The Great Unsticking (see previous post), helped me to realize that I am a fairly visual person, who motivates through action and the ability to conceptualize success. It made sense therefore to put together a vision board. I have to clarify here that I am not a huge proponent of the Law of Attraction in its strictest interpretation (i.e. I don’t take responsibility for every negative or positive thing that may occur in my life.) I’ve found myself to be reasonably blessed, while at the same time a fairly effective poop magnet, and don’t believe for a second it is all my own doing. I do believe however, if you put in the effort and remain positive, goals can be achieved. I also know that (for me anyway) being able to visualize myself in some level of success (even through the poop) is key.
SO, anyone interested in finding out more about a vision board? And how a skeptic (like myself) might find it useful?
Back in July of this year when I decided it was time to get unstuck, I had vaguely thought about some of the things that I needed to restore some sense of satisfaction and order in my life. Needless to say, it’s a huge work in progress. There were some things that seemed ridiculously small, but were subconsciously weighing me down. One example was cleaning off my kitchen table. It had become the place where I dropped everything in the house, which may be all well and good, unless it becomes a sucking-spiraling-vortex-of-a-black-hole-of-avoidance. Mail would remain unopened. A book I have written (and its hundreds of pages of rewrites), but refused to admit was completed- had taken up residence on that table, art projects, letters I needed to finish writing, surplus dog toys, anything … you name it. I also had a similar problem with my walk-in closet… a definite misnomer for at least two years. Then there were everyday things that I just had to keep doing, like maintaining my elderly dog and my decrepit vehicle. There was the ever-popular-omnipresent-money issue, and the fact that I had not taken time off that was not health related in years. I felt somewhat bereft spiritually, and needed to place some focus there as well as on the reasons I was feeling that way.
So what did I do you ask? Well, art of course! I decided to try to motivate myself to do something by procrastinating just a bit longer and put together a vision board. The board was a visual representation of my intended goals that I could look at on a regular basis and remind myself of a purposeful direction. Cutting things out of magazines, the collage at the start of this paragraph is what I came up with. Each of the photos on this collage symbolizes some personal goal. It only matters to me what they actually are. At the time, what seemed to matter most was my willingness to put them out in front of everyone even in their indeterminate state. While I may have been taking a risk to be held accountable, it meant I was ready to change.
The following boards are progressions of my original goals and were done on digital sites. I’ve included the link after both of them as they were quite easy to do and thought you might like to make one for yourself. Remember, this isn’t written in stone. In fact my first board was really quite vague, and if you look at it, I think I was rather ironically obsessed with my car which was totalled a few months later!
I found that having only vague ideas and doing this exercise helped me to make more solid and firm goals that I could really take a shot at reaching.
phototalisman (This site is in Russian. Just hit the translate button on the top right of the screen when you get there.)
pics art phone app (This link is online but I installed it on my android and did this on it because I wanted to do it later when I was in a waiting room! It’s free and you can also get it on your phone through Google Play.)
Yes, my closet and table are still clean!
Have you ever used a vision board? Do you think a vision board could be helpful to you now? **If you make a board and want to post it just send me an attachment and I’m happy to do that. Notify me in comments if you can’t find me on email.
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