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With New Years right around the corner I'm sure many of you are thinking about setting resolutions.  What do resolutions mean to you?  I feel the major issue with New Year's Resolutions is since we don't keep them we feel as if we failed even though that's not the case. For some reason we don't think "if at first you don't succeed try, try again", like with other things.

New Years Resolutions

Looking at various research, the general consensus seems to be (on an average) after about six months only 50 percent stick to their resolutions and after a year it goes down to 10 percent. Because New Year's Resolutions are about change, it's difficult.  It's not always easy to just put something on paper and then change.  After surveying about 40 people: Most don't even look at their New Year's Resolutions often; they write them, keep them in their head, or start that diet or exercise regimen or give up those cigarettes and then slowly go back to their old habits. Afterwards they will look at the paper and think to themselves "I didn't stick to that one" or "I failed again".  Many of us do it, I'm not saying it's right or wrong, but I'd like to introduce, or re-introduce, you to a technique that does not entail "New Year's Resolution"
per se, but does begin setting your plan in motion.  This is why I believe in setting goals all year; creating your vision.  If you've read my articles in the past then you are familiar with Vision Boards.  If you haven't let me briefly explain.

A Vision Board is:  

A collage of your goals, dreams and desires you view on a daily basis.  It is a way to take your mind's vision to a new level, place it onto a Board, and send it out to the Universe which will render it more likely that you will achieve or receive your hopes and dreams. When I declare something in writing I notice I become more committed.  When you say something out loud to others I believe you become more committed also. When you look at a Board every day that is filled with all of your thoughts, desires and dreams, you begin to set your mind in motion to begin working towards them. It makes you more aware of your conscious thoughts instead of them just sitting in your unconscious mind.  With that, you are constantly focusing on what you want and you work towards receiving it.

Your Manifestations Arrive  

Hopefully when your manifestations arrive you notice them. You may not have noticed them before – they just fell in your lap. Now you will take notice because you know what you're looking for.  You have a target to aim at. You begin to pay attention to the signs that your dreams are coming to fruition.  By the end of the year you will look at your board and realize so much of what you hoped for came true, unlike New Year's Resolutions of the past.  I'm not saying this isn't similar in some ways, but much, much more effective. You can create Vision Boards all through the year; change them as you grow and accomplish all you desire.

From experience with my own Vision Boards, it's quite amazing all the things that have come into existence for me.  Even things I didn't expect because I wasn't quite specific on my Board.  I share these stories in my workshop; they are not only amusing but astonishing because of how these Boards work.  I also see so many of my clients, friends and families lives change after creating their vision.  It's truly fascinating and I believe everyone should experience it.  My life wouldn't be as full and whole without my Vision Boards.  I don't know how to explain it any better than that, except when you look at something everyday – what you are all about, who you want to be, who you are, what you want to accomplish, it's empowering.  I am empowered by my Vision Board on a daily basis. Who can ask for anything more from something that looks like a simple collage of pictures, sayings and objects?

I think a lot of us don't want to face the fact that 'change' takes time.  And because of that thought process we think we've failed because 'something' hasn't happened as quickly as anticipated. Change doesn't happen over night.

Changes slowly happen  

With a Vision Board we look at it daily and we slowly see the changes happening in our lives.  Of course we are making them happen, but how great is it when one year later you look at the Board and you've created so many of the events, pictures, sayings, and changes on it.  Hooray for Vision Boards in place of New Year's Resolutions. Get Motivated With Marion and come join me for some on-line workshops I’ll be holding sometime in January.  Create your best life - 2012. If you are interested in an on-line workshop let me know. I will be having groups and one-on-one.  HOORAY!!!!!!

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      Tuliplady wrote Dec 23, 2011
    • I don’t do resolutions, but I have done vision boards the last two years.  

      I was just looking at it yesterday as I cleaned.  Wow!  What a lot of things on there have become reality!!!!  Some in very unexpected ways, some thru darned hard work.  Some will have to be thought about and trashed or moved to my 2012 vision board.



