Vision Boards: Name It To Claim It

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Vision Boards: Name It To Claim It

Vision Boards

January around our office means filled schedules! People set goals this time of year, and usually that includes some form of personal development in the form of psychoanalysis, counseling or coaching. What better place to get that than I Choose Change!

But, there are some clients who really can’t stand the words “resolution” or “goals” and have requested they not be used because they just sound too staunch and concrete. So, I’ve resorted to using words like “vision” or “intention”.

I believe what we put out to the Universe, we get back. What we envision ourselves as being, we become. What we idealize our world to be, we have. I’m not necessarily talking about physical things, but instead, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally speaking. I have a “name it to claim” philosophy about life – what I name as mine, becomes mine. What I call into my life, comes. Although this may sound like utter crap for some, especially when you want facts, details and proof providing the exact steps to get what you need and what, my response is: Why not? What do you have to lose? And, more importantly, what’s the alternative?

It doesn’t hurt one single bit to set a vision for your future. In fact, we all need to feel we have purpose and direction. Many of my clients come to me feeling as if they have none; that their lives aren’t worth living and there is no future in what they’re currently into, be it work, family, or relationships. What a horrible way to live, isn’t it? Daily, waking up, feeling as if there is no direction?

Vision Boards

Enter, vision boards. Vision boards are a concrete mediums for creative and idealistic intentions for your future. If you haven’t heard of or created a vision board, I highly recommend it! In fact, just this week our entire staff created vision boards. Here’s how to get started:

First, you’ll need a few supplies:

  • Poster Board
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Magazines
  • Stickers (optional)

Second, you’ll open up the magazines and just start cutting words, pictures and affirmations that represent a life you love and desire to have. Without putting too much thought into it, cut out what brings you joy at first glance.

Next, you’ll paste all of the items onto your board. You don’t have to put too much thought into this part, but if it stresses you, I might suggest you organize into major themes of your life: career, relationship, health, and family for example. Your sections represent what is a high priority for you.

Once you’ve pasted all of your items onto your board, step back and see what you’ve created. See what themes emerged from your pasting. You may be someone who thought about your items very carefully, or you may have decided to go with your gut and cut out random words and pictures that caught your attention at the time.

I am typically a planner and want to make sure I am methodical with my intentions (name it to claim it, extraordinaire!), but when I created by vision board this week, I noticed a very large and glaring item I felt like I had to take note of. Take a look:

Jennifer VB

I very purposely added foliage and flowers because they make me feel serene and happy. I also very specifically looked for a “nest” or place to gather my thoughts in a meditative way, which is why you see a lady resting on a couch at the bottom of my board. This is an action I regularly engage in, feel I must have no matter what, and intend to have more of in this new year.

But the one thing I hadn’t planned on is that large word in the very middle of my board: Excellence. In fact, I pasted “A Lesson Rich In” just above that word, and as I gazed on those two put together, “A lesson rich in excellence” I realized that I very much wanted and needed to understand how my desire for excellence manifests itself in my life and work. I do expect excellence, and that can get me in trouble when combined with my need for perfection. I don’t want to change the excellence-seeking part of me, but I do want to understand what it means for me so I can make it work in my favor.

Of course, “Share the Love” is also a large phrase on my board, which is purposeful. I feel as if my job is 100% sharing of love, which I have for each and every person in abundance.

I am now working on a second vision board which is work related only. I’m in the process of cutting out words and pictures while my clients also work on their boards in their sessions, and so far I have words and phrases like:

  • In Front.
  • Women in Business
  • Community
  • Making a lasting impression
  • Oh, the possibilities!
  • Leader
  • Best in D (Magazine)

These are power words that depict my career intentions, and I feel a second board is worthy of my vision.

The last step in creating a board is posting it where you can see it. Remind yourself everyday what your vision and intention is for the year. Day by day, call these things into your life. Remind yourself what’s possible. Envision a world which has purpose and a future that is of your making.

Vision boards are great ways to put idealistic ideas into concrete action. Of course, a purposeful life DOES require action, but this is the first step – name it to claim it, baby!

About the Author:

Jennifer Slingerland Ryan knows a thing or two about kids and families. First, she knows they are joyous, exhilarating, loving and so darn fun. Second, she knows they suck your life dry and make you weep like a baby. By day she’s a psychotherapist; by night she’s a mom and wife. She claims to love therapizing couples, educating parents, reading dystopian fiction and sleeping in her free time (read: she never sleeps). Jennifer has spent over 12 years in private practice working with individuals, couples, and parents who are faced with kid-drama, mamma-drama, and family-drama, and she claims that although some stories make a grown woman cry, she loves it.