What does your ideal life look like?
What’s in your head?
Because that’s where it all starts… in your brain.
You hear a lot about vision boards and vision books, but do they work? If so, why?
First, let me tell you that YES it works. In fact, a great number of truly successful individuals started years ago with a vision board or book. One is John Assaraf. If you aren’t familiar with who he is, he’s the guy who runs the Brain-a-thon every year. He developed a series of programs and products to open one’s mind to all the many possibilities.
I happen to know John, and he stands behind his beliefs in a big way. After I met him and had an opportunity to chat with him a bit, I realized something. I had seen him on The Secret. So I opened Netflix, found that documentary again and watched it. Yep! There he was, and guess what he was talking about? His vision boards! What captivated me about this segment was that he was talking to his little boy in a reenacted scene, showing the child his vision boards. It was at that moment, he said, that he realized he had just moved his family into the exact house he had glued onto his vision board. Not one LIKE the house; the actual house. (Spooky, right?)
Second, the reason vision boards and books work is not some deep metaphysical reason. It is simply because that which you put your mind to stays top of mind all the time. Putting it in picture and word form physically on paper tells your brain that you are serious about your goals. Looking at the book or board frequently and continuing to add to it helps move you forward faster.
That said, you have to understand that God and the universe don’t work to your drum beat or your timeline. While we may want to get to our goals quickly, it may actually be better to walk through a few fires and trials before actually reaching them. Besides which… it’s not magic; we participate by taking action and then more action.
Think about it like the best dessert you have ever had in your life…
Do you have a picture of that yummy treat in your mind right now? Is your mouth salivating just a tad? Why is that? Because you really enjoyed the experience and you’d like to have it again.
Now that it’s in your mind, what would you have to do to taste that delicious dessert again? Can you do it tonight? Probably not. It’s going to take some planning, right?
Maybe it is something you can make at home. Great.
Do you have all the ingredients? Maybe not. Once again, it’s going to take some planning and legwork. Then you have to mix the ingredients and get your groove on in the kitchen.
Once you do these things, you can have that most-wonderful-dessert-ever experience you’re craving right now. You must be willing to work for it. You have to plan. Then you have to work your plan.
For example, let’s say you don’t have a car. That means getting to the grocery store will require more planning. If you don’t live in a place with a kitchen, yet you want to create the masterpiece yourself, you need to figure out whose kitchen you can use.
If you aren’t into cooking and there’s only one place that killer dessert is served, guess what? You’re going to plan how to get there. If it’s not close, it may prove tougher, but you can still do it. (Maybe they can FedEx the dessert to you.)
Now take that to your real-life goals. Come up with a plan. Work the plan. Reach your goals. There is no short cut. Here’s a good way to get started:
Decide What You Want — One of the first things in the process is decide what it is you really want to accomplish in this life. Think big here. You have one life, so why not make your goals big? Oh, an come up with more than one or two goals. Think in the terms of “if you could not fail, what would you have or do”?
Grab Your Scissors and Glue — This may seem like a rudimentary exercise, but I promise it works. Once you have your tools, gather a bunch of magazines and get one of those small essay books that elementary school students use. Or get some poster board. These things cost a whopping 99 cents at the 99 Cent Store. In fact, I think you get maybe three poster boards for a buck. The scissors… a buck; the glue… a buck. The books… a buck. What I’m saying is that if you don’t have these things in your home already, cost shouldn’t hold you back.
Start Cutting — After you have gathered your magazines and any other images that reflect the lifestyle and items you have decided you want in your life, find those images that best represent your goals and dreams. There is no set rule here. It is your vision book or board. You get to make the rules. The only important thing is that you actually do it, that you use images of real things you want… the life you want… and that you keep adding to it. Cut the images out in shapes or squares or whatever you want. Glue them into place and add words.
Use Active, Powerful Words — There is more power in active phrases and words than in any other. That’s something I learned early on as a writer. The more active and in-the-now you can make your words the better. Create lists of things you want, places you want to see, the life you want to lead, the properties you’d like to buy, what you want to do with them and the car you want to drive. Leave nothing out.
Create a Nice Cover — It’s your book, so make it YOURS. One great way to do this is to do some artwork on the cover. Stylize your name, add power words and glue some images on the cover if you can’t draw all that well. (But then, it’s your book. If you want to draw on the cover, by God, draw on the cover!)
Once you have begun your vision book or board, keep going with it. If you run out of room, start a second and a third. Review it frequently. Some people carry their vision books with them wherever they go so when they need a dab of motivation, they can pull out the book and look through it.
As for me, I keep mine with me in my office, which is located in my home. I’m somewhat of a hermit, so I don’t need to carry my vision books (plural) with me. I look through them from time to time, and the most interesting thing is just how many of the things in my first vision book I can now tick off the list.
One of the fun things for me is to put a big check mark by those things or goals I’ve reached. It’s a rush! I’m goal-oriented and love to work from to-do lists, so it really is a thrill for me to say, “Wow! I got that and that and that” Tick, tick, tick… big check marks by all.
If you want to see images from my actual vision book, let me know in my private Facebook group. If you’re not a member yet, why not? It’s free and you’ll find a lot of support if your goal is to learn about real estate investing and if you’ve ever wanted to be an entrepreneur. Here’s the link: