Re-Imagining 2020: Throw This Year in the Trash or Nah?*


Nothing about this year has been “normal” and it can be very nerve wracking to imagine another 6 months or more of this “new normal.” However, I am challenging everyone to set a new vision for themselves and reimagine the possibilities. The best way I know to do this is through vision boards. A vision board is a powerful collection of pictures used to represent your ideal life. It is an influential tool in realizing your dreams and creating your best life, now. A vision board utilizes the power of intention and visualization in creating your ideal life or changing your current one. It is a form of the law of attraction and a mindset tool that assists in shifting or pivoting your life. A vision board is not, however, a magical pill. As Zim Ugochukwu (now Flores), founder of Travel Noire says, “A person with a vision can only do so much. The real work happens when vision is matched with action.”

 

WHY A VISION BOARD

 

Vision boards are physical manifestations of the internal programming of your mind…the blueprint to your future. To get there, you require imagination. But why a vision board? Because we think in pictures. We communicate in pictures. Pictures are worth a thousand words. If you think about it (pun intended), the earliest languages were made up of symbols and pictures. The Egyptians called it hieroglyphics. The Chinese mandarin characters are made up of symbols depicting various words. For example, the symbol for dog in mandarin is . The Native Americans used dream catchers to catch bad dreams and blow in good dreams using feathers and rocks as symbols on the dream catcher. In essence, our earliest communications as humans have been in pictures.

 

So, vision boards help you communicate to the universe in vivid language what you desire for your life. And the universe responds. Have you ever bought a new car and suddenly you “see” your car everywhere? It’s not coincidental … your mind is attracting to you that which you already have…. or believe you have. Therefore, the “feeling” aspect of vision boards are the key element to making vision boards work for you. The Bible says in Habbakuk 2:2-3:

 

“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.  For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”

 

This means that writing it down or creating the vision on a board (aka tablet) is a requirement, and indeed, the first step towards making your dreams a reality. Having a vision board helps you focus. It helps you develop a master plan: of changes you can make, things you can do, to get to where you want to be. Because if you can imagine it, write it, and speak it…then you can achieve it.

 

HOW TO CREATE A VISION BOARD

 

First, you need to powerfully and intentionally focus on what you would like to accomplish/manifest in your life. For example, think of your last year, or quarter or month. What did you learn from the year, quarter or month? What did you like that happened to you? What didn’t you like? What areas would you like to improve upon?

 

For starters, I also suggest that you think of the following seven areas of your life and set a goal in each one (in alphabetical order):

 

* Family/emotional – e.g. taking family vacations, spending quality time with children, etc

 

* Fun/social – this includes your bucket list items e.g. travel

 

* God/spiritual – this includes all aspects of your spiritual life e.g. prayer.

 

* Health/physical – e.g. meal planning, exercise, lose weight, etc

 

* Home/environmental – e.g. change city, get a new house, etc

 

* Money/financial – e.g. set specific money goals for the year

 

* Work/intellectual – e.g. change jobs or get a promotion

 

Next, you need a list of items for your vision board including: clear intentions of what you want to achieve this year (can't stress this enough), magazines, pictures of yourself and/or your family, pictures from the internet, and/or any image that speaks to you, poster board, cork board, or picture frame (any size), scissors, pens, crayons, glue, tape, glitter, etc, a Journal, music you like, and set aside at least two (2) hours of uninterrupted time

 

Finally, flip through the pages of magazines and brochures and cut/tear out pictures that speak to your desired life. Do not be bogged down by logic or reason here. Just go with what feels good to you and makes you happy. If you do not have magazines, you can search for pictures on the web (Pinterest is a great resource), or draw/paint your own pictures. Once you are done, take a few minutes to figure out how you want to arrange all your pictures on your poster board or other material. Then get to work cutting and pasting and designing your ideal life. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Just have fun with it.

 

SO, I CREATED A VISION BOARD, WHAT NEXT?

 

There are several things you should do to move from the realm of a “bunch of pictures on a board” to using your vision board as a tool for manifesting your best life. Here is an easy guide:

 

* Put your vision board in a place where you can see it daily

 

* Actively, consistently, and vividly visualize your dream life

 

* Do not put a clock or deadline for the manifestation of your best

 

* Create actionable goals in furtherance of achieving your ideal life

 

* The most important of all these is “feeling” into the experience

 

A vision board is fast, fun and easy to create. It does not require much labor and is happiness-inducing. Done properly, it is one of your most powerful assets in creating your best life today, regardless of the pandemic. You can create as many vision boards as you like several times per year … as you accomplish your goals and dreams. If you can en.V.I.S.I.O.N. it, believe it, act upon it, and stay consistent, you really can achieve all the dreams of your heart. If you have any questions, or get stuck, please reach out to me.

 

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