Is everyone back into a routine yet? After writing last week’s post, I was pumped to take on 2017! I had to take a deep breath and get back into a NEW schedule in the NEW year. I’ve been wanting to tell you all about my exciting news, but was holding off until it was a for sure thing. Anyway, here it is: I got a job as an adjunct faculty dance teacher for my OWN class this semester. Last semester I served as the substitute for the current instructor’s maternity leave for only half of the term. Over the holiday break, I was asked to teach at another campus.
I’m doing a lot of reflecting on these times, as more and more exciting things are happening for me. But it wasn’t always that way. Less than 10 years ago I was so depressed, I didn’t care if I woke up in the morning. And no matter how many times people told me to just cheer up, my future looked grim. I had been hearing about this whole “power of positive thinking BS” and figured I didn’t really have anything to lose. Armed with the words my gramma always told me, “God has a plan for you,” and a new book called “The Secret,” I reluctantly began to rehabilitate my thinking, and created a vision treasure box. In my wildest dreams I wouldn’t have believed the abundance of the gifts that I have been given, and it is my true belief that it was my vision board that helped clarify that for me.
Here are my tips for creating a vision board that will give you a boost:
1. Decide whether you want a physical or digital board. A physical board may take you longer to find and gather the images, but for me, that’s the best part! As you are seeking out that image, you are putting your heart into that one memento that will represent this dream you wish to attain. That’s a powerful thing!
2. Make a list. Put every thing you want on that list, no matter how small or how big. Add it!
3. Find images that you really love. If you don’t love it don’t add it. It’s easy to think that you have to put something in to fulfill this particular want or need, but don’t add something you’re not 100% in love with because that nagging feeling will be remembered and linked to that thought process.
4.Find something separate for every need on your list from number 2. Don’t get lazy and assume that this one image conquers 5 items on your list so you can accomplish that task more easily. Remember, the idea is to really focus on one goal process. Your image is your ticket to that focus.
5. Don’t paste it with no heart behind it. Meditate on the end result of attaining that goal. Get excited about adding the visual image to the representation of how you would write your life.
6. “You gotta believe.” In watching my yearly binge on The Twilight Zone New Year’s Marathon, a little boy tells a boxer named Bolie that he’s going to make a big tall wish. The trick however, is that you have to believe or it isn’t so. Your intention in pasting that image, has to go with you throughout the most mundane and amazing tasks of your day. Carry it with you and be reminded of that intention when you look at your board.
7. It’s a vision board, not a top selling artist work. That doesn’t make it worthless. It’s priceless TO YOU, because it’s about YOU. It should contain everything that lights you up and would get you excited to greet every day. Worry less about the end result of the board and just get started already! What are you waiting for?
8. Don’t overwhelm. You might have a list as long as the Empire State Building, but you don’t have to tackle it in one day. Start with what you want to be the most immediate concern to you. Even if it’s the biggest order of business on your list. This will give you more time to put that positive energy into making it happen.
Lastly, this isn’t a magic trick. You’re not going to paste images on a paper and, like a Twilight Zone episode, have them magically come to life. Plus remember what lessons we have learned from every fable about getting everything we wished for the easy way? That never works out in the end. You have to work for these things! Your vision board is a visual representation, a road map of sorts, in what you will do to make these goals happen. If you want that dream job, put it on your board, but then start applying, or going back to school to get the degree you need! Love’s not going to find you sitting in your home, making a dream board, you still have to get out there. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and allow your dream board to be your spring board!
Now if you are pumped about getting started, I suggest you join my email subscriber list! It’s free and I’ll be sending out bonus content like where to find free images for your vision board, book suggestions to get you started, and more insight into creating a board to boost your behind!
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