vision boards – why they don’t work

Simmer, simmer … let me explain. I love, love my vision board. Every morning as I brush my teeth I look at the images, the words of encouragement, and think to myself, “today, I will focus on these things of beauty.” And, this morning, I realized why this is the first time a board has ever propelled me to action before.

Because it’s not my vision anymore.

I was first introduced to the idea of a vision board when I was in college, then again later as I was peddling lipstick and protein shakes. Not a thing wrong with either, but my vision boards did little to nothing to elevate my sales person instincts or develop my mental strategy. Not pictures of cars, homes and travel, or even daily words of affirmation, could shake me from my slumber.

Old habits and familiar mindsets always found their way back in to my routine.

Over the holidays this year, I had the opportunity to again create a board. Truly, the only reason I decided to try it once again was because I was excited about the prospect of spending the evening with some lovely and powerful ladies. Surely an evening of inspiring dialogue was worth the tediousness of gluing some fun ideas onto a board which would inevitably land in a closet until I released enough guilt to graduate it to a landfill.

And then I began seeking.

I started out with my word for the year – evoke. Everything else began to hinge on that singular theme, and the board was quickly covered in words that stir my spirit – healing, people, live, inspire, once in a lifetime, she’s ahead of her time, vision – and I realized that my vision for myself had finally found its teeth. My vision was no longer mine.

It was God’s.

There is nothing in this life as powerful as God’s plan for you. Chasing dreams, opportunities, financial reward, acclaim, power, all falls shorts in the shadow of divine purpose. While all those things CAN be a part of His plan, if they aren’t, and if He isn’t first, nothing will motivate you enough to get where you think you want to go. Or, will sustain you for any significant amount of time once there. Nor will it ever be enough.

When there is no clear prophetic vision,
people quickly wander astray.
But when you follow the revelation of the word,
heaven’s bliss fills your soul. – Proverbs 29:18

Easter Sunday is coming, and it not only represents the sacrifice of Christ and the divine power of a living God, it is also an opportunity for new life, fresh revelation, divine PURPOSE. Perhaps this is the week to lay down your old life for a different one…

…catch for yourself His vision…


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