1. Hippie-Dippie-Meditation Stuff: Staring at a board of pictures and visualizing myself attaining those goals seems weird. I’ve never been a meditation person. I just can’t sit still and stay focused to meditate. (This is something I need to work on. I know. I’m looking into it.) I’m just not a very cerebral person. I’m much more of a doer than a thinker.
2. Materialistic – I also had this idea that all vision boards consisted of pictures of mansions and expensive cars. Silly material possessions that people were obsessing over to give them motivation to work hard. I’m lucky enough to understand that money and possessions do NOT make happiness. Sure, those things are nice, but the singular pursuit of material gain can lead to a host of problems. I’ve seen it, Up close. Not doing it. Not for me.
A NEW Vision Board a la Jeff Sanders:
But then I heard this podcast from Jeff Sanders’ 5AM Miracle and I kind of changed my mind. Maybe a vision board could work for me. Maybe I had the wrong idea about what they could be and how you can use them…
Sanders gives his idea for a NEW type of vision board. Instead of coming up with this huge, almost unreachable goals, you think about the every day actions that are going to get you closer to your ultimate goals. You put those actions on the board, or things that remind you of those actions.
To me, it’s more of a focus board than about a long-term vision. Keeping me on track for my priorities and my short-term goals. Reminding me what I’m doing on a daily basis and why I’m doing it.
I used an app called Wishlist to put this together. It’s a free app, a little putzy but good for free. Any collage app could work, but Wishlist makes searching for images a little easier.
What do you do with it?
If you’re a meditation person, you could meditate with it, I guess. For me, simply having it in a visible place (my phone) does the job. I try to take a look at it each day to remind myself what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. I have a big problem with focus. This reminds me, each morning, of what I should be focused on through the day. Kind of a recharging of my willpower.