Through my friend Cynthia Cotte Griffiths, I discovered a great way to put together a vision to guide oneself.

Just in time, too! Most years I spend New Year’s Day writing out my goals for the coming year. This year, for some reason, I did not do that and I have been hankering to get to it. However, I have felt for some time now that my efforts in this regard have been too clever and cerebral — I would create these interlocking systems that, come April, were unworkable.

But my friend pointed me to Cindy Ronzoni’s “vision board” idea. This is really just a posterboard with a bunch of photos or drawings on it, a lot like the collages my daughter often makes. The images are meant to evoke things you want to do in the coming year.

This is obviously not rocket science, but it’s a useful way of looking at the task. Even more useful, though, is a set of questions to ask myself in order to generate the vision board.

Here they are:

  • Where would you like to vacation this year?
  • What inspires you?
  • What would you like to learn this year?
  • If you want to change jobs this year, where would you like to work?
  • What are some of your passions?
  • What have you always wanted to do?
  • Who inspires you?
  • What “words” reflect who you are?
  • Do you want to exercise more or change your diet?
  • What goals do you have for work?
  • What financial goals do you have?
  • Do you want to volunteer and if so where?
  • What colors depict you or designs?
  • What kind of relationships would you like?
  • Is there an item you’d like to buy yourself?
  • Are there any fears that you would like to overcome?
  • Any groups you want to join?
  • Any events to attend this year?

I love these, because they are so concrete and not airy-fairy.

Now I just have to answer them!

Thanks, Cindy.