Hey Friend, welcome to a new decade!

Are you ready to live your life with clarity, conviction, and confidence? Are you ready to align with what you were created to do? Are you ready to know your marching orders and build unstoppable momentum?

I know it’s easier said than done. Getting to the point of clarity can feel daunting, but that’s exactly why I wanted to outline a few things to help you get there. 

I believe there is a transition happening for many of us in this new season.

To go from exploring our options to doubling down and committing to the work in front of us. Essentially, to move forward with confidence instead of doubt.

However, there is some pre work to do, some deeper alignment to address before we get lost in a world of deadlines, to dos and execution.

One of the messages God often whispers to me over and over again as I pursue the mission of Grit & Virtue is that “My daughters need to truly know who they are before they can find fulfillment in and through the work of their hands.” 

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As a coach, one of my strengths has always been seeing how things connect and crafting compelling visions — helping people get clarity on how their gifts, skills and calling all align so they can do meaningful work. Seeing women come alive by getting clear on what to focus on is one of my favorite parts when working with coaching clients. 

Another critical aspect to grasp is timing. A vision worth pursuing will take a reasonable amount of time, so extend yourself some grace and be in it for the long-haul.

In fact, 2020 is Grit & Virtue’s 5th year anniversary! We have a lot to celebrate and even more work ahead of us. The last five years have taught me so much: from what it means to hold a long-term view while working in the present — understanding the importance of a scalable financial model for sustainability, to how to lead and the ability to focus and not get distracted by all that surrounds you. 

The biggest lessons I’ve grasped in the beginning years have been understanding what it takes to craft, commit, and conquer a compelling vision.

If you feel stuck and find yourself swimming in doubt, then try diving into these action steps below to help you gain clarity and confidence:


There is proven research that shows the power of the written word. So to begin, sit down and begin crafting a vision. Realize that you are creative and have the answers within. Your idea has to excite you enough to drive you towards action. It has to be worth it. One that will propel you to keep showing up regardless of the challenge.

Begin by making a list of what you want. Then go a little deeper (this will take courage), and make a list of what you truly desire. Pay attention to your emotions and how they react. True desire lies within passion. And true passion always evokes emotion.

Action Step:

Begin articulating what you think, feel, and believe to be your vision at the moment. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Writing it down makes it tangible. Speaking it out loud gives it breath.


To undertake any vision, you must be dedicated and disciplined enough to show up over and over again. Day after day, month after month and year after year. It will require you to make a pre-decision to bounce back when mistakes are made and life happens to you. Identifying and remembering why you started in the first place is vital to your commitment in pursuing any vision.

Action Step:

Identify a deep enough reason(s) for why you want to pursue your vision.


To conquer something means there is no easy path ahead. It will require more than you know to pursue your vision. However, it’s in the journey of conquering where you are refined and become more of the woman you were created to be. 


You must first believe it’s possible and secondly believe you are the one capable enough to do it. Have confidence in knowing that the One who has called you to this vision is the One who will give you everything needed to conquer it. 

Action Step:

To conquer a vision, you must defeat the lies and fears from within. Write out the beliefs/lies that are in your mind that you know will derail you if you don’t deal with them. Then, identify the fears that are directly related to your vision. 

Then, rewrite the script in your mind to align with what you need to believe about yourself to make this vision happen. Look up scriptures, create a mantra and a few I AM statements if you have too. 

There is an assignment for you to do in this season.

The Father desires for you to know what that work is so that you can get busy with intention, focus and purpose

The vision for your current season can be as big as you want it to be or as simple as you need it to be. The key is that it is yours, and you have the conviction to fight for it with heart and perseverance no matter what.

Remember, you are not alone in this process. There are thousands of women who are in the same boat as you. But even more so, the Father is not only with you but also ready to guide you. In prayer, invite the Father to confirm the vision He desires for you to go after in this season. Don’t overthink what you sense He is saying. Listen, then move forward. Check-in often for redirection, but whatever you do, choose to commit to the process and conquer every fear, challenge and roadblock, one at a time.

It’s time to step into your 2020 vision as you pursue a life well lived! 

Charlena Ortiz

An accredited life & business coach, writer, and founder of Grit & Virtue. My passion is found in helping you on your journey of becoming who you were created to be, while living out your mission with clarity, conviction and confidence.

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