You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!-Dr. Seuss
The new year is upon us. Where will you go in 2018? While many people are focused on “new years resolutions,” I suggest you focus on painting a picture of what your life looks like if you “had it all.” Begin by asking, “What do I want for my life?” Instead of resolutions, this exercise is about exploring your dreams. It’s about being your best possible self. “Possible selves encompass all of our imaginable futures for ourselves” (King, 2001). Remove all the barriers you are facing and write out your vision in first person as if it’s happening now. A sample sentence might be, “I exercise daily and choose foods that nourish my body.” Another example, “I travel to places I’ve never been before and feel the excitement every time I step off the plane.”
How would your journey unfold if nothing was standing in the way? A clear and consise vision “enhances well-being and increases hope” (King, 2001). A vision that is internally linked to your desires will help to connect your goals with internal vs external motivators… setting you up for success in achieving future goals. Vision’s can be done in writing or with imagery on a vision board.
There was a new voice, which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world, determined to do the only thing you could do, determined to save the only life you could save. -Excerpt from The Journey by Mary Oliver
Lets remember, January 1 is nothing but another day. You get to choose when and where you will begin to change. Don’t fall into the trap that you can only change your life on New Years Day. Today is your day. Tomorrow can be your day. Regardless of the day, you have to determine you’re ready and willing to live out the vision you have for your life. Once you’ve determined you’re ready, post the vision where you will read it daily, gather your most positive supporters, share your vision with them, and start with small steps… SMART weekly goals. Little by little you’ll get there!
So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains. -Dr. Seuss
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King, L. (2001). The health benefits of writing about life goals. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 798-807.