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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?
WHAT IS A VISION BOARD ANYWAY?
A vision board is a visual depiction of something you want to achieve. Your vision board can focus on one area of your life (relationships, health and fitness, finances, spirituality, work) or it can include a combination of areas.
Before you begin it’s important to set your intentions clearly. That means thinking about the areas you would like to focus on and what it is that you would like to achieve. For some people it is enough to sit and think about these things quietly. Others need to talk their ideas over with a friend, partner or family member. Some need to write their ideas down to gain a real sense of focus. If you need a little help, please read my blog post How To Set Goals which takes you step by step through the goal setting process.
GATHER TOGETHER SOME SUPPLIES
You will need: scissors, glue, magazines of your choosing and a large white board/piece of card or a pin board. You can also use colored pens if you like. Try to have a wide variety of magazines handy even if they don’t seem to be particularly relevant to your goal. You may come across some text or image out of the blue that really applies to you. Some magazines I like are shown below, click on the image to take a closer look.
Some people prefer to make a kind of vision scrap book instead of a board. If that is what floats your boat, go for it. This is your vision. There is no right or wrong way, only your way.
OPEN UP AND FOCUS
You are going to choose pictures for your vision board that really speak to you. For this to happen you first need to open yourself up.
Take a quiet moment and think or say out loud one or all of the following statements of intent:
I AM READY TO ACCEPT CHANGE IN MY LIFE
I AM OPEN TO WHAT THE UNIVERSE HAS TO OFFER ME
I GIVE MYSELF PERMISSION TO WANT AND ACCEPT GOOD THINGS FOR MYSELF BECAUSE I AM WORTH IT
If you are in touch with your spiritual self you will feel very comfortable making these declarations. Your energy will be buzzing and you will start to feel really positive and focused. It’s a wonderful warm feeling when you are communicating with your inner self.
If you are at odds with your spiritual self you might feel a bit weird or self-conscious when you declare your intentions. That’s normal. Starting something new always feels a bit tricky at first and if you have been suppressing or ignoring your spiritual side it can take a little while to feel the connection. Sometimes you just have to leap in and go with the flow.
If you would like help to exercise your spiritual muscles and feel more grounded and connected, I have something for you. You can download your CONNECT MY SPIRIT pack here. Sign up in the box below and I will deliver it into your inbox immediately. I can’t wait for you to try out the exercises and re-connect with your spiritual self.
CREATE YOUR VISION BOARD
Once you have opened yourself up to accepting your vision, it’s time to get started.
- Find a quiet time when you will not be disturbed. Set your intention and focus your mind. If it gets you in the mood, light candles and/or play music.
2. Flick through the magazines and cut out any images, words or text that speaks to you. Don’t think too much about it at this stage just focus on your goal and your intention. If some of the images you cut out seem an odd fit don’t worry about it – just go with it. You may find that you select some images for the way they make you feel rather than what they literally show. For example, you might use a picture of a fireplace because it gives you a safe homely feeling rather than because you want to install a new fireplace!
3. If you are creating a board for several different life areas, split your board into sections. If you are focusing on one area, you might want to find a relevant word or image as a board header. You can place this in the center of your board or at the top.
4. Lay out your pictures over the board. You may discard some of your images at this point if you feel they no longer fit or you may feel that you need to go back to the magazines to find something you are missing. It’s fine. Remain focused on your goal and your intention.
5. You can then start to paste your images and words onto the board in a way that makes sense and looks good to you. You might want to overlap some pictures or add your own drawings/text with colored pens.
You may find that as you start to create your vision board, your vision changes. This is perfectly normal.
When you free your intellectual mind and give in to your intuition and creativity. Amazing and unexpected things happen.
When you have created a board you can display it where you can see it every day. If you don’t want to have your board in a public area for everyone to see, that’s fine. Some people like to keep their vision board in their closet. That may sound odd but it is visible as they go to get dressed each morning. It is important to keep your goals present in the forefront of your mind. This helps the next part of the process which is manifesting.
Try to look at your vision board often and concentrate on manifesting the images/objects/feelings on your board.
MANIFESTING YOuR VISION
I’m sure that by now you are wanting to know the answer to the million dollar question: How do I turn my vision board into reality?
The next step is manifesting your goals.
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