I spent last evening with some great friends making our vision boards. Well…we were supposed to make our vision boards. What actually ended up happening was we looked through magazines and catalogs and we chatted about what we wanted in our lives. At the end of a couple of hours, we all had a pile of images to use for the vision boards and we all had a more clear idea of what we wanted and how specific we should be in depicting those wants. It was a useful process to go through in terms of focusing and trusting our instincts.
For me, some things depicted in magazines would be nice to have or do, but aren’t really part of my personal make-up. The idea of my vision board isn’t to completely change who I am, it is to define and visualize what I want for myself. I found myself asking good questions about the concepts depicted in the clippings.
Regarding relationships; Do I want a happy-looking one, a good-looking one, an adventurous one, a passionate one, a traditional-looking one, an extravagant one, etc… Each photo had different aspects of what I would want in my relationship of choice. I realized that there needed to be a relationship section on my board. One picture of a happy, good-looking, well-dresses, married couple embracing in front of a waterfall in Australia says a lot, but leaves out a lot too.
So, to be honest, I got through clipping and realized that I didn’t want to make these particular images my real vision board. My friends felt the same. I decided that saving these pictures and continuing to look for other that fill in the other areas of my life would be a better – more focused and well thought out board. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be on the look out for more images to use.
I will want to show my professional vision, my emotional state, my perfect physical condition, a sweet living situation, my desire to be a life long learner, something that represents my friends and family, not just the man I will eventually meet and marry.
The list goes on and on about what I want on my board.
Do you have a vision board? Do you have any words of advice about creating it? Perhaps a success story of your experience? Let me know.