What is your vision for your life and business in 2016?
If you haven’t taken time to reflect on what you’d like to accomplish going into the New Year, you should start working on a vision board as the year comes to an end.
A vision board is the process of using visuals to lay out your life as you’d like to see it. Imagine your written list of goals except with images such as magazine clippings, photographs and quotes and you have a vision board.
It might sound like a bunch of hippies sitting around a fire with magazines and scissors singing Kumbaya hoping to attract good karma.
You wouldn’t be too far off if you thought that.
The vision board goes back to the theory that you bring into your life the energy that you put into the universe. The old Proverb says “life and death are in the power of the tongue” and philosophers such as Plato, as far back as 391 B.C., wrote “likes tend toward likes”.
It’s called The Law of Attraction and it goes like this:
“ The Law of Attraction is the name given to the maxim “like attracts like” which in New Thought philosophy is used to sum up the idea that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life.” – Wikipedia
Modern day fans of this concept include Oprah Winfrey and Steve Harvey both of whom have sworn by the vision board as the reason for their wins personally and professionally.
You may still be asking the question, “how will this help me?”. A detailed vision board can benefit you by making goals visual which then allows you to refer back to them often throughout the year.
I have created vision boards for the past 3 years and most of my goals associated with them came to pass.
The old school method includes a poster board and magazines. I like to throw in a few girlfriends and wine for good measure but that’s a personal call.
Technology has made it even easier to create digital vision boards with apps like Wishboard and Vision Board Pro. You could also create a collage on your phone with an app such as Pic Collage and save the image as the wallpaper on your laptop or phone.
It doesn’t have to be an exhaustive process just thoughtful.
I also recommend including measurable goals on your vision board. For example, my goal is to at a minimum replace the income I made at my former full time job as a freelancer. I will put that number at the top of my board in big bold numbers.
If we consider how much time we spend on our devices, it puts our goals front and center daily. It’s also perfect for revising them as life changes occur.
Feel free to use whatever method works best for you to magnetize the vision for your life but the key is to start now.
It’s the end of 2015 and as we look forward to the New Year, let’s speak and visualize this positive energy into our lives and get it done.
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