WWith 2016 fast approaching, I am planning for the best year I have ever had. You can also. People often use resolutions at the start of the year to set a course for new and improved behaviors. Success varies and is often short-lived, and then disappointment sets in. Here’s a different approach to creating a wonderful year: Create your own vision board.
A vision or dream board is a collection of pictures, words, and pictures displayed on a notice board. It can be any size you want. Mine fits on top of my dresser so I can see it every day. These selected images are meant to evoke the feelings you plan to experience during the year.
Terry Taylor is a Master Certified Coach and suggests that you “design your vision board to get you to create what you want to be, do, and have.” To avoid the pitfall of lackluster motivation or jaw-clenching willpower, reflect on your desires and then write about the emotional experience that goes with it. This is how he is convincing and compelling.
Taylor noted that often people find a picture of their lens, which can be a new Mercedes or a pile of cash. That’s OK, but dig a little deeper to find a representation of the energy you’ll have when you own the car and get the money.
The excitement in a room filled with people creating their visualization boards is contagious and inspiring. There are piles of magazines, lots of scissors, bottles of rubber cement, and the buzz of conversations. Experience it for yourself at Unity of Olympia’s First Friday event on January 1. First Friday is a monthly series of programs that promote social awareness and provide opportunities to give back within our community. Last year’s programs supported community youth services Rosie’s Place, Homeless Backpacks, Pizza Klatch and many more. The community is invited. All events are free and donations are accepted for the designated non-profit organization.
The first Friday of January will transform the shrine into a craft room. Reverend Terry Murray will lead the group. The event is free and open to the public, and donations will be accepted for the Make a Wish Foundation. There will be a few supplies, but you can bring personal photos, favorite magazines, stickers, or pictures you have shortlisted.
Reverend Terry explained that sometimes people do a silent meditation ahead of time, but it is not mandatory or necessary. Others will directly cut out an abundance of images, then sort them to choose themes and those parts that speak particularly to the inner being. Reverend Terry began creating vision boards when he was young in a unity church. âI do one every year,â she says. Over time, she has adapted her process and now prefers to âflip through magazines to find what pleases her,â whether or not she knows exactly why. After a stack has developed, she reviews them again and chooses the ones that elicit the deepest feelings. Reverend Terry trusts her inner being to select the images that will support her and propel her into her best year yet.
Diane Christie, Heal Your LifeÂ® coach, finds power and joy in working with visualization boards. She makes one every year and said, âCreating an annual board of directors is a colorful and joyful exercise in ‘seeing’ life. Pictures and quotes represent important goals and desired experiences. Throughout the year, it’s a colorful reminder to focus your thoughts and activitiesâ¦ on the outlook on your life.
I made my first vision board years ago. The background contained a long rectangular photo of a well-sculpted woman lying in the sand. He breathed warmth and sunny climates. Obviously, the Universe has understood my message and continues to listen. In 2015, I traveled to Mexico four times, stayed in Costa Rica, and made stops in Haiti, Grand Cayman and Jamaica. For the past two years, my intentions have been to live healthy and be with my loved ones. It’s exhilarating to create a tangible representation of the year ahead. You don’t have to believe me; you can find out for yourself.
Mark your calendar for Friday January 1 at 7:00 p.m. The event will end at 8:30 p.m. For people looking for other ways to bolster their intentions, Reverend Robert and Ms. Lara Brzezinski are offering two different New Year / New Vision courses at Unity – one on Saturday January 2 and another on the following Saturday. Both start at 8:00 a.m. They are separate, so you can take one or both. For more information, click here.
Here’s another way to support your Happy New Year. Versoria owner Terry Taylor will be starting a new Desire Mastermind on January 14. The 2 hour introductory session is free. Register before January 10 to receive the material to do before the program.
Every day of the week I receive an inspiring and smiling message from Notes from the Universe. Mike Dooley is the founder and author of TUT, a company that started selling totally unique t-shirts. He has come a long cosmic road. Here is a recent post that talks about taking the time to make a dream board:
You eat to feed your body. You sleep to rejuvenate your mind. You study, work, and apply yourself to emotional gains. You exercise to tighten your muscles. You listen to music for entertainment.
You are not at all averse to investing time and energy for the rewards you seek. So how about spending just a few minutes each day visualizing the life of your dreams? Because nothing else you could do will make such a profound difference in your fortunes and woes as working with your thoughts and beliefs.
You are so worthy of everything you dream of.
You can start now,