Recently I attended a vision board party that got me to thinking, "does everyone know what a vision board is?" Think of it as a crystal ball into the future you hope to have. It's not hocus pocus or fairy dust bulls**t, there is actual logic behind the idea. I did a vision board last year and was amazed at how my board came to life as the days went by. So if you need a little magic in your life and want to see great things in 2015, here are some tidbits on the reasoning behind vision boards, and how to create your very own.
Why A Vision Board ~ You have to have a vision for your life. Being able to see the realities you hope to live will give you more focus, and take you from the dream world to the real world. This idea is illustrated best in the wildly success book, the Secret by Rhonda Byrne. In a nutshell the book focuses on how to create the life you want through the Law of Attraction. The law says that " like attracts like", we bring about the things we focus on, and essentially we create our own realities. Part of the process of creating reality is seeing. How many times do you mentally rehearse how you're going to get out of a jam that you aren't even in? How many times do negative images make us lose faith in the world, or decide those images are indeed the whole sum of the way the world works? Napolean Hill says it best, "whatever the mind can conceive, and believe, it will achieve." That goes for the good and the bad. A vision board is a way of manifesting your thoughts through the use of images, giving you the power to decide how your life unfolds.
How To Create a Vision Board ~ To get started you will need the images that will craft the vision for your life. Use magazines clippings or print photos from your computer. Also be sure to use some of your own pictures, remember you need to see YOU on your board. Great magazines to use are Real Simple, Oprah, Essence, Experience Life, and other fitness, fashion, and local magazines. Also you'll need a board ( cork board, large sheet of paper, poster board) a pair of scissors, glue sticks, markers, or stickers. Hobby Lobby has some great stickers just for making vision boards. You can also make a virtual board. Grab images from Instagram, Pinterest or other sources, and post your board to the desktop on your PC, Ipad, cell phone, and/or print out the collage for your home or desk.
Focus ~ Sometimes thinking of life 5, 10, or 20 years from now can be a daunting process. Instead of thinking of everything you want over the course of your life, try to focus on what you want over the short term. Of course becoming a millionaire sounds great, but how about you start with seeing yourself getting a raise or a better job. Start with seeing baby steps and build your faith and vision from there.
Practice ~ Arrange images on your board first before gluing them on. Ask yourself if you want to section off your board into categories or do you want there to be a focal point. Play with your options before you commit. Once you have your images in place ask yourself whether you see your board as an exciting glimpse into the future, or a mirage of impossible, irrelevant images. If anything on your board doesn't move you, take it off. It's also a good idea to leave some blank space on your board so that you can add to it later should your interests change.
Here are some questions to get you seriously thinking about your future, and what should be in it.
- I think the purpose of my life is?
- What images will make you "feel" what you want to feel?
- If I died what would I want people to remember about me?
- What do I have to do differently to achieve my dreams?
- What have I been afraid of doing?
- If I knew I could not fail I would___.
- What are my reoccurring worries or concerns?
- I am a magnet. What do I want to attract, and who must I be to attract it?
Lastly, be sure to place your board somewhere you will see it on a daily basis. Vision boards can be very personal, but it's also a good idea to share your board with those you trust. It can be all too easy to keep things to yourself and minimize your ambitious goals as time goes on. Find people to hold you accountable and enthusiastic about your goals. Put it all out there, believe in what you see, and be grateful for the bright future you're creating.