“Would You Like to Own a Lovely Home Here at Lake Chapala Ajijic Mexico…but just don’t see how you can swing it ?”

December 11, 2008

“Would You Like to Own a Lovely Home Here at Lake Chapala Ajijic Mexico…but just don’t see how you can swing it ?”


Then this article is perfect for you.

 It’s a Unique Way of Realizing all of your dreams.

 The below article was copied from www.TheVisionBoardKit.com

 I have no financial interests in this website or any of it’s products or services.


I have been personally using my own version of  what is called a “Vision Board” for a number of years and it’s working for me.


The below is a copy of the first chapter of a book on Vision boards available through the above website.


I’m providing this information as a service to you since I personally believe in the concept of Vision Boards and the excerpt below explains how they work very well.


I hope you enjoy the article.



“Just what is a Vision Board?


How do they work ?




A vision board is a way of creating clarity around the life you want to create for yourself. By choosing a series of powerful, meaningful images and affixing them to a display that you look at multiple times every day, you focus your attention on what matters to you most and make that your destination.


Making a vision board helps you attract into your life things that you want to have, to experience, to achieve, or to become.


By surrounding yourself with images of the life you want, you cause your life to shift and move in the direction of matching those images.


A Story in Pictures


At its core, a vision board is a set of visual images that represent the story you are telling yourself about who you are and what your life is like.


Whether we are aware of it or not, we are constantly telling ourselves stories. Many of those are stories that someone else told us.


When we were little, for example, our parents told us stories. Maybe our older brothers or sisters read us stories, or maybe it was the babysitter.


In school, teachers read us stories, and we told each other stories,too. And we retell ourselves these stories with that little voice insiden our heads, repeating them hundreds and thousands of times a day


In earlier times, children grew up hearing the stories of the tribe, the village elders, the bards or minstrels.


These days, we grow up steeped in stories told by television, movies, and comic books. From the earliest bands of prehistoric hunters and gatherers to people of the postmodern electronic age, one thing about human life has never changed and never will: we knit the fabric of our lives through stories.


And the most powerful stories are the ones we repeat to ourselves through the words and the pictures we hold in our minds.


The stories we tell ourselves shape our lives. They shape who we believe we are, and this belief translates into who we become.


The purpose of this little book is to help you consciously choose the stories you’re telling yourself about who you are and what kind of life you lead. A vision board is really nothing but a story in pictures.


It’s the story of your life—of the life you want.


Here’s a great example of how this happens, from my friend Sally Huss.


A Family from a Sketchbook

By Sally Huss


By the time she was in her thirties, Sally Huss had been a tennis champion (a U.S. Junior champion and Wimbledon semi-finalist), had worked in Hollywood for Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., and had run Paul Simon’s music

publishing company. Her life had been rich in accomplishments—


but she felt there was still something vital missing.


Part I: The Power of Vision


I had graduated from college with a fine arts degree but had never done anything with it. Now I began writing little stories and making little drawings to go with them. Every day a new story arrived for me to draw and paint. Soon I was filling notebooks.


One day, a beautiful woman appeared in my drawings; she was married to a handsome, wonderful man, and they had a darling son who had a pet rabbit.


As I would look back over these drawings and reread the stories, they came to life, and I fell in love with them.


Not long after that, I met that handsome man. Two years later, we were married, and a son arrived the following year.


Five years later, our son got a white rabbit for Easter. Last October [2007], that handsome man and I celebrated our thirtieth wedding anniversary.


Even today, I continue to draw and write what is in my heart, both in notebooks and on vision boards, and life has continued faithfully to fulfill my dreams. I have also shared this practice with many others, who often call to tell me about the wonderful things that have happened in their lives as well.

• • •

Sally wrote down stories of the family she wanted. She drew pictures and kept going back to look at them again and again.


In the process, her whole being became focused on what mattered most to her. In time, those stories and drawings unfolded into her life and came true.


That’s exactly how vision boards work.


Images Are Seeds of Future Events


If you think of your goal as a fully grown tree, then the images you choose to represent that goal are its seed. You know the expression “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow”? It’s true of mighty dreams, too.


Whether or not we realize it, everything we do and every event that unfolds in our lives begins first as an image in our mind.


When you plant a seed in fertile soil, two things start happening.  First, the seed begins to stir and change.


And second, water and other nutrients start flowing toward the seed. The moment Sally started drawing those pictures of that handsome man, these two processes began.


The same thing happened the moment I glued that picture of my San Diego dream home to a vision board in Indiana.


