I finally finished my very first ever vision board. I’ll admit, copying and pasting the pictures was easy. It is the statements that follow that were very difficult to write. Each time I instinctively started a sentence with, “I hope to…” I backspaced and changed it to, “I WILL…” Which I encourage you to do when you take on this eye-opening assignment.
1. Airplane – for business/vacation travel. I WILL be speaking internationally by the end of the year.
2. Daring Greatly – a great reminder to take risks, be authentic, and also I love Brene Brown’s style.
I spent a lot of years trying to outrun or outsmart vulnerability by making things certain and definite, black and white, good and bad. My inability to lean into the discomfort of vulnerability limited the fullness of those important experiences that are wrought with uncertainty: Love, belonging, trust, joy, and creativity to name a few.
3. Super Soul Sunday – I WILL get the Oprah hug, damnit. I just know I will;)
4. I Can Do It – I attended last year’s Hayhouse conference and left so charged that I emailed Reid Tracy himself the following day. He was kind, but didn’t offer to publish my book like I’d imagined;) I could still see myself on their stage sharing my story. I love Hayhouse and Louise Hay and many of their authors in which I WILL join one day.
5. The Ellen Show – I WILL have my dance-off. I swear.
6. Two Brides – My very favorite lady, and love of my life, deserves the wedding of her dreams and she WILL get it one day.
7. Triathlon – This WILL definitely happen this year.
8. Macbook – My beloved PC, where I typed the pages of my book, is on its last leg. All I really long for is a laptop that doesn’t have to be plugged in to a socket all the time, but if I had my choice AND THAT’S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT I choose Mac;)
9. Mic/audience shot – Speaking terrifies, excites, and inspires me. There is no better feeling than immediate feedback from a live audience. This year I WILL push myself in every opportunity I am afforded, because I feel most alive when I am on stage.
“Set a goal to achieve something that is so big, so exhilarating that it excites you and scares you at the same time. It must be a goal that is so appealing, so much in line with your spiritual core, that you can’t get it out of your mind. If you do not get chills when you set a goal, your not setting big enough goals.” -Bob Proctor
10. I Think I’ll Make It – Hmmm….my goal for I Think I’ll Make It. My goal is for it to reach as many readers as possible and continue to entertain and inspire. (I still feel like I’ve won the grandest prize each time I get a note from a reader; it literally makes my day.) Whether it be picked up by a traditional publisher or remains with Manor Park Press, I am thrilled that readers are relating to the themes of the book and are enjoying taking the journey with me.
11. Malala Yousafzai – I would love a fraction of this sixteen-year-old’s badass.
I speak not for myself but for those without voice… those who have fought for their rights… their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated.
12. Pat Summitt – Pat Summitt is the coach of all female coaches as far as I’m concerned. She is firm, yet as tender as a lamb. She is passionate and hard-nosed, yet with the most genuine of intentions. She follows her intuitions and with that she has built solid relationships, an outstanding community and one winning team after another. I couldn’t think of a better coach that I’d like to emulate in my practice.
Competitiveness is the opposite of complacency. It’s disquieting and uncomfortable. It requires commitment, and risk, and soul-searching. When you choose to compete, you take a huge gamble. You might lose.
13. Steve Jobs – An incredible visionary, legendary innovator, and outlier. I see him as a distant mentor to tap into his ability to reinvent himself, his products, and his companies. He has survived massive failures and come back with huge successes. I love this quote:
I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life. […] Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.
14. Richard Branson – I love Richard Branson because he was predicted to either end up in jail or become a millionaire. He dropped out of school at sixteen because he struggled so much with his Dyslexia. Guts, I love this man for his guts.
You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.
15. Globe – Each day on my blog stats I get such a kick out of all the international visitors. Big shout-out to you guys! (Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Germany, Australia, Mexico, Virgin Islands, UK, Canada, Israel, France, Philippines, Indonesia). Thank you so much for tuning in. I love to travel; I love to experience different cultures. And mostly I love that the message is all the same, across the world. We all want love. We all want purpose. We all want to live through passion. Through TYOMD, I WILL be speaking internationally this year. Did I already say that? Yes siree!
