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There’s something about seeing a goal in images that makes it feel (more) real, and that’s why I created my first vision board in December 2011. I had some pretty major goals that I wanted to accomplish in my life in the coming year (my 35th), but more than anything, I wanted to have my first child.
My husband and I had been trying unsuccessfully for a few years, but seeing it on my vision board was first time that I really believed in my heart that it would happen, even though I’d wanted it to happen so badly before. It turns out that this simple shift in my mindset made all the difference in the world. Within two months of creating my vision board, I found out that I was pregnant. Toddler boss (“Riley Claire”) was born in October 2012.
Since then, I design a vision board each December that tells the story of what I want the upcoming year to look like in various areas of my life. The only rule I have when I make my board is that I don’t put any limits on my goals. In a world where literally anything is possible, the only thing that can stop me from creating the life of my dreams is my own imagination. We (my imagination and I) are locked into an ironclad agreement: As long as it keeps going, so do I. So far, so good.
Just a few weeks before I made my December 2014 vision board (above), I attended the Martha Stewart American Made Awards & Summit. I took the photo below when I got off the elevator the night of the big cocktail party, and here’s what I wrote in my blog post about the event: “I’m guessing that it’s the entrance I’ll use when I go back to visit during the work week (totally speaking that into existence!).”
When I made that statement, I had no idea how it would happen. I just knew that I wanted it to happen, and I was willing to put in the work needed to make it a reality. I put Martha Stewart on my vision board, and in just a few months, I saw this entrance again. Only this time, I walked through the doors as a partner with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in the Martha Stewart American Made Market and as a contributor to MarthaStewart.com.
I attribute toddler boss’s birth, the Martha Stewart partnership and every other goal that I’ve reached since I started making vision boards to three steps. First, I THINK IT: I plant a seed in my head that something I want in my life can happen. Next, ISPEAK IT into existence: Once my brain sends the signal that it can happen, I tell myself that it will happen. I do this out loud because I know that there is power in my own voice.Then, I OWN IT: I start visualizing the goal in my head, and I give it a space on my vision board. As the seed continues to grow, I water it every day with actions, determination and hustle. I proceed as if success is inevitable, because it is. #notesfromthegrind
Along the way, I see signs of affirmation in the people, places and things I come into contact with throughout my journey that let me know I’m moving in the right direction.
This is not rocket science and it’s not reserved for a select few. With a vivid imagination, the courage to follow it and the relentless effort to act on it, you can design and live the life you want too. Here’s how…
- Poster board or foam board (preferred)
- Old magazines (but ones that actually interest you)
- Glue stick
Do it when the time is right for you. I love making my vision board in December in anticipation of the feeling of renewal that comes with the arrival of a new year. Others like making vision boards on their birthdays for the same reason. There’s really no right or wrong time, so long as you make your vision board when you are really ready to put in the work to design and pursue the life of your dreams.
There’s strength in numbers. Last year, I hosted my first vision board party for a small group of friends. It was such a powerful experience to share our individual goals out loud (some for the first time) and to pledge our collective support to help each woman reach hers. Think about who’s in your support circle and consider hosting your own vision board party for everyone.
Set the mood. Good food, wine, music, candles…whatever you love, make it a part of your vision board experience too.
1. Before you start, take an honest look at where you are right now in the areas of your life that are most important to you (e.g., personal growth, health/wellness, spirituality, family/friends, love, career, etc.). On a level of 1-10, how happy are you in each area? What do you want that area of you life to look at its optimal level?
2. Cut out images, phrases, words and symbols that embody what you want your ideal life to look like in the areas that you identified above. Without fail, every time I do a vision board, I find exactly what I’m looking for because it’s been looking for me too.
3. Tell a story. Once you find what you want to put on your vision board, take time to organize it in a way that tells a story, your story of how everything on the board fits together to create your ideal life.
4. Make it stick. Once you’ve decided on a layout that tells your story, use the glue stick to glue the pieces onto the board.
5. Don’t feel pressured to finish in one sitting. Just as your life is one grand evolution, so is your vision board. Give yourself 2-3 weeks to complete your board, starting with the assessment in Step 1. Add to it in the coming weeks and months ahead as needed.
