Forget resolutions; make vision board
Dec. 29, 2017 at 4:36 p.m.
Updated Dec. 30, 2017 at 6 a.m.
The other day, I pulled out my vision board.
It wasn't exactly intentional. A shelving display in my closet had collapsed, and I was reorganizing the fallen clothing.
The oversized board once sat prominently in my Texas living room so I could look at it each day.
On one side of the trifold was an illustrative depiction of my "current reality," from 2015. On the the other two folds of the board were a colorful depiction of my "desired new reality."
I didn't come up with these terms, of course. They were part of an exercise lead from a corporate visioneer and coach who taught companies how to draw their futures. Images of our desires put down on paper and drawn in color are more likely to awaken our consciousness and propel us toward the drawn-out goals, she said, backing up her statements with statistics and medical findings on the brain.
In basic terms, if we can see our goals in picture form, we start taking small steps to achieve them.
After moving to Atlanta, the Texas vision board made its way to a closet.
It's not that I was done looking at it, but I had done such a good job of locking the images in my mind the previous year, I finally felt comfortable putting it out of sight.
At least, temporarily. I always knew I'd go back to it.
So when I put up the clothes and finished the closet, I pulled out the board I haven't looked at for one year.
I was shocked.
I stared at the board for 15 minutes - and think about how long that is to remain in one thought, in one place - realizing how many goals on the board had already manifested.
I was shocked to see how much my life had changed for the better and how many goals I drew that were either accomplished or in process.
I was also surprised to see how I had low-balled some of my life goals. I'm not sure if I was afraid to dream bigger at the time or if that's all I could come up with.
Because the purpose of the vision board is not be practical. It's meant to be irrational. It's meant to force yourself to think outside the box, to dream in terms of no conditions. The board asks a single question, "If you could have, accomplish, create anything you want - what does that look like for you?"
I could tell it was time to make a new vision board, with a newly depicted, "current reality."
So, as the new year approaches and resolutions are pondered and set, I ask you to consider engineering your 2018, beginning with a vision board.
I will be drawing one, updating the old one and forcing myself this time to dream and think bigger than I ever have before.
All it takes is a poster board, a few colorful markers, a few old magazines, a pair of scissors and about an hour of your day.
Sure, you can make a New Year's resolution to get more exercise and eat less sugar. But this year, make a plan to visioneer your future and lock in your brain and subconscious a pathway for action.
Once you start to see it, your mind will naturally start leading you to prayer, and God will begin opening doors.
Give yourself two years, and you'll be shocked how far you've come.
Happy New Year, friends. Cheers to a magnificent 2018.
Jennifer Preyss writes about religion and spirituality. You can reach her at 361-580-6535, jenniferpreyss.com, or on Twitter @jenniferpreyss