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SEEING IS BELIEVING

What are vision boards? A fun afternoon cutting and sticking? A waste of time for people who believe ‘you get what you wish for’? Or are they tools to delve deep into our imaginations; in order to work towards, and realise, our goals? Anita Chaudhuri collates the answers

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Powerhouse Oprah Winfrey was the first person to popularise the use of vision boards. ‘Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe,’ she said. I had this quote taped to my fridge for a while, and the sheer audacity of it always made me laugh, yet also, somehow, feel more hopeful about life.

A number of celebrities have since talked about the impact of creating these inspirational collages. Katy Perry said she made her first vision board at the tender age of nine, featuring a singer holding a Grammy award. Fifteen years later, she won one of her own. Meanwhile, Beyoncé revealed she had a photo of an Oscar on the wall facing her treadmill, and comedian, Ellen DeGeneres, put an image of herself on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine. This seemed improbable since, in the magazine’s history, it had only ever had one cover star – and yet Ellen got her wish, albeit sharing the limelight with her idol. In the world of business, Spanx creator, Sara Blakely, and Net-a-Porter founder, Natalie Massenet, both swear by the process.

My own experience of vision boards began several years ago, when a friend dragged me along to a Creating Your Heart’s Desire workshop with coach and author, Sonia Choquette. Dressed in a fabulous Louis Vuitton dress, she regaled us with the story of how, while still in her teens, she was desperate for a date to take her to the school dance. A passionate David Bowie fan, she decided to create a collage of her dream boyfriend based on the singer, down to the aviator sunglasses and Ziggy Stardust boots. Incredibly, weeks later, she met someone who strongly resembled her vision and they dated throughout high school. Later, Choquette, who coaches many well-known musicians, met the late, great Bowie – and several members of his band became her clients.

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