Every year millions of us make New Year resolutions, and every year millions of us fail to succeed. In fact, statistics show over 40% of us make resolutions (Keeping it in perspective, 30% of us watch the Super Bowl). Research also shows only 8% of us achieve them. Yikes!
This year I am taking a different approach, and I am encouraging my clients, and you to do the same. It’s not that I don’t have goals for this year. I absolutely have goals- lofty goals, at that. However, I am not making “resolutions”. I’m not going to “lose 10 pounds”, I’m not going to “eat healthier”, and I’m not going to “spend more quality time at home”. Instead, I have developed my 2018 wellness vision.
I took time to sit down and write in words the person I want to be at the end of 2018. My vision begins with “I am strong, confident, positive and kind.” Within a few defined sentences I describe the ‘Kristy’ I want to be next December. It honestly didn’t take long to put the words down on paper. Now I have a framework to move forward. I can decide if my actions day in and day out support my vision. I can decide whether my actions are helping me move toward my vision, or sabotaging my efforts. My next step is to set goals, but I’ll leave goal setting for the next blog.
Wellness visions are not something new. In fact they are one of the first activities I do with a new client. This year however, I decided to do an annual vision that is specific to 2018. In general a wellness vision is a compelling picture of your best self. It is the person you want to become. It focuses on the positive and what you want, rather than focusing on the negative and what you don’t want. Wellness visions can be powerful motivators. They help you focus on your priorities and move your values into actions.
There are a few simple rules for wellness visions. First, they need to be in your own words. They need to be in words that resonate with you. They need to describe the person you want to become, not the person someone else thinks you should become. They should be grounded, yet bold. They need to describe the person you are capable of becoming, but at the same time push you to achieve more. They should be written as if they are already true. Begin your vision with the words “I am…” I firmly believe ‘what you give power to, has power over you’ and ‘you become what you believe’.
Finally, write it down. Studies have shown anywhere from 50-80% higher success rates when goals are written down. This is your vision. This is who you want to become. This vision embodies your values and beliefs. Write it down and read it frequently.
If you are interested in learning more about wellness visions, please send me a message, or sign up for the Mind-Body Reset. We spend a lot of time in the first week of the Reset developing our visions.
Have a safe and happy New Year!