So, vision boards. Maybe you’ve heard about them? The idea is to create a visual representation of your goals, aspirations and anything that inspires and motivates you to create the future you want. And then you hang it in a place you look at on a regular basis so that you can absorb its positive mojo and achieve your dreams. The VB philosophy is sort of along the lines of positive visualization that athletes use. They see themselves crossing the finish line/scoring the goal/carrying the trophy.
With vision boards, cork or poster board is usually involved, as is a pair of scissors and magazine clippings/computer print outs and tape, glue or pushpins.
The cynic in me would dismiss the concept as an arts and crafts project at best if there weren’t a handful of accomplished people who swear by them. One vision board proponent is YA author Susane Colasanti. I am forever grateful to successful authors who are generous enough to share their process in a public fashion, and Susane has written about her use of vision boarding numerous times on her blog. This is a person who is publishing her seventh YA book this May, so I think I better just shut up and listen.
Also, there’s my health guru and adventure cleanse guide, Kris Carr. My favorite vision board story is hers. When she was trying to get her documentary out there and getting a lot of “NO,” she tacked this note to her vision board:
“Oprah, save a seat for me, I’m coming”.
That’s balls. But, four years later, it happened. Kris was a guest on Oprah’s show, and we all know what happens when Oprah endorses you.
Of course, those four years weren’t spent idly praying at the altar of her vision board. Kris has a ton of passion and worked her butt off. As did Susane. Writing takes a lot of discipline and focus, not to mention talent, and she put in the time.
So, what do I have to lose?
You’ll see it’s still in the wrapper with its mounting kit. It’s been like that for two weeks now. I guess I’m still trying to figure out how to get started. And I’d be lying if I didn’t admit there was a tiny part of me that’s slightly queasy over the new agey-ness of the exercise. And, also, there’s something about creating this thing that makes me feel just a little too vulnerable. What if someone sees it and thinks I’m silly? Or, worse yet, delusional?
Well, here’s what Ms. Carr says:
“A bit of advice to all the negative Nellies who like to rain on parades and poop on dreams: When a person is powered by faith, love, a righteous mission and a vision board, it’s best to get out of their way or you just might get hit with the holy sparkle (which wouldn’t be such a bad thing – holy sparkle definitely combats hot air).”
If she’s got my back, I should be ok.
Cleanse update: I am finishing up on week #2 and THINGS ARE JUST FINE. I even survived a birthday celebration at a not particularly vegan/gluten-free friendly restaurant last night. I didn’t have it in me to interrogate the waitress and verify that everything I ate was 100% vegan/gf, but I abstained from shared dishes that obviously included meat, dairy and gluten, and didn’t touch a drop of alcohol. I’ll admit it – that one hurt. It’s not easy watching others thoroughly enjoy their champagne and cocktails from the sidelines, and it’s slightly alarming to be the only sober person waiting for a cab on the Lower East Side at 1:30 a.m. on a Saturday night.
Question: What do you think about vision boards? Any tips on how to get started?