To me a New Year signals the beginning of a new chapter. A new chapter where all of the pages are blank and I am the author and architect of how I want my life to look.
As a child I loved the feeling of a fresh notebook and a new pen in my hands. The notebook symbolized a clean slate and the pen gave me authority to write, draw and create anything I wanted in my new notebook. This is the same feeling I get at the beginning of each New Year when I create my vision board.
For my vision board I use a white canvas and either print or cut out of magazines the vision for my life. The way my vision board is created is a little different than other ways I’ve seen people create them. I don’t like cutting out a bunch of beautiful images that don’t relate to anything I’m trying to accomplish that year. I like to be very specific with my vision.
My 6 Sections:
With each section I like to be very specific. I don’t want to put a picture of a palm tree on my board and say…”I want to go to Hawaii”. If I wanted to go to Hawaii I would say, “I want to go to Hawaii in July and I need X amount of dollars to make it happen. In my opinion if you don’t get specific with your vision then all you have is a dream board and who of us doesn’t dream. But how many of those dreams have come to fruition without planning for them to come true.
Under my section for Health, I don’t just have a picture of a fit woman and leave it at that. The woman in the picture is already fit…so how am I going to go about making that my vision of health?
Well, I am going to work out 3 times a week. I am going to make a fruit smoothie every day. I am going to have dessert only once a week. These are very specific steps into me getting fit. Now if you haven’t worked out in years or have never worked out in your life don’t say you’re going to work out 7 days a week because trust me you will fail the first week. I know myself and that I will definitely work out 3 times a week but not 7 days a week.
The idea of breaking up my goals in sections appeals to me. I am a very visually person and I need something I can look at every day to keep me on track with the vision I am trying to create for my life.
The last thing I do is come up with my “word” for the New Year. One that describes how I am going to view the new year and one that encompasses my thought process throughout the year. My word for 2019 is, “Intentional“.
For me being intentional means to live a life with a plan and a purpose. It encompasses everything in my life from the relationships I have to what I buy at the store.
When I think of living an intentional life I instantly think of the quote from Zig Ziglar.
You must have specific goals. And your goals MUST be written down!
Let me know in the comments below if you create a vision board at the beginning of each New Year. If so how do you design your board?
I can’t wait to read your comments and be sure to watch the video-