“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book.” – unknown
Have you ever set a new year’s resolution and failed to achieve your goal? Do you know people that make bold statements about bucket lists, business achievements, personal fitness, travel dreams or weigh loss? Well, you are not alone. “According to U.S. News & World Report, the failure rate for New Year’s resolutions is said to be about 80 percent, and most lose their resolve by mid-February.”
So, my challenge to you is to create a new year vision instead of a new year’s resolution. Last night, three business women were thrilled to meet me in my home and work together to create individual vision boards for 2020. The event should be fun, inspirational and should provide constructive input from your group.
Guests brought various magazines, appetizers, beverages, magic markers and I supplied poster board, tape and scissors. This is the process used to create our 2020 vision board each person will display in her office to encourage accountability, elevate focus and enhance mindset on a daily basis.
- Reflect on up to three key words that will be your compass for the year to keep you headed in the right direction towards your vision. In 2018, my word was Transparency, in 2019 it was FOCUS and for 2020 it’s Boundaries. Other examples may include: Courage, Belief, Achievement, Strategy, Follow-through, Plan, Leadership, Relationships, or Fitness.
- Think of where you want to be 12 months from now and act as if your success has already taken place personally and professionally. What photos, quotes or words add evidence of your achievement. For example, I joined a fitness club two weeks ago and want regular workouts to be part of my weekly routine, with proper eating (80% of the time-I’m realistic) and self-care, demonstrated by the flowers and travel pictures. If finance is your goal, get a picture of money or write down the amount you want to make.
- A vision statement is written in the present tense, much like a vision board includes photos of things you want to attract in your life. In 2009, I created my first vision board that had a picture of a bicycle because I wanted to participate in my first mini-sprint triathlon that year, and I didn’t have a bike. Looking at that picture almost every day, created a subconscious path to obtaining that goal.
- Start flipping through the magazine and cut our photos, quotes, statements or letters that will create the words you want on your vision board. Dialogue with people in your group to bounce ideas off one another.
- When everyone has completed their vision board, individually share what the pictures, words or statements mean to you personally and professionally.
Change takes time. Be a catalyst for change in 2020 and make a vision board to help you achieve success. Blessings and if you need help mapping out a success plan – give me a call!