Do Vision Boards Work?

Quote of the Moment: “We need to be growing and learning every day to feel alive and in love with life.” — Paul E. Dennison, Ph.D.

A few days ago a friend asked me the question, “Do vision boards work?”. The question was motivated from a sincere desire to be in service doing more than the work she is currently in.

Have you ever been at this kind of crossroads moment? I have — many times. It is one reason I was able to write and publish my book.

Vision Boards

A vision board is one of six components within a Me, Inc. Treasure Map, which I layout in my book Design and Live the Life You Love: A Guide for Living in Your Power and Fulfilling Your Purpose. They capture a visual image displaying all the activities and outcomes one might desire for a happy life. Vision boards have been used independently by many as a tool for manifesting what they desire. I learned how to create one back in the eighties as I was learning about how to manifest what I wanted in life.

They eventually became a challenge for me because, since childhood, I have always struggled with knowing and/or owning what I wanted to do in my life. It began to feel like my vision board was usually made up of things that someone else had suggested or modeled that I wanted. But, I didn’t find this out until I went through the process of creating many vision boards and doing the footwork to achieve my desires. I believe creating vision boards helped me stay focused, a key skill for manifesting.

As a result of using the vision board tool, I had the blessings and challenges of attracting the American dream. In spite of many difficult times: when the people I attracted either divorced or quit speaking to me; when the perfect home became a financial burden; or, when my state of health wouldn’t let me work; I am glad I did.

The gift in my wanting something, having and loosing it, is developing the ability, as Paul Dennison expresses so eloquently, to “learn and grow” through these experiences, so I might learn to “feel alive and in love with life” — regardless of the outcomes.

The Treasure Map

The Me, Inc. Treasure Map is a great intention setting tool for folks like me and my friend. It invites a mindful acknowledgment that, to feel alive and in love with life, calls for us to embrace the wisdom that motivated me to write my book; that “…the greatest treasure is not what I achieve; it’s who I am becoming.”

The first component of a Treasure Map is the formulation of a Purpose statement, which expresses this wisdom in a way that is unique to the person creating their map. All other components support this piece.

This year I updated my Purpose statement because my previous statements no longer elicited a feeling of “YES!” for me. Even before coming across Paul’s quote, I chose to write one that emphasized feeling alive and in love with life — being able to perceive with eyes of love and live from a peaceful and joyful heart — because I believe that these are the qualities I would experience were I living an awakened life.

I found my Mission statement didn’t change much — to empower people of all ages to achieve their unique potential. The Core Values component of my map, which asks for clarification of core values from clear perception, is now more simplified and clear. And my Vision board has lots of white space, allowing for unlimited possibilities.

Do Vision Boards Work?

Vision boards can be useful, until they are not. My contribution is helping you become aware of the Vision board items that are there because you learned to desire them by listening to and believing the words and actions of others. My desire is that you connect with your Innate Intelligence; the source of a life that is authentically yours.

The Me, Inc. Treasure map tool, in addition to the other tools and activities, which are in my book, provides a way to identify and transform these learned beliefs into clear perspective. Updating a treasure map, getting assistance where needed and choosing mindfully the activities that are aligned with your map, is what progresses you on our path to being fully alive and in love with life.

I began updating my treasure map in December 2017 and didn’t finish it until early in February 2018. As it was unfolding, I would ask myself if what was on the map was authentically mine, guided by my Higher Self, or something I might have adopted from someone else. I considered it done (for the moment) when I got a “YES!” as to its authenticity.

And yet, I will continue to look at it and update it as I learn and grow on my way to truly living and loving my awakened life.

Will you join me by creating your own?

Would you be interested in participating with a small group in which I guide this process?

If you have an interest in being part of a small group of like-minded people to share this journey, drop me a note. I am thinking about facilitating this process, in person and/or online, using my mind-body coaching approach.

Thank you for devoting your life to being the Best You you can be.
Jo Anna

PS — Paul E. Dennison, Ph.D tells his story and shares further insights gained from whole-brain learning in his book: “Brain Gym and Me: Reclaiming the Pleasure of Learning”. I highly recommend it.

Comments 2

  1. JoAnna – I love how open you are about your own process. I think what you say about Vision Boards is true for any tool. “They work until they don’t.” The right tool at the right time (ask any carpenter) is a lifesaver, but then the job changes or the carpenter changes or … and so we go and grow. I also agree with you about the importance of setting intention and getting focused. (often easier said that done.) Anyone who’s ever published a book knows a lot about focus. Thanks for your blog.
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