I was on the Lexington Avenue subway the other day when I saw this ad and couldn’t help snapping a photo of it. The Lao Tsu quote certainly resonated with me since I have been taking a deeper look at my life lately. So often we get stuck in the same routine, unable to move forward. Take me for instance. I’ve lived in the same apartment for longer than I care to acknowledge publicly. I’ve had the same career since I graduated college and I worked for a company for almost 12 years — until one day I got laid off.
This one event caused me to make my first change in direction. Instead of looking for another job, I decided to start my own business. I didn’t know if it would succeed, but I knew that if I didn’t try I would always have the unanswered question rattling around in my brain, “could I have done it?” I took the risk and, while it has not always been easy, I have never looked back. That was 18 years ago. Change is good.
I know that there are more things that I want to achieve in my life, both professionally and personally. I can envision them. In fact I even made my first vision board that shows quite clearly what some of those things are. There are some empty spaces on my vision board. It’s a work in progress, just as my life is. Changing direction is sometimes necessary to get you where you’re supposed to end up.
Vision Boards are a visualization tool to help turn goals & dreams into reality. Many life coaches recommend them. They are pretty simple to make. There are different types of vision boards and many creative ways of making them. I found an interesting blog article on how to make a vision board that you might find useful.
I recently started a new inspirational T-shirt business which, if all goes the way I envision, will steer me in an exciting new direction and lead me toward attaining some or all of the goals and dreams on my vision board. There may be detours along the way and I might stumble a bit, but I am looking forward to the ride.