Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Vision Board

So right now I'm teaching this Organizational Behavior class.  Translation:  psychology in the workplace.  A couple of weeks ago we spent a whole class talking about goals.  And vision.  And how much research supports the fruition of goals when there is appropriate vision.  Seems simple, right?

And then I started thinking about my own life.  I'm so much happier and more energized when I have goals to work towards.  I think I'm just one of those people that always needs a few goals.  Otherwise I feel stagnant, depressed. 

I also thought about my doula when I was pregnant with the twins.  She asked me to write down some positive affirmations about the pregnancy and birth, and to put those in a prominent location where I would see them every single day.  It seemed a little hokie.  But I did it.  I wrote 5 things.  And each day I read those 5 items and envisioned pulling them off.  Do you know?  Against all odds, I met every single one of those goals.  I was able to carry my twins to term.  I was able to deliver naturally.  They were born healthy.  They did complete our family of 5.  And I was able to successfully breastfeed (granted, it wasn't easy at first, but it happened). 

So why not put some goals into place now?  If all this positive thinking can lead to so much actualization, why not take it even further by creating a Vision Board?


The corkboard was $7.99 at A.C. Moore but I had a 50% off coupon.  And the huge stack of scrapbooking paper I picked up at a thrift store for $4.  I don't scrapbook, but I figured it would come in handy for some crafts.
The ribbon I got at Walmart clearance for 15 cents!

So first I did my background.  I used push pins so I can change it from time to time.
This particular vision board is targeted for the next 6 months.

A clean slate.  Now all I needed were some goals.

I won't bore you with the details of everything, but specifically, I want to do more yoga, drink more water (I am the world's worst water drinker), and be more focused in my training for the NYC marathon.
I'm also planning to add to this a bit as I find more pictures.
I'll check back in 6 months and let you know how it goes!


w said...

awesome. my goals are just like yours!

i want to sit crossed leg when i watch tv. i want to drink diet coke with more ice. and i want to be more focused on not laughing when i think about "running" a 1/2 marathon march 2011.

man. we're like twins!

Jeremi said...

i feel better with goals to work towards too . . .

were you just featured in Family Fun?? : ) How fun is that!!!!!

Mary said...

That is so cool! What a great idea and great motivation. You could have just wrote it out on a piece of paper which probably would have been boring. Doing this is so much better. Good for you!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Hey Jeremi, yes, Pierce and I were in Family Fun this month! :-)

mandyg said...

Hi! I actually found your blog in my Family Fun magazine this month. I was pleasantly suprised that i have so much in common with the things you blog about. i'm a pt sahm, a runner, and i live in roanoke!

my hubby would love your motivation board, i think i'll do the "clean slate" part for him though!

You have a new fan!

Unknown said...

I love the board. It came out so well!

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