Vision Board Experiment: How’s Your Vision Boarding Coming Along?
If that’s the question you’ve been wanting to ask me, the answer is this – so far so good!
Since the day I’ve decided to embark on this Vision Board Experiment, I’ve gone through more interesting changes than I’ve ever experienced in any one year. Quit my job, regained my life back and took the initiative to be much more active socially. What more can I ask for from a small little test started purely out of fun?
Even though I’ve not been regularly updating my progress on Goal Setting College, the intended changes have readily – albeit slowly – manifested in different areas of my life since the last update. Trust me, it can be pretty intuitive. You know it happened. But you just don’t know why. You thought it may be related to the Vision Board. But you just don’t feel anyone else will think it’s logically connected.
In any case, I leave the judgment to you. Let’s delve into my progress details, shall we?
Health & Fitness
In the first few months after my last update, I tried to start a regular jogging routine. Every 2 or 3 times a week, I would pop over to the neighbourhood stadium and run at least 2km. That might come across as trivial for someone who’s a fitness buff. But for me, it was quite a big deal. Especially since I had almost lost touch with regular exercise after my Preuniversity days when physical education lessons were compulsory. I used to play squash and go to the gym. But those instances were so rampant that much as I would like to, they weren’t really considered “regular” in the real sense.
My family members were equally “impressed” with my sudden enthusiasm. Whenever I told my mum I was going for a morning jog, she would look at me with a skeptical yet approving expression. Skeptical as to whether I would sustain the momentum. Yet approving at the same time that I was doing at least something constructive.
Oh well, not all her fears were totally unfounded. I really didn’t sustain the momentum. Because about a month after I went into this routine, I started to get this painful jolt in my right knee every time I jog. As as result, I was forced to take a short break to let my knee recuperate.
But during that short rest, my mind didn’t stop thinking about exercising. And to help me gather the lost momentum, I even did the unthinkable. Something that I thought I would never do in the past. I signed up for a 5km women’s run and even cajoled a friend to accompany me!
Yes, someone who had previously refused invitations from other friends to take part in long distance running actually signed one up herself. And even asked a friend along. Come to think of it, I still wasn’t sure why I did what I did. But it was quite an experience. In fact, I like it so much that I think I’ll participate again next year. Maybe a 10km this time!
I could have omitted this section. Especially with the rising property prices in the tropical island that I stay, getting my own place seemed to be more difficult. But despite the seemingly bleak chance I’ll ever realize my intentions in this area of my life, I never really gave up visualizing for some breakthrough.
And you know what happened?
About a week ago, while sharing with my sister – who was married a month ago – about my desire to move out, she mentioned that I could stay with her when she gets her new government housing apartment.
Well, not too bad huh? I may not get my own apartment yet but at least I’ve got another option.
One of the areas that I’ve seen a tremendous boost is my social life. Since I’m now predominantly working from home, it can be quite a drag traveling to town just to meet a couple of friends for dinner. But surprisingly, I don’t find myself feeling that often. On the contrary, I find myself taking the initiative more and even organizing meet ups with friends I’ve not seen for a while.
As for company I didn’t really enjoy, instead of bumping up excuses not to join them, I became really upfront with them and rejected the invitations. In my opinion, being more socially active doesn’t mean going for every gathering or meet ups you’re invited but in being comfortable and appreciative in every gathering you go.
My initiative and the Google Calendar project – mentioned in my last update – kicked off a very positive karmic cycle. Friends start “noticing” my presence and will include my name in their invitation lists. And it certainly helps that I’m quite a bubbly character to add cheer to such parties! Haha, just joking. Through these little exercises, I’ve also learned to appreciate the gift of giving before receiving. When you’re generously creating opportunities for people to meet up without any expectation of return, you’ll definitely get something back. Maybe not from the same person. But it definitely gets reciprocated. It’s intriguing how the Universe functions. You don’t know how. But you know it just works.
Perhaps due to such regular gatherings, the chances of meeting new people increased. Including new romantic dates. Interestingly, even though I had never made any set up requests, I had had people coming to me and say “Hey, I want to introduce you to a friend of mine…” Maybe they sensed the vibes through my Vision Boarding! During social gatherings, I even had guys coming up to me and introducing themselves. Seriously, I seldom had such encounters before the experiment and there were too many occasions for me to dismiss them as “coincidences”.
Despite the increased amount of opportunities, ha, none of them are Capricorns. Or at least based on what I know.
Since embarking on my career online, I’ve gained much much more than I’ve put in. I’ve learned to slow down and appreciate the many things and people around me. I’ve spent more time everyday talking to my elderly parents, playing with my toddler niece, baby nephew and interacting with my siblings. When a family disaster happened many months back, I was glad my flexible hours allowed me to be physically there for my family.
I’ve never regretted this decision.
Yes, that’s even though I’ve difficulty explaining to friends what I’m doing. That’s even though I’m taking home much lesser than what I was earning as an implementation consultant then. What I’ve gained is what money cannot buy.
A better quality of life. And the power to go after my dreams.
As I continued with my vision boarding, many new ideas and opportunities to grow Goal Setting College have popped up along the way. I was invited to join mastermind groups. I toyed with different writing styles and I went for a blog redesign. When I did a recap, I was amazed at how Goal Setting College has progressed.
Thank you. Thank you for your support all this while. And I know the only way I can return the favour is to continue to generate the kind of content you’ve subscribed for!
Significantly in this area, I find myself paying for a year’s subscription to a value stocks simulation service and creating a partially passive portfolio consisting of 2 index funds and several mutual funds. I would have gone for a complete passive mix of index funds if there were more options offered in my country!
The initial plan was to park my savings into the portfolio while I spend some time researching on the companies to invest in. Sad to say so far, my energies has been so focused on Goal Setting College that I’m neglecting this important part of the value stock investing process.
But I’m glad I still managed to kick off the partially passive portfolio. The baby step to smarter investing.
Alright, that’s so far the update from me. How about yourself? How are you progressing with your own Vision Boarding exercise? Maybe you’ll like to share with me in the comments? Should you prefer a more private update, please feel free to drop me an email. I’ll love to know how you’re faring too! Oh well, if you’re one of those still hesitating whether to do up your own Vision Board, maybe my friend Edward Mill’s contest can inspire you to try it. Have fun and experience these life changing moments for yourself!
Update : For your convenience, here are all the links to the Vision Board Experiment logs :
- Want to Join Me in a Vision Board Experiment?
- Preparing for my Vision Board…
- How I Created My Vision Board – Revealed!
- 5 Steps to Getting More Out of Your Vision Board Experience
- Vision Board Experiment: Interesting Spate of Events
- Vision Board Experiment: How’s Your Vision Boarding Coming Along?
- Vision Board Experiment: One Year Later…
** Photo by Aussiegall