Happy New Year! I love this time of year, the optimism, hope and clean slate is so inspiring. My wish for you is that you will be blessed with health, joy and purpose. May 2017 bring deep meanings that touch fill your heart and touch your soul.
MAKING RESOLUTIONS STICK
A lot of us thoughtfully make New Year’s resolutions. But if you’re like me the enthusiasm and dedication often wanes about the 3rd week of January. In fact, there’s an actual statistic about New Year’s resolution. 92% are dropped, aborted, forgotten by the end of January. Yep a mere 8% of resolution makers carry through on these good intentions.
For the last 2 years, I’ve been approaching this resolution business differently and…it’s working! I am able to maintain my commitment throughout the year. It’s a simple shift and it’s made all the difference.
This year Instead of the typical New Year’s resolution ask yourself, “How do I want to feel?” This question takes goals and resolutions out of the “task” frame and puts them into the “experience” frame.
So, identify the feeling that’s behind 2017 goals. After all, what the heart wants to feel is a much more powerful motivator than what the head/ego wants to get done. In a showdown between heart and head…the heart always wins.
What’s a Vision Board?
Have you ever made one? These ‘manifesting’ collages have become a seriously helpful creative tool. Beloved by life coaches, wellness experts and the super fulfilled – because they work. The first of the year is the b-e-s-t time to get out the scissors, glue, tape, pens and start creating. Trust me….it will not be a wasted effort!
1 – HOW DO I WANT TO FEEL
Ask yourself – How do I want to feel this year? Get comfy…start writing, doodling, get all your thoughts and feelings down. What’s on your list? Fulfilled, purposeful, creative, grateful, loving, healthy, vibrant, successful, open, curious, expansive…. make a list fill up a page or two.
2 – WHAT MAKES ME FEEL THIS WAY
With that feeling identified Ask yourself – What makes me feel this way? Again, go with a stream of consciousness writing to get the flow happening Get all your ideas on paper be it words, doddles, drawings
3 – MAKE IT VISUAL
Grab some magazines or head over to Pinterest. Look for visual representations of how you want to feel. What makes you feel that way? Cut out words, people, patterns, quotes, colours all the things that inspire you.
4 – DESIGN BOARD
Map out your images on your board. Do this before you glue or tape anything. Your vision board can be totally filled or have lots of space. Either way if totally fine.
5 – HANG BOARD
Hang your board where you’ll see it. Some people like small vision boards that fill inside a journal. Others like big ones that are posted on the wall or beside the bathroom mirror.
6 – SEE BOARD
Feel it…. become it. Now that you’ve tapped into what you want and you can see it every day you will be subconsciously making it real. The more excited you get about what you see the sooner it will find it’s way into your life.