A Collage, A Vision Board & Action…
“It works if you work it”
Simple, tried and true – it’s an adage heard often in 12 Step fellowships.
So what is a “Vision Board”? It’s a tool for creating authentic outcomes in our own, ideal life. And yes, they work.
This Huffington Post article got my attention in early 2015: “The Reason Vision Boards Work and How to Make One“.
The term “Vision Board” was new to me. Somehow I’d missed the years of evangelising by Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, and other celebrities – and I was skeptical.
Yet, I knew they worked, I’d actually been doing them for years.
Twenty five years ago, I discovered the book and 12 week The Artist’s Way program.
There was a “collage” assigned during Week 7, and it opened the door to a career change and more lucrative work; five years later a second collage inspired a major shift personally. Fifteen years ago, another collage catalysed a move from America to Ireland.
Twice yearly now, I usher Artist’s Way groups through the process of making their own – and often, I join them.
Updating the images provides an insight into the effectiveness of my efforts. It’s like the infernal voice emanating from a GPS after a wrong turn: “recalculating“. I can then reroute and stay focused on the path of my own choosing. It keeps the chaos and busy-ness of life at bay.
According to Seeing is Believing: the power of visualisation:
There’s ample science to support the fact that “Mental practice can get you closer to where you want to be in life, and it can prepare you for success!”
If you work it…
Here’s where my skepticism came into play. Doing a collage or a vision board just didn’t seem like work.
And thankfully it’s not! But occasionally, I need reminding: work isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!
Work is our linear, thinking, logical brain, in action. And our logical brain is our “censor”. In the “Basic Tools” of The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron advises: “Logic brain was and is our survival brain. It works on known principles. Anything unknown is perceived as wrong and possibly dangerous…the brain we usually listen to, especially when we are telling ourselves to be sensible.”
Creativity resides in our “Artist Brain”. It’s our inventor, it’s childlike curious and apt to take chances – collecting images, being present to possibilities while silencing the “censor” is what’s unleashed while we’re creating the boards.
To quote Stephan Spencer’s article – Vision Boards, Because New Year’s Resolutions Were So Last Year
“Vision boards help make all of the jumbled, abstract feelings in your head into a foreseeable future. If you’re skeptical about making a vision board yourself, ask what you really have to lose by trying it. Not really much. But perhaps it makes you more in tune to the repercussions of your choices and how they align with getting what you want.”
Aligning our intention with our values, staying tuned in to the repercussions of our choices, and focus, is what ultimately determines whether we can sustain the changes we “think” we want to make. Let’s get back to that Logical Brain and the Artist Brain. Creating the vision, imagining what is unknown – requires turning off the logical brain and tuning in to the associative and freewheeling nature of our ‘Artist Brain’.
Keep the vision board up – and return to it’s message frequently, because –
“It’s like selling our own ideas to ourselves.”*
Now you have to close the sale. And I advocate doing that with support.
To that end I’ll be delivering a series of Vision Board Workshops. in 2018. They’ll provide a full day immersive experience during which you can achieve clarity in the company of like minded people. Groups challenge each other. On the day, you’ll find you dig deeper and are supported. Later, should you find your enthusiasm is waning, your peers are there to reflect back the best of what they’ve heard you commit to.
A goal is a dream with a deadline- let’s get dreaming!
The next workshop is in Carlingford, on Saturday, 13. January! Interested in bringing your best self to 2018? Leave your details on the right.