Here is one of my favorite tools in my bag o’ tricks or as I sometimes refer to, life’s toolbox. It’s my vision board and its little yet equally powerful sister, the vision book. On the surface both appear to be pretty benign, a simple collage of stuff cut and pasted with my hopes and dreams. But what if I told you that behind those pretty things or feelings lies a secret untapped resource that has the ability to influence your behavior in a way that gets you a step closer to achieving those things or feelings you projected. While you are scrambling for your scissors and tape let me share with you my experience with vision boards.
Believe = Receive
Back in 2008 one of the hottest books out was The Secret and I a self professed member of Team Oprah was all over this idea that in order to receive you must believe. What I didn’t subscribe to though was the idea that you sit around and wait for things to just happen. There were some parts of the Secret that just did not resonate with me so I moved on to another book by John Assaraf and Murray Smith called The Answer.
The Answer had more of a business slant to it but it was basically about the same thing, manifestation and how some things like vision boards seem to hurry up the process. The book opens with the background story about John and how synchronicities seemed to accelerate his financial success at warp speed. He talked about his use of vision boards to help you hone in on your intentions and goals. Soon I was plastering my office with photos of things that I wanted to bring into my life, my coworkers thought I just liked starting at photos of Prince and tropical destinations.
My big takeaway from the book was this idea that the mind is hardwired to keep us in a state of congruence, meaning your mind, consciously or not is guiding your decision making process so that you reality always matches your belief.
A year later in 2009 I was forced to make some big decisions including leaving my job of eight years. I became obsessed with the idea of becoming the next big blogger and spoiler alert it didn’t materialize, I did however reignite my passion which is photography.
Don’t limit yourself
During my first year of blogging I talked about my vision board in which I really glossed over the whole idea of what the board was about and went straight to DIY mode and what’s worse is that I did everyone the biggest disservice which was not following up with what happened AFTER which I get to below. So keep this in mind as you begin to prepare, don’t just stick to the magazines you have yet to throw out. We have this wonderful thing called the internet but in order to find those best images you must first know what your ideal life looks (and feels) like.
Define what you want
This is a step I skipped and while my vision board kept me right on track (warning: magic ahead) my life became a series of synchronicities without a storyline. I had no direction because I didn’t know what my ideal life was. THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT DO NOT SKIP.
A fabulous tool for that is the book Design the Life You Love.
Seriously, go do the work in that book, in fact the author Ayse Birsel has you make a vision board based on your “design.” I took a month t work through the book and ended up with a vision board created entirely out of emojis because for no other reason other than they have seemed to infiltrate our language💃🏻 😎 and they are cute and whimsical and that is an important attribute off my life.
Keep your field of vision wide
In other words don’t fill up the entire space with stuff. You aren’t looking to materialize stuff you are looking to create a life that has certain attributes. Maybe what you want ultimately is peace and joy, OK so what does peace and joy look AND feel like to you.
- Constantly curate your board.
It would take something catastrophic like my niece’s sudden cardiac arrest (read story here) for me to do some internal housecleaning and that meant my vision board too. Off came new pots, new floors, money really all I wanted was my niece to recover and safety for myself and my family. But first, here comes a little taste of manifestation.
Within a year of creating my board above THREE things on that board materialized.
The one photo I had been staring at since my days sitting at a desk 9-5 was of Prince. I wanted some sort of interaction or encounter with him, I didn’t know what that looked like but I knew I wanted an experience. Finally the night before Easter I got as close as I will ever get to meeting him, our eyes at least. The entire night is a memory ingrained with few photos because if you have seen Prince in concert then you know his rule about cameras, it is forbidden. I have one very grainy photo of him in his glittery gold pants. You can read about the entire experience Prince VIP experience here.
Four months later I met a woman at a blogging conference who was doing social media for Duran Duran (I was born a fan, OK?) Quite quickly I realized she was offering an opportunity to work with the band providing photos for the band Facebook page and sure enough a few months later there I was. (Duran Duran photos here)
The following month I am giving a photo pass to shoot the friggen Foo Fighters in the very same arena I had my up close and personal experience with Prince. And I will tell you that night Dave spent a good 10 minutes talking about how he almost had a jam session with Prince. Folks, my head almost exploded that night.
After those happened in the span of 9 months I have to be honest, I freaked out and tucked my board away so I could catch my breath. How could this be happening and what do you when things begin to manifest? I started ripping those experiences right off my vision board. I still was facing a surmounting amount of death, I mean depth, no D-E-B-T is what I was trying to say, Freudian slip much? because of with the career change my mind was narrowing its focus on scarcity not abundance so I started adding things. One of them was a picture of a Monarch shattering the glass (ceiling I’m presuming) with a quote from Martha Beck.
People who get what they want make it a point to know what they want.
Ok so it took me FIVE more years for this one to manifest but last weekend I spent 5 hours with Martha Beck as part of my training to be a life coach. Pretty neat.
Today my vision board has morphed into more of a vision book. I still have corkboard above my desk for a quick and dirty fix but I have moved into the world of combining visualization with organization, planning and execution. I found a great tool for this called The Law of Attraction Planner. I just started using this in August and I will share my experience here so make sure to subscribe if you want to be notified when that goes live.