2017 is here, another year under our belt and another year to scratch off a couple of our short term and long term goals.
The vision board frenzy is at an all time high and although it may seem a tad bit corny and cliche to some cynics it is a fun and creative way to put your goals out into the universe. We know you guys have heard of them, seen people throw cute prissy vision board making parties and brunches, or maybe you’ve made one for yourself in the past!
Vision boards are an easy way to start working towards a more conscious and intentional life. Even if you aren’t the craftiest person, making a vision board is still an option for you.
Visualization and how it works.
The Law Of Attraction states that if you visualize, claim, and work towards your goals with a positive attitude and mindset they are more likely to be achieved.
Oprah claims that vision boards helped her be the billionaire mogul that she is today. Psychology says that the mind responds well to visual stimulation. In lamens terms, if you see it, you believe it. When you look at that picture on your vision board every morning that goal is brought to the forefront of your brain and you are consciously aware of it in your everyday life with will result in you working towards that goal and ultimately achieving it.
So cutting our that picture of your ultimate vacation to Bali and pasting it on your version board has the possibility of reminding you to save. When you think about spending unnecessary money at happy hour with your co-workers or on Starbucks you’ll have that image of Bali in your mind, and hopefully, pass on the extras to save for your vacation.
The use of art impacts self-help, self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-exploration.
Art naturally inclines humankind to find healing through creative expression. We have mentioned previously that adult coloring books are an easy way to use art to relieve stress. Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy based on the idea that art is a vehicle for symbolic communication. So while you are creating your vision board you are doing two things: Working on your SELF and using SYMBOLS to consciously communicate to your subconscious.
While you are making your vision board you are in the zone not really thinking about anything other than what you want on that board, forgetting about all of your past problems and focusing your energy on positivity and your future. You are in a state of clarification, relaxation, and preparation. Art is truly therapeutic, play you favorite album and get to cutting and pasting!
Don’t Let Vision Boards And Goal Setting Lead You Into Unrealistic Expectations.
Vision boards are dope but like most things, there is a negative side to them that avid vision board makers need to be aware of and accept if they are being affected.
Cutting out pictures and affirmation may work for some because it helps us organize and make more clear goals but for others, it has the potential of being detrimental. If you make a vision board and don’t work hard to achieve your goals you will end up feeling like an underachiever. Your goals can only come true if you work hard towards them, living in “LALA” land and fantasizing about this perfect self and life can make you feel good temporarily but can limit your ability to make those dreams a reality.
Make your vision boards actions boards. Dream about and be about it, make it happen. You must also be flexible yet proactive because life is “brazy” (YG voice) and your route will take twist and turns but you can not let it get you down. What you want for yourself may not be what god, the universe, or whatever higher power you believe in wants for you. You are right where you need to be and in the words of Bruce Lee the best way to live life is like water.
“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” – Bruce Lee
Remember that you are the shit even if you haven’t reached all of your goals. You are a walking, living, and breathing vision board so don’t get uber obsessed with the goals you have not yet accomplished, but be obsessed with who you are at this very moment, where you have been, and where you are going. It’s about the journey, not the destination. Enjoy every minute of it!
Happy 2017 and happy vision board making! Tweet us your vision boards, we would love to see them! #LiveCivil