For many of us, the vision board has replaced the New Year’s resolution as the top-of-year ritual for setting annual intentions.
It’s all about the metaphysicals, about creating and stating your goals as a way of attracting them into your life.
The quality of your relationship is on it, right? Your income and wealth prospects for the year? How about your health and fitness?
But whether or not you vision-board this time of year, you should make sure to envision the best prospects for your court case going forward.
Litigation is a bit different than other goals, though. Unlike our income, relationships and health, which we simply want to improve, we want our cases to end.
We don’t want to be in court any longer than absolutely necessary.
But how a case ends matters, oftentimes a lot.
That means we need more on the vision board than an empty space where the case should be. We want to see a positive outcome — a cash settlement on our claim, a safe place to call home, a stable environment for our children, and so on.
Wellness expert Elizabeth Rider says our vision for the outcome should focus on how we want to feel when the vision is achieved. When it comes to achieving a goal in litigation, the primary feeling is probably relief. It’s over!
But if you’re reaching for absolute victory, expect some exultation when you win. You did it, yasss!
So here’s the question: How does your court case end in a way that leaves you feeling relieved, or exultant, or somewhere in between?
The process of creating your vision board can provide an answer:
- Browse through old magazines and gather some images;
- Select and organize the images that “speak” to you; and
- Cut & paste them onto your poster board with words and drawings that represent what they mean in your life.
It’s that simple. Your vision board can be as low key or as celebratory as you like.
Just make sure it truly represents your desires because sometimes you get exactly what you ask for.
I don’t know whether a vision board creates the desired outcome, but I’m convinced the right outcome doesn’t magically occur. We have to work to achieve it.
But like New Year’s resolutions, the secret to success is the process itself.
The idea is that by going through the motions to discover our desires, we align our intentions and subconsciously begin to take actions that further our goals.
The thing about litigation is that it’s oftentimes a war of attrition. You basically have to wear the other side down.
When you put up a good fight, it very often takes years to complete.
So as a practical matter, January is a good time to assess your case and decide — yes, decide! — how it ends.
Have you done a vision board for this year? How does your court case fit in? Share in the comments below.