Spending a week in bed between the holidays with a sinus infection gives you a different perspective on things. All of the chores and tasks and obligations that “have” to get done go by the wayside. Christmas is over; thank goodness, because the body is not leaving the bed anytime soon. A shower feels like an impossible dream. When I’m feeling this badly, I can sleep 16 hours a day – spending much of the time drifting in and out of sleep – a few hours here, a few hours there.
Somewhere during the feverish week, I decided that I would not make any New Year’s resolutions. I would make some not-resolutions, including making dinner more often, and walking away from computer every day to get my dogs out for a walk, but what I really wanted to focus on was my vision board.
Have you heard of vision boards? Tried them? If not, read on. (If you have one, then get on out there and update it!)
I’m sure you’ve heard of, read the book or seen the movie, ‘The Secret’. Wait, don’t stop reading just yet. Hear me out first. It's based on 'the law of attraction', which Wikipedia defines as:
The law of attraction is a metaphysical belief that "like attracts like", that positive and negative thinking bring about positive and negative physical results, respectively. According to the law of attraction, the phrase "I need more money" allows the subject to continue to "need more money". If the subject wants to change this they would focus their thoughts on the goal (having more money) rather than the problem (needing more money). This might take the form of phrases such as "I have more money now" or "I have more money than I need."
What does the law of attraction have to do with a vision board? The purpose of a vision board is to help you visualize how and where you’d like your life to be. (If I was trying to sell you something, I’d be using the word manifest here, but I’m not selling anything, and I can’t even type that word with a straight face.) You don’t have to have all of the answers – the vision board can help you guide yourself into creating that life that you want. By having a visual representation of what you’d like in your life and seeing it every day – be it love, money, health, fitness, a career you love – plants it into your subconscious. And when you come to an opportunity or a fork in the road that could help you realize your dreams, your subconscious helps you make the choice that leads you there.
See, not so pseudoscientific and touchy-feely after all – just a tool to help you articulate – to yourself – what you want in your life.
The steps to creating a vision board are actually quite simple.
1) Find a piece of cardboard (8x10 or 11x17 are manageable sizes), a stack of magazines, a pair of scissors, and a glue stick.
2) Start flipping through the magazines. Look at the ads, the articles, the photos. If something sparks inside you, don’t worry about analyzing it; just rip the page out and continue.
3) When you have at least 20 pieces of paper, start arranging them on the cardboard. You can trim, overlap, whatever your heart desires. Again, don’t try to analyze your thoughts or feelings while you’re arranging the pieces. I’m not a crafty person, so I was amazed by how satisfying it was to move these pieces of paper here and there and try to fit them together like a puzzle.
4) Leave your vision board overnight before gluing. Your subconscious will be working on it, and it’s likely that when you take a second look, you’ll notice things missing, or a more pleasing arrangement. You might have to leave it for a couple of days. Continue searching for missing pieces and moving things around until something clicks, and it feels “finished”.
6) Hang your vision board where you will see it each day. Spend a few moments looking at it each day. And then forget about it.
7) Next New Year’s Eve, spend a few minutes quietly looking at your board. How many of these visuals have happened in your life? I’d bet good money that you’re now living at least some of them.
Change can take time. I created a board in early 2010; and was living quite a few of my dreams. But life goes on; we change, so on New Year’s Eve, I sat down with it, updated it, and hung it back on my wall. I’ll check back at the end of the year and let you know what’s happened.
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