“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.”
Habakkuk 2:3 (KJV)
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always played my future out in my head. I would literally stare at the ceiling or some blank space on the wall and just picture myself running my own business, being so busy I had to hire an assistant, being a wife and driving my Range Rover to and from all types of meetings. I used to think I was day-dreaming, but now I realize I was just visualizing what I wanted as and when I became an adult.
I am an avid believer that we attract certain things in our lives and that whatever we visualize and see for ourselves, we become. Our minds influence physical matter. I know it sounds all cooky and crazy but think about it. How many quotes are there that tell you to have a positive attitude and your thoughts become things? What we think really does have an affect on our realities – good or bad. Even though our thoughts become things, it doesn’t just magically happen, we have to take action.
The first active thing I did was to write down what I wanted in life. I decided to break it down into three categories: my spirituality, my career and my life in general. For me, writing things down makes them real. Once I wrote everything down, I started creating my vision board.
If you don’t know what a vision board is, it’s basically a collage of photos and words that depict what you want for yourself. The purpose of a vision board is to get you to use your imagination and really dig deep inside of yourself so that you can start attracting those things that you really want into your life. For advice on how to make a vision board, click here.
I’ll explain a few things on my board.
- Solange – The photo of Solange Knowles represents me being comfortable in my own skin and with my own style. I admire Solange’s individuality. Not to mention her hair is amazing!
- Lala on the red carpet – This is my favorite photo on my board. I would love to someday report live from a major event with a red carpet. Who better than Lala to inspire me?
- Talk show set – My ultimate career goal (after I’ve given blogging and public relations a rest) is to have my own talk show. I want to reach millions of people with interesting topics, special guests and conversation. I think I can do it!
Now there are more obvious meanings on my board such as having a closer connection to Christ and taking care of myself spiritually, falling in love and getting married, having a baby, purchasing a beautiful home, etc. I wanted to cover as much of my life as I could cover on a poster board LOL. Now there is one thing you must remember:
VISION IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN STRATEGY.
Don’t get me wrong, having a strategy is important but vision will always come first. If you have a crystal clear vision, the things you want (and need) will come to you. If you don’t have a vision, how could you ever have a strategy? You don’t even know what you want!
I started writing this post immediately after I created my vision board which was almost a year ago…I never published it because I was waiting for the right moment – and I’m glad I waited because some of what I put on my vision board has come to life. I had a celebration for the one year anniversary of this blog and I did an interview in front of a custom step and repeat banner wearing the same print as Lala on my board! Not only that, I will be flying to New York twice before the year is out, I have plans in motion for my own talk show and I have finally found myself and I’m secure in who I am.
While my vision board is a work in progress, I still believe it’s working. Make sure you at least give it a try!