It’s been several years since Sharita Cenac shared the idea of making vision boards on her Facebook page. Like me, she was a wife and mother who desired to reach specific goals while remaining present and active with her family. She planned empowering vision board parties for women in New Orleans, Chicago and cities across the nation. Her events provided a creative, entertaining and purposeful way to identify and focus on intentions.
I’m guessing it’s been about five or six years since I read about Brianna Williams’ vision board. She shared her plans, which included starting her own law firm, on Facebook. I knew Sharita from our time as members of the New Orleans Mocha Moms chapter. I met Brianna when we were students at Tulane University. When I viewed their progress via social media I was both proud and inspired. I’ve been blessed to be acquainted with many people who are successful in their chosen fields and I’ve shared my admiration with them. I often wished I could focus on goals the way that they did. Unbeknownst to Sharita and Brianna, their journeys encouraged me to create a visual representation of the desires of my heart.
Last year, after making three of my own vision boards in previous years, I convinced my husband to create one with me. In doing so we recognized how intertwined our individual objectives are with each others. That vision board is hanging where we see it several times every day. Lately I’ve been pausing to really pay attention to it, thanking God for fulfilled visions and remembering to stay focused on the ones that have yet to come to fruition. Here are some things that I’ve discovered in this process.
- The world is full of distractions, many of which are disguised as things that require our attention. The most successful people have learned to filter out the false requirements so they can focus the tasks that pertain to their goals.
- It’s alright to have multiple objectives. In fact, I think that’s normal and it allows for balance within one’s purpose. When I grow tired of focusing on one goal, I can shift gears and work toward another.
- Rest is not the enemy. Get some!
- There are many ways to get things done. Don’t be discouraged if what you’re doing doesn’t work the way you want it to work. Do it again. Do it differently. Do something else entirely. If it’s important to you, keep going until you get it.
- Live up to your own standards. Do not allow the opinions of others to determine your view of success. Decide what is meaningful to you and go for it.
I’ve achieved many of my goals and some of my dreams. I’ve also fallen short of some of my most important objectives, but I’m not giving up. I’m simply adjusting my aim, realigning my stance and preparing for a new approach to bring my visions to life. Are you working toward a vision? Tell me about it.