Happy New Year to you, let’s make 2020 the year we all thrive!
One of my highlights over the festive break has been clients sharing their vision boards with me, it has been so exciting to see images of travel, babies, new cars and plenty of beautiful beaches.
I was first introduced to the idea of Vision Boards during an RTT session; and I loved the idea so much that I have been suggesting them to clients who feel ‘stuck’ for a while now.
What are vision boards?
Vision boards are a specific tool that help you to clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a particular life goals.
Whether you have health goals, relationship goals, financial goals, personal development goals, or even family goals, you can create an image of what your plan and goals are.
Why make vision boards?
We are all so busy and many of us, function for much of the time on auto pilot. We don’t make time to think about our life goals, instead we are bombarded by constant distractions. By making a vision board it allows you to identify your life goal and give it clarity.
One of the rules of the mind is that it responds to the words we use and the pictures we make.
Therefore, making your board gives you a wonderful opportunity to stop, think and create a display to really show what you want in your life.
It allows you to design the life you want rather than just roll with the one you feel you have been given – it puts you in control.
How to make a vision board?
Most clients choose to make virtual ones on their laptops but for me, there really is nothing like getting the glue sticks and fancy pens out.
It is now accepted that crafting of any sort is good for mental health, one of the main advantages is that it has the participant firmly rooted in that moment, but vision boards are so much more than that.
For me, vision boards are not about just finding nice pictures to glue, it is about the feelings that the image evokes for you. If you love a picture and it fires your imagination, then it must be included. However, if it makes you feel inadequate, explore why that is, find the root cause for that feeling. When you understand it, you can then set about dealing with it.
Once the images are aligned with your feelings, your vision board becomes attainable.
When to make a vision board?
It is so important to make a vision board anytime, yes you read that right, anytime that the mood takes you – get creating. You really do not need to wait for a new year; or new month; or for you to lose weight; or find a new job; put these things on your board and start making them happen.
However, because I love numerology I will be creating mine on the 11th of January, as 111 is a highly optimistic number that indicates new beginnings and that the gate of opportunity is open – so it feels like a perfect time for me.
You have made your vision board – what then?
Don’t just put it on paper and stare at it, wishing one day you could have that or do that. Instead, take action! If you want to lose weight, for example, then do something today that will help you lose weight. If you want to step into a new career, then do something about it! If you want to learn to do something or become something, you must take action. It does not just happen because you created a board and look at it. This is all about inspiring you to take action!
Keep the inspiration alive by either placing the board somewhere prominent or – my personal favourite – have it as your screen saver so you see it every time you open your laptop or use your phone. If you have done a physical board, take a picture of it.
Whatever your goals are for 2020, I encourage you to take some time this month to reflect on what is hidden deep in your heart.