A vision board is an amazing tool that helps you focus on and clarify specific life goals. And I never wanted to do one.
Personality wise, I am not the sort of person who worries about conceptualizing life goals. I mean what does that even mean? It was not something I did. But one day, one of my friends brought up the idea.
At first, I was reluctant and I even tried to talk her out of it.
And I think I did. But as time went on and I thought more of it. The idea of putting down my hopes and dreams in one place that I can see. Became more appealing.
The next thing I know, I’m organizing a vision board party. Yes, you can have a party around this. And I finally gave in and made my vision board.
I didn’t do any more with my vision board. I just hung it on my wall and almost forgot about it. Until one day I actually took the time to look at it and realization hit me like a ton of bricks.
Did I make a vision board or a wishing board?
As I stood there that fateful day. That was the question that ran through my mind. It was then I realized that I did not see my vision board as a vision of what I wish to accomplish. But more like things I wish I could do.That realization forced me to reevaluate myself and my motivations. I had to ask myself
“are you living life or waiting around. Wishing for life to happen to you?”
With that question, I decided to make a change. I looked at my vision board once again and determined that I was in control of some if not all that’s on the board. And to be honest I really was.
Hence, I did what a sensible reasonable person would do. Put on my big girl pants and begin planning. An decided I was no longer going to live a life wishing for things to happen to me. I was going to live my life going after what I want.
It has not been easy. One of the first things I had to do was go see a therapist. Because I needed someone to help me break a lot of childhood misconceptions. About life, myself, as well as my family and friends.
Secondly, I decided to take control of my finances. Trust me that was one of the best things I did. I started paying attention to my money, started saving, and budgeting. Searching and
I even went as far as to start this blog. Because the thought of others not embracing this life breaks my heart. I want to share all that I have learned with you.
In the end, the vision board actually worked. My vision board fulfilled its purpose of inspiring me to go for it. It brought me to a place where I wanted to actually do for me and stop waiting on others. It really did help me take charge of my life.
Most of the time we are waiting for life to happen to us. Instead of loving life for ourselves. That is what my vision board taught me. Yes, others have said it before. but I never really got it until I put my hopes and dreams down.
Now my motto is “life is short.” And it is. Life is too short to keep putting off that vacation. Too short to keep putting off getting that new job. Life is too short to keep waiting around for others to do for you.
As fun as all that waiting sounds. I’m done doing it. Now I do my own thing for my life. Rather I fail in some areas or I succeed I pray that God will see that I didn’t just wait for life to happen. I worked with him to make it happen.
Nowadays, I no longer sit around dissatisfied about my life. I am working to change it into what I want it to be. And so can you.
I am happier than I’ve ever been too. I’m actually completing the task I set out to complete. All because I now have a clear picture of what I want for myself. That is why I say you can do it. Here’s how.
- Write down what you want
- Gather some magazines and pictures a poster board
- Some art supplies
- Make a vision board
- Then hang it up somewhere you can see.
- And for every vision plan out what you can tackle first and how you are going to do it.
It’s really not that difficult but you are going to have to work. Not back breaking work but work. Stay motivated every day by celebrating the little successes. Lastly, look at the board every now and then and continue to allow it to inspire you to live freely.