New Year Resolutions have long been a habit. Individuals make a list of the goals, dreams, and habits they want to include in their fresh start on life. However, this "checklist" practice may only be setting some up for failure. It implies a specific rate at which these objectives must be obtained - whether that be before the next new year, by the end of the month, or on a weekly basis. If that timeline is not reached, individuals frequently become discouraged and give up altogether.
Instead, I'd like to suggest you attempt a vision board. I will be doing these with my own children, as well as with the students I teach.
Thanks to social media our society has increasingly become image sensitive. We scroll through and save meaningful images. If we apply this same methodology to our targets, instead of the checklist, we may be more likely to remain vigilant.
A Vision Board is a collage of images and words
representing a person's wishes or goals, intended to serve as inspiration or
motivation for a compelling life. They are meant to be fun to create and can
serve as an invaluable tool to motivate and inspire you
towards concrete daily action in pursuit of your biggest and most important
Benefits of a Vision Board:
1) Creates an emotional connection that motivates you.
Possible Supplies Needed:
2) Makes real the dream in your mind so you begin to believe it’s possible.
3) Helps you clarify what you want out of your life because it forces you to put something down.
1). Something to attach
images to such as cork or poster board, or large sheets of paper.
2). Glue, clips, or pins.
3). Markers, pens, pencils,
4). Colorful or plain
paper for adding personal flair.
5). Magazines/books that
can be cut up.
Obviously, you can adapt the following to just focus on your specific goals. Your board can be a general "happy life" type scenario on which you include multiple aspirations, or you can make it all about one specific dream such as your new home, or job. Of course, if you are design efficient, you could do all of this on the computer and avoid any mess. However, there is something to be said for the tactile version of production.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Find a picture of yourself that you like, or at least don’t mind others
seeing. This will become the center of your vision board.
2 - list at least 10 jobs you might like (these can be end game, or stepping
stones) and the average salary for them.
Step 3 - find pictures (online or magazines) and
create collage of your dream house - This
means images of what the outside and individual rooms might look like for you.
4 - Go online and find out what it might cost (Zillow.com is a good source of
research). Think about location, square footage, acreage, etc. Use a simple
mortgage calculator to research about interest and calculate monthly payments.
Step 6 - Giving - watch this video: https://youtu.be/JDOro6Ru0b8. Then write charities that you might
want to support. Find images to represent those charities or foundations. Try
to pick at least three and list the possible donation plan – one lump sum
versus monthly, or seasonal donations - either as a dollar amount or percentage,
or ways you can help a charity without money (volunteering).
Step 5 - Find pictures or images to represent
your dream vacation(s). Go online and research
the total cost of travel, lodging, food, attractions, and souvenirs.
Step 7 - Find words, or images that appeal to you
and your personal lifestyle, health, and hobbies. If you can’t find the words you want
in a magazine, use your pens or markers to create them.
Step 8 – Take a picture of your completed board with
your cell phone before you display it. This way, you will
always have access to your “vision”. While you enjoy the images, think about the habits you must create to obtain your ultimate goals.
If you create one, please tag me on social media because I'd love to see it. I'm on facebook, twitter, Instagram, and pinterest.
For more on the benefits of creating a vision board, check out this post.