Creating a (non-cheesy) Vision Board
January 3, 2011 by Stephanie O'Dea
Happy New Year!
The beginning of the year is made for day dreamers. What will you DO with yourself this year? Will this be the year you finally get organized? Lose weight? Start exercising daily?
Will this be the year that you move to your dream house? Land the dream job? Find a husband? Get a guinea pig (or two) to love lots and lots for two weeks and then forget all about it (them) and leave mom to clean the cage?
It’s up to you.
No really. It is.
The kids and I made vision boards over the weekend while Adam played with his new iPad. He says he doesn’t need to make a vision board because he already has all he needs/wants in life. I could read this two ways: he’s either fulfilled with me and the girls, or he’s fulfilled with the iPad.
I first heard of making Vision Boards because of the book and video, The Secret. Before watching the video, I was already big goal setter, but liked the visual aspect of putting a vision board “out there.”
To the Universe.
did I lose you?
I know. It sounds terribly hokey, and I think believing that The Universe is going to respond with sunshine and roses just for “putting it out there” is far-fetched and naive, but I do it anyway.
1) Writing your goals down forces you to focus on what you really want. You want more money? Great. How are you going to get (attract) this money? Maybe the sign advertising for extra nighttime help at Kohls is a sign (HA! a sign sign. didn’t even plan that one…) from The Universe.
or maybe it’s a coincidence. IT DOESN’T MATTER. What matters is what you DO with this sign (sign!).
2 ) Some people are naturally more visually oriented than others. Flipping through magazine pages is relaxing, and when you’re relaxed and your guard is down, your mind can wander to images that jump out at you. Fancy platform heels and a skintight dress? Maybe this means that deep down you want to either step up your look this year, or lose weight. Or both.
3) It’s fun. Art time is fun time. Let yourself have fun—there’s no need for perfection, and there certainly is no right or wrong way to make a vision board. You can hang a bulletin board over your desk, put words of wisdom on the bathroom mirror, cover your refrigerator with inspirational photos—it’s your choice.
My Vision Board is on the back of my bathroom door. We don’t have a home office, and I don’t want to explain what this or that means to visitors/family, so I keep it to myself. This is up to you. My friend Kim has a party with some of her close friends and they make their boards together—do whatever is right for you.
But remember: don’t put the stuff up that you think other people want you to. This is for you, and you only. It’s okay to feel greedy, narcissistic, and ridiculous.
you’re in good company.
edited to add 1/25/11: There’s a new software that’s downloadable and FREE! for making computerized vision boards. I love this idea—you can find any image (online, or from your own stash) to incorporate. Fun!
Also, Lauren emailed to tell me her great idea. She took a digital picture of her vision board and then uses it as the wallpaper on her phone and computer, so she’s constantly reminded of the things she’s working on/trying to attract. Fantastic!