Last week I talked about the importance of having a plan going into 2015.  This week I will share how to take a plan and put it in a format that makes it easy for us to visualize what we hope and want to accomplish. No matter what our background, age, gender or artistic capabilities, vision boards are on the rise as a tool people use to make their dreams and goals a reality.  They’re not a new concept and people have been making them in one form or another for years, but for some reason they are becoming more popular than ever.  As the saying goes if you can see it you can achieve it.


Another way to think of a vision board is as a road map or a collage of words, pictures, affirmations, or thoughts that express what’s on your mind and in your heart.  You can make your vision boards as complicated or simplistic as you desire.  I appreciate people that are able to express themselves by drawing, but that’s not one of my skillsets.  Therefore my vision boards are filled more with words and photos that I take from personal collections, newspapers or magazines.  I also collect quotes from people I admire that motivate me in my line of work.   Building your vision board is not a contest. Don’t worry if your board doesn’t look professional.  The main thing is that it resonates and speaks to you.


I have been doing vision boards off and on since I was a young girl.  I remember taking pictures out of magazines depicting images of women that I thought were beautiful and the way they dressed and pasting them to poster boards.  Back then I didn’t understand the subliminal messages that lie beneath the surface of what we take in on a regular basis.  With this in mind it is important to be careful what you include in your layout on your board. 


Over the years as I expanded the type of reading I engaged in and started noticing how people talked about their vision boards as an expression of their goals, I began to take mine to a whole new level.  Now I actually include all aspects of my life on my board including personal, professional, health and spiritual.  I actually make different vision boards for different reasons, but each year when I make my main board for that year, I also include on the flip side my goals written out in detail to expand my visual. This helps me to chart and measure my progress a little better. 


Today everywhere you look people are sharing their vision boards.  Famous people such as Oprah and even author and motivational speaker Jack Canfield, talk about vision boards and how they use them as tools.  If you don’t know where to begin you can even go online and search for apps and templates that speak to your taste and flavor.  Once you complete your board make sure you place it in a location where you are able to look at it on a regular basis, this will help keep you on track and motivated.  Your board should inspire you and help attract what you want in your life.  If necessary don’t be afraid to adjust or revamp your board as you see fit. As you look back over the years you will see a beautiful and evolving journey.


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