I guess the first time I thought of even making a vision board was two years ago. It was still in the heyday of The Secret, and people were all about hot catchphrases like the “law of attraction” and “manifesting your dreams.” I was kinda skeptical about the task. Cutting photos out of magazines and pasting them on a whiteboard was gonna help me…how exactly?
Since then I’ve become more attuned to the concepts and I see the wisdom and inspirational power of working on a vision board. And I’m not the only one on board (so to speak) – just this week I read a very informative post on Clutch Magazine about visualizing what you want and creating a vision board. Phresh Mentality did a step by step guide. And Oprah goes the extra mile (as she is wont to do) and offers the Oprah Dream Board on her site – you see the photo right here to get an idea. It’s an online, DIY-vision-board that’s great for busy geeks like me, as well as newbies to the whole vision board concept.
But do vision boards actually help? The vision board I created in 2009 stood prominently in my office cube at my old jobby job, and I can’t honestly say I achieved anything I declared the intention to do that year. I recently found it, and the tattered photos of women in yoga poses and travel photos from far flung destinations made me feel like I’d failed in my own vision. I was also kinda happy I had never shared it with anyone, because then I would have felt that failure even more.
It’s the beginning of a brand new year and I’m ready to settle down, look within myself, and figure out my plan of action for 2010. And all around me, friends online and in person are making vision boards, sharing their vision boards, and even having vision board parties. I understand the concept – write the vision make it plain! – but without execution and action, it’s just a board with magazine clippings stuck on it. And execution is where I fall down EVERY TIME.
Should I give the vision board craze a try one more time? And if I do, is it customary or recommended to share that vision with others? Am I overthinking this whole thing?
I wanna know! Please share your experiences with me, bellas. Are vision boards important and special to you, or do you think it’s an overrated trend? What has your vision board done for you lately?