I often feel the right clothing, whether it’s a perfect blazer, a graceful topper, or an eye-catching accessory, can elevate me into the world I wish to inhabit. My vision board and the dashing image of Cary Grant remind me of that every day. I determined early on that I’m a completely visual person—I process and retain information best when I have images to accompany the ideas. When I have visual cues in plain sight, I’m less likely to forget the intentions they represent. The tried-and-true saying “out of sight, out of mind” is a philosophy that unfortunately does not escape me. I know I can get caught up in the day-to-day rush of life and forget the details that make me creative, inspired, driven, and passionate. Surrounding myself with concrete images keeps my priorities at the top of my mind. I am not alone in this—I believe most people respond best to visuals, even if they view the world in black and white. Everyone has things that make their heart sing, and looking at those ideas as clippings every day will call them into their lives.
Starting your own vision board will help you begin to identify your personal style. Not everybody can spend hours reading fashion blogs or afford the latest in designer clothing. But the inability to invest in these areas in the present moment doesn’t mean you can’t curate your outward appearance to the world and create a spirit that you hope will manifest in everything you hope to achieve. Whether you tend toward Zara staples or Chanel couture, the choices you make in how you present yourself to the world have a huge impact on your self-image. Once you identify your own personal style, you will start to get a sense not only of how you currently feel about yourself and your present life but of how you wish to feel about yourself and the world around you. Don’t underestimate the power of presentation: By dressing and embodying the values and aspirations you truly connect to, you are setting a goal of becoming more like the person you’re building on that vision board in front of you. The vision board version of you is you—the difference is that she has all the certainty we sometimes lack (we all occasionally fail at feeling extraordinary—it’s par for the course for most of us to slip). Starting to dress like her is not just a stylistic choice: Dressing the part means embodying her poise and unshakable faith in her values. It means starting to walk and talk like her as a way to channel that crucial confidence. The results will be almost immediate: The people around you will sense the shift in your energy and respond positively because you will believe it yourself. The laws of attraction meet the laws of intention. You are believing your best “you” into existence.