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      Marion Licchiello wrote Dec 23, 2011
    • Hooray.. good for you.. they are great ... aren’t they????  I love and live by my vision boards.. Hooray



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      Tuliplady wrote Dec 23, 2011
    • I’ve been badgering my husband for two years that we need a dog.  This year, I put a picture of a woman walking her dog, and a picture of a man playing with a dog, on my vision board, and then I quit hounding him about dogs.  On august 31 our Sage came to live with us.   :D



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      Marion Licchiello wrote Dec 23, 2011
    • woo hooo.. I’d love it if you’d write out the different things that you’ve experienced with vision boards and I can share at my workshops.... I love that one... it’s so true.. people don’t understand the power of creating a vision board... Good for you.. hooray



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      Marie Hempsey wrote Dec 23, 2011
    • I have my goals on my bedroom mirror...have had them there for a couple of years. I need to add some healthy ones and not just material pics. I am not healthy because I do not take care of myself. That is the brutal truth and ill never get to enjoy the goals on my vision board if i dont get my ass in gear ( sorry for being crude) and start exercising and eating right. I know this!



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      Marion Licchiello wrote Dec 23, 2011
    • Thanks for your very honest response!!!!!!!!Okay then what are you going to do to change it???Bee accountable to us. How  about if on the 1st or before you start cutting out some pics of how you want to look (realistically) but you have to love yourself just as you are then you can take care of yourself more.  Update the goals also... Have you had victory with any of the goals?  If so - write victory near them.. but write them on a whole new piece of paper and I’m sure they changed or there are more. .have fun with it..  

      Get your a$$ in gear... LOL    

      Marion



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      Tuliplady wrote Dec 24, 2011
    • Marie, part of my vision board for this year was getting healthy and in shape.  It has taken me till the end of the year to really get started on that, but I’ve been working steadily if slowly on it.

      Marion, I’ll have to go back and look again and see what I’ve actually realized this year.  Some of them I tore off as they were finished, and so I don’t even remember what they were!



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      Marion Licchiello wrote Dec 24, 2011
    • Oh you tear them off as you accomplish them?  okay ... well they must’ve been important so let me know.  I never tear mine off.. I just make a new vision board when it’s time.  I love to look over it to see all the goals and desires and dreams that have come true!!!!!!



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      Mary Clark wrote Dec 25, 2011
    • I don’t have a vision board but I think I will start one.  I’m really looking to 2012 as a great positive year for me.  2011 has been rough....to say the least...and I need some good things to happen.  

      My health has drastically improved over the last year...that is the one positive thing.  But this year another goal of mine is to incorporate more exercise into my daily regime.
      Running...is something I’m going to try....



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      Marie Hempsey wrote Dec 26, 2011
    • I want to RUN..right now Im so big and out of shape i can barely walk up a flight of steps without being out of breath at the top but I LOVE running. I want to start walking every day and get to the point where I can run again. I’ve never done a marathon but realy REALLY want to do one. and I want to train for a marathon in a different city every time, Chicago, Boston, New York, New Orleans...etc..that way I get to see the country, do something healthy and hopefully tie it in with raising money for a cause. I also want to own a house at Cape Hatteras someday and get my Irish citizenship..I’m entitled because my parents are both first generation here. And I want to go to Hawaii. Thats it... my visions..my resolutions, my bucket list. They are not even that far fetched! I can accomplish each of them..one thing at a time!



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      Marion Licchiello wrote Dec 27, 2011
    • Marie - you can!!!!! Maybe when I have my on line vision board workshop you guys will join me.  Marie, all that is possible.  I have taken some of my clients from being 300+ lbs to walking,then jogging then running.  One of my family members also did it SLOWLY and is now running marathons all over the place. I think she was 240 lbs when she started and now she’s 140, built, firm, tone .. LOL you name it...  

      It’s doable.. You can do it.  Make a vision board with all those things on it... YOU CAN DO IT!



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      Mary Clark wrote Dec 27, 2011
    • Marion that is wonderful about one of your clients.  

      Ree....you can do this!! I’ll be your support!!

      WE can always go back to our FAB40 team on Sparkpeople.com and help one another.  That website truly did help me before my surgery.  And I still use it to track my weight.  

      Ree..this is going to be our year girl....you can do this...I can do this.  Don't make any excuses....put YOU  first for a change.



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