of being “in love” or consumed by the passions of youthful lusts, they all too often ignore the important steps involved in researching their “preferences” and “requirements” before making vows. Sadly, over half of these marriages either end in divorce or drift into functional partnerships that lack emotional intimacy or spiritual integrity. Without a vision, their relationships end up like ships without rudders, aimlessly floating in a sea of resentment and regret.
At Thriving Marriage.US, we’re committed to guiding couples toward a clear vision of God’s plan and purpose for their marriage. Through our training, coaching and live events, we help couples achieve success and find deep fulfillment in their relationship so they can experience a thriving marriage that leaves a lasting legacy. Take a moment and CLICK HERE to schedule a FREE 30-minute preview call (a $75.00 value) to learn how you can engage in a “home” improvement project and launch into a future without regrets!