It was recommended to me by the coach I’m working with that I make a vision board. I rolled my eyes at the suggestion. I don’t have time for 5th grade nonsense I thought. But I made a commitment to myself to follow his suggestions so I accepted the challenge and did a little fishing online. I started reading articles and watching videos about the power of vision boards from the likes of Oprah, Steve Harvey, Ellen Degeneres, Katy Perry, Beyonce and a ton of other wildly successful people.
Hmm, I can’t argue with Oprah. Or Beyonce for that matter.
So with the start of a new year it’s the absolute perfect time to start this project.
Vision board 2016 here I come!
Best of all, I thought it would be fun if we all did it together and share and discuss our goals and progress in the Minty Facebook Group.
Who’s with me?
First things first….
What the heck is a vision board?
A vision board is a tool used to help you clarify and maintain focus on specific life goals. Essentially it’s any sort of board used to display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life. It’s that simple.
What’s the point?
The process of creating a board forces you to sit down and think about what your dreams and goals are. Once you’ve got that figured out, it helps keep your attention focused on those goals and inspires you to keep going in pursuit of them. The board and acts as a powerful visualization tool to help manifest the things you want.
How does it work?
Because your mind responds strongly to visual stimulation, by representing your goals with pictures you strengthen and stimulate your emotions which are the vibrational energy that activates the Law of Attraction. Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do. When we visualize, we are emitting a powerful frequency into the universe. Think of it as a map of your future that will inspire you on a daily basis to create a vibrational match for the future you desire.
Wait. That sounds like a heap of bull-doody.
I hear ya sister. Let’s get real. It’s not a magic board. Creating a vision board alone isn’t going to magically make your dreams come true. You won’t wake up in a Malibu beach house on pile on money to find a new car in your driveway and Chris Hemsworth in your bed just because you slapped pictures of these things on a board…unfortunately. Believe me, I tested this out, y’know just to be sure. Things are not going to magically manifest. This is not a substitute for hard work. But it is a really helpful tool to help you stay focused, work hard and be open to the opportunities will begin to present themselves to you. It will be up to grab them and run.
The BIG SECRET to making it work.
It’s simple: Your board should focus on more how you want to FEEL and who you want to be, not solely on the material things you want to have. Find pictures that represent or symbolize the experiences, feelings, and possessions you want to attract into your life. It should include images that resonate with you personally, not what you think you should want, what anyone expects of you or the typical generic crap that society tells us we should want like the perfect body, a model husband, a luxury car. SNOOZE. Dig deeper. Look for the images that make feel something strong emotionally. The ones that make you ‘oooooh’ and ‘awwww’. You need images that power you up and create a positive energy that you feel in every cell of your body because this will raise your vibration and help you attract these experiences and feelings into your life. You can include material objects but choose pictures that really make you feel something.
Before you start do a little visualizing first. Think about how you want to live your life, who you want to live it with, what you want to have, and all of the things you want to accomplish. Write it down. Create a list of what matters to you. Don’t be afraid to dream BIG!
Ready, Get Set, HERE WE GO.
STEP 1: Gather a bunch of magazines, flyers and catalogues. You can print images you find online or even incorporate some photos you’ve taken.
*If you want to go 100% digital with this one and create a collage in Photoshop absolutely you can. Just be sure to print out your final result!
STEP 2: Get ready to cut and paste. Get a pair of scissors and some glue or Modge Podge and a brush.
STEP 3: Get a board. You can use a wrapped canvas, bristol board, a board book, a sheet of foam core – whatever you like. I’m using an sheet of foam core that I scored down the middle so that it folds in half.
STEP 4: Go through magazines and cut out anything that speaks to you. Rip out any images of things you want, like, or just give you a good feeling. Cut up words, images, phases. Whatever. Don’t overthink it you will go through it all and decide what to use or toss later. Just cut, cut, cut. You can even print out images you find online.
*If you’re doing it digitally, create a new folder called VISION BOARD 2016 on your computer and save any images you find online in there OR start with a Pinterest board as a place to start collecting images from which you will later make a final selection.
STEP 5: Find your cat a hobby. Otherwise she will mistake your vision board for her own personal playground.
OPTIONAL STEP 6: Use this as an opportunity to master cat portraiture.
STEP 7: EDIT. Take a look at the images you cut up and decide what you want to put onto the board. Don’t get hung up on creating the “perfect” vision board. There’s no right or wrong way of doing this but try to avoid creating a very cluttered or chaotic board, you don’t want to attract chaos into your life. Try and focus it a bit. You can make it like a collage or do something very orderly – whatever feels right to you.
STEP 8: Assemble.
I’m still working on mine so let’s do this together! Head on over the Get Minty Facebook Group and let’s discuss.
If you’re looking for Vision Board examples just do a quick GOOGLE SEARCH and you will find thousands.
Be creative. Include anything that speaks to you. Photos, words, memorabilia etc. Consider including a picture of yourself in your board. If you do, choose one that makes you feel good when you look at it and remember to have fun and enjoy the process.
I’ll be back with a follow up post with the final step – what to do with it once it’s created.
DREAM BIG LADIES!
2016 is going to be your year.