New Year, New You
“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift - that's why they call it the present."
- If “well begun is half done,” then I’m feeling quite accomplished about this year already.
- That’s because I’ve reflected on the major events of the past year and how I feel about them. I’ve envisioned my high-level intentions for the coming year, set some goals, and prioritized tasks. I’ve asked my higher self for insights and guidance on certain areas. And I’m creating a vision board.
- For some people, the thought of New Year’s resolutions is soooo boring or feels like nagging. But for me, envisioning the year ahead is empowering and inspiring. Why? Perhaps because my focus is more on how I can serve my community - humanity, the Universe, God - rather than how I want to be served. Regardless, the process works. Amazingly well. Every time.
- Seven steps: How I envision the year ahead and then create it. Try them for yourself and you may just have your best year yet!
- Which areas of life are most important to me at this time - occupation, family, health, personal growth?
- What goals might I choose for them? What about my health do I want to change - run a marathon, improve nutrition, heal a specific ailment?
- What specific tasks and activities are needed to achieve these goals - schedule an appointment with a nutritionist, take a cooking class, plan meals, prepare foods?
- What action steps am I ready to take at this time - say, over the next few weeks? These become my marching orders.
- Regarding my goals and action items, when will I check in? To whom will I be accountable? Scheduling check-ins helps me evaluate my progress, tweak goals, and add/change tasks.
- How will I know I've accomplished a goal? And how will I celebrate my success? Hint: Organizing large projects into smaller, "milestone" goals helps you realize your progress along the way, and makes the whole process more rewarding.
- When pulling pictures from magazines or the Internet, I don’t search for specific images; I simply allow myself to be attracted to them without knowing why.
- After pulling images, I lay them out to explore themes and patterns - and I move them around until I come up with a pleasing layout. Note: only about half of the pictures make it to the final board.
- Then I come up with "keywords" and phrases that fit the pictures and make me smile.
- Assembly is easy: all I need is posterboard and tacks (or a gluestick).
- I place my vision board where I can see it every day to remind myself of the life I am creating. I may even take a picture so I can look at it on my phone.