As the image of your dream takes root inside you, you start to shift the way you think and act. That image starts percolating in your mind, both consciously and subconsciously, and you start putting out feelers and taking action, day by day, that moves you closer to your dream.


At the same time, just as naturally-occurring water and nutrients flow toward a seed planted in the earth, resources in your environment start flowing toward you and the picture you hold in your mind.


Just as the DNA of a seed draws specific nutrients from the soil and nitrogen from draw from your external environment those resources, connections, people and energies you need to fulfill those pictures.


This process is sometimes called the Law of Attraction.

There is nothing mysterious or fantastic about the Law of Attraction; it’s simply the way the universe operates.


It is the way every plant grows to fulfill the blueprint of its DNA. It’s the way every achievement, great

or small, unfurls and sprouts from its original idea.


Here’s an experience from another friend, Patrick Burke, that beautifully illustrates how the Law of Attraction is set in motion by the clarity of a simple visual image.


A Little Thing – By Patrick Burke


It was a little thing, but sometimes the littlest things mean the most. Patrick had just left a corporate job and was starting his own business; money was tight,

and providing for his young family was difficult. Still, he yearned for his wife to have that new watch she needed. He knew she would genuinely love it—and he also knew he couldn’t afford it.


I went through a catalog and clipped a photo of an elegant Omega timepiece that I felt would suit my wife’s tastes. I knew it was out of reach, but I stayed on the lookout anyway, believing in my heart that somehow I would find that perfect watch for her.



An Image from my Image Board to be realized in 2009 ?

Two weeks before Christmas, I was in town hunting for presents. It was nearing the end of the day, and I knew I had run out of options. The watches I’d seen were all well out of my range. But I couldn’t bear the thought of giving up.


Just as I was about to quit and go home, something told me to stop in at a particular retail shop that had a fine jewelry department.


I went in, looked through the case, and asked the salesperson if I could hold one item. Looking at this elegant little Omega watch sitting on my palm, I made a decision. It was easily 30 or 40 percent more than I could possibly afford—but I decided to buy it anyway and worry about the finances later. It was the perfect watch.


As the salesperson brought me the credit slip to sign, he said, “Here you go, sir—and in light of the holidays, I’m throwing in the two-year extended warranty, valued at $300.”


I looked at the slip and realized it showed a sizable discount subtracted from the list price. The salesperson nodded.


“Right,” he said, “with this great one-day sale we’re having, your discount is 40 percent. Aren’t you glad you knew about it ?”


I was floored. I hadn’t known anything  about their sale.  But with this whopping one-day-only discount and his gracious gift of the two-year warranty, my wife’s watch was now mine—and just under budget.

• • •

For Patrick, that picture of the perfect watch was a seed, and the moment he planted it in the fertile soil of his mind, it began to stir and send out roots. Before long, it had sprouted and flourished.


The “What” Precedes the “How”


One reason so many people fail to achieve the things they genuinely want in life is that they get bogged down in worrying about the “how.” As a child, when you would think of something you really wanted—a bike, a

trip to Disneyland, to become an astronaut, anything—the first thing you probably heard was something like this: “How are you going to do that ?”


Most of us have been taught to pursue our goals by mapping out a logical series of steps to take us there.  


Start at the beginning. One step at a time. Rome wasn’t built in a day.


So we take our big, beautiful dream, set it to the side, and ask ourselves, “Where do I start?” Pretty soon we say, “Oh, get your head out of the clouds! Get realistic!” And just like that, millions of dreams are

snuffed out every day.


Creating a vision board takes the opposite approach. Instead of fussing about the “how,” it focuses all your attention on the destination— the “what.” Rome may not have been built in a day, but it could very well

be dreamt in a day.  


I’m not saying it isn’t good to plan or to consider a

logical sequence of steps. It’s just that this is not usually the most effective way to make a dream come true.


There was no logical, step-by-step way Patrick could have bought that watch, and he knew that. But he didn’t get hung up in the how: he focused on the what.


Think about a pivotal event in your life—an event that completely changed the course of your life in a positive way. Then ask yourself: did that event happen as a result of your careful, logical planning?


Creating a vision board focuses your mind on the destination. If it’s something you want strongly enough, and the image is burned into your mind and heart deeply enough, then in the influence of that powerful,

magnetic, gravitational attraction, you’ll find the how.


But you can’t start with the how. The what must come first. One of my favorite expressions of this idea is this famous quotation from The Scottish Himalayan Expedition, by William H. Murray:


When I said that nothing had been done, I erred in one important matter. We had definitely committed ourselves . . . This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation),


There is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves, too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner

of unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.


I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it!

Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.


