vi·sion board: a collage of images and words representing a person’s wishes or goals intended to serve as inspiration or motivation.
A friend and I were feeling the heaviness and uncertainty of the Coronavirus impacts unfolding, prior to the Lockdown and Shelter-in-Place order. We decided to get together to work on vision boards together.
As a result of making that vision board, I was reminded Coronavirus was just for a while…it was not forever! My vision boards hang on the wall, portraying my vision of how I want to be in my future, and things I want to do, inspiring me to move forward.
Visioning is an intentional and creative process where we purposely collaborate with our subconscious mind. We expand our conscious “thinking” to consider more than what is normally available to us. This will help us reach personal, professional and therapeutic goals.
The subconscious is the world of dreams and imagination. Our dreams speak to us while we are sleeping as well as when we are awake. They provide us with clues to our heart’s desires, passions, and future plans. In visioning, we take it a step further and imagine it as if it is already real. Visioning may include guided imageries, prayer, and meditation.
Let’s explore why this works.
Where attention goes, energy flows. It is a known fact that what we think about and talk about is what we bring about.
Have you noticed when you think of things, your emotions follow. We set “energy in motion” when we feel this emotional connection to our thoughts. The subconscious takes it and runs!
It is a generative process. Visions create new neural pathways. When we use our conscious mind to imagine or envision what we want in as much detail as possible…the smells, the sounds, the colors…the sub-conscious records these imagined experiences as if they were real. It cannot tell the difference between what we vividly imagine and a real experience.
Professional athletes have successfully used visioning to repeatedly imagine how they will play and improve their performance.
I had this experience in college playing golf at our season’s last match that could qualify us for the national competition. We gathered in a hotel room and each of us imagined and felt our emotions as we played each hole, imagining the direction of the wind, the slant of the greens, what club to use for each distance…we felt the excitement, anticipation, and satisfaction as we successfully completed each golf hole. And the next day, I successfully played my best 18-hole golf score…and we qualified as a team for nationals.
Physical World/Reality. We begin to act as if our imagined “memories” are real and our outer world begins to reflect this new reality.
You do not have to be an artist to create a vision board. There is no right or wrong…it is all perfect! It is all about following your emotional energy and what attracts you to help you more clearly represent the future you want.
There are many, many online resources available…youtube videos, blogs, apps to help you create blogs using online images, etc.
Stretch yourself! Get creative. Gather items symbolizing your future and place them together on a workspace.
During the gathering process, as you look through images, words, phrases, or things, allow your intentions and desires to jump out at you. Look for items you relate to or are strongly attracted to, even if they do not make sense! At the end of creating your vision board, these items will most likely help you see your vision with more clarity.
Another ideas is to take a picture of a collage of items that inspire you and save to your computer desktop or phone background.
I've found the visioning and vision board process is fun and empowering for individuals, partners, families, and small teams. If you want support setting goals, encouragement, and can benefit from being held accountable, give me a call!