Imagine this, seven grown women huddled around a dining room table playing with glue sticks, construction paper, markers, scissors and magazines. They laugh, they cry, they share what is going on in their lives. All the while they are searching for the perfect images and words to convey their hopes and dreams for the coming year. They are literally creating their futures out of paper and glue.
I was one of the women at that table in the beginning of 2019. I was creating my first vision board with the other members of Bitches Gettin’ Riches, a financial book club for women. I was already a believer in the power of the subconscious as a tool to assist you in reaching your goals. Nearly twenty years ago, I made a quick bucket list of about twenty-five life goals. I then promptly filed away the paper and didn’t look at it again for ten years. When I pulled it back out, I was shocked to see over half of the goals had been accomplished without conscious effort on my part.
There was something almost magical about clarifying to myself what I wanted out of life and then reinforcing those goals through the act of writing them down. To date, only two goals remain uncompleted. It’s time to make a new list.
The vision board works in the same way except that it primarily uses pictures instead of words to convey a feeling of what you want to see develop in your life. It can be as literal or as figurative as you like. It can be a crowded sea of pictures that convey a single unifying idea or it can be all over the map expressing a multitude of possibilities. It only need make sense to you. In fact, each image must resonate with your intentions and represent something of importance to your life. Otherwise, the vision board is a wasted effort.
This is not to say that you will be able to adequately explain everything that ends up on the board. Creating a vision board is a very intuitive process and you may choose a picture without knowing exactly why.
Let’s say you choose a picture of a flower garden because it is bright and beautiful and your life feels dull and lifeless at the moment. You cannot pinpoint the reasons your life feels that way, nor do you have a game plan for how to change your life — you just know that you want something better.