Before I knew anything about vision boarding I used to write lists. I would write lists about places I wanted to go, things I wanted to experience and aspects of my life I wanted to change My lists were short and sharp and always motivated by the pain of what wasn’t working in my life. I look back on some old lists now and see a strong and powerful pattern as to why things didn’t change the way I wanted them too. Back then I didn’t know that by only focusing on what I didn’t want in my life, I ensured that this was all I got…. more of what I didn’t want.
When I finally gained this awareness it changed one of the most significant aspects of my life….…..my relationships. In 2006, I wrote a long and detailed list of all the qualities and attributes I wanted in my ideal partner. I read my list daily and pictured the life and love I would have with Mr X. I was ready for change, so the action I took was to dump the old pattern of thinking, talking and picturing the type of man I didn’t want, and instead used this information to identify what I did want. This was the first time I had actively shifted my focus and the results were magical. In December that year I met my wonderful partner Luke, the man that ticked all the boxes and the provided the evidence I needed to know that focus is everything! I still have this list as a point of reference for one of my greatest accomplishments.
Today instead of lists I use a vision board. I believe that vision and action are everything. My board is a reminder of the pleasure I aim to create in my life both now and in the future. I use these images and words to know my outcome and then take action in achieving what I want. They’re a way of keeping me inspired, on track, and motivated. These days my vision board includes projections for my lifestyle, business and career, health, personal development and relationships. What I dream in my head, I create on my board and take action to see come alive. I have words and images that excite and inspire me and I position it in my line of sight so I see it throughout the day. I know that the only way I can make these things a reality in my life is by thinking about them, believing in them and taking action towards achieving them. It’s not enough to just hope they’ll become my reality.
How to create your own vision board
1. Define the key areas of life that you wish to work on. These might include lifestyle, business and career, health, personal development, relationships and finances.
2. Take the time to really imagine what you want to manifest in your future. Find a quiet place and set your imagination free. What does your future look like, sound like, feel like? Remember your imagination is “your own fertile field for growing any seedlings that you choose to plant for a future harvest”
3. You can use magazines to create a collection of things you will see in your future however, I love Pinterest for this. I print the pictures out and physically pin them to my board. It saves time and the range is amazing. You can also keep the pinboard digital if that works better for you.
4. Pin all your inspriation on a corkboard and hang it somewhere you will see it frequently. Mine is in the entrance of my robe. I want these images in my conscious mind all day, every day.
5. Every time you look at your board, consciously choose to create the emotional state that matches what you see. If being surrounded by loving, loyal and inspiring friends is part of your vision, create the feeling of being connected and loved within yourself and take it into your day.
Change is the only constant, so know that your vision boards will evolve. What you thought or felt was right for you one week, may be remove the next week. I always ask myself ‘Does this desire fit into my life values?” This questioning keeps me on track, so I’m creating the life I truly desire…. Not the life I think I should be creating.
Find out next week about how to choose your state and truly take control of how you feel.