The Vision Board 2008 Invitational

 

Are you up for a challenge? Do you want to get 2008 off to an intentional start? If so, I want to invite you to participate in the 2008 Vision Board Invitational. Last year’s Vision Board meeting at the January drop in Law of Attraction group – a group I host on the first Saturday of each month – was such a success that we’re doing it again.

But this year, I want you to join us, even if you can’t get to Santa Rosa on Saturday. If you do join us, not only will you start 2008 with a powerful burst of inspired action, but you also get a chance to share you vision with the world and you could win a fantastic prize! Read on to find out more. Whatever you think about the Law of Attraction and the ideas in the movie The Secret, there is one point that you just can’t argue with: Setting intentions works!

You can’t get what you want if you don’t know what you want. But intention setting, on its own, is not enough. You need continuous focus on your intentions as well as inspired, focused action. And one of the best ways to stay focused on your intentions is to create visual reminders. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind author, T. Harv Ecker, frequently tells his students that, “Visual is memorable.” And Vision Boards are one of the most powerful tools I know of for creating continuous, visual focus on your positive intentions. And there’s even a dash of inspired action thrown into the process of creating a vision board.

Now if you’ve never created one, a Vision Board is a collage or other collection of images, words and phrases created and used to facilitate the manifestation of desires. But don’t let the simplicity fool you. Vision Boards are one of the most powerful tools in the deliberate creator’s toolbox.

When you create a vision board you are doing three things that immediately put you ahead of 95% of the people who set resolutions:

  • When you create a Vision Board you are taking Inspired Action.
  • When you create a Vision Board you clarify and focus your desires.
  • When you create a Vision Board (and place it where you see it often) you have an on-going, visual reminder of your intentions.

The process of creating a Vision Board is straightforward:

  • Gather the supplies – board, glue, scissors, magazines, catalogs, markers, etc.
  • Clarify your desires.
  • Cut out images that represent those desires..
  • Glue them onto your board.
  • Place the board somewhere you will see it on a daily basis.

But while the process is simple, taking the action to do it is not always easy! I’ve seen far too many people say they were going to create a New Year’s Vision Board only to find that weeks and months into the New Year they still had not done so. If you’ve ever struggled to complete an “optional” project on your own, you know just what I’m talking about.

This year, I want to help to stack the deck in your favor and hopefully make it a bit easier for you to complete your New Year’s Vision Board Monday, January 14th and get 2008 off to a deliberate, positive start! So I’ve come up with a few incentives and some tips. First the incentives:

  • Share your vision with the world: Sure it’s great to create a vision board and hang it on your wall. But there is something empowering about sharing your vision. By sharing your vision you declare your intention to the world. You put your flag in the sand. So to help you share your vision with the world, on Tuesday, January 15th, I will post an entry here with a link every vision board that is completed by January 14th. (You’ll have to send me the link of course). You can post the photo of your Vision Board on your blog or website, or put it up at a photo sharing site such as Flickr.com. I’ll also feature images of a few of my favorite boards along with the link.
  • Win some great prizes: Everyone who submits a completed Vision Board by January 14th will receive access to the online version of my CD, An Introduction to Brainwave Entrainment Technology for Personal Growth and Success. If you haven’t experienced Brainwave Entrainment, you are missing out on a powerful personal growth tool.In addition, three winners will receive a $40 prize package that includes the physical CD listed above as well as the inspiring, award winning anthology, Healing the Heart of the World, which includes my essay, The Evolutionary Warrior, along with essays from Caroline Myss, Neale Donald Walsch, Bruce Lipton and many others.

I’m also working on a grand prize that I can’t announce quite yet. But if it comes through, it will provide the winner with an amazing tool for following up on their intentions. Now here are some tips to help you create your Vision Board:

