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Junk New Year's Resolutions, Create a Vision Board Instead

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Vision board from StevePavlina.com forum
Say goodbye to this year and to new year's resolutions too.  Admit it, they just don't work.  New year's resolutions appear to be just our "wish lists" without defining realistic goals to achieve them.  It lacks planning and oftentimes, they're all about what we want others to see in us (or not to see) next year. Give it few weeks or a month after the new  year, it'll be gone.

A typo-graphical vision board from Following Your Joy Blog
Create a vision board instead. A vision board is a poster where you paste cutouts from magazines about ideas and things you want to achieve - dream job, good health, nice car, huge house, a person you want to meet, places you want to go, things you basically want to do, etc. It's a collage. Put it up on your wall where you can always see it - preferably somewhere really visible whenever you wake up. That will always remind you of who you want to become, what you want to achieve,where you want to go... and those thoughts will help you change your life, your actions and your mindset to match those that you've put in the collage.

Don't cram because the year is about to end. To do your vision board correctly, you need to spend some time with yourself. Play a soft music or instrumentals on the background, sit quietly and focus.  Open your mind. Ask yourself, what is it that you really really want.  Don't restrict yourself on your capability to achieve things. Just keep them coming and stay with those thoughts for some time. Slowly, pictures will start to come to you.

When you're done... go ahead and create your vision board. Here are some tips:

  • Browse magazines to find all the pictures and headlines you've visualize for you and your future. Cut them off but don't paste them right away on the board
  • Review the images. Select your favorites and eliminate those of less importance and less relevance. At this point, your mind must be thinking creatively on how to lay them in the board. There are no rules - you will set the rules in fact. You may divide the board and group related things accordingly. You may also want to create a priority flow. Or, you may simply put in things in random. Be creative
  • You may add labels - or time lines if you want. For example, write September 2012 under the photo of a luxury cruise ship because you want to get in a cruise on of before September 2012.  You  may also want to put photos of people you want to involve in your vision
  • You can add a photo of yourself and put it in the center. It will remind you how you wanted to be circled with just the things within your vision, and remain in that path.
  • Before you hang your vision board, let it set upon you.  Feel it. Set your mind - your actions will be patterned on achieving each and everything on the board.  Law of attraction works.

btemplates

28 comments:

micheatsandshops said...

I've never drafted any New Year's resolutions coz I know they never work. Well, at least not for me! hehehehe :P I stick to having a goal or two for the coming year and make sure that I work to make those goals come true. sticking to 1 or 2 makes them more manageable. Also adds direction to my year :P The vision board sounds like another cool way of doing things though! Perhaps i can also make one using polyvore :)

By the way, Happy new year, Ion! :D

morion said...

wow nice post! ilang hours na lng hapi new yer 2 u en to ur family:) keep on blogging:::

Noel said...

Nice post and i agree with you new year resolution don't work...

Cha said...

What New Year resolution? ha ha ha! I agree with you! Vision board is the way to realize goals. You could also create a Photo album aside from the Vision Board. Happy New Year!

AJ said...

As experts say, visualization takes you a step closer to your goal/dream. Thanks for the reminder. I should start doing one. A blessed 2012 to you and your loved ones! :)

Gil Camporazo said...

New year's resolutions is just a lists of things unaccomplished, of this to be repeated or to be given attention for due reasons that they have overlooked. Who's fault is that? Just because they'd not been accomplished they just be named as a "wish lists"! For they're very important. It's good to have them than not to have at all which in return makes your life a "hit-and-miss" way of living. Vision board is like the same with wishlists. The only difference is made more attractive and concretized by way of cutting letters, cut-outs from old magazines and newspaper. Whether WL or VB, the point is "do them".

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tatess said...

i don't believe in new Years Resolution.We should do it on a daily basis and not because New Year is coming.Your visualization board is a good idea though.Happy New year!

Edsan/Island Vacations said...

Nice idea, never tried it before. Definitely do it this year!

c5 @ battlingasthma.info said...

It is a good idea. I am one of those who do not really make resolutions. Besides, I'm spontaneous. I rather have a bucket list, though. From time to time I go for certain plans but that can be anytime within the year, not specifically at the start of a new year.

kay said...

Would you believe I have that? :)

Jhen said...

I have one here already!!! :)
I even arranged the words I cut out from the magazines. :)

chrisair said...

this is a good idea, I always wanted to do this before but for so many reasons I can't. Thanks for this I will probably get some google images for my vision board, nice idea po ito talaga

michi said...

i don't make new year's resolutions but i have my own personal goals which i hope i can accomplish. i like your idea about vision board, it will serve as motivation and inspiration to accomplish your goals.

sharing this "Rather than doing New Year's resolutions, do "Daily Resolves" instead. It's the daily DISCIPLINE of doing what you resolve to do every day for the rest of the year; and the rest of your life that counts." - Francis Kong

Angela Ricardo said...

That is indeed a wonderful and great idea. Would prove to be very useful and worthy of time for busy bloggers.

I wish you a prosperous and joyous one for 2012. More power to your blog.

xox

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Bien Nonoy said...

great collage post here. Have an even more exciting 2012.

Noks Sosa said...

I always do a new years resolution. It works for me and I even get more and better. But yeah, I agree that if you want change, we need not to wait for new year. Change for good as soon as you can. Set a goal for the year, plan and work it.

Karla said...

Wow! I love the concept of the vision board. ^___^ That's great because I don't really make resolutions. I have trouble keeping them, hehe. But with a vision board, you have an inspiration to work hard for the money and achieve your dreams.

Happy New Year! Cheers to more travels, food trips and exciting adventures! ^____^

Nancy said...

I love this! Brilliant idea!

yuuki said...

nice way to make goals for 2012, hopefully i'll have time to make one...

love, health and success for 2012!

germz said...

oh... this is nice. i definitely need one. thanks for the post. very helpful.

EdZee said...

Even the best of plans can go astray if total commitment is not in it. Better not plan if you won't commit to it. You can be what you want if you work hard enough to be what you plan.

Mau Diaz said...

wah! hope it's not too late to make myself one :D happy 2012!

Ways to Make Money Online said...

It's great to start your year thinking and attracting positive thoughts.

I've tried somewhat like method like this and it have done me great so far..

Keep it up! Keep blogging and have a great year!


Cheers!

Andrea

Gil Camporazo said...

This is the second time I open and read your blog. You've your own way of making things done as feasible as you can. Do it what you think is practical, easy and feasible for you.

andronico said...

Great suggestion. Most people must start creating their vision board instead of resolutions that they don't normally follow. Your post's positive approach reminds me of law of attraction!

ralph said...

nice suggestions... do whatever is effective for you but always ask Him for guidance... have a wonderful year, ion... Yahweh bless.

Rochelle Caparas said...

I totally agree to you. I personally believe that new year resolutions are not really working. Anyway, I so love your post about this vision board. Definitely, I will make one. :) Happy new year!

Milady said...

Melanie here! I enjoyed this piece, please email me--I have a question about your blog. MelanieLBowen[at]gmail[dot]com

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