So many of my friends make an annual vision board. I really wanted to get behind vision boards and have tried many times to make them. I purchased tons of magazines, printed out images I admired, and placed them with inspirational words on a board. Then I promptly put them into the closet to collect dust. Have you ever done that?
In all honesty, I don’t know that I have ever really bought into the vision board hype and I know I’m not alone. But fear not! I have an alternative that I think might be helpful.
Why vision boards don’t work for me
I’ve found vision boards problematic for two major reasons. The first is that I found that I was uncomfortable with having my vision board out and about for all to see. If I have to have my vision board out where I can see it most often, that means other people will be able to see it too.
Vision boards visually represent our deepest desires. That makes it a pretty intimate visual that I have to then put out into public. Being an introvert by nature, I’m just not comfortable with this for some reason.
The second, and main reason, vision boards don’t work for me is that I find them limiting. Yes, you read that right.
Think about it, when you make a vision board, you are confined to fitting your wildest dreams into images and confines that have already been captured by major media. That dream house you keep visualizing has to be something similar to an image you’d be able to find on the internet. Your dream job has to have a title and salary cap that you can conceive. Your dream physique well… which model are you planning to use because you probably won’t find a version of you. And what do you do if you can’t find an image of what you are envisioning for yourself? What do you do?
Vision Board Alternative
So, because of these roadblocks, I have always found it more beneficial to work on manifesting my future goals in a different way. I am so excited to share this method with you today!
About 10 years ago, I was working privately with an Ayurveda practitioner and acupuncturist. She quickly turned into a mentor of mine as I made my way through my yoga teacher and therapy programs. Anyway, she offered the most powerful manifestation work I have ever done. In fact, I have done this to manifest every single one of my jobs since then.
So what is it? It’s simple. You sit down and you write it all out. Get your dreams and desires out on paper. Once you’re done, you put the paper away and try to forget about it all. I know, it sounds too simple, but this 💩 works!
Here is the step by step directions for this exercise; are you ready?
- Sit in a quiet space.
- Take a few deep breaths
- Think about how you want your days to be (describe your wildest dreams).
- Write it all down in as much detail as possible.
- Review it to make sure you aren’t missing anything important.
- Put it away and let the Universe (or God if you believe) work its magic.
Below are some questions to get you started:
- How do you want to spend your day?
- How do you want your days to feel?
- What kind of work do you want to be doing?
- How much are you being paid?
- What kinds of people are you spending your time with? How do they make you feel? Describe your colleagues.
- Describe your ideal customer.
- How many customers do you have? How often do you take on new customers? Determine your ideal retention timeline.
- What kinds of hours are you working?
- What kind of environment are you working in?
- Are you traveling? If so, where, for how long, and how often?
- Do you want to be a team of one or do you want to manage a team?
- Layout what your daily schedule looks like.
- Do you have a benefits package (what kind)?
- What does your house look like? Where is it located? Who are your neighbors?
- Do you have a partner? Kids? Pets?
- What kind of car do you drive?
- What do your finances look like?
I know some of these questions may seem too detailed or too minor to matter but honestly, this process has helped me land my “ideal” job for my last 3 jobs. Every time I go through this process, I come to the table equipped with new experiences and new clarity on what I want to create for myself.
One thing to point out:
I almost always get what I ask for. Yep, you read that right! But… that doesn’t mean that I always get my ideal outcome. For example, at one of my jobs, I wished so hard to work for an organization that was really supporting my community. Sure enough, I landed a job at an amazing organization! It was arguably my worst position I have ever had.
What I didn’t clarify on my list was what kind of environment I wanted for myself. So, I landed a job with a company doing amazing work but I landed in a terrible cultural fit. For example, I was literally screamed at on a regular basis by one of the C-level executives. I was severely underpaid. In fact, my boss told me that she did her job well because she “hired the best talent for the least amount of money”. To top it all off, when I resigned the CEO told me I should leave my RBF at home and not take it with me to my new job.
Having said that, I always learn something very valuable about what I need to be happy. I am then able to apply that framework to my next wish list. It’s an iterative process… just like life!
Will you try it?
Let me know if you try this method! I’m excited to share manifestation outcomes. I love hearing about goals being reached, and if you need a cheerleader, I am here to hype you up 🙂
Now, go create your future!
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