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At the beginning of every new year, my friend throws a vision party. It’s become much like a sacred gathering for folks to commune, reflect and visualize the year ahead. After individually writing down specific, attainable goals we want to achieve for assorted areas in our lives (and the steps we need to take to fulfill them), we cut out words and images from magazines. Anything that tickles our fancy or speaks to our dreams. Then we paste them on poster board that we then strategically place in our respective homes, so we’re motivated by the words and brilliance of the board on a daily basis.
Well, the new year was seven months ago. And, as tends to happen with things we normalize, I haven’t been paying much attention to my vision board after all. In fact, it was resting in a sad little corner of my bedroom by its lonesome when I recently picked it up and dusted it off. Immediately, something on it jumped out at me. No, it wasn’t dust, but a simple, powerful sentence made of nine little words: “I will light up every room I walk into.” Who put that there? I asked myself, knowing full well ‘twas I. That declaration, empowering and beautiful as it is, doesn’t exactly fit my style. Or rather, my attitude.
I am not afraid to admit that despite the self-work I have done and continue to do, I still struggle with confidence and self-esteem issues. As such, lighting up every room I walk into isn’t a concept that comes naturally. But I know that achieving this feat begins from within. To me, lighting up every room means I’m at peace with who I am at that very moment. It means walking with my head held high and shoulders straight. It means acknowledging fear when it’s present, but not succumbing to it. It’s about silencing that inner critic. It’s knowing there’s a crown on my head that rightfully belongs there. An inner light akin to a glow that doesn’t demand attention. It’s a force that’s in the earth like the atoms found in all things.
Lighting up every room I walk into means yielding my own power and using it to compliment myself and those around me. It’s making eye contact, seeking it out and not cowering when another person’s gaze meets my own. It’s uplifting, never demoralizing. A conscious effort to be present. It’s knowing that I belong in any space I choose to inhabit – physical or otherwise. Like an event boundary that occurs when entering a doorway, it’s a fresh start. A tabula rasa.
This all sounds mighty ambitious and rather flowery, I admit, but I love the way just writing and reading these words and expressing this intent already makes me feel. It’s some kind of beautiful. As I finally make a conscious effort to put it all into practice, transforming this confidence and esteem-building work from a daily habit to a natural occurrence, one that’s embedded in my gut, my spirit and the very fiber of my being, I know that I’ll heal my issues. Not only that, I’ll be better equipped to fulfill all of my goals and tackle the inevitable obstacles that will come my way. I’m so happy that I took a much-needed look at my vision board. It’s exactly what I needed to reaffirm, refocus and regroup.
So starting now (there’s no time like the present), I am making a conscious effort to light up every room I walk into. I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned and experienced with you in the weeks to come. If this sounds like something you want to do more of in your life, feel free to join me.
How will you light up every room you walk into?
It can be very hard to achieve our dreams without vision. Having a vision board can make the road much clearer. While it might sound like a school project, vision boards are a collection of all the things that inspire you to think big. Many people swear by them as they are a visual reminder of the things you wish to accomplish. Sound interesting? Here are some things you should put on a vision board.
Tis the season for making resolutions and, if you’re like most folks, you probably already have a list of projects and goals that you’re preparing to tackle in the New Year. According to a recent report by the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45 percent of people make resolutions, but only about eight percent of people will actually prove to be successful before December 31, 2013.
And aside from scribbling plans to drop 15 pounds on a bar napkin or mentally tossing around an idea to start a new business, there may be a better – and much more effective – way to document hopes and dreams that vastly improves the odds of them actually coming true.
In 2006, Rhonda Byrne took over the literary world with her book The Secret. The self-help tome guided readers in the “law of attraction” – the idea that if we think positive thoughts, the universe will cause us to encounter people and opportunities that match those thoughts and feelings. One of the primary tools Byrne advocates in the book is the use of a vision board, constructed of a bulletin or poster board covered with pictures and phrases of an individual’s dream life.
The belief that staring at a board full of random magazine clippings can actually propel us into prosperity and happiness is still far-fetched to some, but with over 21 million books in print and $300 million in sales (from the book and related movie combined), it is evident that The Secret, or at least the theory it represents, is no fluke.
Kelly Daugherty received The Secret as a gift from a friend and, although she was initially one of the skeptics, decided to give vision boards a try as she prepared to launch Smashing Golf & Tennis, her unique line of athletic apparel-meets-shapewear.
“I’ll admit, I was a non-believer,” said Daugherty. “Actually I was more than a non-believer. I would tell people to stop wasting their time and that vision boards are for people that believe in voodoo, astrology and tarot cards.”
Ultimately, Daugherty was attracted to the notion that creating a vision board could help her to channel her efforts to get her startup off the ground.
“To me it was about focus and positive energy,” she added. “For example, I really wanted to be in specific media outlets, which meant I spent a lot of my day networking with media and trying to create new story ideas. In turn, I wasn’t spending as much time as I would have liked selling to additional geographic regions, but every time I would get distracted, I would go back to my vision board and say ‘In Year 1 — these are my goals. Attain these, and then make another board.’”
And vision boards aren’t just for business. As an international athlete, global soccer ambassador and owner of Eat Soccer, a website geared toward all things soccer, Qiana Martin saw such incredible success with her first, career-oriented vision board that she now makes one for nearly every facet of her life.
Don’t you love that quiet lull the office falls into between Christmas and New Year’s Day? With clients and coworkers traveling for the holidays, the workplace can feel like an adult version of Home Alone. But, there are better things to do with your downtime than playing Facebook games or building towers out of office supplies with your cubicle mates. This is the perfect time of year to gain perspective on 2012, and get focused for the New Year. Follow these steps to make sure your mind is right for 2013.
When someone betrays your trust and truly breaks your heart, it’s always difficult to heal that wound. Maybe your boyfriend or spouse left without warning. Maybe you finally had the courage to leave him after years of abuse. No matter how it happened, a broken heart can leave deep and lasting scars that can damage future relationships. It’s important to try to move past the hurt in order to live a healthy, full life and love again. Here’s some advice to begin the healing process.
The new year is coming soon, which means a clean slate for your goals and dreams. Looking for something to “do” to start the new year off right? Make a vision board! Some people say that a vision board is a magnet for all the good things you want for yourself. The idea is that you put your goals on the board and those things become a reality. To find out if that’s true, you’ll have to make one yourself and luckily, vision boards are fun and easy to create. Join as I walk you through the construction of my vision board.