How did I get here?
I went from watching funny SNL sketches on YouTube to watching videos about vision boards within ten minutes. I've never been a big resolution maker. Frankly, I've disappointed myself one too many times on those. Life often provides opportunities that do not align with what I think my goals should be. So, I break resolutions all the time. Years ago, I decided to not make them anymore.
Vision boards always made me giggle. I know. I'm evil. I don't know how a poster of pictures and quotes is supposed to make me a better human. But...
Seeing the vision boards on these videos made sense. I have some very abstract goals. Really. I wrote them down. Are you ready to be impressed? Scrawled on the back of one of my seven-year-old son's pencil drawings proclaiming our home as a "Sasquatch-Free Zone", the following list lives:
(No editing on that one.)
Then I poked my long-neglected Pinterest account and created a new board, creatively titled "2018 vision board". I typed in each of my goals, found pins meaningful to me, and there you have it. 16 pins to maybe keep me on track towards these five goals.
Vision boards are pretty personal. It reveals things you perceive to be weaknesses about yourself in a way a cute little list doesn't. I'm not always confident in how effective I am at putting my ideas into words. I look at both of my drafts sitting on my computer right now and feel strongly that they are the best things I've ever written. Yet I lose steam as I write them. I struggle. I realize that I'm developing and that I need to keep myself motivated. So it's a huge part of my vision board for next year. Here is what my vision board looks like:
Your goals may not be the same as mine.
They may be very similar.
They may be way cooler (like the friend of mine who wants to learn belly dancing this year)!
You have one thing that feels like a struggle. One thing that keeps you up at night and wakes you up in the morning because you're so excited to do it and yet you may doubt. Something that maybe you have never told anyone else. (Perhaps on a "secret" Pinterest board...)
My friend, dear reader, you. can. do. it.
You may be scared. It's going to be hard. But you can do it.
I believe in you!
Maybe making a vision board will help you bring those goals into focus. I think it is worth exploring - at least for me.
Maybe you need someone to whisper your goals to. "I want to..."
I'm here. I'd love to hear your goal. I'll hold it close to my heart and help you reach it however I can.
You can do it.
And so can I.
Mandy Peterson is the author of "Before I Shatter". She is also a mother, wife, librarian, book reviewer, and self-proclaimed chocolate connoisseur.