Materials: magazines, pictures, scissors, glue, poster board, or something to create your vision board on. You will be making 3.
Vision Board 1- Your Past
Create a collage, or vision board, about your past. Think of this as a snapshot of what has made you who you are today. Cut out pictures and words that represent your past. Here are some questions and statements to help facilitate this project.
In the past, my thoughts about my life included
In the past my thoughts about my physical surroundings included
In the past my thoughts about my beliefs/feelings include
Once completed, look over your collage. How well do you think it represents you? What is missing? What do you like? What do you dislike?
Write 4-6 words which sum up the picture, both positive and negative. How is this showing up in your present?
Vision Board 2- Your Present
Use the guidelines for Vision Board #1, Your Past.
Vision Board 3- Your Future
Use the guidelines for the previous two vision boards.
Now that you have finished all three vision boards, line them up, side-by-side. The most powerful question you can ask yourself is “which does my present align with, my past or my future?” Really look, and take some time with that question. Does your present board have elements of your past? Which elements? Our past doesn’t always mean pain. Maybe there’s a source of strength there for you, a success to draw upon? Do you also see elements of your future already being lived in your present? Looking at your present and future boards, how can you bridge the gap between the two? Maybe the leap is just too great, but the baby steps are just as important. Wishing for a loving relationship? Do what you love! Desiring a healthy body, cooking a healthy meal, drinking more water, talking a walk, or even just sitting and breathing while relaxing all support that desire. Each of the small steps do result in the same distance as a giant leap.
This truly is a very powerful exercise and one I wouldn’t recommend finishing at one setting. Really take time with this and please, be gentle with yourself. Creating awareness gives you’re the opportunity to make empowering choices, not to be hard of yourself.
Finally, I would love to hear from you! What insight did you gain from this exercise? What changes are you implementing as a result of this exercise? Please feel free to email your story to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, I would like to do a follow up article, so let me know if I can use your story and/or pictures.
*This is one of many simple but empowering exercises found in my book Live Your Intentions, The Power of Action: 12 Steps to Living an Empowered Life, all designed to give you the tools needed to not only set your intentions, but to fully LIVE those intentions.