by Mariana Aguilera, @demureista
"Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe." said Oprah Winfrey. This is the note I'm starting 2016 and asking God who knows me better to give me that what is best for me. So, I feel between what I want for myself and what God has in store for me, I should be fine.
This year I am ditching my regular New Year's Resolution list that I meticulously plan out every year around November and instead I'm creating a vision board of what I see for my life in 2016. You might ask yourself why a vision board? A list is great in the mechanic of things, but visualizing something feels to me like 50% there already. It's more instant rewarding, real and energizing. Having a vision as to life goals in the past has helped me look further into my overall goals but this is the first time I treat a year like a vision. Now for how I am going to make my vision happen--this is where I have broken down into steps, not lists.
Per my previous lists experience, sometimes seeing a list can just be a things to-do which makes me dwell on a down moment(usually around March) and not uplift me, but I am hoping this year that by looking at my vision board it can take me over those bumps and put me back on track when needed. This year, I chose three words that will be on mental repeat mode: Focus, Determination and Time Management. Something else I am adding this year are morning and evening routines. Although I have had them in the past, this year I am refining them! I feel how I start and end my day has a lot to do with my day's success. Lately, it has been so out of order. I want to use the mornings to gain the right type of energy through prayer and mediation and use the evenings to release stress by unwinding and sleep well. Also, this year I am keeping things very simple and realistic. The energy is usually very high around this time of year and in the past I have overloaded my lists with almost taking over the world. Not 2016, matter of fact I'm keeping it as simple as three main objectives towards my bigger vision. Other things I found helpful through my quest of making New Year Resolutions lists are below:
It's so easy to loose our focus, but with a bit of training and asking ourselves: how does this contribute towards my vision? One can easily weed out situations.
This I have found to be a huge key to getting closer to our goals--surrounding ourselves with the things that aids our vision,
Some consider time as money, not very off. Time is priceless! By asking ourselves how does what I'm investing in timewise contribute towards my vision will again weed out the unneccessary. This is where my morning and evening schedule routines come into play along with weekly and monthly ones. The key is to being realistic with our energy level and our limited time. Hey at 9pm, I'm unwinding. Period.
Huge! We have to not only put ourselves in the right type of environment, but also surround ourselves with the right type of energy--which means probably saying bye, bye to certain people that instead of equally helping towards our vision, they drain us out.
Written by Mariana Aguilera