Vision Boards, Dream Boards, Life Strategy Maps; whatever you want to call them, are a fantastic way to get your brain engaged in your future and stir up the energy for you to MOVE.
I must be honest. I used to think Vision Boards were hokey.
The idea of a room full of card tables, magazines, cuttings all over the floor, glue sticks and scissors, was an activity for kindergartners and a waste of time for me. Then, I was educated on the science of Vision Boards, and my perspective totally changed. Today, I am a strong advocate of taking the time, at least once a year, to dream, to think, and to focus on what you would like your future to be.
A quote I use often is “an unaimed arrow never misses.”
That means if you are at an archery field and you are just shooting arrows at nothing, you will ALWAYS HIT IT. If you have no target; your arrow will land where it will, and you can say that was a success, but you will have arrows in a chaotic pattern.
Now, if you put a target in front of you and then shoot arrows. You might not hit the target, but you will notice that all the arrows at least are heading in a singular direction.
So, it is with life.
Most people go through life like an unaimed arrow. They simply follow whatever spurs them at the moment. As they look back on their life, it can look like a field of scattered, haphazard events.
Start aligning your goals and make progress
On the other hand, people who take the time to think about the life they want to create and start aligning their actions with achieving their goals, tend to make progress in a singular direction. Over time, one goal is achieved, then another, and then another. As they move forward, goals may change, be modified, and adapted, but the person is always moving in the direction of what they want to accomplish.
Which archery field would you prefer for your life? One that has arrows strewn in chaos, or, one that has arrows focused towards a goal?
I prefer the field that has arrows heading to a target and that is why I am an advocate for Vision Boards. They are a powerful tool to focus on goals. Your vision of your future self can be represented. They work to become the goal, the target, and the life you desire—the life that fills you with joy, purpose, contentment, and LESS ADVERSITY!!
So, what’s the science behind Vision Boards that turned me from a skeptic to a believer?
I learned about the power of stimulating our Reticular Activating System or RAS for short, with visual images. Let me explain further.
At the base of our brain stem is an information filter known as the RAS. The function of this powerful part of our body is to filter out all the unnecessary stimulus that goes on around us 24/7 and only bring to our consciousness information it feels we NEED or WANT to know.
That’s it. The power behind the RAS, which is no larger than the end of your little finger, is to send information up to your conscious brain, that you can then process.
John Paul Goodyear is his article Understanding how Vision Boards Impact your RAS states…” When you are stimulating your brain with visual images, words, symbols and quotes as well as the associated emotions, you are essentially training your Reticular Activating System to filter all incoming data. As a result, your RAS will change its filtering algorithm to select only the data that it thinks is valuable or supportive to whatever you currently think, believe or are trying to achieve.”
A common experience that many people relate to, that involves their RAS, is car shopping. If you are shopping for a particular vehicle, maybe you have even taken a test drive, have you noticed that suddenly you spot several of that style of vehicle on the road? Why is that? Are there suddenly more of that vehicle, or are you just taking notice? The answer is your RAS is alerting you to those vehicles as you programmed your brain that that particular vehicle is important to you at the moment.
You may ask how can this possibly be helpful?
Let me share with you the story of how I authored Lemon Crushers.
Several years ago, I thought about writing a book but had nothing specific in mind. It was just a passing thought.
Last year I created a Vision Board. As I was looking at an image of a book my heart stirred. For whatever reason, the image resonated with me, and I added the image to my Vision Board. I didn’t spend much time pondering details about the book I just knew that writing a book was one of my specific life goals.
Later in the year, I stumbled across my friends post on Facebook. She was announcing she was writing a book. My RAS triggered with this info, and instead of mindlessly scrolling past the post, my RAS pointed a huge arrow to the info and told my conscious brain, “Hey, isn’t this what you want to do?” My conscious brain responded with “Yes, let’s learn more about writing a book.” I connected with my friend, continued to follow her posts, celebrated with her when she launched her book and connected in with her for advice and wisdom to write my own.
