Eudaimonia Tip # 11 – Create a vision for your future so you can see where you’re going.
Another holiday season is in the bag. All the traveling from family to family, the 12 bajillion cookies you baked and then ate. All the presents you stayed up late wrapping and then hiding them from the human and fur-kids alike! It’s finally over, and life can resume it’s regularly scheduled programming. But we all know what comes next — the self-loathing and regret from putting yourself in debt and gaining 20 lbs.
This December was vastly different for me as I spent most of the month laying low and keeping to myself. As planned I skipped the traditional family get-togethers on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Having these days to myself was what I needed to recharge my batteries and think about the future. My December vacation wasn’t just Netflix and chill. In a serendipitous moment, I talked to a long lost friend who told me all about the power of vision boards and how they’ve helped her focus on her goals. This idea struck me as brilliant as it just so happened that I had about 50 or so magazines laying around that I had been collecting all year. Tackling the mountain of magazines was on my list of things do while on vacation, and now I had an additional purpose to look through these mini picture books.
However, one does not just wake up and make a vision board in a single day. There are a few steps involved to achieve true vision board success.
First, I listed the areas that I wanted to work on in the coming year. You can have any number of categories, categorized a myriad of ways, but my recommendation is to keep it simple, so it all fits on your board. The areas I chose are Health; career; faith; and R&R.
Second, I found an actual board. It may be obvious, but you will need something to put all of your beautiful ideas on to gaze upon each day. A quick trip to the local craft store, or better yet Target, will have what you need. You can go basic and start with poster board, or fancy and find a dressed up cork board.
Third, I had to find content. As I mentioned earlier, I had a lot of magazines to look through, but if you don’t have 50 or so laying around you can buy some, or collect some from friends and family. Also, a stencil works great for phrases you can’t find in magazines, and make sure to add pictures of yourself too!
Fourth, I created my board. Now the fun part! Once I had enough clippings and knew the layout I wanted I started to put my board together. Depending on your style, you can do a collage of pictures, or try a more organized approach and use columns for each category.
Finally, I placed my board in my bedroom where I can see it every morning. It is a vision board after all so make sure you are putting it where you will see it daily. Once completed step back and let the board do its magic.
There are a lot of resources out there as to why vision boards work, so if you want the scientific reasons, give it a google. This post is my simple approach to creating a focus for 2019, and I already feel more centered and excited for the new year. See part of the magic of creating a vision board is to get your mind moving and thinking. Just having the ideas in your head and pictures on your board is a powerful motivator.
Part of my vision for 2019 was to start engaging with life again. I flipped the script this year, and instead of staying home on NYE I went to a concert with some friends at the Hard Rock Rocksino. I have to say the night was the perfect ending to a difficult year. When the ball dropped, the confetti fell, and Auld Lang Syne started to play, I felt all the tension I had been carrying fade away followed by a wave of happiness. It is a New Year with new visions ahead.