Vision Boards - Yes; Start Them Early - Why Not?

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A year ago, there was a big boom - everyone was asking around “Have you seen The Secret?” or “Have you read the Secret?”

The Secret

The Secret

And it is no wonder that the movie and the book received so much attention because some of the most influential media anchors including Ellen Degeneres and Oprah Winfrey were buzzing about the movie and its fundamental principle i.e. the Law of Attraction.

Not intending to talk a lot about the movie … i.e. a long story short … the gist of it is that one should adhere to and practice the Law of Attraction, which is really about visualizing you goals and dreams.

A fundamental principle of the Law of Attraction is to use so-called Vision Boards to help one attract his or her dreams and goals. In other words, whatever you think you attract to yourself, be it materialistic and non-materialistic things.

Certainly, the movie has an audience that has been generally divided into two: 1) the first portion is those who support and follow the idea of the Law of Attraction, and; 2) the others are those who are more or less skeptical about the whole thing of attracting anything into their lives.

There are of course things to be questioned and criticized (e.g. the secret is that there is no secret as such). But that is not what I am writing about here.

‘Vision boards’ is what I am interested in.

As new and marketing-oriented as the title of the movie may sound i.e. “the Secret”, there is nothing new about the powerful technique of using Vision boards.

What is Vision board?
A vision board is really a board made of some material (e.g. plastic, paper, fabric or wood) on which one can attach any visual (e.g. images, drawings, printouts) or textual representation to mirror what he or she wants to help her attract and achieve those goals/things. To see some examples, go to Google Images

Why use Vision board?
It is simple. You need to use Vision boards because they are your constant reminders of things you need to be doing to accomplish those goals. A better question is “Why Not Use Vision Boards?” unless you are so darn skeptical and do not want to attract anything in your life.

How to make a vision board?
If you think of creating a vision board, of course you’d better start somewhere and soon. First, you need to get clear images in your head what it is you want. Think about what you want to do, have, or be in 5, 10, 20, 50 years. What images come to your mind is really what you need to be putting up on a board. Be creative and do not limit yourself with fears or distractions of any sort because there should be none when you make a vision board.

Once you know what those dreams and goals are, find those images or better yet draw them. Look at what Charice Pempengco did. Charice has a dream book and she drew images of herself singing with those famous pop idols including Celine Dion. And now she sang with her! Here is the lesson to learn from perhaps “the most talented girl in the world” (quotting Oprah)

Of course you always have a choice not to use vision boards or dream books because you’ve been able to accomplish everything in your life without them. But keep this strategy in mind and when you feel like you would like to have that visual representation of what you want in your life go ahead and do it because that means that your brain needs that visual fuel. I am sure 100% that this will only add some twist to the way you achieve goals in your life.

Best of luck

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3 Responses to “Vision Boards - Yes; Start Them Early - Why Not?”

  1. Venilla@Vennila Rajaguru PushpanathanNo Gravatar says:

    October 8th, 2008 at 2:03 am

    Vision Boards are indeed a powerful tool to realizing dreams & goals, be it personal or professional. The crunch or rathe the challenge for every individual is to determine what exactly is that he/she wants. In other words is that goal good/beneficial for you and those around you? How is the realization of that goal going to further your career, your business or your personal life?

    Questions such as these need to be tackled before anything goes up on the vision board. You may have heard of “Be careful what you wish for” many times. Well that’s exactly what it takes to ponder and draw up goals and plans, before vision boards can be incorporated as part of the Action Plan. Road Maps & Mind maps are akin to Vision Boards too.


  2. Abdul AleemNo Gravatar says:

    October 8th, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    I am really impressed by this article, and also by that girl. It is also fantastically explained.

  3. VladimirChenNo Gravatar says:

    October 14th, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Venilla and Abdul thanks for your comments. Venilla, I definitely agree on the fact that it is very difficult to determine what one really wants. And that’s something I have experienced myself. This is something we can’t disregard. But accepting it as well as being open should help one find that ‘gold mine’. It is really important that one consciously seek for the answers.

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