It’s currently the middle of December and, like so many other families, we’re preparing to celebrate the holidays. Purchasing last minute gifts, baking for our neighbors, coordinating all the family gatherings, and writing countless ‘don’t forget to…’ lists.
Now is also the time when we begin to think about our goals for the new year.
In the past, I started planning my goals or my “word” for the upcoming year on December 31, but this year I found myself mapping out goals and intentions for 2018 in November.
With a clear vision of what I’m working towards, I’m moving forward and entering the New Year with confidence and clarity. And I’m using the Law of Attraction to do it.
Law of Attraction: The belief that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life.
In the Law of Attraction, it is believed that by feeling positive emotions and focusing on positive emotions, you will receive more positive outcomes. In contrast, by feeling negative emotions and focusing on negative emotions, you will receive more negative outcomes.
Using the Law of Attraction to set your goals is about focusing on feeling associated with your goals and not your wanting of them.
I’ll explain with my own story.
Appreciate What You Have in the Present
Looking back one year ago, to January 2017, all I wanted was to stay home and raise my daughter. I told my husband then that I loved being her sole caregiver so much that I couldn’t even imagine myself sending her to daycare when my maternity leave was over.
I continued to focus on feeling grateful for my situation in the present so that my vibration remained positive. In the present, I was able to stay home to care for my daughter. And my goal was to continue doing this once my maternity leave was up. Rather than return to a job outside the home, I would work for myself.
In setting my goal, I focused on the feelings that staying home with her already gave me: happiness, comfort, security, peace of mind, responsibility and joy. I allowed myself to be open to whatever flowed my way that would help me achieve my goal.
Rather than focus on the “want”, I focused on the feeling associated with achieving that goal and the intention with which I was setting it. Had I focused on wanting more money to stay home with her, I would have attracted more situations that would only encourage me to want this even more. By focusing on the feeling of achieving my goal, I was manifesting positive outcomes.
Let Go and Flow
The truth of my situation is that I have to work.
That being said, I set my goal without really knowing how I was going to replace my income. All I knew was that I would work for it and trust the ideas (and money) to come.
And it did.
The closer I moved to the final date of my maternity leave, the more ideas flowed my way. I remained receptive, positive and grateful for whatever came my way and acted on it all.
In the past six months, I re-branded my business, I built a new website, I released products and I launched a workshop series. In the New Year, I’m adding e-courses to my website, I am launching a podcast (called Good People) and my husband and I will launch our dairy-free foods company.
Sometimes, we’re so focused on how our goals look that we miss opportunities that may provide us with something better. Had I set my mind to how I wanted achieve my goals, I may have closed myself off to receiving other ideas. But by focusing on the feeling associated with achieving my goal, I allowed ideas and opportunities to flow my way.
Feel the Vibration – VISION BOARD
To be honest, this is the most I’ve ever accomplished, professionally, in my entire life and I did it in half a year. I’m also earning more money than I’ve ever earned for myself before.
When setting my intentions and goals for 2018, I decided to make a vision board. I know, I know. Everyone’s making vision boards. But the reason I did it and why I’m suggesting you to make one, too is that a vision board is a constant reminder to yourself of the FEELING attached to your goal.
I chose to put a photo of my family at the center of my vision board, because everything I do revolves around them. They’re my heart and my core. And then I divided my board into four categories: family, work, personal life and travel.
I often tell my husband that if, all of a sudden, we started earning an enormous amount of money more than we do now, I would still feel the same way that I do now and, for the most part, my day-to-day life would look the same. Certain things would change (systems I have set up for my businesses, routines, etc.) but the overall feeling that I have would be the same. I feel rich in love. I love my husband, my child, my cats and our daily lives. I buy healthy food for us to eat, we go outside a lot, we hang out in bookstores and coffee shops and I work for myself—which has made me so happy and grateful.
When making your vision board, choose photos and images that align with the feeling you have and the feeling you attach to the goals you’re working to achieve.
How will you feel when you get that new car? How will you feel when you find your partner? Rather than focusing on wanting that new car or the partner, focus on the feeling that you’ll have when those things flow into your life.
When you’ve finished your board, put it somewhere where you’ll see it every single day.
Every day, look at your board and focus on the feelings associated with your goal.
Every day, live with that feeling in your mind and heart. Allow it to inspire you towards action that’ll bring you closer to achieving your goal.
Have you ever made a vision board? Did it help you move toward your goals?
ASHLEY WOOD is a recipe developer and writer from Winnipeg, Canada. With a passion for health, wellness and vegetables, Ashley creates simple and inexpensive vegan recipes made from whole ingredients that are often seasonal, sometimes gluten-free and occasionally raw. Ashley believe in celebrating the benefits of living a vegan lifestyle and at the very least, hopes to inspire others to eat more plants, smile and live with some Sunshine.