The end of December and continuing into the beginning of January is time of self-reflection. You, like many others, may be taking stock of the past year - evaluating what you did well and what you need to change for the new year. You might be thinking about goals for 2013. One of my favorite activities in January is to make a vision board. I love it because it is a creative process that was introduced to me by a friend several years ago. It is a word and pictorial view of what you want to create in the upcoming year. I thought it was such a wonderful process that I have spent time every January since then creating one. I look for pictures, words, or phrases that symbolize my goals and then glue them to poster board. I want to have symbols of positive attitudes or things that I want to show up in my new year. Before I create my vision board I think about my goals in several categories: personal, financial, career, travel, social, and family. I get ideas about what I want to look for in magazines, so I can make sure all my goals are represented. Once I find what I am looking for, I paste them to a board. Once it is done I hang it somewhere in my room where I can see it each morning to remind me of what I want to create in my life.
Because it is such a wonderful process and anyone can do it, I have shared this experience with ten year olds and up. I usually have friends come over to make it a wonderful social experience as well. Everyone brings some food or something to drink and we settle in for a couple of hours. This process can take a few hours or a few days depending on how detailed and how big you want to make your vision board. I want to note that some of my goals manifest during that year and others take more than a year to unfold, but so far they always manifest.
It is a fun way of focusing on what I want and it gives me a gentle reminder to keep at my goals because they are on the way. You can try it in any format that works for you: creating a board, making a book, or writing down your goals on a chalkboard. What is important is to be able to see it every day to remind you what you want to create. Try it and send me a post about your experience.
Dr. Daemon Jones