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"Everything you can imagine is real."
Our subconscious mind believes everything we show it and seeks out resources and opportunities to prove that it's true. That's the power of visualization.
Just like top athletes harness the power of visualization to excel at sports, we can do the same to reach our important professional and personal goals.
One of the best ways to do this is to create a vision board, a montage of emotion-packed pictures and words that depict what you want to manifest. A vision board provides clarity and perspective so you'll be inspired to move in the direction of your dreams and be keenly aware of those helpful resources and opportunities.
I've used vision boards to help me manifest my family beach home, write my Working with Wisdom book and grow my speaking business. My Wisdom Mentoring clients have used vision boards to get promoted, find true love and get healthier.
"Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a picture of yourself as succeeding," advised Norman Vincent Peale, the author of The Power of Positive Thinking. "Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture."
|My 2013 Vision Board|
This is my latest vision board. It includes my formula for a healthy lifestyle, logos of organizations I want to work with or do more work with, thoughtful thank-you notes from clients, a watch that says "Now" to remind me to stay present and words like Simplify and Focus.
Want to create your own? I recently facilitated a "Picture Your Ideal Life!" vision board workshop in Atlanta. One participant commented, "It centered me to what my ultimate life goal is all about. It made it real for me and obtainable. I'm focused and know where I'm headed. I shared it with my husband that evening and was surprised by his reaction. He liked it and sees me obtaining all that is on my vision board!"
It's always more fun and effective if you can engage the energy of other supportive, motivated people and do it together. If you would like me to facilitate your vision board workshop for friends and family, or employees or coworkers, please contact me to discuss it.
Here are some best practices that have worked for me:
Start with a list.
Write down your goals in these three categories: Personal (health, family, relationships, finances, fun, etc.), Professional (learning new skills, getting a job or promotion, starting your own business, etc.) and Bodacious Big Dream goals (traveling through Europe, owning a vacation home, establishing a foundation to support worthy causes, writing a book, etc.)
- Begin clipping.
Flip through a bunch of your favorite magazines and clip out the pictures, words and phrases that best reflect your goals and dreams. Don't limit yourself. Think big! Be open to images that grab your attention even though they don't match with any specific aspiration. You'll soon find out the connection. Supplement the magazine clippings with images you print from the Internet.
Gather your tools.
In addition to your file of clippings and scissors, you'll need a glue stick and poster board or bulletin board. Some people prefer to do virtual vision boards online through sites like Pinterest. However, I think there is value in creating something more tactile.
- Create the foundation of your vision board.
Position the images and words on your board and rearrange them until it feels right. Then glue the pieces in place. I refer to this as the foundation since a vision board is an organic process that will grow along with you. Expect to add to it and prune it. You might choose to do one board for each goal or represent all your goals on one board.
- Focus on it.
Place the board where you'll see it every day. That might be on the wall across from your desk or your walk-in closet. Commit to spend a few minutes each day looking at your board. I often ask myself, "What one thing can I do today to get me closer to these goals?" and am often reminded what that might be. Share your board with those who support your success and encourage them to create their own.
I hope these best practices help. Share your experience or questions about vision boards on my Facebook page or reply back to me. I love hearing from you!
To Your Wisdom,
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