Is it fashionable to set your intentions anymore? Probably not, but I’ll continue to do it anyway (because it works for me). I think a lot of people have grown tired of “new year resolutions,” and I totally get it: we promise ourselves that the year that we’re walking into is going to spark a change in us, but it doesn’t. Or maybe, we start off strong, firmly rooted in a desire to make our life what we want it to be, but then we run when the first fight comes along. I know this to be true because I used to be one of those people.
However, I’ve already told myself that this year, and this time, is going to be different. I’ve been through some really tough times in my life (times tough enough to know that life is too precious and short to flake out on yourself), and I want my stuff bad enough to keep working (even if it gets tough sometimes).
So, I decided to write the vision and make it plainly obvious (to myself and to my Heavenly Father) what it is I’m interested in having now and in the future.
As a visual person, I decided to write and paste my goals plainly for my eyes to see what I’m fighting for. I like a notebook vision board (rather than one you stick on your wall) for a few reasons…
1. A vision book is portable
It’s very important for me to look at my goals on a consistent basis. I look about twice a day (in the morning and in the evening, and perhaps in the afternoon as well). So whether I’m on the bus, at a park, in a solo dining situation, or anywhere else, it can come with me.
2. My vision book is very personal
I don’t want just anyone walking into my space and seeing what I’m going for, spread out on the wall! Some of the things I want in life are HUGE and I’m not going to allow any naysayers to plant a “maybe it is too big/too impossible” kind of seed. I keep my vision book contents on the down-low, and that allows me to dream as fully and completely as my heart desires.
I believe that knowledge is power, and, in this case, knowing what you want out life is going to change your life for the better. The direction is key: nobody flies a plane without knowing where they’re travelling to. Similarly, people should stop fiddling through life without a sense of direction. So, if you haven’t already, I would highly encourage you to write your own vision, being clear and honest with yourself about what experiences you want to have in life.