Have you been waiting to write that book, climb that mountain, be your own boss, lose that weight or take the pen and write the story for your life? Have you waited long enough? For years, I would wish and think about the things that I would want in my life, but never actually wrote them down. And for years, many of those dreams never happened. Until I began my vision board. This past year has allotted me some unbelievable experiences that seemed like a dream, and yet I attribute those dreams turning into reality as a result of my own personal vision board. There’s something powerful about writing down your hopes, dreams and desires. Allow me to explain…
The Vision Board
I created my very first vision board a little over 11 years ago when I was in the process of healing my emotional eating issues. At the time, vision boards were unfamiliar concepts. I didn’t really understand the point of creating a vision board and quite frankly, but I thought that if Oprah was doing it, I might as well give it a shot!
A friend invited me over to a dream board gathering after Christmas and I reluctantly said “sure.” I was instructed to cut and paste images of things that inspired me and place them onto a poster board. I cut out inspirational words and quotes, pasted pictures of destinations I wanted to travel to, images of how I wanted to live and what activities I wanted to do.
At the end of this process, my board included a picture of a house with a peaceful office space where I could be my own boss, and the word “writer” was front and center at the top. I wasn’t being too picky about the images, I was just going with what felt right. When I got home, I literally shoved my vision board into a closet and left it at that.
It wasn’t until three years later when I was moving and needed to clear out the closet that I came across this first vision board. And I was shocked at what I saw. Every image that I had cut and pasted on that board was real in my life. 1. I had written a weekly Caringbridge journal for family and friends throughout my mother’s cancer journey. I made it into a book for my family and some friends after numerous requests. 2. I was in the midst of traveling the globe and just about to jet set out of the country to a place I had never been. 3. I was moving into a home where I created a space for my own personal office since I now owned my own business. Oh, and the space around me was filled with inspiration quotes that brought me joy.
2017 Vision to Reality
Fast forward to my 2017 vision board. Nearly 90% of everything I had on the vision board manifested. I took that trip to Peru and hiked Machu Picchu. I stayed in those fun huts above the water in Bora Bora. I started blogging with Olympic Gymnast, Shannon Miller. My yoga and spiritual practice increased. My own business and our Empowering All community has expanded in a way I would have never thought. Not everything happened as I imagined. Some things were so awesome there’s no way I could have dreamt it to even request it! And other things were simply comical and unfolded in an interesting way.
Why did these things come to fruition? Short answer, I don’t know. I simply made a vision board, believed it would work and the ideas from the board manifested. But one thing is for sure, none of these dreams became a reality without some work (action) and a belief in what was possible. So, what did this reveal to me? I realized the power was not in the vision board, the power was in what I did to make my vision reality. I put my vision into ACTION. I got clear on what I needed, wanted and valued and then took aligned action towards those intentions.
Vision Into Action
Here are some thoughts I have to help you with this vision board to reality process. Place your board in place that you can see it every day. Move it around occasionally so it cannot be overlooked. This will prompt you to visualize your ideal life on a regular basis. And that’s important because visualization activates the creative powers of our subconscious mind and programs our brains to notice available resources that were always there but escaped our notice. Visualization also magnetizes and attracts to you the people, resources, and opportunities you need to achieve your goal. Pretty cool, huh?
Whether you focusing on that special someone, a particular health goal, that dream house, that ideal job or a simple life improvement, the power of a vision board helps you…
- Reach your potential: When you visualize on better health or achieving a goal, it brings you a sense of inner empowerment. This is because you start to notice small changes in your life as you move in the direction you want to go in
- Reap health benefits: There is no question that visualization for better health has positive benefits including increased joy, confidence and empowerment
- Boost your confidence: As you imagine yourself doing the things you want to do, you naturally begin to be more confident and believe you are capable of achieving them. Visualization is a safe and easy way to combat nerves and anxiety.
And the list goes on…
In short, your vision board serves as your image of the future with a tangible example or representation of where you are going. It represents your dreams, your goals and your ideal life. One of the most powerful decisions I ever made was to take responsibility for my life, instead of just letting life happen to me. And that started with the creation of my first vision board.
Take Action in 2018
We invite you to join our Empowering All community on Friday, December 29th as we share a night of vision board and dreaming together (RSVP and see more info here). You will learn how to make your own vision boards and use them to maximize your visualization practice! We will share with you how to discern your intentions, find the images and words that appeal to you and truly how to make your vision a reality. As a community, we are all about helping you live your best life NOW!
So many people are looking for ways to increase their happiness. My advice… Create a vision board. Will you make a vision board for this upcoming 2018 New Year?
Good luck on your own journey! Don’t ever give up! From vision board to reality, you can make anything work with a little persistence and a strong desire.
— Empowering All Co-founder, Amanda Kelly