I just never get tired of the topic of vision boards because they are such a powerful tool. In fact, tonight I’m going to speak on the topic on http://www.blogtalkradio.com along with my client, Christy Pitari, and my health coach, Wendy Martin. If reading this isn’t enough for you, check us out at 7:30 – 8 Eastern Time for more musings on how you can use these in your lives to make your dreams play out.
A vision board goes beyond a list of goals for the year. I do that, too, and that’s important as well. But creating a board is a different thing for me. For millions of years, before words, we communicated with each other through pictures on rock walls. Taking in information through pictures roots deep in our DNA. Pictures communicate to the visual learner inside us, and even if that isn’t our primary learning modality, we see it. The vision board is the director in the movie of our lives–a picture book for our subconscious minds.
There are things a vision board is, and there are things a vision board is not. Let’s start with things a vision board is.
A vision board is s a visual representation of your dreams, goals, heart focus–where you want to center your energies in a particular time frame. It’s a tool to tell your subconscious mind you are serious and there’s a date attached to your dreams. It’s a work in progress–a working document able to be amended at all times. It’s a way to keep focused on your verbally stated goals, your core values, the things that are important to you. It’s your personality…your vision for you. How you want to create your life on this planet. A playing out of your purpose here.
Here’s what a vision board is not. It’s not limiting. It’s not a test for the Universe. It’s not meant for anything but to help you live the life you imagine. It’s not some mystical tool, but rather its efficacy is instead rooted in scientific research showing the power it beholds. Just look at the number of professional athletes who tell story after story of how visualization made them accomplish feats nobody before them had accomplished.
People use vision boards in different ways. I make one each year, sometimes just for that year, and sometimes with longer time frames attached. On the back, I like to add other people’s dreams as they become confident enough to share them with me. At the top, I always write this: “This or something better. I will be happy and grateful when it comes. It will come so easily I laugh.” (I borrowed that from great spiritual thinker Christie Marie Sheldon who likes to live in the ‘love and above’ place I also strive to be. And thanks to fellow writer and friend, Damien, for introducing her to me.)
This year, I threw my former time as second grade teacher onto the poster board with heart stickers and flower decals. I was in a sparkly sticker kind of mood. Last year I was in more of a Sharpie-in-all-colors kind of mood. I go through magazines, or print pictures off my Pinterest boards (its own kind of vision board!), or search on Google images. This year, I’m going to start collecting images as I see things throughout the year that reasonate. There’s really no right or wrong way to do this. It’s tapping into your inner guidance and doing what feels right to you.
After I make a board, I look at it each night before I go to bed for about the first month. Then, I try and get out of the way. I leave it by my bed and look at it every so often. At the end of the year, I’m always amazed at how closely the year aligned with my board. I make a new board. And, as this is a work in progress, each year it’s slightly different and I learn something new from the last experience. Something I want to tweak.
Throw your personality on it and dream. Enjoy yourself. Take your time. Don’t make it a “half to”–make it a “get to.” You get to dream, to co-create your life. What can be more fantastic? You’ll be glad you did, and you will find your sense of purpose more full than you ever believed possible.