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Tools on Tuesday: Resolutions or Vision?

It goes without saying that with the New Year comes all sorts of ideas, promises, and hopes for what the next twelve months will bring. Usually come February or even March if you’re die-hard, those hopes are dashed as reality and habits take over. Some may even resolve NOT to make any resolutions for the year, jaded from previously broken resolutions, citing that they can make changes at any part of year and don’t need to wait until the socially marked “fresh start.”

One thing that’s missing from the conversation is the difference between resolution and vision, hopes and plans. We all know what resolutions and hopes are; they are the things we wish could happen if we had a magic wand and could change all circumstances and outcomes. They are the things that if we’re honest with ourselves feel drastic and unlikely to happen without the lottery or a major shift in our base personalities, priorities, skills, and resources. They are anchored in what we think will give us a life of ease, comfort, and even material possession. Rarely they are anchored in vision.

Vision is the truth that resonates in our soul and resonates with our passion. Vision is clear not just in our minds but in our hearts. Vision is purposeful and leaves an imprint on others. You know you have vision when you can describe that purpose so clearly that you can taste it. You know what it looks like from all angles. The only thing that is missing is your plan.

What you will find below is a tool to help you plan your steps to realize your vision. We create plans for every other area of our lives—our course plan to complete a degree, a payment plan to payoff a debt, a work plan to complete a project. Why not create a plan to realize your true life’s purpose?

Please download the template here. If you use it, please remember to give credit and link your blog or tweet back to here!

Feel free to request a different format.


In Liberation,



One comment on “Tools on Tuesday: Resolutions or Vision?

  1. JaChel
    January 10, 2012

    Great post! I actually haven’t done all of my ‘resolutions’ for this year for the same reason. Feeling that everything didn’t didn’t manifest in previous years. This is a great tool. I’ve already printed it and I’m going to try it. Love, love love!


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