There’s really no way of telling whether 2021 will be better than this year. But I’ve decided I won’t just sit down and let things happen. A lot of things already didn’t happen for me (and you) this year. I need to take control wherever I can. Things seem to be quite bleak so I’m countering it with a plan — as in a plan for the next year with the help of a vision board.
What’s a vision board?
Vision boards skyrocketed to popularity because of the book The Secret. I remember seeing a promotion for the book on TV in high school and they basically just said that you just need to manifest things in order to get them.
Technically, that really is the gist of what a vision board is. It’s basically visualizing your goals and dreams.
How to make a not-so-ordinary vision board
But you don’t really believe that you can just manifest things, right? I know I don’t. I still think vision boards are helpful though. They remind you of what you’re working towards, but, of course, the actual manifestation happens when you actually put in the work. So here’s how I plan on making a not-so-ordinary vision board.
Pick a theme
Choosing a word that describes what you want the year to be like for you can help. This helps guide you and remind you of your goals.
Make a list of the things you want to accomplish
It’s always a good idea to start off with a list. One thing you have to make sure, though, is that you’re specific about what you want to “manifest.”
Visualize the things on your list
Cut or print out pictures, draw — do whatever you’re most comfortable with, just make sure that you make a visual representation of your goals.
Make an action plan
Positive thinking won’t work if you don’t do positive actions. You can’t just will your success. No matter how much energy you think you’re putting out in the universe by thinking of your desired future, it won’t happen unless you work for it. Make a list of the steps you need to take in order to get to your goals — and visualize yourself doing the work. (Two groups of students were asked five to seven days before an exam to visualize themselves 1) getting high grades or 2) having good study habits. Guess which group actually got high grades.)
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My vision board for 2021
So, this is what’s on my vision board for next year. I chose the word steadfast because I want to cultivate a strong character for pursuing passions and dreams. I think I’m already a bit good at it but I feel like I need to improve on following through with plans, especially for personal projects and goals.
What I visualize having for myself next year are the following:
- a fully-funded emergency fund — We’ve already started, but we’ve also already dipped into it because, well, this year has been quite challenging for all of us, to say the least. I’m looking into saving up a year’s worth of funds so we can actually have peace of mind (also so we can finally start on our daughter’s college fund and our retirement fund).
- another source of income — They say you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket. They’re right.
- 0 personal debt — We just finished paying off our credit card debt (on my card), but we just made a new purchase whose payments will extend till the next year. I’m seeing us going back to 0 again on my bill by the end of 2021.
- a new laptop — I’ve been telling my husband I want a new laptop for I think a year now. I’ll finally have it next year.
- 5,000 subscribers on YouTube — Filmmaking has always fascinated me and, with my recent attempts at it, has brought me joy. I would love to connect with people who find my visual stories helpful or entertaining, so I’m looking forward to widening my audience. (You can subscribe here!)
- weigh 55kg — This is within the ideal weight range for my height. I’ve already shed 5 kilos this year (though, to be honest, I feel like I’ve gained at least 3 kilos back this month).
My action plan for my vision board
For the money-related parts of my vision board, I’m taking a step forward by looking for new avenues to earn. I’ve already done market research for a possible venture but learned that it might not be the best idea. So I’m already thinking of a new one and plan to start researching about it as soon as the new year starts and actually starting it before the first quarter of the year ends.
In terms of reaching my YouTube goal, I plan on uploading more consistently and just improving the content I share. I’ve already decided that I want my spaces on the internet to be (and have content that is) more intentional and focused on growth. So I’ve listed down topics and ideas that align with my goal (which is to help other people live more intentional lives while I help myself do the same).
As far as my weight goal is concerned, I just need to make sure I have no zero days. I’ve learned that taking long breaks from working out lowers my motivation level. I’m still going to have rest days, of course, but they shouldn’t be more than three days long. I also need to be better with my relationship with food.
I tried following a more structured workout “program” and it did work for me for a bit (it’s what helped me lose 5 kilos). But it also became monotonous at some point. So I’m going to switch it up by… switching things up. I’ll listen to what my body tells me each day and see what kind of workout it wants me to do.
I’m looking forward to working on these in 2021. How about you? What’s on your vision board for next year? Are you even planning on making one?