Day: April 22, 2012

How To Create The Life You Want

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Creating the life you want is of course a process and not something that you can just plan and execute once and for all. However, the more aware you are of the direction you are heading in, the better chance of succeeding in your mission.

Over the decades more and more people have become familiar with the law of attraction – or one of the various versions of it – what you send out, you get back. Accepting this puts a great deal of power in your own hands; the power to form the life you want. Sure there will probably always be challenges and whatever is in your divine contract will still manifest one way or another, but once you realize exactly how much you can impact your reality, a whole new dimension of possibilities will open up to you. 

Now, when you want to accomplish this new and wonderful life, first of all you need to figure out what is important to you. Maybe you know exactly what you want or maybe you only have a vague idea, a confusing plethora of ego, other people’s values, leftover childhood dreams or society’s expectations. It is so very easy to get distracted, to be overwhelmed with all the choices and ultimately to lose track of what it really was you wanted. Step number one therefore could be to open a line of communication with your heart, your most inner desires. Enable yourself to tune out the noise and be guided by your own truth. One way to do this, and one that I find particularly effective, is to make your Vision Board. Lots of people have heard of this and may even have a pretty good idea about it but to my surprise it seems that very few people have actually done it. A Vision Board is your personal and creative expression of what you want in life – it is your first step towards manifesting your happiness, your Mission Statement. It can look anyway you want it to, there are no specific rules, no size or color requirements, no rights or wrongs. It is yours only.

  1. You start with getting some clarity. Look through magazines, image books, browse the web – anything imaginable – and whenever you feel inspired and find something that resonates with you, you cut/rip/print it out. No rules here, either; you can be as specific or abstract as you feel like – an image of a tree can mean just that, a tree, but maybe to you it means ‘growth’ or you associate it with a specific place or person. It is all good. This step can take a few hours or it can take weeks – my suggestion is to allow the process time because that way you will leave room for possible changes as you peel through the layers of desire.
  2. Now you have a pile of pictures and words and the next step will be to create some kind of collage. Maybe you like a simple design with no overlapping and a perfectly lined order or maybe an expressional chaos is more your thing. Yup, you guessed it, it is all good. As you move along designing, you might find that some of the words or pictures doesn’t ‘fit’ after all or it might become clear that you are missing an important word or image. I suggest you don’t glue anything yet, keep moving around and re-design until you find the balance.
  3. Suddenly you look at your creation and realize it is perfect. Now it is time to use the glue stick and then either frame it or hang it as it is. Hang it somewhere you will see it every day, not necessarily in the middle of your living room but somewhere visible. The reason is that every time you look at it – or even just semi-consciously become aware of it – it will remind you of your direction. From time to time, allow yourself to reconnect with it and feel the joy of moving towards all these wonderful things in life.

The power of a Vision Board lies in these three aspects working together; you recognize your dreams and just by focusing your intentions, you actually start making them happen – you are sending out exactly what you want back. Further more, you are reinforcing your thought process by giving it a physical expression, which you then integrate in your life as a constant reminder. Triple intention – how could this not have a remarkable effect on your life.


  The left vision board I made a few years ago – the right one I just finished.


I would say as a general advice, make sure to create positives. By that I mean, if you want less drama, don’t put the words ‘no drama’ or something similar – instead put the focus on the positive, like for an example ‘harmony’ or ‘honest relationships’. The same thing with health; instead of ‘no disease’ put ‘good health’ or ‘wellbeing’. Expect to get exactly what you are asking for and therefore make sure to ask accordingly with little or no chance of misunderstandings ;)

How often you renew your Vision Board is entirely up to you. We evolve and so does our values and desires – I’m sure you will be able to tell when you need an update. To me, every two or three years makes sense but I have heard others suggest five years – so whatever feels right to you. When it is time for an update, don’t recycle any words or pictures but make a completely fresh start.

This life is very short and there is no way we are going to have time to do everything we want, which is just the more reason to prioritize the truly important things. Sure, there will be a next life but my guess is that it will be just as full of amazing things to do as this one. So we might as well get cracking. Life is full of potential and we should do whatever we can to surround ourselves with things that makes us happy. In the larger scheme of things; start on your Bucket List – recognizing your bigger dreams will help you navigate through the smaller steps to get there. Earlier I did a short post about this and I really do believe in the profound effect of these manifestation tools.

Looking at my old Vision Board, it is astonishing how much of it has come true and I can’t wait to see how this new one is going to play out.