Spark Some Motivation for 2017 – 4 Easy Steps


The new year is just around the corner, and I can feel the buzz of new possibilities.

We have a fresh start for our goals.

We know THIS will be the year that we really do it. (Whatever “it” may be…)

It’s great to be forward-focused, and yet I’m going to focus here on the value of looking back.

This pre-New Year’s activity is a must to create motivation and vision for the year to come!

Last year I was challenged to create a vision board of all my accomplishments from the previous year. I was doing the project with a group and I wasn’t sure I had much worth showcasing. I was already believing the story in my head that I “didn’t do much.” To be honest, it seemed like a waste of time.

It turned out to be the best thing I could have done for myself. As I went through each tiny milestone and experience I couldn’t believe how far I’d come. I hadn’t noticed along the way, but there it was right in front of me.

You may not feel like you’ve accomplished much this last year, and that’s exactly why you NEED to do this activity. I promise you’ve done far more than you realize.

We move through life noticing a lot of things we don’t do. We rarely focus on our success and our “wins.” We don’t take the time to appreciate them and understand how we actually created them.

Taking a minute to notice the progress we’ve made (and the success we have created) is a huge motivator. It builds our confidence and strengthens the belief we have in ourselves that we can accomplish anything we set our minds to.

I remember when my son struggled to read in kindergarten. It was a painful process (for both of us…) Now as a teenager, he is an amazing reader. He doesn’t think about how much work he put into it. It seems like it comes easily to him. He takes his current level of ability for granted.

We do the exact same thing when we don’t notice our progress, and we miss an opportunity to have even more continued growth.

Business Coach and founder of the 90-day year Todd Herman talks about the “oww” brain and the “wow” brain. The “oww” brain only notices how far we have to go. If you have a “wow” brain, you are always noticing how far you’ve come, which perpetuates your continued success.

So here it is – 4 easy steps to create your “Celebration Board” and spark motivation for 2017:

1. Schedule an hour to work on it. It’s essential to making improvements in the new year, so make it a priority.

2. Make a list. Start listing all the things you accomplished for each month during the last year. Look back at your calendar or journals. Keep digging as if you were presenting your year to a large group. List as many accomplishments, big or small, that you can think of.

3. Do it YOUR way.

  • Poster board, markers, magazines, pictures. Standard and simple – can’t go wrong!
  • Go digital – Create a digital collage. There are so many pictures available online and you can easily incorporate your own family pictures too. Use the collage as a screen saver or something else that you will see often.
  • Bring out the artist in you – painting a collage is a new way of seeing your progress. You can use pictures to symbolize your accomplishments. There’s no right or wrong, just create something that’s meaningful to you.
  • Video – Create a slide show or video showcasing pictures and accomplishments for the last year. This one will take a bit more time, but if you enjoy doing it, it may be the perfect project to have your teenagers help you with.

4. Share it with those you love! Do this project with your sister, a friend, your husband, or even your kids. Share your success with those you love. They will be happy to celebrate your success with you, and you can offer them the same.

Have an amazing New Year full of new accomplishments and continued growth!