Milestones. We measure our lives by them. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Achievements. Graduations. New Year’s Day… and we record them with tweets, Facebook status updates, selfies on Instagram and blog posts, where in years past there were formal photographs, certificates and cards. We live in the digital, now.

I’ve been reading the digital record keeping of my virtual contacts for two days now. My impulse was to write a blog, too – but I questioned the value of marking the new year milestone digitally just for the sake of noting the milestone, and nothing more. Write a review of my ups and downs of 2013? Try and inspire 2014 with big, sweeping statements of strength gained and putting the right foot forward; do the right thing? How about a list of new year’s resolutions, and how this year, this year, dammit, I would make them stick – see them through, for the whole year. It seemed a little contrived to fit the popular ambience of new year’s day considerations.

This year, I am not making a hopeless list of aspirational resolutions, like some camera-obsessed supermodel clamouring for world peace and a cure for AIDS. That’s just setting myself up for failure, when the resolutions fail – as usual – within the first week.

This year, for the third year in a row, I’ve plotted a vision board. A simple list of achievable goals for my personal life, career and finances, and my health. It’s like a ‘to do’ list, though some of the things are dependent on other people’s actions (like my boss giving us all a decent raise this year!) – but they are all quite reasonable, and humble. No grand gestures, no outlandishly selfish material wishes!

When I start work at the office again, on Monday, I’ll print the vision board, and stick it up next to my monitor. Where I can see it, daily, and visualise each of the goals I’ve set for myself. It’s so much easier to make things a reality, if you see them, every day.

Try it. You’ll be surprised.

© Dave Luis 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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