“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Sound familiar? We’ve heard it before and yes we all dream; but how many of us put our dreams into actions. Sometimes it is not all that easy. Often life has a way of throwing a curve ball at you and you place your dreams on hold. And before you know it, it becomes non-existent.
Writing down your goals are fantastic but hiding what you transcribed in a draw is meaningless. Goals need an applied mindset and commitment, without that, chances are it will never manifest into real achievements. Honestly speaking, this is exactly where I found myself. Looking back over the past 10 years; I’ve only achieved 7 of the 10 goals I set for myself.
Some people might say that is a great achievement but in essence it is not so great if you take into consideration that it was over 10 year period. So what happened to the other 3 and why didn’t I achieve those? I became distracted, I was too comfortable with my current life situation. The goals weren’t taken seriously and it was placed on the back-burner for someday which never happened.
So when Sonja McKaiser from The Creative Space with Sonja invited me to be part of a bloggers collaboration workshop on Vision Boards, I didn’t hesitate and grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Accepting the invitation meant that I could focus on previously unattainable goals and set new goals. It also afforded me the opportunity to have some me-time and to focus on myself for a change.
What is a Vision Board?
A vision board is personal and it can be anything you want it to be. It is a powerful visualization tool that manifest your dreams and goals into reality. It allows you to visualize positive images of your desires and to get clarity on your goals. A vision board should be placed where you can see it every single day. Every time you look at your vision board, you remind yourself of those dreams and goals.
Vision Board Workshop with Sonja
Stepping into the venue, you feel creatively inspired, with its intimate setting the space is calm and relaxed. Starting off, Sonja set the tone of the workshop. She shared her insights on creating her own vision board and how visualizing starting her own business came to reality. Listening to Sonja with her calm, creative and positive energy as well as her thought provoking and motivational coaching skills paved the way for constructing my visual board. She made us understand that we need to focus on our own individual process.
Explaining to us that during the process of constructing our vision boards, our inner critic will appear. This inner critic will creep into our mind and tell us that we are not good enough or that we will never achieve what we set out to become. When this happens, we need to switch to our heart space and work from there instead of listening to what our mind is telling us. This made me think about my unattainable goals and how my inner critic brought about all the negatives; hindering me from reaching those goals.
During this time we meditated by doing breathing exercises to free our minds and share our inner most thoughts.
Constructing my Vision Board
Magazines, scissors, glue and stickers were supplied to start the process. I got cracking by paging through magazines and selecting my pictures and words. Don’t think for a second that this was just a mindless exercise of cutting and pasting a couple of pics on a board. Yes it was a lot of fun but it took a focused mind and careful consideration of the choices for each facet in my life. Which encompasses family, relationships, work, finances, social, travel, health and myself. Making the correct choice in selecting pictures, words and phrases that would represent my future goals.
I had to reflect on small, medium and long term goals. Areas of my life where I want to see change and growth. Once I had all my pictures and words, it was time to construct my vision board. Whilst being relaxed, I felt very positive and started imagining as if I was already living out those dreams and goals.
This is my vision board and it is placed in our leisure room where I see it every day. This is also the room where I do my workout exercises so it gives me more motivation to reach my fitness goals. My vision board represents what I want to create in my life. And on days when I feel discouraged, it will be there in my face to inspire me and to remind me of what I set out for my life.
What I learnt from the Vision Board Workshop
I interpret a dream as flashes of visuals. And that is exactly what my vision board is. What I like about creating a vision board is that the pictures is a constant reminder of what I want to achieve. The workshop itself was interactive, transformational and intensely personal. Attending this workshop gave me the opportunity to focus on my life and to identify the things that is holding me back and to let go of it. Creating my vision board was a collective journey of self discovery and intention for change.
Connect with Sonja
Ready to create your own vision board? Then connect with Sonja from The Creative Space with Sonja. The vision board workshop is approximately 5 hours long at a cost of R990 which includes coffee/tea and light refreshments. This 5-hour investment is well worth it and you will leave with your own vision board and clarity on your future goals.
Great news is that my readers will receive a R100 discount on the cost of the vision board workshop. The discount will apply when you use my name when making the booking. Hurry there are only a couple of workshops left for 2018!