16. Vlog – With the powerful age of video, I WILL be incorporating more vlogs into TYOMD. I have a tripod on my Christmas list and a lapel mic, and then we’ll be on location harassing New Yorkers to live their dreams in no time;)
17. Gratitude – I can’t say enough for gratitude. It WAS the redefining factor in my life and will never cease to be the foundation from which I see the world. My goal for Gratitude is the New Sexy, our open FB group (all are welcome), is to further the reach of gratitude, lessen the stigma of positivity, and continue to change lives, moment-by-moment, through the focus of simple, daily gratitude.
18. Purpose Fairy/Awesomefest – The Purpose Fairy has a great message and kickass following. I also love that she has partnered up with Mindvalley and spoke at Awesomefest this year. I see her as a great distant mentor. TYOMD WILL reach those heights. And who doesn’t want to attend Awesomefest, much less be a speaker?
19. Piggy Bank – Because I would do all this for free if I could, I know that I’m on the right path. Since I can’t help a soul without an apartment and at least an internet connection, it is my goal this year to lay the foundation for financial freedom so I may continue to spread the love.
20. The Year of Magical Dreaming – My goal with TYOMD is to be as authentic as I can in my journey to living my passions, sharing my triumphs and failures, fears and doubts, proving that everyday people can make a difference and live the life that they’ve dreamed of.
21. Nelson Mandela – COURAGE – Again, like Malala, he would die for the freedom of others. He also understood the power of forgiveness. I could go on and on about the qualities in which I respect, but I think this quote sums it up:
“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”
22. The Daily Love – I do love me some TDL and Mastin Kipp. He made love hip again! And like many others on this list, he overcame enormous odds. I saw Mastin speak last year at Hayhouse’s I Can Do It Conference and found his energy to be infectious. I see him as a terrific distant mentor in both his speaking and in TDL.
23. Meditator – I will always be a student of meditation. I love this photo because there is no better place to meditate than out in nature. This year I WILL travel and get out in nature and tap into the most amazing resource we can tune into.
24. The Hungry Caterpillar – I have always dreamed of writing a children’s book with stunning illustrations like the Hungry Caterpillar. I WILL do it at some point. Gma wouldn’t have it any other way;)
25. Mindvalley – Based out of Kuala Lumpur, founder Vishen Lakhiani, has led this amazing company to grow from its roots as a digital publishing company, to build a series of successful businesses in a wide variety of sectors ranging from mobile apps, marketing, technology, personal growth and entrepreneurship, to health and wellness, all while upholding an incredible mission and investing in his employees. He, and Mindvalley, have been on my radar for a while. I’m not sure how we will connect, just yet, maybe at Awesomefest, but it WILL happen.
26. Arianna Huffington – When I think of badass business chicks, I think of Arianna Huffington. Yet another one on this list who essentially came from nothing. Huffington has been a writer, she dabbled in acting and politics, she’s done radio, and now she’s considered one of the most influential women in media. I have her in my pocket as yet another distant mentor, modeling her badass every step of the way. Plus, I plan on making my way into Huffington Post. I see room for me in the GPS for the Soul section;)
The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and fearless is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly – indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.
27. Self Made – 50 Entrepreneurs Who Inspire Us – I never made for a great employee. I loathe long unproductive meetings and being micromanaged. I knew from the time I was young that I’d have to figure out how to work for myself. What I didn’t know was that I could do that AND inspire people all in the same. How amazing is that? I’m not impressed by lists, nor do I need to be on the cover of any magazine, but to be SELF MADE and INSPIRING that is the ultimate goal!
I leave you with this: If you have not yet finished your vision/dream board, get on it. This has been something I have talked about for years, but never “had time for.” I can tell you right now that I have never felt more clear in my vision and that’s what every great visionary suggests: Get clear. And then get even more clear!
#Onward to clarity