The Vision Board
While scrolling on instagram, I was inspired to devise a plan of action for 2024.
I've actually never made a vision board, however, for some reason this short reel was incredibly motivating.
The girl explained how at the first of every year, she sat down with 2 notebooks and a laptop.
In the first notebook, she wrote all the negative things that happened in the past year in order to get it out in front of her and leave it behind. Then she took the second notebook and started brainstorming what she wanted to change. After she finished her list, she gathered photos from pinterest that would remind her of the things she listed, then uploaded them to canva and made a photo collage or vision board. She made this vision board her desktop photo on her laptop and her phone so she would see it and be reminded everyday.
She also added that she had achieved every goal she had set for herself last year!
Well shoot!! I need direction and focus!! I want to achieve my goals too!
I came up with my own version of this and explored my past year in each of the following life categories: Home, Body, Work, Money, Relationships.
While luckily I didn't have much to write about as far as super negative things that had happened this past year, I did see a lot that I wanted to change and or improve in each category.
I sat down for about 4 hours with my notebook and my laptop opened to pinterest and canva.
In each of the 5 Life categories I wrote 3 things I wanted to change or improve.
What an eye opening exercise and I may also add it was 4 hours of time well spent.
I was able to see that feeling safe was my greatest desire. I could see that I go through life feeling unsafe in most categories of life. I will change that this year!
Once I was able to see what I wanted my focus to be in each category, I begin my Pinterest photo search for images that would give me reminders of what I wanted to see and feel this upcoming year.
I then added it to my laptop desktop photo as well as my phone.
Habits and Focus
I know from years of life coaching, that every journey to real and lasting change begins with forming new thought habits that result in new behavior habits. To create a new thought habit you need daily reminders in order to stay focused on your goal. Otherwise, life will distract you and your old thought habits and behaviors move back in and nothing changes.
So I went on the search for some new habits to begin adopting as well as positive affirmations to fuel my new behaviors.
I found this article helpful if you would also like to read it.
It lists 25 healthy habits that support a healthy lifestyle.
I then picked out my favorite habits and made a daily event on my outlook calendar to pop up on my phone and remind me of my daily focus.
It looks like this:
I have found this to be very helpful in keeping me on track in creating a morning ritual and a bedtime ritual that supports my goals.
Doable Giving of Focus and Motivation to Others.
As part of my new work goals, I decided I wanted to give consistently to others but also make it "doable" for me. My old tendency is to become very out of balance by going at it hard and burning myself out and then quitting. The quitting never feels good. I feel like I fail all those I was working so hard to motivate and inspire. So this year, I will practice healthy and balanced giving....and receiving. I will make sure I keep a door open for those who enjoy or benefit from my giving to give back if they like.
I'll be writing more here and dividing the post into the 5 life categories..that way if you only need motivation in one area of life, you can just follow the category that most interest you.
Happy New Year!!!
Be good to yourself and spend a little time getting to know what direction you wish to take in this year and I hope to inspire and motivate you all along the way!