If your New Year's resolutions are already wilting on the vine try a Vision Board instead. 90% of successful people swear by them, including Oprah and Beyonce.
A Vision Board is a creative tool. Essentially it's a collage - and by making it, focuses your attention on what you really want to do, be or have in your life.
It looks easy enough, cutting out images from magazines and sticking them onto a board to represent your ideas. But there's also an art and a science behind the not-so-superficial Vision Board; Creative Arts Therapy and Neuroscience. Without a skilled facilitator to guide you into more meaningful territory, you could end up with the same-old predictable ideas appearing on your Board. Or, in the case of the DIY scenario, get bored half way through your creation, wander off and leave your vision incomplete.
What’s wrong with New Year resolutions?
Nothing as such. It's just they're made by the head - the logical left-brain along with most of our decision-making. If you allow the logical left-brain to take the lead in making a Vision Board, you'll be foraging in a dry water bed. It's boring and unimaginative.
Here's what can happen. Classes in my health club are packed in January with massive waiting lists. By February it’s back to normal again. Why? Because the resolutions were made with the head and not the heart, so it becomes a myopic Do List with no passion or feeling behind it.
On the other hand, making a Vision Board with the intuitive right-brain will help to clarify your real priorities and keep you focused on the right things. The outcome can be innovative and radical. You'll also gain a more balanced perspective of what is best for you.
Here are the differences between the two.
Logical left-brain in charge
- moves fast
- wants quick results
- competitive motivation
- cuts corners
- no time for sentiment or sweet humanity
Logical left believes you should only return to your softer aspirations, like attending a Vegan cookery school, when your loftier goals are achieved. What this limited thinking fails to take into account is the Vegan cookery school could be just what you need to boost your vitality and enable those loftier goals to be achieved with less effort.
By going to a different place and meeting a new crowd of people could set in motion a whole sequence of synchronicity, not calculable in advance, to steer you in the best direction of what you desire the most.
Intuitive Right-brain at the wheel
- softer, fluid approach
- moves slower
- responds to symbolism and metaphor
- enjoys the poetics of colour and form
- and goddammit, it's illogical!
In my Vision Board Workshops I facilitate a right-brain approach exclusively. I respect the meandering way intuitive intelligence operates, feeling its way into selecting the images and creating an intriguing and meaningful constellation on the Vision Board.
I love to observe people working in the creative 'zone'. The energy and the space around them expands exponentially. I also know from past experience the probability of them achieving a personal break-through is very high.
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Visionary attends her Vision Board