Call me crazy, but I have long given up on resolutions. There, I said it. Resolutions fade with time as they’re often a goal that comes to mind as we enter a new year and often stems from a personal shortcoming in some capacity. I’m all about self-improvement, but hyperfocusing on flaws is not motivating. It can be rather defeating and demotivating when there isn’t an instant result or improvement by January 10.
You have heard me talk about ‘adding in’. Once I adopted an ample view on life (versus removing) I felt a lot better and accomplished more.
So here is a little weekend project for you — create a vision board. A vision board is an awesome tool to help you focus in on what you want to manifest.
If you’ve heard the term “vision board” before, chances are it was straight from Oprah Winfrey’s mouth, like years ago.
Since then, these goal-manifesting collages have become a seriously helpful creative tool—beloved by life coaches, the wellness-obsessed, and super successful #ladybosses from Ellen Degeneres to Beyonce—because “they totally work.”
I’ve been making them for nine years, and now is the best time to do a shot of wheatgrass, get out the scissors and tape, and make one because, even with all the uncertainty we have in the world right now, being connected to your personal truth is never a wasted effort. Trust.
You may be thinking creating a picture collage is a bit silly. A vision board creates a connection between your inner thoughts and outer action. I noticed a shift in my thinking once I created a board. Every time I would wonder where my life was going or started to worry, my board was right there to remind me of my truth, of the things I really wanted for my life, and why I was making certain decisions.
How to create an effective board
Any theory about visualizing your goals (from The Law of Attraction and The Desire Map to sports psychology and digital entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk (obsessed!)), will tell you that in order to attract what you truly want, you must see it, you must feel it, and you must embody it. .
OK, grab your magazines, tape and corkboard —
1) Make a list of the areas of your life that are most important to you.
Maybe you’ve been daydreaming about the perfect house or a bigger paycheck or a far-flung wellness vacation. Light a candle and take some space for you to tune in and clarify what you really want—including all of the juicy details. You may want to start with stream of consciousness writing just to get your initial thoughts out, and then identify the stuff that really lights you up. It’s not cheesy; it’s called focusing. And when was the last time your *really* identified what you wanted? (Um, deciding your college major?)
2) Grab some magazines you love or head over to Pinterest.
Look at your list and scan it closely for any themes that are showing up. Note them, because now you want to find a visual representation of them for your board. For example, if you want to be a nutrition coach, select photos of inspiring food or words. If you want to be a beauty expert, tag some natural beauty images. Or if you want to call in more abundance, photos of entrepreneurial or successful women might work for you.
Now, go through and cut out any words, people, colors, or patterns that inspire you. Don’t overthink it, just go with your gut and have fun. The point is, you’re spending time on your intention, and giving it energy—versus whining, or going over and over what you don’t have, just for example.
3) Map out your images on your board.
Do this before taping, pasting, or tacking anything. Your vision board can either be completely filled up or have lots empty space. Either way is totally fine. You can allow that empty space to inspire you, knowing that as you go about your year, you’ll uncover more aspects of your dreams and goals to add to your board.
4) Hang your board someplace you’ll see it often.
Some people like to make their vision board small to keep it at work. Others have it next to the mirror in the bathroom so they see it when they brush their teeth. For me, seeing it above my desk at home helps me focus when I sit down to work, plan, and work on my budget.
Now that you’ve tapped into what you really want and can see it everyday, allow yourself to meditate on these visions by consistently imagining them as real. The more excited you get about what you want to create, the more likely you’ll be to attract it into your life.
With a clear, physical vision of goals it is easier to make decisions. For example, if you dream of traveling the world, when you’re faced with a purchase, think of your vision board. Does that extra item at Target get you closer to your trip? Being purposeful with your actions is simplified when you finish the vision board exercise.
OK, who is ready to craft this weekend?!
Tell me, do you make resolutions or visualizations?
What’s one thing you want to do, see, accomplish this year?
Xxo – BB