  • Set a date and invite some friends and family members to join you. One of the reasons that last year’s Vision Board event at the drop in Law of Attraction group was so successful is because 35 Deliberate Creators came together to co-create their reality for 2007. When a group comes together, and focuses their collective energy on a single goal energy of the entire group is raised. So even just two people coming together can significantly raise the energy.And with a group you can also pool your resources – glue sticks, scissors, magazines, etc. And finally, when you commit to a date with others, you’re much more likely to “show up” and complete your Vision Board.
  • If you are going to create your Vision Board on your own, set a firm date and time. Go do it right now: Get out your calendar and block out 3-hours. That should be plenty of time to create your New Year’s Vision Board. And once you put that time into your calendar make it non-negotiable!
  • Keep your focus narrow. Don’t try to do too much with your Vision Board. Focus on just your top 3-5 intentions. Or create a board for just one area of your life – work, money, relationship, etc. If you try to do too much on one board, you’ll dilute the effectiveness. You can always do another board when you have attracted the intentions in this one or create another board for another area of your life.
  • Set a definite ending time. Creating a Vision Board is one of those projects with the potential to move into the continual “work in progress” category. And, in truth, a vision board is always a work in progress because you vision is always evolving. However, you definitely do want to complete your Vision Board. So set a firm deadline and make a commitment to yourself to finish your board by that time.
  • Let your board be “Not Perfect.” Start with the knowledge that your Vision Board will never be perfect. That way you’ll be more likely to sit down and finish it. And finishing it is far more important than making it “perfect.” whatever that means. This is also a good exercise in getting over any perfectionist tendencies you might have!

Participation Details: To participate in the 2008 Vision Board Invitational, all you have to do is complete your 2008 Vision Board by Monday, January 14th and use the contact form above to send me the link to your Vision Board. If you have a blog or website, you can post your Vision Board there and I’ll link to it from Evolving Times.

If you don’t have a website, you can use an online photo-sharing site such as Flickr, Photobucket. I’m looking forward to seeing all of your grand visions! If you have questions, you can leave a comment below and I’ll answer them as fast as I can.

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    41 Responses to “The Vision Board 2008 Invitational”

    1. Aaron - Today is that Day on January 3rd, 2008 1:11 pm

      Ed,

      What a GREAT idea! I’ve been a fan of vision boards for a long time, but 2 recent moves have allowed the cork board that I use for it to be relegated to leaning on the wall in my garage.

      I love your idea of setting the intention to get it done by a certain date, and also for people to be able to share their visions. VERY cool stuff!

      Count me in! Also, January 14th is my birthday, so for me, this is a timely bit of inspiration. 🙂

    2. Louise Aspden on January 3rd, 2008 2:58 pm

      Edward – what a fabulous idea! I feel like jumping on a plane to Santa Rosa for your next meeting.

      I will take the Vision Board challenge and join the fun!

      I believe that intention gets us wherever we want to go in this abundant universe.

      Thanks for creating some incentive and accountability for us out here in the blogosphere!

      With gratitude….

    3. Edward Mills on January 3rd, 2008 3:15 pm

      Happy Birthday Aaron. What a beautiful bit of synchronicity!

      I’ve learned that when it comes to getting things done, if there’s not a definite deadline it often doesn’t get done. So I hope this may help light a fire for some of the folks – like me – who can use that extra heat!

      Louise. Would love to have you join us here in Santa Rosa. But, having a photograph of your 2008 Vision Board will be a good alternative.

    4. Goal Setting College on January 3rd, 2008 10:10 pm

      Hey Edward, I’ve already got a vision board in place. Am I eligible for the prizes. Haha, just kidding. Great initiative and I’m sure many people will join in…

      Cheers,
      Ellesse

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    6. Jennifer Mannion on January 4th, 2008 3:42 am

      Hey Ed, Sounds like a GREAT activity for me and my girlfriends after some cross country skiing tomorrow! I have a mini vision board I did on the computer by “cutting and pasting photos” but I’ve always wanted to do a “real” one. GREAT way to get together with friends, share goals, set intentions and picture the next year as you want it. I look forward to sharing mine — thank you! : ) Gratefully, Jenny

    7. Edward Mills on January 4th, 2008 3:10 pm

      Ellesse: I’m sure you do have a Vision Board in place!!! And if you’ve got a new one for 2008, you are absolutely eligible for one of the prizes… and I’ve just confirmed the grand prize. I’ll make the official announcement on Monday!

      Jenny: I honestly don’t know if I can think of a better way to spend a day… Cross Country Skiing and then creating a Vision Board in front of the fireplace! Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

    8. Brian Wu on January 4th, 2008 6:46 pm

      This is such a great idea. I already submitted mine. You rock sir!

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    11. Lorraine Cohen on January 6th, 2008 6:50 am

      I’m chuckling Edward

      We’re on the same page! I just wrote a post inviting folks to do the same. I couldn’t agree with you more about the power of creating a visual intention. I added an additional piece and that was to write a Thank You Letter to God (Source, Highere Power) for all the blessings and gifts I received in 2008. I was sobbing as I wrote it and as I read it to my mastermind group. Yesterday was a day of many gifts.

