Having a clear vision of what you want in life is the fastest way to get there. Without knowing what you want, how can you possibly have it?
I’ve taught my children from a very young age to believe that anything is possible.
Rather than protecting them from potential disappointment by keeping their expectations realistic, I encourage them to believe they have the power to make it happen.
A few years ago when my boys were 12 and 9 I decided it was a great time to create a Family Vision Board. It was the school holidays and felt like a good thing to keep us all occupied.
I never imagined what an impact this project would have.
The Vision Board idea came from Rhonda Byrne’s book The Secret. It’s a great tool for getting clear about what you want in your life.
I love helping my kids know that they are only limited by their own mind and this was a cool way to get them thinking about their future.
I began with a cozy one-on-one session, asking questions and writing down key words in their answers.
- Where would you like to travel one day? What would you do there? How would it be?
- Are there places you’ve been to that you’d like to revisit?
What things would you like to be good at?
Then a bit of time travel:
What do you see yourself doing in 5/10/20 years time?
What will you do for fun?
What kind of jobs might you have?
Which people will be in your life?
What will your hobbies be?
Will you play any sports, musical instruments or have any special talents?
How would you like to feel in the future?
I kept this session very chatty with no right or wrong answers and certainly no judgement over anything seeming far fetched or not what I’d had in mind for them.
We giggled and laughed and dreamed. They asked me questions too and I wrote down some of my own visions.
My husband was away working (and this isn’t exactly his cup of tea anyway), so I added some ideas for him as well, based on things I’d heard him say he’d like for the future.
I realised we were going to need a lot of space to create this Family Vision Board and had a eureka moment… We have a long blank wall in the corridor – this would be the perfect place!
I went out in search of poster board thinking that each family member could create their own and we’d hang them side by side, but the shop didn’t have anything like this. However I found a big roll of paper table cloth.
We rolled it out with each boy taking a separate end, me in the middle.
We used magazines, scissors and glue and searched for photos of the things on our dream lists. (Plus any new ideas prompted by the magazines.) We used Google Images for anything we couldn’t find.
Here’s the making of the board:
So many great discoveries came out of this. I learned that my youngest wants to be good at baking (who knew?) and my eldest wants to marry someone he loves and become a star in a job he likes. They both want University degrees (yay!) and have some amazing ideas for travel adventures all over the world.
We continue to add to our board when fresh ideas come. In Spring of 2013 I watched a particularly inspirational video by Marie Forleo and decided to add her photo to the board, not really having a specific goal in my mind, but just wanting her up there.
Three days later a friend told me about B School, my husband got an unexpected bonus – and I found myself enrolling just one day before the cut-off!
It was B School that taught me how to start this online business. (See how this works!?)
Notice I also have photos of Oprah and Tony Robbins. I’ve since been to see Tony at his Unleash The Power Within conference in London (amaze-balls!). Oprah Winfrey…. watch this space.
Be sure your vision board includes gratitude for what you already have. Pictures of you doing something you love, places you’ve been or people that mean a lot to you. Being thankful for what you have opens you up to receiving even more. (A great lesson for the kids.)
Have fun creating your Vision Board There’s no right or wrong way – whatever works works for you and your family. If wall space is limited, create smaller boards. Make sure they’re somewhere you can see them and keep adding to them. Dream big!
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