Happy new year! It is 2018 and all over social media one can see how excited most people are about this new year. Its a fresh start from a not so good 2017, a reset button from years of bad situations, bad business etc and a new chance to turn things around in your life.
What is more exciting about a new year is the freshness it brings, the chance to leave behind what was old and take in the newness of another 365days that we have been gifted.
New year resolutions are a thing of the past, I hope. We have done this repeatedly only to end up in Feb or March doing the same thing we were last year and by December we are not sure how the year went by so fast. Sounds familiar?
Goal setting is more effective and it doesn’t just stop there. There is more to it than affirming what you want 2018 to be for you. I came across the concept of visualizing and goal setting in 2014, I stumbled upon it on youtube and ever since then, the last few days of any year, sometimes it stretches into the next year, I am always creating a vision board for the next year.
Visualization is one of the most important and powerful mind exercises. Why? Because it works under the law of attraction. And whether or not you believe in this law, it is working constantly and delivering what you are thinking about.
Before you go on reading this post, click here to watch a short 4minute clip of Steve Harvey talking about the law of attraction and how he became successful.
The thing about goal setting and visualizing, over the three years I have been intentionally doing it, is that the goals must be specific to every area of your life. I mean, we are all in the pursuit of happiness so it only makes sense to intentionally act upon ensuring that all the different areas in your life are succeeding to your desire.
There very many ways to make a vision board for your year goals. Very many. So this is the version I learned how to do and has been effective to me. If you one of those people who has never attempted to have a vision board. I encourage you to find the time to do so, even though we are halfway through January you can always find time to do so.
list down on a notebook the 9 key pillars in your life which are;
- spiritual life
- health fitness
- personal development
- emotional/ mental
- pure pleasure/ fun or recreation
This was so profound for me. Because sometimes we can easily ignore areas in our lives instead of making sure we are striving for balance in all the pillars. There so many people who set career goals and focus on them but they home life interactions with their family isn’t all that. You know what I mean.
Having broken down those pillars, I rate myself on a scale of 1 to 10 where I think I am in each pillar. 1 being poor And 10 self-actualized/ contented.
Without reflection we can go blindly on our way creating more unintended consequences and failing to achieve anything useful. – Magret J. Wheatley
Step 3: Questions
This next step is key as it will help you evaluate your success and failures so you can establish what action you will be exerting in the new year.
Q1: in 2017, Did I achieve my big outcomes? And what contributed to this success?
If yes, write down what personal attributes contributed to the success
If no, write down what was holding you back
Q2: what do you need to do differently this year?
There you can pick out personal attributes and actions you will to develop and maintain. This question is basically a summary or theme of the year ahead.
This is the fun part. Best way to do it is listening to instrumental that will keep your thoughts flowing. (Hans Zimmerman on YouTube has the best) then thoughtfully write down 3 key outcomes that you would like to achieve and see manifest this year for you in each pillar.
The secret is to write them down as if they have happened already.
The final step. Gather old magazines or newspapers and cut out images or words or phrases that come to mind when you think of the goals you have set for each level.
Then on manilla paper write the year in the middle of the paper and curve our sections for each pillar.
This is an example of my 2017 vision board
Place your complete vision board in a place you will see it daily. And every day spend about minutes looking and your vision board and being grateful that as if all the goals you have posted have been achieved.
Now I found this version of a vision board so effective and I stuck it on my wall in my room so every time I came in I would see what I envision for my year. It kept me accountable if at any point of the year I get distracted and lose focus, I am reminded of what I had set out to achieve.
I accomplished some of the goals like the travel bucket lists I posted. When I was doing so at the beginning of the year I did not know how it would all come together but it did and just that achievement alone reaffirmed to me the power of having a vision board.
The big secret to creating a vision board that works? It’s simple: Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel, not just on things that you want. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to include the material stuff, too. However, the more your board focuses on how you want to feel, the more it will come to life.
All in all, what you focus on expands. Having a vision board that highlights your key areas will help you focus and allow the law of attraction to work for you and manifest the outcomes you want.
Give it a try. I hope this post will inspire you to create your own vision board for your goals in 2018 and make 2018 a year that will see you attract success in all areas of your life.