Today’s blog post is by Monica Bhide, who teaches Introduction to Food Writing, which starts on March 2.
A year ago, I started a vision board. You have heard of these things, right? A board where you post your goals, your dreams, your hopes. You put the board up where you can see it each day and then, the idea is, that the Universe helps you achieve your dreams by helping you focus on your efforts on your highly visible and visual goals.
Initially, nothing happened with my vision board. I would post a lot of stuff on it and then try to work towards the goals, but it never resulted in anything. An example — I posted the picture of one of my dream magazines and wrote under it — “By Monica Bhide” — implying, of course, that I wanted a byline in the magazine. I faithfully sent out queries to several editors at the magazine and gained a respectable email pile of rejections. I began losing faith. I noticed this was happening in most all the areas on the vision board.
What was I not doing right? I began to read up about vision boards and goals and tried desperately to find out what it is that I was doing wrong. I had the goals, I was working towards them so why was I not achieving anything other than aggravation and frustration?
Sometimes the answer is so simple. Oprah has “Aha” moments in her magazine, I had a “Duh” moment and realized what had happened.
I had NO faith, none at all that any of the goals that I had set for myself were achievable. I re-read some of the queries I had sent — they sounded more like apologies than like actual notes from a seasoned writer. I have to tell you, it was eye-opening.
To achieve a goal that you set for yourself, you must believe that you can do it. If you don’t believe in yourself, not only will you not achieve the goal, no one else will believe in you either. Wasn’t it Ford who said something to the effect of – “If you think you can or you think you cant, you are right.”
It was a simple mindshift and it has truly rewarded me well. 2009 is now the year of not only focus, but faith and focus, for I have discovered that one cannot work without the other. I have managed to crack my dream publication and will post the article here when it appears. I have faith that it will show up soon!