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At the end of each year, most people whether formally or informally take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments (or the lack thereof) of the previous year. Most people end that reflection with this thought, "I'm going to do better at ______ next year."
There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. We should all want to continue improve on ourselves year after year. Anything that's not growing is slowing dying. So continual growth and achievement should be applauded. The reason why New Year's resolutions are often scoffed at is because in a high percentage of cases, people don't keep their resolutions. "I" believe that resolutions are not kept because people don't establish a plan for success. They have great intentions but no strategy for seeing it through to the end.
Vision boards became very popular after the book & movie, The Secret came out. In the movie, a man talked about the vision boards that he found some 5 years after creating them and in 5 years time he had everything on the board that he had put on his vision board. Is this some miraculous occurrence? No. Way before The Secret, In Habakkuk 2:2 The Bible says, "And the Lord answered me: "Write the vision; make it plain on tablets so that he may run who reads it." (ASV) When you plainly write the vision or your dreams down, you can run after them. And when you run after your vision, you can live your dreams.
Many years ago, I created a vision board. Many of the things on that vision board I achieved. Still more was left to be realized. This year I created another vision board and put the things on that board that I wanted to accomplish this year.
Here are the snap shots of that vision board and I'll let you know what they represent:
The top left corner of my dream board represents my relationship with God. In this year, I've committed to spending more time in prayer and reading the Word of God. I intend for my faith to grow stronger and to truly become an instrument of worship.
The bottom center of my dream board represents vacation plans for this year! Last year was dedicated to paying off debt which I did. This year I want to use some of my vacation time for some fun! The biggest vacation that I want to take this year is to the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. I also want to spend some time at the beach and I want to visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial. I would love to squeeze in another trip to visit my best friend in the San Francisco Bay area as well.
If you've never done a dream board/vision board, I encourage you to do one. There is nothing like having a constant reminder in front of you. You may say you don't have the magazines to cut out the phrases that I did. That's ok, on Oprah.com, you can create a virtual dream board for free! For more information, click here.
So! I've shared my dreams/vision for 2012 with you.
What are your goals for the new year? What are your resolutions? What steps are you taking to make sure you achieve them? Share!