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  • 5 ways to visualize the life you want

    very new year, we all tend to think of resolutions. Although resolutions are great ways to start the year, it may be more realistic to reframe a resolution, as an intention. Setting intentions may be a healthier and more realistic way of setting a goal. You can start a day by setting an intention for the day. In the same way you can also set intentions for the year. A great way to set intentions is to visualize the life you want to see for yourself this year. What practices do you see yourself incorporating? What are your wishes for yourself? Hopes for your family?  

    Begin visualizing the life you want to see for yourself this year; not as a resolution; but as an intention that brings hope and healthy expectations. In this blog post, I will share with you 5 ways to visualize the life you want 

    1. Speak or write things into existence 

    Words and thoughts have immense power. The way we speak or think about ourselves or about our life can make a great difference. Visualize how you hope this year will go by speaking it or writing as though it will happen. For example, “My family and I will prosper” or “My business will do great this year.” You can either write these statements on paper or voice record them. You can also create a vision board by using images from magazines or printing images to visualize the course you’d like your life to take this year. Hold on to hope and faith that these positive statements will come into existence. When you look back on the year, go back and read what you wrote or listen to your voice recordings. Things won’t always go as planned, but you will be surprised by the immense power that words have. When we speak positivity into our lives, we can boost our mental health and look forward to a bright future. 

    2. Plan for what you desire 

    Plans aren’t always going to go perfectly, but even when things don’t go as planned, it is still important to plan to accomplish goals. Setting a date for when you will take that class you’ve been wanting to try, may give you the momentum you need to reach a goal by a certain date. It is important to incorporate the goals you’d like to see happen in your schedule as those goals may just become wishful thinking when you are not setting a date for what you want to see. A vision without a plan; may be just that; a vision. 

    3. Be selective of who you surround yourself with and the spaces you are a part of 

    To create and visualize the life you want it is also important to ask yourself these questions. Who do I see myself surrounded by? What spaces do I see myself being a part of? The reality is that who you surround yourself with and the spaces you choose to be a part of may have a great influence on your goals and the life you want to see for yourself. Being around certain people may either motivate you towards your goals or pull you further away from them. Being in certain spaces may either make you feel hopeful or completely discouraged. Ask yourself “how do I feel when I am with ______? “ “How do I feel after I attend ______?” And depending on what the answer is, then that will give you an idea on the impact certain people or places are having on your life. If you’re not satisfied with the answer, begin choosing the people and spaces you’d like to be around that are in alignment with your goals and values. 

    4. Set intentions 

    As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, intentions may be a more reasonable way to aim for your goals rather than resolutions. Setting intentions for yourself may be a kind way of telling yourself that you are doing the best you can. If you don’t achieve your goal in a given week, you can always try again next time. Setting intentions for your day, week or year, are a great way to visualize the life you want. 

    5. Don’t give up

    Don’t give up on aiming for the life you have visualized for yourself. There may be set-backs and barriers but don’t give up and learn from those challenges. As Winston Churchill stated, “ Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts”. Use challenges as a way to learn what can go differently next time or as momentum to propel you toward your continued goals. 

     I hope these 5 steps are helpful in visualizing the life you want and that 2022 is a great year for you!