6. Display your vision board in a place where you can see it every day. This could be above your desk, beside your nightstand or any other place where you are guaranteed to see it often. Since most of us spend hours at the computer, consider snapping a pic of your vision board and making it your screensaver too.
I’d love to know how this exercise works for you as you design your ideal life through your vision board. Please leave a comment to share your progress!
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As a PR Expert/Brand Mom, I have created strategies and vision for A-list celebrities, athletes, corporate executives and most importantly, self. You see, my life was in turmoil seven years ago. From being 40 pounds overweight to being unemployed, I had to follow my own sage wisdom and envision a better life.
Every day is about living your best life no matter what. Will it be easy? No. But if you are willing to fight for your vision and commit, then you will see results.
Right now: take a moment to exhale, get still, tap into your inner child and allow your imagination to go bold with can-do thoughts. Now think about your immediate short-term goals (30 days) and your long-term (1-10 years). What would you like to see happen for yourself? What are your biggest dreams? How do you want to feel everyday? What do you want your legacy to be?
Create a vision board.
1. The sky is the limit. Unleash your creative side and start with a scrapbook, journal or vision board (get a large mounting board, cut out images from photos/magazines and paste them up). Set-up categories on the board: Spirituality, love, heath, hair, finance, career, relationship, family, inspiration, celebrity crush, etc.
2. Stay focused. Put the vision board in a prominent place you can see each day.
3. Reminder. Make a mini version of your vision board, put it in a journal and take it with you each day.
4. Do the work. Consistency and practice makes the dream and vision real.
Karen Taylor Bass is a best-selling author and PR Expert who understands that life only gets better when you press RESET. Follow her @thebrandnewmom
At the beginning of every new year, my friend throws a vision party. It’s become much like a sacred gathering for folks to commune, reflect and visualize the year ahead. After individually writing down specific, attainable goals we want to achieve for assorted areas in our lives (and the steps we need to take to fulfill them), we cut out words and images from magazines. Anything that tickles our fancy or speaks to our dreams. Then we paste them on poster board that we then strategically place in our respective homes, so we’re motivated by the words and brilliance of the board on a daily basis.
Well, the new year was seven months ago. And, as tends to happen with things we normalize, I haven’t been paying much attention to my vision board after all. In fact, it was resting in a sad little corner of my bedroom by its lonesome when I recently picked it up and dusted it off. Immediately, something on it jumped out at me. No, it wasn’t dust, but a simple, powerful sentence made of nine little words: “I will light up every room I walk into.” Who put that there? I asked myself, knowing full well ‘twas I. That declaration, empowering and beautiful as it is, doesn’t exactly fit my style. Or rather, my attitude.
I am not afraid to admit that despite the self-work I have done and continue to do, I still struggle with confidence and self-esteem issues. As such, lighting up every room I walk into isn’t a concept that comes naturally. But I know that achieving this feat begins from within. To me, lighting up every room means I’m at peace with who I am at that very moment. It means walking with my head held high and shoulders straight. It means acknowledging fear when it’s present, but not succumbing to it. It’s about silencing that inner critic. It’s knowing there’s a crown on my head that rightfully belongs there. An inner light akin to a glow that doesn’t demand attention. It’s a force that’s in the earth like the atoms found in all things.
Lighting up every room I walk into means yielding my own power and using it to compliment myself and those around me. It’s making eye contact, seeking it out and not cowering when another person’s gaze meets my own. It’s uplifting, never demoralizing. A conscious effort to be present. It’s knowing that I belong in any space I choose to inhabit – physical or otherwise. Like an event boundary that occurs when entering a doorway, it’s a fresh start. A tabula rasa.
This all sounds mighty ambitious and rather flowery, I admit, but I love the way just writing and reading these words and expressing this intent already makes me feel. It’s some kind of beautiful. As I finally make a conscious effort to put it all into practice, transforming this confidence and esteem-building work from a daily habit to a natural occurrence, one that’s embedded in my gut, my spirit and the very fiber of my being, I know that I’ll heal my issues. Not only that, I’ll be better equipped to fulfill all of my goals and tackle the inevitable obstacles that will come my way. I’m so happy that I took a much-needed look at my vision board. It’s exactly what I needed to reaffirm, refocus and regroup.