      What an incredible process. Here’s the link to my post:

      The link to see my map is towards the end of the article.

      Blessings,
      Lorraine

    12. Adam Kayce : Monk at Work on January 7th, 2008 9:48 am

      This is great, Ed — my wife and I were creating ours a couple weeks ago, and the kids saw what we were doing and joined in, cutting out pictures and making their own.

      I also made mine into a video (Keynote rocks; but it’s a bit big to send… 7.5 MB). I made one version with a soundtrack, and another that’s silent, so I can play it while I listen to my brainwave entrainment cd’s. And, of course, there’s a printed vision board up on my wall.

      I’ll see if I can get a pic of it and send it your way…

    13. Adam Kayce : Monk at Work on January 7th, 2008 5:11 pm

      No pic: video! It’s 7.5MB… enjoy! http://tinyurl.com/36r4xr

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    17. Jennifer Mannion on January 11th, 2008 6:24 am

      Hi Edward, My kids and friends had LOTS of fun making vision boards. Here is a link to my post and picture of my board: http://healpain.blogspot.com/2008/01/vision-boards.html Thanks so much for the inspiration. Gratefully, Jenny!

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    20. Edward Mills on January 12th, 2008 12:30 pm

      Lorraine: It’s beautiful! And I love that you aligned it with the chakra readings. Great idea.

      Adam: Love the video! And what an incredible house! Oh, and I see a MacBook Pro in your future! 😉

      Jenny: What a great story! I love the image of the woman doing yoga outside on the chair. It’s very evocative. Great job.

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    22. Louise Aspden on January 14th, 2008 12:56 pm

      Edward, Thank you once again for starting this. I am enjoying peeking at all of the entries.

      Here is my submission.

      With gratitude….

    23. Shelly @ Integrative Fitness on January 14th, 2008 9:35 am

      Ed,

      I really enjoyed your vision board event! I thought you did such a great job organizing it. I appreciated the structure and tips that you provided. It was a FABULOUS event!

      Here’s a link to a photo of my vision board!

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/18929826@N06/2193123434/

    24. Edward Mills on January 14th, 2008 10:08 am

      Thank you Shelly! It was a lot of fun. Great vision board! It’s very clear what you’re focusing on in 2008. You rock!

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    26. Edward Mills on January 14th, 2008 3:20 pm

      Louise. I love it! It is so simple and yet powerful. More Joy!

    27. Richard on January 14th, 2008 10:04 pm

      Awesome! I made it just in time!

      Here a link to my post:
      http://mindplunge.com/2008/01/14/the-vision-board-2008-invitational/

      …and my Vision Board:
      http://mindplunge.com/visionboard/

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      I’m a bit confused. From what I read, there is supposed to be a posting of the Vision Board Contest entries, but I can’t find them. Am I missing something or simply misunderstanding?!

    33. Edward Mills on January 29th, 2008 8:23 pm

      Tzania. You’ll find the vision boards here.

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    37. Vision Boards on April 1st, 2008 10:05 am

      This is a great idea! Thanks for putting this together. I’ve found the vision board software has been pretty powerful. It creates the vision board right on your computer, allows for audio affirmations and it’s always there when you go to your computer.

      Much better than a screen saver 🙂 Wish I could come.

      Jackie

    38. Antar on September 16th, 2008 7:48 am

      I love what you are doing here, thank you for the opportunity to share. Joyce Schwarz had asked me to create a workbook for creating Vision Boards, I did, then she said my Vision Boards looked “different” and she declined using them in her book.
      She even e-mailed me “frowny faces and apologies.”
      No problemo, I love my Vision Boards. I dropped 160 pounds by usine them, I regained my True Love’s companionship and we are even getting re-married in Hawaii, I became a homeowner, and I also have a new zest for life, and we published our own workbook with many pictures of our strange boards in it!
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      Our rounded Vision Boards may look different, but they work fast and we know why. We even have free Love Coupons on our site to print and give to those you love.
      Our workbook comes out the first week in October. Thank you again for all your support.

      Regards, Rev. Antar
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    40. Amy Hendrix on November 19th, 2008 5:37 pm

      Will you have a Vision Board 2009 Invitational?? Sounds like FUN!

    41. Home Designer on January 3rd, 2009 10:26 pm

      Are you doing this for 2009 ? If so could you send me a link to the new post or page.

      Thanks

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