Setting a Vision for 2022

Why It’s More Important Than Ever to Set a Vision During a Pandemic

It’s Covid Year 2.  So how do you stop surviving and start thriving amid a pandemic?

You set a vision and manifest an amazing future.

Ready.  Set.  GO!

What does it mean to have a vision?

Why is it important to have a vision?  A vision gives direction to your life.  Each of us is put here on Earth for a purpose.  When we are deeply passionate about something, we need a vision to help us accomplish goals that serve our purpose.

Purpose:  WHY you are here?

Vision:  HOW you see your life unfolding to achieve your purpose.

Goals:  WHAT you want to accomplish.

What is manifestation?

A “vision” for your life is the roadmap you set for yourself to achieve your purpose.  You use manifestation to traverse this “vision” roadmap.  In the context of productivity, manifestation means bringing your dreams into reality by “living” your goals.  Manifestation takes a holistic approach to goal setting by adopting a positive mindset and behaviors.

How to set a vision & manifest

Here are seven steps to manifest the best future possible for yourself:

Step 1:  Get clear on what you want out of life.

If you don’t know exactly what you want, you can’t actually take steps to make it happen. Start by creating a list of 10 things you want to manifest.  List the attributes in the positive — avoid using the word “don’t.”  For example, if you want a better relationship with your spouse, get specific about how you will improve communication, kindness, patience, and tenderness.  Your vision can’t be murky.  No detail is too insignificant.

Step 2:  Set your intentions.

Once you have the list of what you want to manifest in your life, it’s time to set your intentions.  There are many ways to put your goals and desires out into the universe with positive energy.  You can pray.  You can meditate.  You can create a vision board.  Whether you write a letter to God, or chant your desires as you take a walk in nature, put an actual voice to what you want once a day.

Step 3:  Work toward your goals.

Working toward your goals means putting all your positive energy toward making those goals a reality.  Start by writing down three actions you can do today to bring you closer to your goal.  Running out of ideas?  Google it!  It’s likely someone else has struggled with the same issue and has written about it.  Let yourself be inspired by the path that others have traveled.  If you take consistent action EVERY SINGLE DAY, all that positive energy will bring you results.

Step 4:  Trust the process.

As you work diligently toward your goals, there may be moments where you feel stuck.  You might get discouraged or frustrated that you aren’t making as much progress toward your goals as you had hoped.  Whenever you find yourself doubting, cancel that negative thinking.  Instead, focus all your positive energy on saying, “I’m getting closer to my goals every day.”  Re-center yourself with positive thinking.

Step 5:  Acknowledge what you get, and receive it with gratitude.

Help and guidance toward your goals are all around you, but it can be easy to miss the signs.  Practice gratitude by writing down the evidence of the progress you have made toward your goals each day.  Did you read an inspirational quote on Facebook that you really connected with?  Did you feel particularly energized after praying or meditating on your vision?  Acknowledge it all with a grateful heart, and redouble your efforts to focus on the positive.

Step 6:  Practice authentic positivity.

According to the Law of Attraction, you attract what you are sending out.  Spend at least 10-15 minutes a day doing something that makes you feel truly happy.  Go for a run with your dog.  Meditate outside in the sunshine.  Keeping your positivity authentic is the best way to open your arms to the abundance of good things that are headed your way.  If you give in to negativity, you can bet negative consequences are on the horizon.

Step 7:  Clear your resistance.

If you haven’t yet manifested what you want, it’s likely you are resisting what you’re being guided to.  Doubts, pain, procrastination, frustration, anxiety, fear, regret, and resentment are all forms of resistance.  Resistance is totally normal.  Just name it to tame it.  When you notice conflict within yourself, acknowledge it, cancel the negative thinking, and remind yourself to breathe, relax, and work to turn your thinking around.  Counsel yourself with grace and understanding by saying something like, “I’m frustrated again.  I’m going to let it go, breathe, and look for signs of goodness in the world.”  If you are having a particularly difficult time letting go of a problem, find someone to help you through it.  Connecting with others is always a positive use of your energy.

What is the science behind setting a vision?

Oprah Winfrey likes to credit her success in life to a keen understanding of the Law of Attraction.  And even centuries ago Plato seemed to know it, too, when he observed “like attracts like.”  The Law of Attractions states that we attract events and situations of similar frequency as our feelings, thoughts, and beliefs.  Be it consciously or unconsciously, we constantly broadcast a vibrational energy that determines the circumstances, experiences, and people we attract or repel.

The science behind manifestation is based on the impact of positive thinking on positive action, and the importance of habitual action to reach a goal.  Here are four manifestation techniques people have used to great success:

1. Sensory Visualization

Muhammad Ali credited visualization techniques for enhancing his performance.  This technique encourages you to experience your vision by immersing all your senses.

2. Vision Boards

This technique involves curating images and inspirational quotes that resonate with your vision, to be displayed on a board in a prominent place where you will see them every day.  According to science, vision boards gain their power via the Reticular Activating System (RAS).  It’s a part of your brain that filters all the information you receive.  When you look at your vision board, your subconscious retains the positive connections to everything pictured on that board.  As you move through the world and different opportunities present themselves to you, your brain can immediately make associations and connections with the goals posted to your vision board, and you can focus on options that will help you reach those goals.

3. Gratitude Journaling

A series of studies by Nathaniel M. Lambert concluded that developing an attitude of gratitude results in more positive life outcomes.  Making a daily gratitude list can enhance the power of your manifestations by elevating your consciousness.

4. Manifestation Affirmations

Affirmations are positive statements designed to eliminate the negative tendencies of your subconscious mind.  A 2015 study by the University of Pennsylvania found that future-oriented self-affirmations can help break limiting subconscious patterns and create newer, more useful neural connections.

Put in the work today to set a vision, and manifest the best life possible for yourself.  With an outlook of positivity, you can make the world a better place all while creating a life of purpose that is meaningful to you.

At OHI, in our Vision Board and Rock Painting class, we work with the laws of attraction and affirmations to create a visual representation of your optimum life. There is also time for connection and fellowship with other OHI community members.

Our caring staff members are eager to give you all the unconditional support, inspiration, and transformational tools you need to bring your body, mind, and spirit into healthy balance in a serene, peaceful setting. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, and call us at (800) 588-0809 to make your reservation.

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“The Importance of Seeing the Vision for Your Life,” by KatieMae, September 17, 2018, medium.com

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“An In-Depth Exploration of the Science of Manifestation,” by Adam Sicinski, blog.iqmatrix.com

“8 Manifestation Techniques: Understanding the Law of Attraction,” by Sonia Vadlamani, happiness.com

“7 steps to Manifest Anything You Want, Including Money,” by Nathalie Guerin, December 6, 2017, huffpost.com