A Love Letter To Vision Boards (Also, A Guide To Vision Boards)
In the movie version of the Secret, John Assaraf tells a story I've repeated to everyone I've ever made vision boards with. Sitting in his new home, John pulled out a few old vision boards. On one of them, he was shocked to see a photo of his new home, pulled from a magazine years earlier. He didn't realize he'd literally attracted his dream home until he saw the home he was sitting in right there on the collage he'd created years earlier.
While that example illustrates the point to a bit of an extreme, the truth is vision boards can help us clarify what's important to us in a powerful way. There's power in setting intentions, and even more in giving regular attention to them. If you place your vision boards where you'll see them every day, the intentions behind them will remain strong.
One thing I ask myself when making vision boards: "Does this make me feel good?"
Sometimes, I momentarily consider including images that don't really lift me up. Perhaps I find a photo of an interior of a house. It's visually appealing, and for a minute I want to include it. Then, I realize it doesn't resonate with me. Looking at the photo, I feel inadequate. There's something about it that makes me feel out of alignment. If I include the photo, I'd just multiply those bad feelings.
I find that the key is including the photos that make me scream "Yes! this is me!" inside. They don't always make sense. They just have to suggest a good feeling, a feeling I want to multiply over the days and weeks ahead.
None of these suggestions are hard "rules." The only rule in the game of vision board-making is that there are no rules. Do you want that giant picture of a lemon you cut out from a Good Housekeeping issue from May 2015 to stick off of the cardstock a little bit? Do you want to use a giant piece of cardboard instead of cardstock? Are you focusing exclusively on the color green?
Go right along. The vision board police won't pull you over.
During life transitions, vision boards are an amazing way to clarify what change means. As the young parent of a young child, the only thing that has been constant in my life the past few years has been change. While I was pregnant, I used a vision board to conceptualize my ideas of the kind of mom I wanted to be. I used a vision board to manifest a new home, and then I used a vision board to dream up the kind of home I wanted it to be. When I was evaluating next steps in my career, I made a vision board. This summer, I was craving both opportunity and adventure, wrapped up together like some kind of life sushi roll, so I made a vision board.
Whatever your big dreams are right now, a vision board can help you manifest them. Along the way, you'll gain insight into what's driving those big dreams.
Wondering how to get started?
Gather a stack of old magazines, scissors, glue and/or double sided tape, and a surface to use as a canvas. What do I mean by that? You can use pretty much whatever you want. Cardstock is a great starting point, but I've used posterboard and giant pieces of cardboard, too. Bring all of these somewhere you can work, like the dining room floor or your kitchen table or your bed. Pretty much anywhere with gravity will work. I highly recommend sipping on some tea while you work. Maybe actually light that Diptyque candle sitting on your dresser for once. Set the mood!
Once you have your supplies and other accoutrements gathered, pick up one of the magazines and cut away. Cut out phrases you like, pretty pictures, whatever elicits a big, unequivocal "yes!" At this stage, I just cut out everything that appeals to me and subject the images and words I choose to further scrutiny before the gluing/taping phase.
Now that you have a big pile of stuff you like, make a beautiful collage that perfectly represents the woman you want to be, the woman you really already are. You're amazing!
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