Last weekend I attended my fourth Vision Board workshop (2009, 2012, 2015, and now 2018). Why do I keep making Vision Boards? What keeps me coming back? The simple answer is that they work. They really really really work!
Vision – where does vision fit in the context of life? It is the WHAT you want piece. My clients come to coaching with at least one of these:
- a crystal clear vision
- a fuzzy vision
- no vision, yet a desire to move from your present position
If you have a fuzzy idea of what you want, or simply know what you don’t want, then creating a Vision Board may be a way forward for you. Last weekend I attended the workshop to gain clarity on where I’m headed in the coming years. Using meditation, guided questions, writing and finally scissors, magazines, glue and coloured markers, I was able to create a Vision Board that expressed what I want as an expression of my values. Having manifested my last Vision Boards it was time to look again.
Making a Vision Board anchors commitment. It shows me where I’m heading. I may not know the exact steps/path/actions to take to get there now, but I’m on the way and have a destination in mind.
Given I’m an old hand at these now (I do them approximately every 3 years) the evidence is in. It will manifest. Our subconscious and our neurochemistry plays a big part – I don’t pretend to understand – all I know is they work.
As WH Murray wrote from a POW camp in 1947, in his famous book The Scottish Himalayan Expedition:
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man would have believed would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
Whatever you think you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.