My 2020 Word of the Year and Vision Board

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Creating a vision board this month in preparation for 2020 provided me with clarity. It’s my second time creating one specifically to glue into my PowerSheets. What I noticed about the photos that I was adding to my vision board (made it with Canva, see below for my template for your use), is that I was adding more photos of people instead of things or ideas. It makes perfect sense, and aligns well with my word of the year: Legacy.

Do you vision board? (Yes, I am making it sound like a verb here). Making a vision board is a wonderful way to bring clarity to a general desire and turn it into an actionable, achievable goal.

For the past few years, I created a vision board to help me gain visual clarity for my annual goals, motivation, and to help me stay focused on what I say I want to achieve in the next year.

So what’s on my vision board for 2020? (See below for the full board)

  • A reminder of what a toned fit body looks like. Why? So I am reminded that I want to continue cultivating healthy habits (having lost 12 lbs. last year then gaining much of it back), I want to incorporate healthy eating, fitness, and exercise into my daily routine.
  • The DCfempreneur Community. This year is all about creating real impact for the female entrepreneurs in my community. Life is super short, so I want to make the most of the time that I have on Earth, and that means not just creating a legacy, but living it. Every day. I will ask and listen to the community about how they need to be supported.
  • I have included a variety of photos of my family, which I have decided is a huge part of my living legacy. I will put effort into nurturing those relationships, savor family time, and connect with my wonderful children, whom are growing too fast (sniff). I will make a concerted effort to ask my children and listen to how and in what ways they want to be supported.
My 2020 Vision Board

So what’s all this talk about legacy? It’s my word of the year. To me, legacy is about life and living. It’s about learning from the past, living in the present, and building for the future. Without a sense of why to create a legacy, we can lose meaning of life. Exploring the idea of legacy offers a glimpse not only into human relationships and building strong communities, but also the human spirit. It helps us decide the kind of life we want to live and the kind of world we want to live in. When it’s my time, I want to feel proud of what I have accomplished with my time on Earth. I want to have created real impact, helped others, and experienced true loving relationships. This is my definition of success.
What will your word of 2020 be? Have you considered it. I’d love to hear from you.

Not only will my vision board with my word of the year be in my PowerSheets, I plan to print it and hang it in my bedroom and/or hone office. Having your vision board visible in a central location, where you’d see it everyday serves as a constant reminder, on both conscious and subconscious levels, on your goals and the changes that you’d like to make in your life. But simply creating the vision board isn’t enough … you have to actually put in the work to create the change that you say you want in your life. That’s the secret … speaking of which …

Vision boards gained a bit of notoriety with the release of the book, The Secret in 2006. Also, an endorsement from Oprah didn’t hurt.

Neil Farber M.D, Ph.D., CLC, CPT says, “Vision boards are based on the Law of Attraction. The idea that your mode of thinking directly affects what the universe gives you. If you put positive mental energy into the universe, you’ll be the recipient of positive outcomes. The Law of Attraction is not new. Before The Secret, there was the book, Creative Visualization which described the same phenomenon. As classically taught, the Law of Attraction is universal and as such, always works if you do it correctly.”

The secret to achieving your goals is to dream about positive, focused, and specific goals.

Action vs Dreaming – Some helpful quotes from those we have learned to respect for their infinite wisdom:

  • “Do it, and then you will feel motivated to do it.” – Zig Ziglar
  • “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” – Jack Welch
  • “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”  – Mark Twain
  • “As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say.  I just watch what they do.”  – Andrew Carnegie
  • “Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.” – Jules Renau
  • “I never worry about action, but only about inaction.” – Winston Churchill.
  • “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci
  • “Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference.” – Joel Barker

Interested in creating a vision board? I used a graphic design app/website Canva, but you can use good ol’ fashioned scissors and magazines. Try out my template I created.

Here are some tips on creating your very own vision board:

So what will you put on your vision board for 2020?
What are the intentional goals that you are setting for yourself this coming year?
Will a visual reminder (vision board) help you stay accountable?
I’d love to hear from you!

xoxo — <3 Lisa 

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