Turning resolutions into visions

JMMB staffers prefer vision boards to New Year’s reslotuions

Saturday, January 07, 2017

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At the start of the new year many people make resolutions, commitments and plans to make the new year better than the previous one. Usually they focus on shedding some bad habits and cultivating new ones, or on improving their health, social status or financial standing. Unfortunately, some of these are often short-lived, becoming forgotten long before the end of the year.

For that reason, JMMB has, for the past four years, been seeking to help its employees uncover the secret to not just keeping their resolutions, but transforming them into visions and later, reality. To that end, the financial group hosts annual vision board parties, the most recent of which was Thursday evening at its New Kingston head office, with over 20 staffers in attendance and several others from other branches islandwide joining via video conferencing . The session was led by educator, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker Nicole McLaren Campbell. She is the founder and director of AIM Educational Services, and a Career & Education columnist.


According to Campbell, vision boarding allows individuals to constantly improve on themselves and can be applied to individuals’ short-term and long-term goals.


She guided the participants through a process of explaining why vision boards work, had them outline four broad goals that are important to them, and had them cut images from magazines that matched the aforementioned goals. Later, each participant wrote a letter detailing the goals to their future selves. They were sealed and handed over to Human Resource Administration Manager Simone Dunbar, who will mail them to the participants in six months’ time.


"The workshop was designed to provide team members with an opportunity for self-reflection in developing plans and goals, by visualising the future they want to create," Dunbar noted. "We encourage team members to utilise the skills and lessons learnt in the session and transfer these to other spheres of influence, and to host similar exercises with family and friends."


It has so far been working for Express Transaction Officer Kenney Brown.


Two years after her first session she has bought a car, adopted a healthy lifestyle — which includes losing 60 lbs — and has got a puppy, all things she had pasted on her vision board.


"Following the doctor’s recommendation to lose weight in order to improve my health, I decided to add this goal to my vision board," Brown said.


"It helped me to take ownership of myself and take immediate action. My vision board also serves as a constant reminder of where I want to be in the future. I have positioned it in a prominent place so that I can hold myself accountable, and my team members and friends also remind me of my vision," she added.


Disbursement officer at JMMB’s Haughton Terrace branch, Jody Henry tells a similar story of having goals on her vision board materialise. Having participated in the first vision board session in 2014, she has seen many of her goals become a reality — home ownership, becoming healthier, completing an associate’s degree in business administration, and now pursuing a bachelor of science degree in general management.


The board, she says, serves as a road map to her life and she ticks off each milestone achieved along the way.


"Commitment and the meaning that I’ve attached to my vision board are the secrets to my success," she said.


For Kenney, vision boarding is a better alternative to setting new year resolutions, since it keeps one more accountable to oneself.


"Creating your vision board is more than crafting a work of art. Instead, it is shaping the masterpiece of your future self," she said, noting that the letter the participants write to themselves during the session will serve to highlight the progress that would have been achieved over time and point out areas that need improvement.


She concedes that she is still a work in progress, but maintains that she is proud of her achievements to date and is looking forward to continuing to shape her future self. Other goals outlined on her long-term vision board, she said, include having her own family and career advancement.


   

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