I woke up confused and laughing. My thrilling dream ended with a bunch of my friends trying to drink milk while lying on their backs. Huh? No resolution to the dream. No idea why everyone chose that moment to lie down and drink milk.
If my dream had been a movie, I would have walked out of the theatre. There was just no making sense of it.
Isn’t that just like my life. If my life was a movie, it would get sent back to script writing over and over again. I was looking at my vision board for 2015 and the realization hit me even harder. I had many plans for 2015 that either just didn’t happen or actually the opposite occurred.
I’m scratching my head at the reality. I was going to run a Half-Ironman in another country last year. Nope. I was gonna get a promotion at work. Nope. I was gonna teach leadership in Spanish. Nope. Instead, the company I was working for went out of business; their biggest client in upheaval. I ran less than I ever have. I didn’t swim once. And my Spanish skills took a nose-dive.
I suspect your 2015 was much the same. Things came up. Some important things didn’t happen.
So why did I do it again for 2016? Why did I sit down and spend an evening setting intentions, cutting out magazine photos, and building another vision board that I know will not work out as planned?
It’s simple: Our lives move in the direction of our thoughts.
It’s about the direction of my heart. The direction of my life. It’s about the other half of things on that 2015 vision board that actually did happen like biking Europe, getting coach certified, falling more deeply in love, and creating other new adventures. It pointed to what I really wanted more of in this life. It got me dreaming (consciously) about what I truly was committed to.
Will you join me? Will you do a vision board for 2016?
We’re 3 weeks into the month of January so now is the time to carve out a block a time either by yourself or with your closest loved ones. Find a bunch of magazines, ad circulars, newspapers, and photos. Cut out anything that resonates—that makes your heart jump—that makes you think—YES! Then take some blank pieces of paper and write words or descriptions of the things you are intending for 2016; any specific hopes and dreams you have. You can write them big or small. Once you are done—take another look and decide what is going on the board and what isn’t—then do it.
Be creative. Be messy. It doesn’t matter. Place it somewhere where you will see it regularly. Take a picture of it on your phone. Send me a photo! I’d love to see it!