Hello SOTGC community,
Vision boards created for the new year are a great step towards conceptualizing what you want out of life and how you’re going to get it. However, by spring, some of us may have tossed our boards aside, letting those dreams live only in our minds and never coming to fruition. Oh well, there’s always next year, you say. Nope, NOW is the perfect time to take action.
Change the way you think. Change your “I hope to” sentences to start with “When I.” One thought keeps your vision a pipe dream, while the other turns it into an attainable action. You are going to be ultimately responsible for making your dreams into a reality, so it’s important that your mindset is ready for the challenge.
Appreciate the little things. Maybe you wanted to become healthier in 2014, but you still haven’t kicked your french fry eating habit. Who cares? Focus on what you have done that’s positive. Did you sign up for a new dance class? Swap your soda with water? Add more veggies to your meal? This checklist of things is part of the bigger picture and once you get these achievements under your belt, saying no to those fries might be easier than you think.
Get inspired. Take a few minutes a day (at least!) to be excited about your goals. Wanting to plan a fabulous getaway, but don’t have the funds? Research budget travel magazines, blogs and online guides for tips. Write down things you want to do on vacation. Then, set up a separate travel fund and allocate a certain amount to it each month. Look for areas in your day-to-day schedule where you can cut back and contribute to it. First save for the flight. Then, for the hotel. Reaching those milestones will help you feel closer to your goal.
See yourself where you want to be. The whole point of vision board is to visualize where you want your life to be. Take a few moments at the end of each day to close your eyes and concentrate only on your goals and how happy you will be when they are achieved. Be thankful for the goals you’ve already reached and picture yourself the day you hit your ultimate goal.
Follow your own path. The dreams you have might not make sense to others and vice versa. Respectfully listen to the opinions of people important to you, but place enough trust in yourself to quiet any doubts.
Did you create a dream board for 2014? What goals does it list? How many have you achieved?
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