Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Aunt Ann Anecdote, My Vision Board, and The Laws of Attraction

I've read many words, for many years on the topic: Laws of Attraction. So why is it then, that I have been so stubborn about writing down exactly what I want to attract? It's become very clear to me that the only reason has been fear. I think I've been afraid to really admit or "woman-up" to what I want out of life for fear that an exercise in positive re-enforcement would end in disappointment.
But here's where I contradict myself because I have, in a multitude of small and minute ways, seen The Law work in various stages throughout my life. I was much younger when The Law worked best, I think, because I was less preoccupied with the troubles of the world. I didn't have to write much down because I yearned deeply for that new job that would pay me the big bucks, or that house with a backyard where my kids could play, or the occasional man to satisfy certain...needs.
I got everything I wanted; note the past tense. Of late, however I haven't obtained much of anything; in fact I find myself adrift in some sort of pre-midlife abyss.
Hold on! The tone of this post sounds like it's headed south, but that's purely unintentional.
Time to tell yall an Aunt Ann Anecdote...
My Aunt Ann kept a note taped to the inside of her apartment door that read something like "Turn off Stove" or "Stove Off" (I can't recall the exact prompt), but obviously this was her way of reminding herself to double check the oven before leaving the house. One has to assume that she found this note necessary because there must have been an incident where she did leave the house and accidently left the stove on. You can imagine, however that eventually this posted message became ingrained in her mind every time she stepped foot out the door, and I would suspect that checking the stove became a habit before she even reached the door. And if I should be so inclined to take it even further, she possibly may have even programmed herself to the extent of making sure the stove was turned off immediately after her food preparation PERIOD.
This speaks volumes to me in terms of the power of a Vision Board. Thanks to my recollection of the Aunt Ann story and a recent conversation with my Godmother (who always leads by example), I had the epiphany that I'm old(er) and with that in mind; I need to write my goals down. But not only do I need to write them down, I need to put what I write down, directly up into my grill for me to see everyday as many times as possible. Putting them in a journal was not enough for what's a journal but a private book, filled with intimate thoughts, tucked away like a dirty little secret.
The visuals on my Vision Board are not a secret. Shit, I'm not hiding my goals anymore because frankly when I hide information from others, I tend to instinctively hide said information from my damn self...and what good will that do me.
I started my Vision Board this week. I was going to wait until I could buy a cute little cork board from Staples, but that would have delayed the heck out of things. Instead, I found some scraps of construction paper and started jotting down what I want. I brought the scraps upstairs to the bedroom and started taping them on my wall. Everyday I add something new; like pictures I cut or tear out of magazines or new goal oriented keywords.
When I wake up in the morning I see the goals. When I get dressed, I see the goals. When I get undressed, I see the goals and before I go to bed...well you get the point. What this does for me is what the "Turn off Stove" note did for Aunt Ann. It brings something into focus that demands my attention; my attraction. It yells at me in that Mr T. voice: "WAKE UP FOOL! THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KEEP AT THE TOP OF YOUR MIND!!!"
Soon enough, I will know exactly what is where on this Vision Board and I will see it before I step foot into my bedroom door and then before I walk upstairs and then before I enter the house and then before I turn the corner into my cul de sac. Ultimately the image of the Vision Board will live with me all throughout the day thus making an impression onto the Universe to deliver the goods.
I can't wait!