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I am a natural born cynic.
I have been pretty skeptical of anything too ‘out there’ in the past but I am also the survivor of an acrimonious divorce and I can say with complete conviction that there’s nothing quite like a life-changing event to both broaden your mind and sharpen your focus. I’ve been using visualization and manifestation for some time now and the idea of a vision board makes perfect sense to me.
If you feel uneasy with the idea of visualization and find it all a bit woo-woo I get it … But I’d like to make you think again.
Hear me out.
PSSST … I NEED TO TELL YOU A SECRET …
The Law of Attraction is a philosophy based on the idea that like attracts like. Positive thoughts attract positive outcomes and similarly negative thoughts attract negative outcomes. Rhonda Byrne wrote about this in her wonderful bestselling novel The Secret (link below) and following this dream/vision boards have become incredibly popular.
It isn’t a new concept though.
I’ve been using visual mind mapping techniques for around twenty years and I know I’m not the only one. I used this method as a teacher with my special needs visual learners to help them access the curriculum. I have a close friend who has always used mind mapping techniques in corporate meetings to set company targets. I have also used visual mapping and collaging to set and manifest my goals.
The concept of vision boards has been somewhat hijacked of late however. Groups have been springing up everywhere, cutting and pasting with all their might and numerous articles have been written about how to create the perfect vision board. Unfortunately, I am hearing time and time again that vision boards are not working. This is disappointing and frustrating for a lot of people who thought they were getting what they needed.
I have to tell you that a lot of what I have read, heard and seen about vision boards is total trash. If you think that just sticking pictures onto a piece of paper is going to change your life you have been misled.
It’s a harsh truth, but it’s a truth nonetheless.
Creating a vision board is a process. It is not an intellectual exercise or just a pleasant craft activity. It requires thought, intention and an open spirit. It requires you to be all in.
Are you all in?