How to Plan for the Best 2017!

 Happy New Year!

 Vision Board 2017

I love the beginning of a new year and the opportunity to visualize what I want for the upcoming year.  I have found my most successful years start when I am crystal clear on how I want to feel, what I want to achieve and how I want to live during that year.   A vision board can be a great tool to help you do just this.

A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, 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.  A vision board will

  • Identify your vision and give it clarity.
  • Reinforce your daily affirmations.
  • Keep your attention on your intentions.

Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do.  The law of attraction is forming your entire life experience and it is doing that through your thoughts.  When you are visualizing, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe.

Whether you believe that or not, we know that visualization works. Olympic athletes have been using it for decades to improve performance, and Psychology Today reported that the brain patterns activated when a weightlifter lifts heavy weights are also similarly activated when the lifter just imagined (visualized) lifting weights.

A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, 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.  A vision board will

  • Identify your vision and give it clarity.
  • Reinforce your daily affirmations.
  • Keep your attention on your intentions.

So, what’s the importance to creating a vision board that works? It’s simple: Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel, not just on things that you want. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to include the material stuff, too. However, the more your board focuses on how you want to feel, the more it will come to life.

What should I put on my vision board?   Anything that inspires and motivates you. The purpose of your vision board is to bring everything on it to life. First, think about what your goals are in the following areas: relationships, career and finances, home, travel, personal growth (including spirituality, social life, and education) and health.

Should I have one main vision board, or a bunch of small ones for different areas of my life?  It’s totally up to you. What makes the most sense in your life? I personally like to have one central vision board that I look at every day. Each area of our lives affect each other, so starting with one central vision board usually makes sense. Theme boards that center on specific events or areas of your life are great too, for instance a career specific board at your desk space can help you work towards that promotion.

How often should I re-do my vision board?  Whenever it feels right. I often leave blank space on my vision board so I can accept new things as they appear in my life, and add and rearrange during the year when I feel it. You’ll just know. Then, every December, I give the board a total refresh to get clear about what I want in the New Year. Some things stay and some have served their purpose and don’t make the cut.

 Before you start making your vision board

  1.  Think about what your goals are in the following areas: home, work and finances, relationships, health, and personal growth. This will help you know what you are looking for.
  2. Be clear about what you want. Flip through some magazines until you find a few quotes or pictures that inspire you and represent what you want. Avoid pasting on all the images that you find just because you like them. Focus on only a few things, and avoid clutter–clutter creates confusion and lack of focus.
  3.  Leave the board somewhere you will see it every day. A visual reminder only works if you can see it. It also helps to share your vision with those close to you–their encouragement can go a long way.
  4.  Take action. This is the most important rule of all. Whatever you put on your board, you must start moving towards. Determine the next step towards your vision and take it.

What you’ll need

  • Any kind of board, such as a cork or poster board from the hardware store.
  • Scissors, tape, pins, and/or a glue-stick to put your board together.
  • If you want, fun markers, stickers, or anything else you can think of to deck out your board.
  • Magazines that you can cut images and quotes from.
  • Most importantly, the things you want to look at every day. Photos, quotes, sayings, and images of places you want to go, reminders of events, places, or people, postcards from friends and just about anything that will inspire you.
  • Time. Give yourself a stress-free hour or two to put your board together.


How to

Find pictures that represent or symbolize the experiences, feelings, and possessions you want to attract into your life, and place them on your board. Have fun with the process! Use photographs, magazine cut-outs, pictures from the Internet–whatever inspires you. Be creative. Include not only pictures, but anything that speaks to you.

Consider including a picture of yourself on your board. If you do, choose one that was taken in a happy moment. You will also want to post your affirmations, inspirational words, quotations, and thoughts here. Choose words and images that inspire you and make you feel good.

You can use your vision board to depict goals and dreams in all areas of your life, or in just one specific area that you are focusing on.  Keep it neat, and be selective about what you place on your vision board.

Use only the words and images that best represent your purpose, your ideal future, and words that inspire positive emotions in you. There is beauty in simplicity and clarity. Too many images and too much information will be distracting and harder to focus on.

If you are working on visualizing and creating changes in many areas of your life, then you may want to use more than one vision board. You might use one for your personal goals and another for career and financial goals. You might even want to keep your career vision board at the office or on your desk as a means of inspiration and affirmation.


A Quick Vision Board

Want a super-fast, easy way to get started? Use a magnetic/dry erase board! You can quickly add photos with magnets and then just write your affirmations directly on the board. All you need is a board, magnets, and markers.


Some Top Goals others have for 2017

  • Being Healthy
  • Being Happy
  • Enjoying Life
  • Pursuing Ideals and Passions
  • Achieving Intellectual Growth
  • Having Financial Freedom
  • Having Close Friendships
  • Caring for Others
  • Achieving Self-Knowledge
  • Having Emotional Intimacy

  The most important thing is to have fun with it!
















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