A number of years ago I was introduced to the world of vision boards. I found it interesting that here I was, a woman of a certain age who had never heard of vision boards. Well, maybe I heard of them in passing, but nothing about the idea resonated had with me.

My interest in vision boards started drumming louder and louder until I finally decided to find out more. I did some poking around online and landed on my auntie’s website. You might know her, Auntie Oprah. Well, that’s who she is in my head, the aunt or big sister I wish I had. Anyway, on the old Oprah.com website, you could create a digital vision board. So I did. I created my very first vision board. In all transparency, I had no idea what I was doing. All I thought to do was find a few images that looked good and gwah-lah my vision board was done.

The digital vision board wasn’t enough for me. I needed something I could see without having to log onto the computer. So I did it again. I created a vision board but this time it was a physical one. Gathered up some travel and fitness images. Put it together and there it sat. I stared at it every day. Days rolled by. Weeks whizzed by and turned into months. I was still staring at the vision of my future. But all I was doing was staring.

Then I decided to do a bit more digging into the “magic” of vision boards. Of course, I quickly discovered there was no “magic” at all. There was one key thing about vision boards that I totally missed, and this one thing could be the reason why you think creating a vision board doesn’t “work.”

Let’s pick up with my story.

I let the vision board thing go, from a physical perspective, and decided to focus on using my creative juices to put pen to paper and write the vision for my life. I wrote how I desire my life to look from day-to-day. I expressed my vision in full colorful detail. I started with what time I would wake up. What I would eat for breakfast. How I would spend my day empowering women to live their dreams. This document was full of what my manifested dreams looked like for as far as my mind’s eye could see.

This is when the vision for my life became real to me. Now I was prepared to create a vision board that truly represented both my vision and my personality. No more random cutting pictures out of magazines because I liked them. I now looked at the pages of each magazine with a discerning eye.

Here are a few of the questions that run through my head while I’m flipping through magazines to create my vision board.

– What does this image represent for me?
– Should this be on my vision board, if so, why?
– Do I have a strategy to manifest this image?

Look, there’s no magic or fairy dust that is going to bring your vision to life. Using images is only a part of creating your vision. Your vision truly begins to take shape when you write it and make it plain. That’s a principle for living.

And then God answered: “Write this.
    Write what you see.
Write it out in big block letters
    so that it can be read on the run.
This vision-message is a witness
    pointing to what’s coming.
It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait!
    And it doesn’t lie.
If it seems slow in coming, wait.
    It’s on its way. It will come right on time.
Habakkuk 2:2-3 (Message)

But then, my dear, you’ve got to do the work. So here’s the work.

Begin by selecting 3-4 big goals and create a plan for each. Your vision board should reflect inspiration to help you reach your goals. You can take it a step further and create some declaration statements or affirmations as they are more commonly known. I even have a playlist that I use to inspire me while creating my board. It helps to set the mood and creates an inspired environment.

So let’s pull this all together to create a vision board that WILL work!

Step 1:  A clearly defined written vision for your life
Step 2:  Top 3-4 goals for the year that put you on your vision path
Step 3:  Find/cut images that will inspire your goals
Step 4:  Create your vision board
Step 5:  Create a step by step plan for each goal
Step 6:  Create some declaration statements, if you would like

You now have a vision board plan that will work! Let the 2018 vision building shenanigans commence!

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Gratitude and gumption,
Cheryl

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