Each year we come up with lots of New Year’s resolutions such as starting a diet, going to the gym to get fit, planning that dream holiday, buying a new house, getting your life out of a rut by training towards a new career, and so on. But how long do these good intentions go on for? A month or so if we’re lucky!
Prue was no different – during one family Christmas gathering (9 of them), they all decided to write down their New Year’s resolutions and put them into a sealed envelope to be reviewed again the following year – you can probably guess how successful they all were…they had stuck to very few of the things they had felt so strongly about the year before.
What can we all do to help us stick to the plans and goals we set for ourselves?
Well, that’s why ‘Vision Boards’ are a fantastic was to stay focused. Vision boards are a largish (at least A3) board where you pin or stick images and messages that focus on how you want to feel, not just pictures of the material things that you want (although these can definitely go on there too).
Now this might all sound a bit ‘out there’ but in fact, there is a simple explanation about why these work so well – it is all about ‘visualisation’. Having a vision board in a space where you frequently see it, means that you are essentially doing short visualisation exercises every day.
Amber created 2 vision boards for 2020 to stick on her book which she uses daily. One of them being personal goals and the other being her work goals! (Below is Amber’s vision boards for 2020)
It is common knowledge that Olympic athletes having been using visualisation techniques for decades to improve performance. Psychology Today1 reported that the brain patterns activated when a weightlifter lifts heavy weights are similarly activated when the weightlifter just imagined lifting heavy weights – wow!
So what should go onto a vision board? Anything that inspires and motivates you – think about what your goals are in the following areas: relationships, career, finances, home, travel, personal growth. Images could include pictures of your loved ones with hand written messages about how you feel (or want to feel) about your relationships with them; if you would like a family holiday next year then research where you want to go and put a photo of your holiday destination on the board (it must be specific though e.g. a photo of the hotel that you will be staying in). Fancy a new car? Pin the picture of the model and colour on the board. If you want a career change, think about why you want it; how will it make you feel to have achieved it – write a message etc.
I now have a vision board and it is truly amazing how it can focus your mind on all the goals you want to achieve – why not give it a go; you’ve got nothing to lose…