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What’s Your Vision?

April 11, 2014

Have you ever created a vision board? The concept is simple. Cut out pictures, paste them on a board, and change your life. Easy, right?

Believe it or not, creating a vision board CAN change your life – or at least the way you think about your life. I’m going to tell you how it can do that, and give you some tips that will help you set your own board up for success.

A vision board can also be called a dream board, a vision map, or a treasure map. Generally, it’s based on the Law of Attraction, the idea that the way you think directly affects what the universe gives you.

A vision board isn’t just something that crafty people do for fun. When you create a good vision board, it makes your dreams and your goals seem more possible, more realistic.

Let’s get started.

STEP 1: Find your inspiration.

What’s your vision for yourself? Consider what your professional and personal goals are, and find images and words that reflect that vision. These items should resonate with you – speak to you, if you will.

Do you want a better job? What do you need to do to get there? Maybe you need to go back to school, get a mentor, or spruce up your resume. (Or maybe you need to join a ToastMasters group.)

Want to take up a new hobby? Learn a new language? Looking for a relationship? Any big ticket items or trips you’re saving for?

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Want to gain some self confidence? I helped my teenage daughter create a vision board when I noticed she had low self esteem. She loved the exercise, and a year later her mindset had completely changed. This isn’t her board, but it’s an example of the types of items you could put on your own self esteem board.

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(Image source: http://empoweringteens.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/SELF-Vision-Boards.png)

What about things that inspire you? Do you have a strong connection to your faith, or favorite quotes that call you to action?

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(Image source: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3o4JJclemnE/Uh80H0ZAbII/AAAAAAAAAGw/NQNVmSkH1Io/s1600/DSC08110.JPG)

The Internet is a great source of inspiration. I can type one word into a search engine and spend hours trying to find just the right image that I connect with. Others prefer to cut up magazines, or create a digital board. The method doesn’t matter, as long as you’re happy with the end result.

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An important tip is to focus on positive items only. Images and words that discuss the negative aren’t as conducive to change, as those negative thoughts become implanted in your subconscious (which defeats your purpose).

For example, if you want to quit smoking, don’t put a picture of a cigarette on your board. Not even if there’s a line through it. Better choices are images of clean air and healthy lungs. Perhaps a picture of you in the middle of that clean air.

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Another tip is to focus on the end result. If you want to pass a course, or want a certification, add the certificate to the board with your name already filled out. If you want to lose weight, make sure the scale you put on your board says that magic number.

STEP 2: Put your board together.

Next, collect your vision board items, and start laying them out. There isn’t a right way or a wrong way to do a vision board, but the one thing I suggest is to put a picture of yourself in the middle. When I visualize myself on the board, I find it easier to connect with the images around me. However, make sure you really like the picture you choose, because you will be looking at it A LOT.

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STEP 3: Give it attention.

Finally, you need to give those items attention. Because the thing is, attention is powerful, and where your attention goes, your energy flows. 

And don’t you want your attention focused on the things that you want to attract in your life?

For example, let’s say you’re going to take a walk on the treadmill. You put on your headphones and open a magazine, you set a goal, maybe 30 minutes or two miles, and start your walk. You’ll get there, and feel good.

But what if, during the walk, you focus your energy on your body instead of the magazine? What if you make sure that:

– the music you play is your favourite motivational beat,

– you intentionally sing along to make sure you’re regulating your breathing,

– you pump your arms,

– you tighten your core and straighten your back,

– you monitor how your body responds and make sure you set the incline and speed to challenge yourself at your peak at all times?

When you feel like you can do a little more, you push a little harder.

Not only will you get there, but you’ll get there faster, you’ll go a little further than you expected, and you’ll burn more calories. That’s giving attention to your goal, and if it’s that’s simple to give attention to one goal and improve the results, why wouldn’t you do that for all of your goals?

Let’s Build a Board

If you were to build a Distinguished ToastMaster vision board, what would you to include?

You need to do speeches. Make sure you include images of strong speakers. Maybe even yourself.

You need to do leadership roles. Be sure to include some of these images too.

Picture standing ovations. Best Speaker ribbons. Trophies. Certificates of achievement with your name on them. Your vision board might look something like this.

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All you need to do now is add a picture of yourself and give that vision some attention.

Here is one of my vision boards. (I actually have multiple boards. Who says you should have just one?)

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It’s time to put your board together. Remember the three steps:

  1. Find your inspiration.
  2. Put your board together in whatever way works for you.
  3. Focus your attention on making that vision a reality.

Remember…that vision board is you. It’s your dreams. It’s your best self. And it’s just waiting to be.

So I ask you again…what’s your vision?

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