Beyond the Vision Board: Make your dream V.I.V.I.D.™Gwen Witherspoon
I recently had my first Vision Board experience. Since I have been a dreamer my entire adult life, I didn’t come to the process with a whole lot of enthusiasm. You see, at one time in my life, my visions and dreams literally lined my bedroom walls with stacks of notes, images, designs, plans under charts and diagrams…my entire bedroom. I know vision.
“Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts.” Proverbs 24: 3-4 The Living Bible
My attitude was the result of my need to create practical solutions. I have to admit it. Breaking through the limitations that keep us from taking action on our ideas is probably, well…an obsession. So, cutting out random pictures from magazines and glueing them to a board…let’s just say I was underwhelmed. But you know what happened, right?
I’ve been converted! Even for a “veteran” dreamer like me, finding visual representations for my desires was exhilarating. In fact, I turned mine into a brochure of sorts (can’t get away from my graphic design roots), and I am investing time in completing it long after the event is over. I’m looking forward to using it to solidify my plans and identify desires for every area of my life. So, now I see completing a Vision Board as a momentum-builder. Creating one is the precursor to planning because it stimulated ideas, helped me see connections, and made me expand my heart and mind. And if the “p” word is categorized as the four-letter variety for you, I think I can help because once you have a vision, you have to make it plain.
Go Beyond the Vision Board
In Luke 16: 1-7 Jesus tells the disciples a story about a crooked manager, and in verses 8 and 9 The Message he says , “Now here’s a surprise: The master praised the crooked manager! And why? Because he knew how to look after himself. Streetwise people are smarter in this regard than law-abiding citizens. They are on constant alert, looking for angles, surviving by their wits. I want you to be smart in the same way–but for what is right–using every adversity to stimulate you to creative survival, to concentrate your attention on the bare essentials, so you’ll live, really live, and not complacently just get by on good behavior.”
Sometimes we can use “faith” as a mask for our instability, for bad habits, or for lack. Instead of courageously and honestly facing our challenges, it’s easier to put a verse on it or just ignore it…hoping that God will “make a way.”
But Jesus himself said that he wants us to be wise…using adversity to stimulate us…concentrating our attention.
Habakkuk 2: 2 says, “…Write the vision, and make it plain…” That’s PLANNING. It requires time, research, interpretation, prayer, meditation, study…and refinement, assessment, adjustment…in my Flip Productivity™ System I have identified what I call Building the Ark: Flip5 Planning Principles: 1) Look Within, 2) Look Up, 3) Look Around, 4) Look Ahead, and 5) Look Back.
- Look Within – What is this dream that you have? Your dream has to be big enough to require God’s help, and you can only find it by looking within.
- Look Up – Why is this worth doing? You have to have a higher motivation than your own personal needs.
- Look Around – What’s in your hand? What resources can you employ? Who is in your corner? Take inventory so you will know what seeds you have to start with.
- Look Ahead – What’s the V.I.V.I.D.™ View? Writing the vision and making it plain requires that you define your dream so clearly that it can be understood by anyone in the time it takes to run by a billboard.
- Look Back – Assess your progress. When you take a long trip to a new place, aren’t you constantly checking your “map” so that you know if you’re on track?
The Flip5 won’t make the process easier, but they will serve as a model for how to plan anything. Knowing how to plan is half the battle.
I’m a BIG proponent of technology. I use new apps, plug-ins, software, you name it…every week! But I still write with pen and paper…notes, ideas, plans, diagrams, processes…all in an effort to make it plain…or V.I.V.I.D.™ as I like to call it.
When you write your ideas down, you have the seeds for a plan, and a plan is a working document…it should live and breathe as your vision grows.
So, “making it plain” is not an event. It’s a process, and like all enduring principles, if you’re going to write a vision that others can run with, you can’t skip any steps. You have to work the process through until the end. Now, I have to get back to my Vision Board!