How To Succeed – Vision Board
To create a vision board, all you need is a piece of poster board, scissors, glue, markers, and a bunch of magazines.
Once you’ve gathered your supplies, stop thinking. Yep, that’s what I said. Contrary to what others may advise, do NOT envision your future. Not yet, anyway. Instead, just start browsing through your magazines, cutting out images or words that appeal to you. Again, don’t think. Just cut, even if you don’t know why a particular image or word catches your attention.
After 30-45 minutes (or whenever you get tired of cutting), stop and start organizing your collection – or more exactly, your “vision.” Without knowing it, that’s exactly what you’ve been creating. The cool thing is, you’ve been doing it from your intuition, heart, source, or whatever you call that wisdom that doesn’t come from your brain.
Next, start gluing your images and words onto your board. Then, using your markers, add any additional embellishments that seem to be missing. And, finally, start interpreting your vision. (You may want to ask a friend what she sees, too.)
What themes emerge? You may identify feelings that you want to experience in retirement. Or, you may discover some activities that you want to pursue. Or, you may see nothing obvious at all, and that’s OK, too. Just sit with it for a while and come back to it.
No matter what comes up for you, it’s all good! You’ve started to create an intention – a direction – for your retirement, and that’s the first step toward making it interesting and fulfilling.
After you’ve completed your vision board, hang it somewhere where you can easily and regularly see it. Vision boards are based on the law of attraction: you attract what you wish for or expect. I’m not sure why it works, but it does. That’s why it’s important to let your heart and not your head guide your vision.
Pam Robbins is a life coach and owner of Purple Crayon (www.purplecrayonavl.com), a community art studio for women hobby artists. She loves helping women create vision boards and is offering a FREE Vision Board Workshop on Saturday, January 27th, from 2-4PM at Purple Crayon. Please email her at email@example.com to register. Seating is limited.