Tis the season for resolutions! We are a few weeks away from a new year and by now I am sure you have created a laundry list of things you plan to do or accomplish next year. Weight loss, diet, more money, get in a relationship, you name it! But we all know what happens come the second quarter, those resolutions begin to drift. What typically causes the disconnect is a lack of accountability and planning. “Well how can I hold myself accountable?”, I hear you asking. One of my favorite new year accountability tools is vision boards. For the past five years I have made it a tradition to create a vision board for what I plan to achieve in the new year. Being a true believer of manifestation, this strategy came natural for me. Not sure how to create a vision board? No worries, I gotchu!
First, you will need materials. Many (if not all) of the items you can get from the dollar store. My favorite dollar store to get my supplies from is Dollar Tree, because everything is truly only $1. Check their teacher and craft aisle to get a poster board, markers, stickers, construction paper, glue, and whatever other cool items you stumble upon. I also like to have old magazines on hand.
Second, you want to map out your goals. I like to break mine down in categories such as: financial goals, relationship/family goals, career goals, spiritual goals, health goals, and personal goals. I try to narrow it down to three realistic and attainable goals per category.
Third, flip through those old magazines and find images that represent your goals. Use your crafts from your dollar store run to create words or phrases pertaining to your goals.
Fourth, the fun part! Gluing it all down to your board.
The fifth and final step, hang your board up in a place where you will see it everyday. I personally put mine in my bathroom. I read it while I brush my teeth every morning and night. This helps me to remind myself of my goals and to consistently feed myself a positive outlook. Nothing is more rewarding than to get to the end of the year, and see how many things on my board I actually accomplished.
What are you going to do differently this year to hold yourself to your resolutions? Have you created a vision board before? If so, what was your experience?