In October 2012 I attended a vision board workshop with my best friend. During the workshop the facilitator led us through a visualization activity and instructed us to cut photos and words out of magazines that spoke to us. After a period of time she asked us to arrange the items and glue them on poster board.
To my amazement, the secret dreams of my heart were in front of me. We were instructed to keep the board in a prominent space in our home as a daily reminder to pursue our dreams. This board is kept in my computer room. I created a fourth board in June, the same evening I submitted the final project for my Master’s program. This one is in my bedroom where it’s the first and last thing I see daily.
There is power in putting your vision on paper. It’s Biblical actually. The God’s Word translation of Habakkuk 2:2-3 explains it like this:
“Write the vision. Make it clear on tablets so that anyone can read it quickly. The vision will still happen at the appointed time. It hurries toward its goal. It won’t be a lie. If it’s delayed, wait for it. It will certainly happen. It won’t be late.”
And this is The Message translation:
“Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time.”
How powerful you ask? The photos on my boards are coming to life. On my board are
· A cupcake shop I visited (2013)
· A dress I purchased (2013)
· A ring I purchased in St. Lucia (2013)
· The foliage and landscaping at an Orlando property where I vacationed (2014)
· A dining room table, whirlpool tub and bathroom vanity at the Orlando property (2014)
· A fit young man with dreads and tattoos. A person from my past who resembles him contacted me. Not good - I may cover that photo up. (2014)
· Robin Thicke – will see him in concert this year (2014)
· A red oak leaf I will see in New England this fall (2014)
· A Napa Valley vineyard I may visit next year (February 2015)
I challenge you to make a vision board for yourself. I’m sure you have magazines, newspapers and scissors on hand, and your only investments are poster board, glue and time. Do it – I double dog dare you.
Question: Where will you keep your vision board?
Scripture: Psalm 39:7