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Louise Thompson: Make a vision board

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Make a vision board to help inspire your next step. Photo / Thinkstock
Make a vision board to help inspire your next step. Photo / Thinkstock

It's a fun one this week. I'd like you to look back over your answers to the previous weeks and get an idea of the general themes that are coming through. Things you loved to do as a child, things you see yourself having when you are older, stuff you daydream about, some of your favourite memories and people, things you have leaned, stuff you want to create, see, do. Use this as your inspiration and then take a bit of time to create a vision board.

Grab a pile of old magazines and photos and some glue and big sheet of card or an art book and start gluing them on. Set yourself a budget and buy a few new magazines that you wouldn't normally buy, just see what attracts you when you are in the dairy. Whatever images speak to you is great. There may just be a patterned piece wallpaper that you just adore. Cool. Include it. Or it might be a literal picture of a woman riding a horse or with a partner and child or whatever.

It's all good. There are no rules. Let your subconscious guide the way and try not to edit yourself too much. You may see particular themes start to come through as you start putting this together, that's all good too.

You may also see you have unwittingly cut out five pictures of boats or boots or whatever. Fine. No editing, no judgment. Let your creativity run free.

I love seeing vision boards. It's a really fun "play" kind of exercise that is good for adults who can be so busy they have minimal time for "play" in life. The people who right now are reading this saying "this is stupid" are exactly the people who need this sort of exercise the most! This technique pulls us into a more right-brained, intuitive place than our more literal left brain. It always brings up a few unexpected images that end up being deeply significant down the road. So be open to what the effects might be for you. You can be as prescriptive or as abstract as you like. Words are good too. Many people cut our words that are particularly inspirational or directional for them and add them on. Use your imagination.

You would have had to have been living under a rock for the last decade not to have heard about the Law Of Attraction. This exercise taps in in a subtle way to that energy.

The good energy state you are in when you look at your vision of the future starts to magically beckon it forward. It's a great thing because it means you don't have to do all the work! When we align with and get clear about what we want to see more of in our lives you will be surprised how much it starts showing up.

I have lost count of the number of times I have had clients say, "I can't believe it! That thing that I put on my vision board, well bizarrely it's come into my life this week in a way I could never have predicted."

Happens all the time.


Action step

Make a vision board or a vision book. Be open-minded and have fun with it. Next week we are going to get much more specific with goals and deadlines, so jump into this state of play now and see what visual inspiration you can create.


Louise Thompson is a life coach, yoga teacher and corporate escapee. For more from Louise, visit positivebalance.co.nz or connect on Facebook.

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Louise Thompson

Inspirational advice to rock your life with energy, passion, happiness and balance.

Louise is a corporate escapee turned wellbeing pro. After 17 successful years on the commercial side of media a serious health crisis led to a complete lifestyle overhall and a brand new direction. As a life coach, and the first Martha Beck accredited coach in New Zealand, she loves nothing better than to help her clients get inspired, get happy and make their own rules for a connected, passion-fueled life. Her first book, The Busy Woman’s Guide to High Energy Happiness, aims to motivate people with practical solutions to step up and live their best lives. A qualified yoga teacher she also runs her own yoga studio and leads corporate wellness seminars. Louise loves to run, cook and dance, and is an incurable travel junkie.

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