Setting Intentions for 2020 Using a Vision Board

The difference between intentions and resolutions, and how this powerful tool can help you manifest what you desire

Beth Bruno
Nov 26, 2019 · 5 min read
Vision Board and Photo by Beth Bruno ©2019

Resolutions are about not being good enough

When we make resolutions, they are usually about changing ourselves from our unacceptable state to a state of worthiness. Resolutions, by their very nature, are usually goals that express what we wish we were, but we aren’t. The problem with this is that we start from a place of telling ourselves we are not good enough the way we are. We think we have to change in a tangible way, and if we cruise into the end of the year the same as we started, we consider ourselves a failure.

Intentions are about aligning ourselves with the life we want

For these reasons, I stopped making New Year’s resolutions a long time ago, but I do make a list of intentions. Intentions are a way to align our spirit with our vision for our future without starting from a place of feeling inadequate or flawed in some way. This is not about self-improvement, but about life-enhancement. Setting intentions has nothing to do with setting ourselves up for failure. There is no way you can fail, because your intentions will get you closer and closer to what you desire, even if you don’t get there in a year.

Looking at your vision board imprints your desires on your mind

Hang your vision board somewhere you will see it daily. As you look at it, you are reinforcing your intention, focusing your energy toward the things you want. The effect of this is subtle, but powerful. You are training your brain — rewiring it, as it were — to see your life in a different light. When we see our intentions in front of us daily, it makes them seem more real, more achievable. We begin to believe that we can actually live that life we have chosen to illustrate.

The uncanny power of a vision board

In the vision board at the beginning of this article, there are several pictures of a woman walking among palmettos and live oaks, and there is a shot of her walking up some dunes to a beach. There is also a picture of horses on a beach. When I was selecting my photos for this vision board, I chose these at random. I was drawn to them for the beauty of the place she was walking, and I was thinking that I, too, would like to walk somewhere like that. I had no idea where the pictures were taken, but I liked the way I felt when I looked at those photos. I placed these photos on this vision board several years ago.

My photo of Cumberland Island, GA — by Beth Bruno ©2019

Make it a party

Why not gather some friends and make vision boards together? All you need is a piece of stiff paper for each person (like card stock or poster paper), a stack of magazines, some glue sticks and scissors. Everyone can bring their own magazines to share. Put on some music, pour some wine and start envisioning 2020 in a way that makes your heart sing.

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