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Black Voices: New year, new goals

<p>A vision board created by Amani Gates on December 31, 2021 is seen. The vision board depicts a collage of images and ideas that she wants to accomplish in the new year.</p>

A vision board created by Amani Gates on December 31, 2021 is seen. The vision board depicts a collage of images and ideas that she wants to accomplish in the new year.

As we enter the new year, we all have something we want to achieve this year. Whether it’s starting a new business, finally taking the initiative to go to the gym, or traveling more, there is no better way to envision your goals than a vision board.

There aren't any rules when creating a vision board. A vision board is a collage of images to best represent the goals you want to achieve. This can include cut-out pictures, quotes and images on Pinterest. You can even make one on your mobile devices or on a poster board. 

Vision boards are a reminder of what the new year brings and are a way to manifest your goals. The board is supposed to be a positive reminder of what you want your future to look like.

Before creating a vision board, reflect on the values and things which motivate you. Ask yourself what matters to you and set the intention of wanting to accomplish said goals. 

Former IU student and content creator Mya Wilson already took the steps into completing her goals on her vision board. 

“Fitness was on my board,” Wilson said. “I got a trainer and started engaging with fitness content on social media more so the algorithm can start showing me fitness content.” 

Consistently seeing fitness content will remind Wilson to stay active in her fitness journey. She also envisioned getting into hairstyling and recently took a wig class where she learned the fundamentals of how to customize wigs. 

There are constant debates about vision boards in the scientific community because they’re associated with the law of attraction, the principle that we as humans can attract whatever we desire. However, according to Psychology Today, mental practices like visualization can increase motivation and confidence. 

Even though scientists have yet to prove it is effective, vision boards are a helpful way to stay motivated and to see the bigger picture. 

“I didn’t have a vision board last year but I wrote my goals down and I did reach some,” said Wilson. “Having an actual vision board in my opinion is way better because it’s my lock screen on all my devices so I see it every day.” 

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