Thursday, August 4, 2016

Create the Ultimate Vision

We’ve all heard it.  The all-too-common phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” When you look at a picture, clarity and meaning without words are there for all to see. Whether the picture is a gleaming child, a peaceful sunset, or a dream home, these images have a way of springing emotions to life.  We feel it. So if this is true, then is it possible that a picture can propel our goals, dreams, and aspirations into reality? People who have created vision boards for themselves say, “Yes!”     

Chase and Create
A vision board is a collection of pictures depicting the things which you long to achieve or acquire. It’s a collection of your goals, dreams and aspirations, the very things I have been encouraging you to “chase” and “create.”  In place of a list written only in black ink, creating a poster board covered with images and inspirational messages, will inject colour and meaning into your dreams.  At a quick glance, you’ll see your life’s plans on display as a daily reminder.  With mustard-seed faith, your dreams will magically transform into reality when you believe they are possible. 

To support this theory, the book, The Secret, explains the powerful process of visualization in this way.

The reason visualization is so powerful is because as you create pictures in your mind of seeing yourself with what it is you want, you are generating thoughts and feelings of having it now. Visualization is simply powerfully focused thought in pictures, and it causes equally powerful feelings. When you are visualizing, you are emitting that powerful frequency out into the Universe.  The law of attraction will take hold of that powerful signal and return those pictures back to you, just as you saw them in your mind.”  

The Vision Board as a Remedy

Creating a vision board for your goals and dreams might go one step further.  I sense this process as a remedy to cure specific ailments.

1.     Overcome the FOMO epidemic.

Until recently, I had never heard of FOMO. Perhaps I had but didn’t realize the epidemic had a different name than the one that I knew.   FOMO, “the Fear of Missing Out”, is equal to what I’ve always known as “keeping up with the Joneses”. Marissa Sollows, Senior Education Coordinator, with Financial and Consumer Services Commission of New Brunswick, wrote an excellent article, Conquer Your Fears of Missing Out to Get on Top of your Finances. 

Marissa explains that FOMO, the Fear of Missing Out, is the physical and emotional reaction we have when we feel that we are missing out on an opportunity. FOMO can provoke strong emotions ranging from sadness to full blown anxiety. It can also make us feel unsatisfied with the experiences we have had and things we own.   Marissa goes on to explain that these strong emotions are heightened with the posts viewed on social media of our friends’ dazzling lives. 

The cure for FOMO would be to determine what you want and then create your vision board.  Here’s the underlying truth. “You can have ANYTHING you want. You just can’t have EVERYTHING you want.”  You have to figure it out.  A vision board will provide focus and clarity.  You will no longer be chasing someone else’s dream.  You will chase your own dream.

2.     A Change in Direction.  
Life has a way of steering us in the opposite direction we ever intended to travel. A painful relationship, an unsuccessful business venture, and a sudden illness can send us spinning.   We aren’t given any clear explanations how this happens but when it does, we feel totally helpless and frustrated, leading us to believe that we may never be happy.  It’s at this junction that we have a choice.  Don’t you love choices?  We can choose to believe the worst that we were destined to live unhappily ever after, or we can choose to believe that the best is coming our way.  We can choose to believe that it’s our turn to have the very things our family, friends, and neighbors have.   And it all starts with believing and creating the ultimate vision both in our minds and on a vision board. 
Permission to Play and Create
Now that you have permission to play with glue, scissors, and paper, capturing and creating images of your life with pictures, you may feel lost. Don’t fear. Click here for a quick four-step guide to help create your vision board.   Don’t stop here. This is one opportunity you don’t want to miss out on.  A Google search will lead you to plenty of information on vision boards and its benefits.  I would love to hear the results of your creation. I invite you to share your thoughts, successes, and yes, even your frustrations with your vision board masterpiece.

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