It’s been almost 20 years since my first vision board. And you know what? I still have it (I promise I am NOT a hoarder?). My very first vision board was more like a collage / poem of words that I liked and resonated with me. The words I chose were inspiring, encouraging and funky like me. Today, I can look back on this project and it still reflects the person I am or have become.
There is something to be said about a vision board over 20 years old that rings true to this day: visualization works. The medium is a board, but the exercise is the same used by athletes for years. When I played competitive sports, my mother bought me a book about visualization. I was 11 years old. The book described the power of visualization in sports and how imagining yourself winning would in fact increase the chances of winning. Well, as competitive as I was, I was willing to try anything. After some practice visualizing hitting winning shots, I realized there was something to this visualization thing: by mentally rehearsing physical actions, the physical actions themselves would come into existence and a lot easier.
Over the past 20 years, visualization has become a lot more common and popular. Manifesting, affirmations and even “The Secret” are related to visualization. When we rehearse feeling statements and or situations in our minds, our subconscious kicks in (and the universe) to make things the way we envisioned.
Now it’s your turn. Let’s start picturing your 2016 with a vision board and watch it work. The first thing you have to do is relax. There aren’t rules to this vision board thing. Just have fun. What I personally like to do is take 5 minutes, close my eyes and meditate on positive thoughts for 2016. After this moment of silence, grab the scissors and get started.
I usually gather up old magazines and markers then start cutting out any images or words that spark some type of joy inside. For example, you could see a picture of a green apple and really love it but don’t know why exactly. If you are attracted to something, clip it and paste it.
While going through this step, you also want to think big picture. It’s the complete you we are trying to envision. That means you at home, at work, out in the world..etc. Consider all areas of your life: fitness, finance, nutrition, friendships, family. Listen to your internal voice and post something that represents that. If you don’t find a picture or word, you can create it yourself with a marker.
And that’s it. Once you complete your work, post it up somewhere. It doesn’t have to be front and center. But just somewhere you will see / notice it. This way your peripheral vision can pick up on the images and start to manifest itself in your life. Just let the board sit and work its magic. Nothing else is needed on your part.
Over the next 10 days, try to take an hour and create a vision board. Make it fun, invite friends over and make it into a party. I used to host women’s workshops with my friends in NYC where we would do this and it was a blast. Use your power for your good in 2016.