I'm not quite sure how I feel about the Law of Attraction (sometimes I swear it must be true; other times I feel it's just me seeing what I want to see), but I'm passionate about knowing what I want and going after it. Which is why I periodically create vision boards to physically depict what I want in life. (See my DANI board from back in 2010.) Not only is it fun for me to create something (I'm a big fan of crafts, as you can see by my new craft cart!), but it's also a great way for me to sit down and really think about what I want in life. I, like many of us, claim I know what I want, but sitting down and really thinking about it helps me focus on what's really important to me -- and determine how I can incorporate those important things into my life.
Creating a vision board is easy. Because it's about you and what you want, you can use any format and any medium. Even though it's a completely open-ended task, having done this a few times, I've discovered that there are some essentials that should be woven into the vision board-creating process. Here's what you'll need to have to make your vision a success:
#1 : Time
To create a truly great vision for yourself, you need time. You need the time to figure out what you really want in your life. Just slapping some words or images on a board isn't going to get you very far (or very far in the right direction). Determining a vision for your life takes careful thought. As you create your vision, imagine what it would be like to really get (or keep) these things in your life. Are they really what you want? When you dedicate time to your vision, you'll uncover what's truly important to you -- and avoid desiring things you think you're supposed to want.
Giving yourself time to create the vision you truly want also frees you up to think about things that are important to you that you might not have considered before. Time gives you the freedom to see things from a different point of view -- and to contemplate some aspects of your life that you might not have thought of as important before. For example, I put "concerts" on my vision board. Sounds a bit trivial, doesn't it? But, for me, being at a really great concert is one of the true places I feel absolute and utter joy. (Just ask anyone who's gone to one with me and seen that stupid grin on my face as I bounce up and down with the excitement of a toddler!) "Concerts" didn't come to my mind when I first started working on the board, but after spending time thinking about what I really want more of in my life, they came to me.
It's tempting to just rush into the whole vision board thing. After all, you know what you want, right? But don't rush it. If you take your time, you'll discover things -- important things -- that are must-haves for your life's vision.
Yes, the vision board is just for you -- but when we don't share our dreams and desires with the world, we lose some of the accountability that comes with sharing what we want. When you tell others what you want, you're more likely to actively go after it. You're more likely to stay on track with your goals. Same goes for your vision. If you tell someone about it, you'll both make it more tangible and you'll have someone to hold you accountable for your desires. You don't have go blog it the world (like I'm about to do!), but even just telling one person can help you be more successful in turning visions into realities. Here are the items on my current board . . .
1. Bella – my best pup; need to enjoy the time I have with her
2. Boyfriend – best guy I know; need lots of him in my life
3. My Book – hoping for lots of success with the launch (coming soon!)
4. Sobriety – two years and counting... gotta keep it up!
5. Now – living in the present is a struggle, but a worthy aspiration
6. Music – cannot live without it; a life-long must-have!
7. Love – romantic, platonic, familial: the more love, the better
8. Beach – need to spend more time by the seashore
9. Calling (not Job) – less work, more passion
10. Organization – essential for my productivity (and sanity!)
11. Meaning – living life with a purpose is vital
12. Art – it inspires and excites me
13. Positivity – imperative for living the best possible life
14. Friends – couldn't survive without them
15. Knowledge – always learning, always curious
16. Romance – adds a little sparkle to any day
17. Sunshine – lights up even a dark day
18. Color – one of my favorite things in life
19. Dreams – never giving up on my crazy ones
20. Perseverance – even when I struggle, I must keep going
21. Time – to do what I love, to enjoy life
22. Happiness – a lasting, content kind
23. Relaxation – hard for me, but I need more of it
24. Creativity – making my ideas into realities
25. Concerts – few things make me happier
26. Truth – difficult at times, but always the way to go
27. Tools – particularly technology, one of my great loves
28. Gratitude – striving to be thankful for all I have
29. Laughter – without it, life would be such a waste
30. Writing – the only thing I could spend a lifetime doing
31. Action – less waiting, more doing
32. Give Back – donating time to those (pups) in need
33. Clouds – without them, sunshine would be meaningless
34. Business – building, growing, succeeding
35. Celebration – life's too short not to celebrate
36. Beauty – it's everywhere & I want to find it all
37. Adventures – need more of these in my life
38. Money – enough to be comfortable & make a difference
39. Books – without them, I would be lost
40. Home – someday, a house; now, my little family in our apartment
It feels good, putting those desires out there. Now if ever start to give up on these dreams -- or lose sight of what matters most -- I've got a whole bunch of people out there in the world who could hold me accountable.
#3 : Conviction
Finally, you need conviction. You need to believe that what you want is what you can get. If you don't, your vision board is certain to struggle. You need certainty. You need confidence. Without the belief that you can (and will!) succeed, your visions won't be more than just images on paper. The main purpose of creating a vision board is to identify what you want, but it also serves as a reminder for you to be confident in yourself and your desires. Believe that you can achieve what you want -- and, more importantly, believe that you deserve to achieve it.
Have you ever created a vision board?
If you have (or will), what's on it (or will be on it)?