Written by: Olivia Hope
The ancient, but very wise quote, “IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN, YOU PLAN TO FAIL” has stood the test of time over the years and proven to be a true testament to its words. For years I could not understand the purpose of a vision board and why it was all the rage. There’s extensive time taken for going to the stores, getting all the pieces together to make things look perfectly in place, taking pics to share with friends on social media, only to repeat the same actions the following year. But then, I decided to give it a go. Well, a form of a vision board. I got myself a planner and wrote out my overall plans for the year and then my monthly plans. Didn’t get to the weekly or daily, way too much work 🙂 Drum roll, please! As a result of walking through the vision in my head, and actually writing it out, I was able to accomplish quite a bit, not everything. I think it’s somewhat impossible if your list is long, you have kids, family, a career, school and other people in your life that do not always cooperate with the vision you have for your everyday life. But short story, vision boards ACTUALLY WORK.
Fast forward to 2020 and if the vision board was ever so popular, it was for the chance to finally use to phrase “Vision 20/20”. But as we all know by now, we all missed the vision of exactly how 2020 was going to turn out. We are still trying to figure out ‘what the hell happened’ and our diaries, planners, and vision boards are trying to do the same. There are many spaces and pages left empty because we could not do our routines as we had planned in previous years. And, if there was ever a theme to sum up the year that we all had to endure it would be “IF YOU PLAN, AND THE PLAN FAILS, JUST WAIT.” We all felt that burn of not having accomplished much, but that is not quite true. We had an abundance of time to rekindle relationships with our children, spouses and other household members. Some of us finally finished the books we started months or even years ago. We rearranged our houses and apartments to see what was needed. We started online businesses that are actually doing well, YES, the ones we have been dreaming about for years on end but just did not have the know- how. We owned our cooking and crafting skills, taught lessons to people eager to pick up on our expertise and so much more. If you think about it, 2020 was quite a productive year, it was anything but routine yet still quite productive.
Now that we are stepping into the new year, with only one more step to the new door, we have a lot of questions and concerns as to what the future holds. I say, “IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN, YOU PLAN TO FAIL”. There is no reason why we shouldn’t make plans. A part of the planning process is the ability to be flexible and make adjustments according to unforeseen situations. We encounter that everyday and if 2020 has taught us anything, its how resilient we are as people. So, we don’t exactly know what the future holds, no one does. This new year is no different from the previous years when we made extensive plans and wrote visions that seemed at first impossible but we were able to beat the odds and accomplish them.
2020 was a learning year, 2021 is the year to prove our knowledge.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!