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You have probably heard too much about being positive. If you love to read personal development articles as I do, you have seen all the talk about positivity and the like. But what is this all about really? Well, this article will clarify what it means to be positive minded. Plus, I will talk a little about the vision board which is a product of optimism.
I’ve heard so many people already saying 2021 is my year! Awesome! That is a wonderful declaration full of positivity and is exactly what we want.
However, how is it your year exactly? What are you doing to make it your year? What exactly will you use to grab 2021 by the reins and ride it like a pro to your prosperity? The year won’t come to you on a silver platter while you’re curled up in your comfort zone all cosy. You need to get up, plan your year and get out there and rule 2021.
And you can do that by having a vision for the year. This is the best time for you to plan your year.
Perhaps in the past, you merely walked into your life waiting for chance and playing along with whatever happens on the way; Solving issues as they come but having little or no control on the issues that affect the major areas of your life. That has to change. Right now!
What it means to be positive-minded
In simplest terms, being positive minded means focusing on the good side of any given situation. Positive minded people are called optimistic people. While negative minds are called pessimistic.
Some personalities fall more on the pessimistic side. However, positivity or optimism is a skill that one can learn. So whether you are personality type A or B, you can learn and master the skill of positivity.
Being positive minded means you have a positive outlook on life. You must be the “half cup full” kind of person. It also means being grateful for the smallest good things in your life. Optimism and gratitude work hand in hand. If you are naturally grateful for things in your life, it will be easier for you to see the good side of everything. You can learn more about the benefits of gratitude here.
One thing that helps me stay positive is being hopeful. When something bad happens, I let it slide by me quickly hoping for better yet. I try not to worry about things I have no control over focusing more on things that are within my control. This did not come naturally. I was a very negative person in the past. I had to let go of negativity and practice optimism.
So this is the point where I introduce you to the vision board.
What is a vision board?
This is a board where you lay out the vision for your life as the name suggests. More like a road map. You can project the board for a month, a quarter or the whole year. I suggest you make a vision board for the whole year. More like a projection of the major events that you’re anticipating or hope for that year.
I know that COVID-19 makes positivity a little hard to come by. But your life has to continue. You cannot just sit doing nothing with your life because of the devastating effects of the pandemic that are raging all around us. Self-isolated or not, your life has to proceed.
You need to hold on to something solid for you to see the brighter side of your situation right now. That solid something is called HOPE. The belief that everything is going to be alright someday. Without hope, this life will take you down.
The vision board works with hope and faith. Because you write your plans even when you have no guarantee that they will play out. But you work with faith and optimism. These two are the major ingredients for your success.
7 reasons why you should make a vision board
Of what importance is the vision board anyway? A vision board is what it means to be positive minded. You have no guarantee that the world may quit this “new normal” craziness. So you go ahead and plan your life anyway. And here are 7 good reasons why you should;
A vision board;
- Gives you a clear view of your life as you would want it to be.
- Acts as a daily reminder of your dreams and goals.
- Prompts you to work hard in order to achieve your written goals.
- Keeps you motivated and driven.
- Helps you think about what you really want for your life.
- Keeps you focused.
- Helps you stay positive.
Having listed these awesome reasons, there’s no excuse for you to keep sitting on your potential for success and fulfilment of life. So go ahead, start planning and create that vision board!
How to make a vision board
How your vision board should look is entirely up to you. No one should tell you how it must look like because it is you that will look upon it every single day. Therefore, it must be something you like. Something that appeals to your senses and motivates you. It should be a style that defines you.
However, the goals on your vision board must be Systematic, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound. You can lay out your vision on an A4 white paper. Or you can have some fun planning your life by making or buying an actual board. You can add detail to it by cutting out images depicting your goals from a magazine or newspaper. If you are into digital designs, try creating your board with Canva and print it out. If you are a straight forward or busy person with no time to spare, just write down your goals on a paper and stick it on your wall.
Illustrative vision board
You can add some inspirational quotes or bible verses. When I made my vision board, I added the line ‘In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth’ right at the bottom. This is so because this is where my hope lies. Where does yours lie?
Nothing should keep you from making a vision board. Avoid procrastination, just do it now. The vision board must not only be tailored to physical or material gain. You can also make a vision board for your relationships or personal development goals.
If you get to make one, I’m hoping to see you back here testifying how powerful a vision board is. Because this is what it means to be positive-minded over the course of your life. And if you believe it will work, it definitely will.