An Easy New Year’s Resolution: Get Snipping

With every new year comes new year’s resolutions. Traditionally, at the top of the list each year, you’ll find losing weight (yes, it’s still on mine), saving money, and getting a better job. But this blog post isn’t about New Year’s Resolutions, it’s about lasting ones.

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A few years ago, my friend Kong introduced me to vision boards and I’ve been hooked ever since. In my recent post about Pinterest, I talked about how I got my kick at boards and how Pinterest can be a nice online tool. But, if you’re looking to do one thing in the next couple of months that’s fun and inspiring, break out those old Elle and InStyle magazines and start cutting and pasting – the old fashion way!

What you’ll need:

  • Magazines, catalogs, newspapers
  • A cork board (I recommend this approach, but you can also use a poster board)
  • Scissors
  • Tape or push pins
  • Marker
  • A positive attitude of fun! (it’s all about perspective so don’t walk into this thinking it’s dumb or silly)

Visually break your vision board into a few areas that are  important to you like your home, your relationships, your career, your finances, your environment and your dreams. Dedicate a square section of your board to each of these sections.

Be intentional about what you put on your vision board as things that you want in your life. It doesn’t have to be material things but the meaning behind those things. What do the images make you feel? What do you want in your life?

Think about long-term and short-term goals. You want to include things that you can achieve in a short time frame (1 week-3 months). Celebrate those short-term wins! To celebrate that you’ve achieved something, take it off the board and celebrate that moment. Hell, have a glass of campaign and toast yourself.

Place the board somewhere you look at every day and that is private to you. The last thing you want is judgment from others for things that are important to you, so share it with people who will support you.

Keep in mind that your goals will change, and when they do, acknowledge it and remove it from the board. That’s the beauty of a bulletin board over a poster board. You can always reserve the right to chance your mind. I reassess my board every two weeks.

And the most important thing — believe! You must do good, be intentional and believe that good will return to you. Yes, cheesy I know – but it’s the mantra I have to believe and live by. So far, so good.

Hope these tips are helpful! Happy snipping!

Posted on January 3, 2012, in Personal, Professional. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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