The word resolution,
in the context of "New Year’s resolutions", is defined as a firm decision to do or not do something. If you have made New
Year’s resolutions this year, how do you feel when you hear this definition?
For me, it feels heavy. It's very black and white, and by mere
definition, it seems we set ourselves up for failure. I’ve been averse to setting NY resolutions for many years, in part because I don’t like being ‘told’ what to do or when to do it, and I tend to
resist fads. But mostly it’s because typically, they don’t work. At the very least, they don’t
last. If they did, people wouldn’t be
making the same resolutions year after year. I posted this amusing meme, below, on my Facebook page this week and many people liked and shared it. this indicates to me that people can relate to the transience of so called "New Year’s resolutions" and especially those relating to diet and exercise.
Don’t get me wrong.
As a Life Coach, (and person) I am absolutely in favor of personal
growth, living into and up to our potential and purposely creating fulfilling,
joyful and balanced lives. However, it
is this commercial push to “just do it” and the feelings, energy and mode of implementation generally associated with New Year's resolutions with which I take issue.
Instead of resolutions, why not try setting
intentions and creating a vision for your life? One way to do this is by
creating a VISION BOARD. Simply stated, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.
They are not magic boards and I’m in no way implying that because
you place something on your board it will just appear in your life. However, by spending the
time to consider what you want, what you don’t want, and intentionally choosing
images that reflect your desires and the feelings they evoke, you
start the process of manifestation. Simply creating the board is not enough;
we must also create a plan and take actions that bring us closer to our goals and dreams.
Although vision boards are only a part of the visioning process, they are a
very powerful part. And, THEY WORK!
If you would like to learn more about what vision boards are, how to make and use them and even get some support in creating a vision for your life, join me this Saturday, Jan 16th for a Vision Board Workshop.