The last few months felt like one long party. Excitement fumed from conversations about who was doing what over the holidays, and many friends spoke to the frantic chaos they felt with coordinating family gatherings, eating too much, or spending too much money. My own energy escalated with each thought of who to get a gift for and how to decorate. Each item I thought about purchasing became a game of “is this really what I want or do I follow tradition? Do I want the modern fat and jolly depiction of Santa or do I opt for something that speaks truly to my interest? The symbolism behind each purchase became an exercise in asking if it was what I really wanted. Emphasis on “I.”
Creating a Vision for the New Year
Have no remorse. Lighten feelings of guilt for indulgence. Indulgence helps us find our way to balance. We can have perspective by loosening personal restrictions used to keep us in control of behaviors and actions. Too much restriction stifles growth and development. We can become root bound and rigid in our thinking, as well as inflexible in our body. Being too narrow minded and behaved is uninviting for connecting with others. We can become so lost in defining our own rules that people around us don’t feel like they fit in.
The end of the year symbolizes an epic party. Call it for what it is. We go out from the old in celebration and into the new year contemplating what we want to do and who we want to be.
Make a vision board (or as I like to call it, a “make sh#t happen” board). To do this, you’ll need the following supplies:
- Posterboard 24”x36” (any color)
- Favorite magazines
- Favorite pens (colors, tip shapes, etc)
- Favorite stickers
What’s easier for you: imagining what you want and watching it slowly materializing aka “manifesting” or making a decision and doing it? Either way, title your paper accordingly. Then, sit in meditation for five minutes and ask yourself the following questions:
- Who do you want to be?
- What do you want to do?
Have two columns on your board. The first column is the big picture. An example of what you write there would be “have better relationships.” The next column is the detail side that supports steps to “have better relationships.” This is where you ask yourself specifically how you’re going to achieve this goal. These details help you generate a plan with concrete steps. Get as detailed as you want.
Get clear in your head first, then write or draw your thoughts and visions on your board. Taking thoughts out of your mind and transferring them to be seen is a method for your brain to see your goals as truth and steer your body into directed action.
When you’re done, share your goals with trusted people. Explain to them what you are doing and why. Then express to these people how they can help you stay on track with your goals.
Here is the beginning phase of my “make it happen” board. I’ll be continuing to work on it. With this sort of project, I find the more the merrier. Doing this alone is not nearly as fun as when done in groups, whether online or in person. So join with me on Facebook or create a group of friends. Then we can all circulate ideas and talk about how to get around obstacles when they arise.
I’m excited! I can feel this year is going to be prosperous and abundant with both health and wealth. What are you putting on your vision board? Post to the comments below.
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