A New Year’s vision board helps you dream and plan, defines your intentions, and focuses your attention.
In a sense, the board is a statement of commitment to your hopes and dreams.
Once they are declared or displayed on your board, you can refine them into more specific goals and plans, take action, and ultimately achieve them.
New Year’s vision board and resolutions
Typically, people make a wishlist and give it the jazzy – and often deceptively authoritative – title of “My New Year’s Resolutions.” But, all too often, the exercise ends there.
People quickly give up or forget their resolutions. According to Forbes, 80% of resolutions fail in February.
More realistically, lasting and successful change and transformation requires more articulation than imagery, adaptation to opportunities, action, incremental steps and recognition of successes.
It takes serious perseverance.
Of course, sometimes you might find that what you want just seems to happen by chance. But, you can’t count on it.
So don’t just sit there and wait. Don’t be a wallflower. Engage and stay open if you want your vision to dance with the energy of the universe.
What is the function of the New Year’s vision board?
All vision boards have one thing in common. They use a visionary representation of the mental, emotional and even spiritual inspirations and aspirations of the person who creates them.
Some are time sensitive. Others are more open.
I have the impression that all visualization boards are, basically, devices for dreaming and plotting. They can also serve as a reminder and strengthen engagement.
Real change and transformation comes from what you do in your daily life to achieve it.
The vision board depicts a person’s vision for the coming year.
Each aspiration is represented by a photo, which is the main component of that particular lens. Some elements are specific. Others are more general or qualitative.
Spend more time with good friends.
Focus on quality over quantity.
Better work-life balance.
Seek more beauty.
More personal care.
Finish my book.
Winter holidays in Barbados.
Visit my sister in Europe.
Buy a new car.
Have more compassion for myself and for others.
Believe in me and in my abilities.
3 steps to create a New Year’s vision board
Take the time to reflect and make a list of what you would like to change or achieve in the coming year.
Look for visual representations or metaphors in magazines, photo albums, or on the Internet.
Glue all the pictures onto cardboard or other favorite medium, arranging them in a way you like.
Now embody your New Years resolution.
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The dream and intrigue stage is central to the process of change and can be wonderfully invigorating.
Additionally, the process of building a vision board stimulates creativity and spiritual ritual. However, the transformation process does not end there.
Create specific intentions in your vision board.
Whenever possible and applicable, turn the visions depicted on your board into clear, positive, and specific intentions.
This will provide more direction to your process and a clearer path to completion. With this clarity, you’ll be better able to orient yourself, take targeted action, and monitor success.
Clear, positive, and specific intentions help you notice and react to opportunities, even to unexpected auspicious stepping stones.
Energetically, these types of intentions are more apt to train with the right energies (think co-creating or “law of attraction”).
Embody your transformation through your vision board.
If you continue to engage with your vision board, you will keep interest, focus, and energy alive. This can be done through meditation, crystal grids, energy healing, or any other form of ritual.
If you can feel and accept small changes and changes, you will be able to encourage your forward movement. Plus, you’ll be able to celebrate and embody your progress.
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Patricia Bonnard, PhD, ACC is an integrated coach and energy healer offering a blend of conventional coaching, embodied practice, and energy healing to help clients go deeper and make important life decisions creatively and authentically.
This article originally appeared on startaser-healingarts.com. Reprinted with permission from the author.