“Make your vision so clear that your fears become irrelevant.” —James Goll
Earlier this year, I took time out to make a vision board. Yes, that’s right, a vision board.
For the one or two of you who have no idea what this is, a vision board is one upon which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, or do, or have in your life.
They gained popularity after the 2006 publication of the best-selling self-help book The Secret, which says:
The law of attraction is forming your entire life experience and it is doing that through your thoughts. When you are visualizing, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe.
In other words, by creating a vision board, you are helping to manifest your hopes and desires.
So up above you’ll find my very own vision board. Some of the pics/items are silly and admittedly unrealistic, but at least it has given me an idea of where I want to go, what I want to have, and, most importantly, what I want to achieve. Here’s a description of some of the vision board’s major components and what they mean to me:
- Hollywood: There are several references to “Hollywood.” This should really be self-explanatory, guys.
- Money: Believe it or not, money isn’t my sole motivation — peep the quote on the board that says, “For Love, Not Money” — but, uh, I do wanna make some coin in this bidness.
- “I’m Starting My Own Thing”: My buddy Chombo and I always jokingly reference the ending of the film Straight Outta Compton, where Dr. Dre tells Suge Knight that he’s starting his own company. “Whutchu gon’ call that bullshit?” Suge snarls. Dre responds with a smile, “Aftermath.” Anyway, like Dre, I, too, am trying to start my own thing. Well, technically, I already have — Be Cool Entertainment is a real thing — but you know what I mean.
- Academy Awards: The statuette. The categories. Best Picture. Best Original Screenplay. I’m try’na snag some gold, bruh. Also: WGA and BAFTA awards.
- Cannes International Film Festival: I hope to attend one day. I hope a film I’ve written is screened in competition — or hell, even out of competition, who cares, I just wanna go.
- “My First L.A. Home”: Because ultimately I’m trying to live out the rest of my days in the sunny, breezy climate of Southern California.
- “The writing is funny, crisp, and original”: I hope so!
- DJ Kiss: My homegirl, an amazing DJ and just one of the people I know who moved to Los Angeles and is doing the damn thing.
- A beautiful kitchen: Y’all know I love to eat, but did y’all know I love to cook, too? The problem is, my kitchen is fucking tiny. I would love a huge, glorious kitchen with Miele and Subzero appliances, an island, and Caesarstone counter tops. I would host brunches and dinner parties all the time. Speaking of hosting …
- “The parties”; “Excellent parties”; “He made millions and threw legendary parties. He had it made”: Again, money ain’t the motivation, but shit, it allows you to do some awesome things. When I lived in Miami, my boys and I used to host epic house parties. I would certainly do that again.
- Brioni, Thomas Pink, “Iconic style”: I like to dress well.
- “Sex”: Look, y’all. It’s been a minute. I need some consistent lovin’ in my life.
- Chanel Iman: She is gorgeous. Her photo is a reminder that I need a lady in my life.
- Marvel: Bruh. I soooooooooo wanna write a Marvel movie. And I mean an MCU, Kevin Feige-produced junt. Not one of those off-brand flicks made by [redacted] . 🙃
- “I don’t want to survive. I want to live”: Another movie quote, this one from 12 Years a Slave. Again, should be self-explanatory; I’m sick of feeling like I’m merely surviving in this mug.
- “Go with your gut”: Advice from legendary TV producer Norman Lear to Jerrod Carmichael, and what I vow to start doing from now on.
- “The dream came true. Now what?”: I dunno, but I sure would like to find out.
For 2018, however, I’m not making another vision board. Instead, I’m creating a “vision book.” It’s the same idea, except I’ll be filling a journal with the photos, quotes, sayings, event reminders, postcards and everything else that serves as inspiration.
And this Captain America Moleskine is perfect for that!
I mean, can you already see where I’m going with this? “CAA” (that’s Creative Artists Agency) … “Authors to Watch” … “Shot on iPhone” … “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series” … and wait, is that a Page Six mention I spy? Hmmm … 🤔
So as they say, “manifest your vision!” I’m trying to project my mental desires out into the universe so that my goals can come to fruition. It may sound silly and farfetched to some — but hey, you never know.
And even if it is silly and farfetched, at least I’ve got a focus now. At least I’ve something to which I can point and say, “I have a vision. I have goals. I have a plan. And I know exactly what I’m after.”
Here’s to hoping I can maintain that focus and achieve those goals. Mazel! 🍻