Women’s For­mula: Vi­sion board

Jamaica Gleaner - - FLAIRFEATURE - Jody-Anne Lawrence Lifestyle Re­porter

AWOMAN is mul­ti­di­men­sional, a Jill of all trades, and be­cause we have so many goals, we some­times need some­thing that keeps us on track and fo­cused.

That is where a vi­sion board comes in. Trans­for­ma­tional and sen­su­al­ity, cer­ti­fied life and re­la­tion­ship coach Caleen Diedrick shared with Flair the pur­pose of and most ef­fec­tive way to cre­ate and use a vi­sion board to achieve all your goals.

Diedrick de­fines a vi­sion board as a phys­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the goals an in­di­vid­ual wants to achieve.

“As the name sug­gests, it’s an ac­tual board – card­board, white­board, car­tridge pa­per, that is dec­o­rated with pic­tures, quotes, etc, that rep­re­sent the dreams and per­sonal as­pi­ra­tions of the in­di­vid­ual,” Diedrick ex­plains.

A vi­sion board is a great way to help one clar­ify and main­tain a men­tal im­age of the things they wish to ac­com­plish. It is par­tic­u­larly help­ful as it fa­cil­i­tates more con­cen­trated and deeper vi­su­al­i­sa­tion. She ex­plains that stud­ies have shown that vi­su­al­i­sa­tion is a su­perb way to train the brain to fo­cus one’s ef­forts and en­ergy into the man­i­fes­ta­tion of the things they de­sire.

Cre­at­ing a vi­sion board is not only re­ward­ing, but it is also fun and can be ac­com­plished alone or with fam­ily and friends. Here is how you can get started: 1. First, you have to determine where you want to put your vi­sion board. This is im­por­tant be­cause you will need to place it in a strate­gic lo­ca­tion where you can see it daily. 2. You then need to de­cide what is it that you want to put on your vi­sion board. What will this board rep­re­sent? Diedrick notes that you can source pic­tures from mag­a­zines and news­pa­pers to rep­re­sent your lifestyle and ca­reer of choice. En­sure that you choose pic­tures that not only mean some­thing to you, but that also mo­ti­vate, ex­cite and bring you joy. 3. Your board should also in­clude quotes that res­onate with you and speak to your goals. Make them your mantra. “Vi­sion boards are very ef­fec­tive in terms of help­ing peo­ple to re­ally con­sis­tently fo­cus on their dreams, and plot their tra­jec­tory to the stars,” said Diedrick.

She ad­vises that vi­sion boards can be made more ef­fi­cient if you make it a pri­or­ity to spend al­lot­ted time fo­cus­ing on each item you in­tend to man­i­fest.

The pic­tures and word­ing help to stim­u­late the ex­cite­ment, along with the men­tal im­age of see­ing your dreams come through. One should ac­tively en­gage these thoughts and im­merse them­selves in pos­i­tiv­ity that will help make their dreams a re­al­ity. She ad­vises you re­peat the quotes with en­thu­si­asm. In­cor­po­rat­ing it in one’s daily prac­tice helps to foster a pos­i­tive mind­set and serves to re­ju­ve­nate and re­fo­cus the in­di­vid­ual when­ever there is doubt or frus­tra­tion.

So get started on your vi­sion board and make your dreams come true.


JMMB team mem­ber Nickki Franklin poses with her vi­sion board, following a work­shop held by JMMB to en­cour­age team mem­bers to ac­tively re­flect on their dreams and de­velop plans to ac­com­plish their goals.

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