By Liz, still adjusting to real life after a fabulous Wicked retreat….
As you may have heard, the Wickeds held our annual retreat this past weekend. You’ll get the skinny tomorrow when we post our favorite memories, but one of the topics that came up was vision boards–who does them, who loves them, who’s never heard of them. Since I’m in the “I love them” camp, I figured I’d do a post about why we all should use them.
I first learned about vision boards from watching The Secret years ago, and the concept intrigued me. The idea is to put a visual depiction of anything you want to bring into your life in a place where you can look at it multiple times each day. By seeing a picture–literally–of what you want to achieve, accomplish, acquire, etc., you’re focusing on what brings you joy. And when you focus on those things, you bring them to life even faster.
Now, before you write the concept off as too woo-woo, remember–you still have to take action on your dreams. Simply putting up a picture of yourself next to the words “Famous movie star” won’t work if you never go to auditions or take an acting class or do something else to get noticed. But if you’re visualizing AND taking steps to make your dreams come true, you can’t go wrong.
Your board can include pictures from magazines, words, phrases, affirmations, photos–anything that makes you happy, inspires you, or motivates you. Here’s an example of one of mine:
This is a household vision board, so there’s lots of different stuff on it related to writing, houses, beaches, cars, flat abs…you get the idea. I’m happy to report I’m the proud owner of the black VW Jetta in the top right corner.
I’m due to create a new one, as this one hasn’t been updated in more than a year. Some of these things don’t apply anymore, but many still do. But it’s nice to start from scratch and create some new experiences in your life.
One of the things I’ve struggled with is, how many different boards do you need? Should I do one for writing, one for my day job, one for my personal life? Or does it work better if everything is in one place? I don’t think there’s any right answer. Every area of life overlaps, after all, so there’s a benefit to combining visions. But smaller, more targeted boards could be the right choice for someone else.
However you structure your board, the important thing is to have one. In fact, we Wickeds have already put this on our agenda for next year’s retreat. So head out to your favorite store and grab some magazines, poster boards, scissors and glue and get visualizing!
Readers, have you ever used a vision board? Leave a comment and tell us what you think!