We love to repackage old ideas into shiny new veneers, especially when they are related to aspirations, goals and / or dreams.
Take the humble “bullet-journal” which briefly transformed the concept of “list” into a revolutionary new idea, which ensured a New York Times bestseller and far too many how-to videos on YouTube.
Or the method of radical organization of Marie Kondo which was essentially: tidying up, bastards. Unbelievable!
Fresh for 2020, we have something brand new to satisfy humanity’s constant need to self-optimize in ever more imaginative ways.
You already know what New Year’s resolutions are – a list of things you want to achieve, get rid of completely, or a new habit you want to keep. Basically a wishlist of a better, brighter, faster you.
Now imagine the New Year’s resolutionsâ¦ but stuck together. Welcome friends to the concept of vision boards.
You may have heard of visualization boards before (they were in circulation in 2015), but for some reason, the concept seems to have whetted your appetite once again.
According to Google Trends, “vision board” searches peaked at their highest level in five years just before New Year’s Eve 2019.
The basic idea behind vision boards is that visualizing a goal helps you achieve it (see the whole premise of Hollywood’s favorite book The secret)
Creating a vision board means adding images that motivate and inspire you, or remind you of things that motivate and inspire you.
For example, comedian Michael Daapah posted a photo of a jet ski on its vision board 2019 – because he wanted to jet ski (he smashed that goal). It is, as they say, simple.
The vision board probably works best if it is focused on a specific theme, or at least organized into sections such as âCareerâ, âTravelâ and âLove of Lifeâ. But this is your vision board, so if you want to go totally rogue, absolutely go.
What good are the visualization boards, for example, taking two minutes to write a quick and easy list of things you would like to do?
Well, on the one hand, it takes a bit more effort and we like to put extra energy into tasks that probably don’t need it.
Second, the end result of visualization boards is a very aesthetic physical object that you can refer to. It sounds like a success in itself. Plus, it’s nifty, which is usually quite therapeutic.
And on top of that, it really makes you think about what goals you want to achieve. Of course you can Just paste any old image of a velvet cocktail chair on your visualization board and call it a day, but it doesn’t seem like a win.
While vision boards aren’t for everyone (you visualize or justâ¦ procrastinate), overall they seem like a pretty harmless hobby.
Which means the internet is definitely about to do what it does best and ruin them.
Prepare to see vision boards everywhere until they take the path of succulents and avocados and become so synonymous with millennials that they end up being a lazy shortcut for the habits of a generation, useful only to journalists with explanatory articles to write (I don’t know what you’re talking about …).
Good bonding of adults!
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