So starting now (there’s no time like the present), I am making a conscious effort to light up every room I walk into. I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned and experienced with you in the weeks to come. If this sounds like something you want to do more of in your life, feel free to join me.
How will you light up every room you walk into?
It can be very hard to achieve our dreams without vision. Having a vision board can make the road much clearer. While it might sound like a school project, vision boards are a collection of all the things that inspire you to think big. Many people swear by them as they are a visual reminder of the things you wish to accomplish. Sound interesting? Here are some things you should put on a vision board.
Tis the season for making resolutions and, if you’re like most folks, you probably already have a list of projects and goals that you’re preparing to tackle in the New Year. According to a recent report by the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45 percent of people make resolutions, but only about eight percent of people will actually prove to be successful before December 31, 2013.
And aside from scribbling plans to drop 15 pounds on a bar napkin or mentally tossing around an idea to start a new business, there may be a better – and much more effective – way to document hopes and dreams that vastly improves the odds of them actually coming true.
In 2006, Rhonda Byrne took over the literary world with her book The Secret. The self-help tome guided readers in the “law of attraction” – the idea that if we think positive thoughts, the universe will cause us to encounter people and opportunities that match those thoughts and feelings. One of the primary tools Byrne advocates in the book is the use of a vision board, constructed of a bulletin or poster board covered with pictures and phrases of an individual’s dream life.
The belief that staring at a board full of random magazine clippings can actually propel us into prosperity and happiness is still far-fetched to some, but with over 21 million books in print and $300 million in sales (from the book and related movie combined), it is evident that The Secret, or at least the theory it represents, is no fluke.
Kelly Daugherty received The Secret as a gift from a friend and, although she was initially one of the skeptics, decided to give vision boards a try as she prepared to launch Smashing Golf & Tennis, her unique line of athletic apparel-meets-shapewear.
“I’ll admit, I was a non-believer,” said Daugherty. “Actually I was more than a non-believer. I would tell people to stop wasting their time and that vision boards are for people that believe in voodoo, astrology and tarot cards.”
Ultimately, Daugherty was attracted to the notion that creating a vision board could help her to channel her efforts to get her startup off the ground.
“To me it was about focus and positive energy,” she added. “For example, I really wanted to be in specific media outlets, which meant I spent a lot of my day networking with media and trying to create new story ideas. In turn, I wasn’t spending as much time as I would have liked selling to additional geographic regions, but every time I would get distracted, I would go back to my vision board and say ‘In Year 1 — these are my goals. Attain these, and then make another board.’”
And vision boards aren’t just for business. As an international athlete, global soccer ambassador and owner of Eat Soccer, a website geared toward all things soccer, Qiana Martin saw such incredible success with her first, career-oriented vision board that she now makes one for nearly every facet of her life.
Don’t you love that quiet lull the office falls into between Christmas and New Year’s Day? With clients and coworkers traveling for the holidays, the workplace can feel like an adult version of Home Alone. But, there are better things to do with your downtime than playing Facebook games or building towers out of office supplies with your cubicle mates. This is the perfect time of year to gain perspective on 2012, and get focused for the New Year. Follow these steps to make sure your mind is right for 2013.
When someone betrays your trust and truly breaks your heart, it’s always difficult to heal that wound. Maybe your boyfriend or spouse left without warning. Maybe you finally had the courage to leave him after years of abuse. No matter how it happened, a broken heart can leave deep and lasting scars that can damage future relationships. It’s important to try to move past the hurt in order to live a healthy, full life and love again. Here’s some advice to begin the healing process.
The new year is coming soon, which means a clean slate for your goals and dreams. Looking for something to “do” to start the new year off right? Make a vision board! Some people say that a vision board is a magnet for all the good things you want for yourself. The idea is that you put your goals on the board and those things become a reality. To find out if that’s true, you’ll have to make one yourself and luckily, vision boards are fun and easy to create. Join as I walk you through the construction of my vision board.