We're a good 12 weeks into the new year and I am already seven blog entries behind in my annual goals for 2011. I thought posting one blog per week would be a reasonable, achievable goal. By the end of the year I expect to have at least 52 postings. Now, I'm playing catch-up.
It's not, really, that I don't think I have anything 'worthy' to write about. Believe me, I spend most of my sleepless nights composing potential essays in my head. Those are the nights where I should get my butt out of bed and just go to town on my blog. For some reason I talk myself into a frame of mind that what I have to say really is of no importance to anyone else but me. And, for all intents and purposes, this is true. I must keep in mind that my incentive to start writing this blog was really for my own purpose. A type of economical, self-therapy. So, once I remind myself that it is not about how many followers I generate or who (if anyone) actually reads my blog, in the end I realize that Buzz Buckingham is for me. If you read it and get something of value from it, good for you.
What I'm about to tell you is a blatant example of just how much of a procrastinator I've become as an adult. Perhaps it is in clear rebellion of my obedient, eager-to-please childhood. Anyhow, about three years ago I started a vision board. I heard about it while watching Oprah Winfrey and the benefits of creating a vision board were further reiterated when reading self-improvement, power-of-positive-thinking books like The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.
I started out using a large, white poster board. I collected a couple of pictures of me when I looked and felt my best. I found a picture of my ideal beach house and of tropical locales where I hope to visit. I composed a declaration which I printed on green paper and pasted at the top of my vision board. My mission statement is as follows:
I deserve everything I want in my LIFE!
When I was a young girl I enjoyed filling my sketchpad with watercolor seascapes and pencil portraits. As I got older I enjoyed the abundance of words to reflect my thoughts.
I will continue to discover my artistic talents and explore and communicate my feelings and ideas through fine arts and writing.
I WILL SUPPORT MY FAMILY AS A RESULT OF DOING WHAT I LOVE.
My entire life is a concoction of ups and downs, ebbs and flows, and highs and lows and pre-occupation with weight and body image.
I will find a lifestyle that will sufficiently nourish my body, give me energy, and enable me to feel fully satisfied.
I WILL VISUALIZE MYSELF AS MY IDEAL VESSEL TO FUNCTION COMPLETELY AND LIVE MY LIFE WITH NO EXCUSES.
My various experiences in my life have scarred my attitude and ability to socialize and authentically care about others.
I will continue to heal by keeping an open mind, studying different philosophies, and addressing my painful past.
I WILL TAKE EVERYTHING I LEARN TO SET A POSITIVE EXAMPLE TO MY CHILDREN AND TO THOSE THAT I SURROUND MYSELF.
I am grateful to realize that a life without love and joy is an empty journey. I am lucky to have reached this enlightenment so early in my life.
I will continue to live my life authentically, be true to my feelings, and become my IDEAL self.
I WILL ENVISION AN ENVIRONMENT FOR MY FAMILY AND I THAT WILL FEED MY DESIRE TO CONTINUE MY JOURNEY.
Yesterday, while cleaning out my supply closet, I came across the vision board which I began to create almost three years ago. I spent time going through magazines, clipping out words and phrases that caught my eye and have some significance to me. Some of these finds include: 'create a masterpiece,' 'finding my own identity feels really good', 'get in shape without setting foot in a gym,' and 'peace of mind.' The words which capture my personality are: independent, intuitive, smart, and straightforward. I spent the rest of the afternoon yesterday strategically placing the pictures, words, and phrases on my vision board.
After three years my vision board is complete. The words that I generated at that time still hold true today. I will continue my journey. I now have a visual representation of where I want that journey to take me.