That boldness of commitment that Murray talks about is exactly what the images on your vision board help you to create within yourself.


And I don’t know of any better example of this than the story of Ruben Gonzalez.


An Olympic Dream -By Ruben Gonzalez


In 1984, watching the winter Olympic games on television, Ruben Gonzalez sat mesmerized as he witnessed a little guy named Scott Hamilton take

the Olympic gold medal in figure skating. In that moment, an unstoppable Olympic dream was born.


When I saw Scott take that gold medal, it gave me hope. If he could do it, I could do it! I decided that I was going to compete in the luge in the next winter Olympics, four years later.


On the face of it, this was a ridiculous idea. I was not a great athlete, and I lived in Houston—not exactly the nation’s winter sports capital. Most serious competitors in the luge start learning the sport around the age of ten; I was twenty-one.


I wrote to Sports Illustrated and asked them where you go to learn how to luge. A few weeks later, they sent me an 8 × 10 photograph of a guy racing on a luge. I framed that picture and hung it up in my room, right by my bed.


Every morning, the first thing I saw when I woke up was The Luge Man. The last thing I saw at night before turning out the lights was The Luge Man. All night

long, I would dream about the luge and the Olympics.


Seeing The Luge Man was a constant reminder that I was training for the Olympics. He reminded me to eat right, work out, and surround myself with winners.


The funny thing is, I never did find out the name of the guy in the picture. He’s obviously a beginner: he’s not pointing his toes, he’s holding his head way up, and he’s wearing a raggedy old suit (it’s pretty clear that he’s been in a lot of crashes).


He’s just a guy that probably nobody has ever heard of. But none of that mattered.


He was doing the luge. To me, he was The Luge Man, and his picture helped me stay focused on doing what I needed to do to reach my dream.


And by focusing on my dream, eventually I became The Luge Man.


Four years later, I qualified for the Olympic team and competed in the 1988 Calgary games as an Olympian. I competed again in France four years later, at the 1992 Albertville games, and again in Salt Lake City in 2002, where, at the age of thirty-nine, I was chosen as one of the 200 Olympians who carry the famous torch

that starts the games and symbolizes the Olympic spirit.


There’s still one more chapter to the story because I’m doing it again. In 2010, I’ll be competing in the winter Olympics in Vancouver, becoming the first athlete ever to compete in four different winter Olympic events covering four different decades.



Other Images from Sid’s Image Board (general categories)

At the age of forty-seven, I will be competing against athletes who hadn’t even been born when I competed in my first Olympics back in 1988.


Visualization isn’t a theory or some vague idea. It works.


Why Does It Work?


William Murray says that when you commit yourself, when you clearly and powerfully focus on a specific goal, then “providence moves too.”


But how? Just what is this “providence” he’s talking about? Why do vision boards work?


Some of the stories you’ll read might seem too amazing, too “coincidental” to be true. As you read them, there might be some part of you saying, “There must be hidden mirrors somewhere!”


My story of finding myself in the house of my dreams might seem that way. But it’s no more magical or mysterious than flipping a light switch and having your living room light up. There are principles at work here, and if you use them diligently and accurately, they simply do what they do. It’s not magic.


Vision boards work because they apply some fundamental laws of nature—laws as basic to how the world works as gravity.


When you look at someone like Sally, who’s been happily married for thirty years, it’s easy to think, “Man, is she lucky! She found the perfect guy, and they’re still happy together thirty years later!” But “luck” is an

illusion; it’s what you call a situation where you can see the results but don’t see the process that produced the results.


Was Patrick “lucky” to find the exact watch he wanted at a steep discount?


Was it “blind luck” that I happened to end up living in the very same house that I’d admired in a magazine years before? No, it was neither luck nor magic; it was simply nature following its course.


Images are seeds of future events, and when you choose those seeds carefully, plant them in fertile soil, and nurture them well, they will produce the plants, trees, and orchards you desire.


The Basic Ingredients

There are eight basic ingredients that figure into the process of making a vision board and using it to realize your dreams:


1. Goals and Dreams


2. Intention


3. Visualization


4. Beliefs


5. Affirmations


6. Meditation


7. Positive Action


8. Gratitude


We’ll briefly explore each of these ingredients in the next eight chapters, after which I’ll introduce you to more friends who have vision board stories to tell, and take a look at how these principles have been with us since the dawn of time.


We hope you enjoyed reading this preview of Chapter 1 from The Complete Vision Board Kit™.


Feel free to send this excerpt to your friends and family.

To learn more about The Complete Vision Board Kit™ by John Assaraf, visit www.TheVisionBoardKit.com or buy it now from Amazon.com”






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