That is how Lemon Crushers was birthed.
No goals? No movement
Let’s recap. Without specifically including “writing a book” on my Vision Board, my RAS would not have been programmed for what information to seek for me. When the Facebook post triggered the RAS, it sent that info up to my conscious brain and allowed me to act on it.
You may think this is hokey, but it’s not.
We can program our RAS to alert us to that which aligns with our goals. But we MUST program it to be effective.
If you have no goals, your RAS does not trigger.
In the case studies section of Lemon Crushers; A Working Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Adversity I share a story about Alex. She was unhappy in her current job and actively seeking something more rewarding, more fulfilling and which offered more pay. When she was out on a date, the guy she was with talked about how he had his own online marketing business and made a comment that he wished he could find someone competent to do an online task for him. He went on to say that someone could make a business out of the task he needed to be completed.
Those words triggered Alex’s RAS.
Just like my book, it was like a neon arrow pointing her thinking at the online task.
Alex jumped on the opportunity and within a short period of time had opened up her own marketing business as a side hustle. Eventually, that hustle grew to become her full-time, very fulfilling, very purposeful, career.
Vision Boards can be effective in your personal life as well.
Last year, when a girlfriend did her Vision Board, she looked at an image of a couple and smiled. She knew she wanted companionship back in her life since her husband had passed. As she was holding the image and putting it on her Vision Board, she also knew the person she was currently dating was not the one.
She realized that hanging out with the current companion was simply settling for average. The longer she stayed in that relationship, the longer it would take to find the man she knew was out there. The Vision Board gave her the energy to make changes. To separate from average in order to pursue great.
Vision Boards give us the power to prioritize.
As much as we may want to, if we attempt to be all things to all people, all the time, we will exhaust ourselves and accomplish little. Vision Boards allow us to prioritize what goals and targets we want to focus on in our current season, and what we would like in seasons of life to come. It also gives us the understanding to drop projects that are wasting our time and our energy.
Vision Boards are a tool for you to use to MOVE you to your goals of a happier, more purposeful, more enjoyable life and away from adversity!
Lemon Crushers has custom Vision Boards for you to complete today!
5 features of the Lemon Crushers Vision Boards
1. Custom Designed for Working Women
A working woman’s life is complex. She has vast responsibilities, relationships, roles, goals and objectives. The board is intentionally designed to allow her to organize her thoughts accordingly. The board is also designed with a timeline approach. There are goals that she may want to work into the near future and goals to achieve over time.
2. Vibrant, Goal Inspiring, Images Included
64 rich, colorful, images are included. Each image, by intent, is specific yet vague; specific enough to spark a goal or desire, yet vague enough to represent vast topics to various women.
3. Beautifully Designed
The Lemon Crushers Vision Board is gorgeous and will be proudly displayed. The more we ponder and reflect on our goals, the more opportunity for those goals to become reality.
4. Easy to Follow Instructions
Detailed instructions on completing the Vision Board are included. The only supplies needed is a pair of scissors and some tape or glue.
5. Great for Going Solo or Hosting a Party
Some women may want to make an event of it and invite their friends. Others may want to fly solo. Some may do a Vision Board with their life partner, their colleagues or with their family. Whether solo or group, the kit works for all, and yes, even men enjoy our Vision Boards. The kit is designed to create the experience you want as you set up a Date Night with Your Future.
The simple steps to complete your Vision Board are:
- Purchase and Download Your Kit
- Print out the Vision Board, Images and Instructions.
- Go Solo or get a Group together
- Schedule some Time
- Dig out Scissors and Tape or Glue
- Pour a glass of Wine (or other favorite beverage)
- & Enjoy a Date Night with Your Future!
Lemon Crushers Vision Boards are available here! Begin your project now and get started on creating your beautiful future!
For more on helping working women make Lemonade out of Lemons you would love Pearl’s book Lemon Crushers; A Working Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Adversity!
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