Keeping It In (a Different) Perspective
Our website includes a great page explaining what a vision board is. However, it’s also very helpful to be sure you understand what a vision board is not.
Never mind the usual approach of trying to figure out the next logical step you need to take to reach some goal. On the contrary, the point of a vision board is NOT to lay out a detailed plan of how you’re going to achieve your goal. That’s thinking with your brain, and it will get you in trouble because as soon as you come up with an idea about what you really want, your brain will come up with a million reasons why you’ll never get it. With that approach, you’re defeated before you begin!
Instead, think with your heart. Get in touch with your feelings and let them guide you. Never mind all the “how”, just go with what makes you feel good. Be a child again and play pretend. Imagine that you have already realized your dream, and let yourself experience how it feels.
That can be surprisingly difficult. In a typical day we’re busy creatures with endless to-do lists. We get everything accomplished by taking control, organizing, and prioritizing all of those tasks that “must” be completed.
One of the keys to success with a vision board is the positive emotion you feel toward your ideas and dreams. Decide what you want, envision having it, and most importantly allow yourself to be in touch with how good you feel about this goal – as if you are already living it.
And Yes, Goal Setting Is Good!
Just to clarify, we certainly aren’t saying that you shouldn’t set goals. The point is to understand the difference.
Your vision board is all about how your new life looks and how you feel living it. Your vision is multi-dimensional, encompasses all your senses, and stirs strong emotions.
Your goals, on the other hand, are the steps along the path to realizing your dream. When you have a vision, and have such clarity that you can feel yourself already living that vision, then your goals fall into place naturally. It’s when you don’t have a vision that a goal becomes just another task on a road to nowhere special.
Start with your vision, and let everything evolve from there. At some point you may indeed decide you want to make a Goal Board, and when you do it will be an inspired action. Trust the process to show you the details of each goal and the action steps to achieve it.
If you’ve ever experienced the law of attraction at work in your life, you know that help is always on the way. That help can come in many forms, and whether it’s a simple answer, a unique opportunity, or a new person who comes into your life, it’s amazing how the very “thing” you need shows up just when you need it!