DIY, Introspection

Visual + Action…Board

Next Saturday I am getting together with friends and we are planning on creating Vision Boards.  Di-VisionBoard-vlowresOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

So in preparation, as I have not done this before, I thought it would be interesting to learn more about the psychology of this act and what others are saying out there.

This morning I have been doing a bit of research and it seems that ONLY visualizing, dreaming, and thinking positive thoughts may actually lull us into non-doing, sitting back and waiting…taking the easy road, all to find that we are still dreaming of what we want rather than achieving the outcome we envision.

Digging a bit deeper I also found that taking action without having a goal, the big dream, or a vision of what the result will be is also a detriment to getting what or where we want to be as we are  not focused.

“Vision without action is a dream.
Action without vision is simply passing the time.

Action with Vision is making a positive difference.”

– Joel Barker

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Over the last couple of weeks I have been slowly reading through “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin.  I have found it very inspiring, even though my life and circumstances are quite different from her’s.  I too feel happy but want to be happier.  In “The Happiness Project”, she outlines how making specific, small tasks a regular habit is very important.  From getting in at least 30 minutes a day with your heart-rate elevated to a 10 minute nightly “tidy” up of the house – whatever works for you of course, but the focus is on the small.  Small things that make a big difference de-cluttering your mind and energizing your body… more happiness.  I like this way of thinking as I can implement my list more easily.  Having the big goal of losing 20lbs is, well, depressing.  But getting my heart-rate up for 30 minutes a day is doable.

So visualizing the goal but with actionable steps to get there makes a lot of sense to me.  So I think Saturday’s vision board is now going to be a VISUAL~ACTION Board.  

Have you ever created a Vision/Dream Board?  Did you see results?  Ever created an Action Board?  I’d love to hear what you’ve created and how it worked for you.

I’ll update you after our Saturday fun.  Oh – and we’re going Conga dancing after we finish our boards – so should be a fun night of talking about where we want to go with our lives and then shaking ourselves silly!

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