Last Friday I was joined by some lovely ladies as we got together to make vision boards.
What is a vision board?
Essentially a collection of images and words or phrases of things you love in your life and would like to attract more of.
It’s so easy to keep moving from day to day without stopping to reflect on what’s really important. We can find ourselves caught up in others’s expectations of us and find that what we’ve spent our lives focusing on the wrong things, or as Steven Covey says in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,
“It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in an activity trap, in the busy-ness of life, to work harder and harder at climbing the ladder of success only to discover it’s leaning against the wrong wall.”
The Law of Attraction
What you focus on you attract in to your life. So you want to make sure your focus is on what you want and not on what you don’t want. If you focus on feeling tired, ill etc, that’s what you’ll attract. If you focus on positivity and connection you’ll get more of that in your life.
We started with a visualisation of our ideal day, focusing on who we were with, what we were doing and the things that brought joy into our lives. This helped us to connect with our core values and purpose and formed a basis for what we wanted to focus on in our vision boards.
We then used a variety of magazines to find images and text that attracted us. The process of sitting and creating is in itself therapeutic. Gradually the images were selected, collated and arranged on the page.
As the vision boards came to life I we could see a visual depiction of our individual hopes and dreams but there were definitely some common themes: to be great mothers and do our best for our children; a focus on health and well-being and career satisfaction. For some this is career change, a move in a new direction, a desire to give back and make a difference in the world and a desire for greater challenge and to fulfil potential and achieve career aspirations which may have been put on hold while caring for our children.
The most powerful part of the evening was the conversations that took place once the boards had ben created: our hopes and desires and finding the confidence to make a change and to live out our purpose.
My vision board is now hanging on my office wall and I know it will continue to inspire me, nudge me in the right direction and keep me going on days when I lack motivation and conviction.
This would be a great activity to do with the kids over half term or in the time between Christmas and New Year to reflect on what’s important and set intentions for the new year.
Some images below if you’d like to see….