Do you have a daily reminder of what’s important to you?
They say “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and one of my daily reminders is a vision board.
If you think vision boards don’t work, ask yourself does doing nothing work or is what I am currently doing giving me results? Try it, like with all tools different things help different people. Have a go though.
Vision boards work for me and there’s actually a really simple explanation as to why they work so well for so many people.
Psychology Today published an article showing that the brain patterns that were activated when an athlete competed were very similar to when the athlete imagined competing. Visualisations are one of the secrets that many Olympic and top sportspeople attribute to their success and it forms an integral part of their training program. This coupled with setting effective goals and working towards them got them the results they desired.
Vision boards bring your thoughts and dreams to life. What you focus on grows. Once you have created a vision board, place it in a prominent place. In this way, you are doing short visualisation exercises every time you look at it.
If you already know what you want, it’s time to illustrate them visually. I use my Wheel of Life (See Inbreathe’s post from the 27th of July, 2016) and I choose pictures (Magazines or Google images, etc.), quotes and anything that speaks to me or motivates me from each life area. I focus on how I want to feel, not just things I want. For me, it’s not about materialism alone. It’s more about experiences and relationships and having more of what’s important to me to be, like volunteering and helping others, rather than collecting things- although there are a few of them too J. It’s different for everyone.
If you want to work on visualising many different changes in varying life areas, you can use multiple vision boards. You can use one for friends and family, another for your career and a third for spirituality.
There is no right or wrong way of doing a vision board. It’s uniquely you.
What you’ll need:
Cardboard, scissors, magazines and/ or Google, sticky tape, and/or a glue-stick to put your board together. You can also add stickers or other craft materials- you can be as creative as you choose to be.
Give yourself time. I like to spend a good two- three hours putting my board together. If you prefer doing it in a group- invite friend overs and have a vision board evening or weekend away, talking about your goals and really support one another in the process.
If you’re not sure what exactly you want or feel uncertain in anyway, just Google or tear images from a magazine of pictures that speak to you or appeal to you in some way, you can always change the images once you have more clarity and vision.
How to use your vision board
I have mine near my bed blue-tacked onto the wall so that it’s the first thing I see every morning and the last thing I look at at night. In this way I can make it a daily habit of visualizing, affirming, believing, and internalizing my goals.
Place it and use it in whichever way works for you…
Think of it as a time capsule- a record of your personal journey, your dreams, and your achievements, your growth, awareness, and a reflection of the positive it has brought into your life and the life of others around you.