“Our visions begin with our desires.” ~ Audre Lorde
For many people around the world, January first represents an opportunity for renewal or rebirth, a time to make a promise towards self-improvement. But there is a world of difference between a New Year’s resolution and a life goal. Through goal setting, however small or large, however near or far in the future, our brain accepts the desired outcome as an essential part of who we are. It sets our direction.
The NRCDV has released a new Technical Assistance Guidance, the 6th in our annual Domestic Violence and the Holidays series, to help advocates and survivors at domestic violence programs think beyond resolutions and harness the energy of the coming new year to focus on setting realistic life goals that will promote resilience and healing.
Domestic Violence and the Holidays: Beyond Resolutions, Envisioning Your Future by Ivonne Ortiz (December 2015) explores the New Year’s holiday as an opportunity to engage in positive visioning with advocates and survivors. It reviews the difference between resolutions and life goals, discusses the power of visioning exercise as a healing mental practice, and offers steps for setting goals you can achieve. Read on for concrete envisioning activities that you can bring to your program today!
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