Now, I know I’m a little behind on the “New Year, New Me” spiel. However, I hope these few words of advice are more helpful than a gimmicky New Year’s resolution that will be inevitably forgotten before reading week.
We always feel so resolute as we promise ourselves that this year will be the greatest yet, affirming, “I will buy a car”, “I will get good grades”, “I will eat better”… Yet, for many of us, these resolutions often slip between the cracks in the sofa and are lost amidst the sea of dust bunnies and pennies under the cushions.
In order to avoid this we must make our goals tangible. The first step in doing this is to visualize what you want — and no, this doesn’t mean daydreaming about receiving the Nobel Prize or cruising around in a Mercedes Benz. I want you to embark upon a literal and conscious visualization of your goals through the creation of a vision board. How does one create such a thing? I won’t provide you with detailed instructions but, to put it simply, a vision board is a collection of images and words that serve as a tool to help clarify, concentrate, and maintain focus towards specific goals. This board is meant to be personal and can include quite literally whatever you want. Get creative.
My only advice is to avoid focusing on material objects, because a new “this”, or a new “that”, is not going to make you happy — “stuff” will never make you happy. Instead, focus on people, experiences, or simply just the mood or feeling you want your life to have.
Okay great, so you have a vision board. Now what? Don’t stop here, friends. This is just the beginning. The next step is to ask yourself how are you going to achieve these goals? This step is crucial. The purpose of a vision board is to bring everything on it to life. Place your board somewhere you will see it each day and take time daily to visualize, affirm, and internalize these goals.
A vision board should be used as a tool to focus your aspirations and motivate you to strive for them. Create a list of ways that you can start to make your visions a reality and follow through with it! Perhaps one of your goals is to go to medical school — how can you work towards that on a daily basis? Devote yourself to your studies every day. Perhaps you want to go somewhere warm. Start planning a trip and commit to it. Want to hone your craft, whether it be dancing, writing, running, or learning another language? Make a weekly schedule and allot time for yourself to practice this skill.
Remember, just because it’s called a vision board, it’s not just for dreaming — Make it happen!
Sending love and light your way!