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Positivity: Creating a Vision Board

Positivity: Creating a Vision Board

If I have the belief that I can do it, I will surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning.  -Mahatma Gandhi

I have been thinking of making a vision board all summer, ever since first reading Martha Beck’s article in June’s issue of Oprah at the doctor’s office. The idea of collecting images and words from magazine pages and cutting them up into a collage isn’t new for most of us. Many middle school projects start this way and for many of us, putting together a collage of what and who we loved was wall décor. The whole topic came up this weekend as I finally cleared out years of old magazine titles that I have been saving next to my bed.

As I went through them, I knew I couldn’t part with them all without taking something that had made me hold onto it. When I shared the idea with Emma, my 12-year-old daughter, she was on board.  She cut as I continued to clean and before long we had a huge pile of images and words that felt like us.  Martha Beck said,  “When you start assembling pictures that appeal to your deepest self, you unleash one of the most powerful forces on our planet: human imagination.…Virtually everything humans use, do, or make up exists because someone thought it up.”

Making your dreams visual. A few basic tips for making a board; you probably already have material around the house if you read magazines. You can also spring for a couple of new journals that talk about things that you want to know more about or see yourself involved in. Christine Kane, author of The Complete Guide to Vision Boards explains, “The idea behind the activity is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you want to vacation, your life changes to match those images and those desires.”

I don’t approach this as a wish list, or a reflection of anyone else’s expectations for me. Rather it is a creative collection of what is in my deepest and unique vision of myself.  It is a visual mirror of what I aspire to, like divine inspiration, the ability to think big and celebrate passion. Dominated by a colorful interior schema of the brain and energetic body, my board is built around what matters most to me now, a meditative mind, enlightened creativity and generous prosperity.

For those of you out there who have been looking for more activity-oriented positivity quest directions, this activity is one to not miss. Putting together a visual that wakes up joy, wonder and curiosity and then having it as a reference point for your daily thinking is a powerful launch pad to pushing your life in the direction of your best self. Of course, it goes without saying that the board alone won’t do it, but if it makes you move through your days with intention and inspiration then it will be working on you and life in ways that will surprise you.

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Wendy Strgar

Wendy Strgar, founder and CEO of Good Clean Love, is a loveologist who writes and lectures on Making Love Sustainable, a green philosophy of relationships which teaches the importance of valuing the renewable resources of love, intimacy and family.  In her new book, Love that Works: A Guide to Enduring Intimacy,  she tackles the challenging issues of sustaining relationships and healthy intimacy with an authentic and disarming style and simple yet innovative adviceIt has been called "the essential guide for relationships."  The book is available on ebook.  Wendy has been married for 27 years to her husband, a psychiatrist, and lives with their four children ages 13- 22 in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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12:50AM PST on Dec 25, 2011

Thanks for the article.

1:29PM PST on Dec 4, 2011

I want to make a vision board now!

9:22AM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

Makes thoughts concrete.
Supposedly they work.....for some.

9:19AM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

sounds good to me...gotta find some magazines !

7:50PM PDT on Oct 21, 2010

I did this for a birthday party a few years back- it was fun! But you need alot of maganzines. For me, nature magazines is what I was looking for- it just depends on who you are.

11:16PM PDT on Sep 6, 2010

Wonderful way to think positive thoughts about what we want to achieve, attain or be. peace

11:59AM PDT on Sep 4, 2010

Wow, I do it a lot and I enjoy it indeed but I didn't know it was kind of good for me, quite interesting :)

7:43AM PDT on Sep 4, 2010

I had fun making mine. When I see it, i get a warm feeling.

5:48AM PDT on Sep 4, 2010

interesting

12:25PM PDT on Sep 2, 2010

I have used our fridge for motivation and inspiration with cuttings, magnets, etc. for a long time and still do!

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