Monday, January 9, 2012


Happy New Year! 

It’s been a little over a week since the beginning of the New Year. Did you make any resolutions?

Whether or not you have actually gotten a start on those resolutions, this month we’ll look at getting clear on what you want in the year ahead and why it’s so helpful to do so. 

You’ve probably heard of the business school study in which those graduates who wrote down their goals earned ten times more than those who did not.  Even if increasing your earning capacity doesn’t motivate you, imagine how it would feel to increase the likelihood of achieving your goals by simply writing them down.

You’ll need to begin with a vision, a picture of what it is you want.  Let’s say this is the year you are really going to get fit. You really are going to improve your diet, start a regular exercise plan, and get more sleep.

Where do you start?

First of all, find a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted for several minutes.  Now, settle down, get quiet and let your imagination run wild.  Even if you don’t know exactly what you’ll be doing, imagine the feeling of it.  Imagine waking up in the morning, feeling rested and energetic. Imagine getting more done during the day. Imagine sustaining that energy all day. next day. Focus on the sense of well-being, really feel it in your body.

Next, gather some magazines you no longer need.  Flip through and find pictures and words representing the images and feelings you’ve envisioned. Add photos or objects. Now, put it all together by making a collage. Be outlandish.  Go for it.  Simply glue or attach the pictures, photos and objects to a large piece of paper in a way that pleases you. You are literally creating a picture of your future. 

Now, you have a vision and a physical picture as well.  Take your journal and write down what you see.  Again, pay attention to the positive feelings you are generating in your body. Write those down, too. 

Feel free to add to, change or expand this project.  Once you have one goal in place, try it again with something else. For example, imagine finally taking care of all the little projects around your apartment or house. Imagine how good it would feel to have all those nagging little things off your mind. Again, find pictures and words that represent the feelings you would like to have. Create a collage or artistic display of the images.

Notice what happens as you clarify your vision and goals and write them down, and keep the vision in front of you.

Have fun!

All good wishes for a healthy and happy New Year,


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