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Create your vision board for 2019

04/02/19
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In late 2014, a wonderful former colleague of mine Orla Quinn, gifted me with a large A1 sized piece of white card. “What’s this for I asked?” bemused. “Your vision board”, Orla replied. This was my first intro to the concept of a vision board; a visualisation exercise that has grown in notoriety since the popular explosion of The Secret and the law of attraction. A philosophy whereby you put out into the world a vision of what you wish to receive in your life. There are many tools to help you do this. One of them is a vision board.

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My first attempt at a vision board

Armed with my A1 blank sheet, scissors, blu tac, sellotape, photographs, personal artifacts, images, artwork and resonating quotes I’d scoured for online, I began to create my vision board for 2015. This included:

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A photo I took at dawn of Skerries harbour where I now live since… yep, 2015!

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Fire-up your mind’s power

About 90% of my vision board came to life that year. Big O initially possessed a wry sense of cynicism towards my board. But, by the end of the year, he quipped not to put anything bonkers on my 2016 board or we’d be stuck with its manifestation. Perhaps it was the law of attraction or pot luck or because I was constantly encountering the same images over and over, this laser focus helped make them an attainable reality. Vision boards are a way of flexing your mind to work towards the goals you want to achieve. It’s more effective for me than my half-arsed New Year’s resolutions as it creates a whole positive image for the year ahead.

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Photo: Les Défis des Filles Zen

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If the law of attraction isn’t the flake on your 99, direct your attention to the potential of visualisation. A study conducted by Ohio University to analyse the brain patterns of weightlifters discovered that the neural patterns a weightlifter activated when lifting hundreds of pounds were fired-up by the brain when s/he simply imagined lifting. It compared “people who went to the gym with people who carried out virtual workouts in their heads”. Those who lifted in the gym saw a 30% increase in muscle mass. Intriguingly, those who conducted the mental exercises only, increased their muscle strength by 13.5%, almost half as much! (Source: Psychology Today).

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I’m not convinced opening a tub of Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food and imagining myself on a treadmill will have the same impact. 😉 Yet, this does serve as a reminder of the mind as our most powerful asset. There will always be things beyond our control but wherever possible, we can still use our minds to create the life we want.

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A form of self-care

Vision boards are also an excellent form of self-care – of taking an active role in protecting your mental and physical well-being. In creating a vision board you are telling yourself:

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Each year, I use the same method to create my board. I apply Feng Shui Bagua, also inspired by the lovely Orla. Basically, you use a template/map for your board as below – the left of your board focuses on wisdom, family and prosperity and the right on love, creativity and helpful people/travel etc. I find this useful to ensure all aspects of my life are represented but you might prefer a scrumptious hodge-podge or free-for-all on your board. Whatever works.

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The real clincher with your vision board is to make sure it’s displayed in a location where you will repeatedly see it – at least once a day. Ideally your bedroom or home office, wherever you spend a lot of time. You could also take a photo of your board and use it as the background image on your phone or desktop. Don’t let your eyeballs escape from it!! 😉 And remember…

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Visualisation is everything.

If you can imagine something you can do it.

Nothing happens in reality until it happens in your mind first.

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What do you think?

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I’m Jen Murphy, award-winning blogger and wellness advocate for working mothers. I created Working Mother Wellness as a platform for mums to share our wellness experiences. Sign-up to build your own Working Mother Wellness toolkit. You will receive updates on Kundalini yoga practices, wellness tips, and info on upcoming workshops and programmes.