Wholeness Healing Today

2007 A New Year for Setting Vision

It is that time of the year, as we cycle through the close of another year and begin the new. We can start with a blank slate, setting those “New Year’s” resolutions. It is also important to go back over what we set up for last year’s goals and evaluate how we did with them.

Life is a journey and the journey is life. So if we didn’t arrive where we planned, then it is a great opportunity to reassess what goals are still good ones for us, what we need in order to be more successful in reaching those goals, and to give ourselves a pat on the back for what we did accomplish or at least began to accomplish. Our changes, our growth, our mistakes, getting through difficult times, all lead us to ourselves and who we are right now.

And so in that light, get out the goals set last year and look at how you did. It is an opportunity to be accountable to ourselves and keep ourselves moving in the direction that we would like. If we continued to grow, then we are traveling in the right direction. If we made mistakes this year but learned from them, we are traveling in the right direction. If it was a rough year and we made it through the best we knew how, then we are traveling in the right direction.
And we do want to know where we want to be heading, what road is right for us. If we set goals, we have vision, and with that vision we can begin to take the steps to accomplish it. Studies show that if we can see an objective, imagine it, we can reach it. Sports participants often work on “seeing themselves” walk through each step accomplishing their goal. Dr. Charles Garfield, professor at the University of California medical school, studied peak performers in athletics and in business. He found that the main component was that almost all peak performers are visualizers. This means that they see it, feel it as if they have already accomplished it, and experience it in their visualizing time.

As we set vision we can consider looking at all areas in life to ensure that we are working on “wholeness” through balance. So the areas I include in my goal setting and vision include family and relationships, work and career, physical, mental, spiritual, leisure, and financial. Taking my life apart and looking at all these areas sets it up so I will be working towards being well-rounded, healthy, and whole. So reassess where you have been this past year, what you gained from the year, what you learned and then set the vision for the New Year.

May you have a growing year and enjoy the journey!

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  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
    Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner

  • Janie Pfeifer Watson, LICSW, is the founder and director of Wholeness Healing Center, a mental health practice in Grand Island, Nebraska with remote sites in Broken Bow and Kearney. Her expertise encompasses a broad range of areas, including depression, anxiety, attachment and bonding, coaching, couples work, mindfulness, trauma, and grief. She views therapy as an opportunity to learn more about yourself as you step more into being your authentic self. From her perspective this is part of the spiritual journey; on this journey, she serves as a mirror for her clients as they get to know themselves—and, ultimately, to love themselves.


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