Have you ever created a Vision Board? You might answer, “well, yes I have!” or you might say, “what in the world are you talking about”? Ok, it’s confession time. Years ago, yes, MANY years ago, I would have had to answer that question with the latter response. But oh my, how things have changed over the years.
I am not sure how you feel about vision boards. Some folks think they are just woo-woo and that people who talk about them are somewhere out in left field. Well hold on just a bit…I am here to say that I have experienced wonderful outcomes when I have created vision boards, or manifest boards as some people call them.
If you are not familiar with Vision Boards, you might be asking:
- What is a Vision Board?
- How does it work?
- Why do I need one?
Let’s start with the basics. But first, let me say something about creating a vision board. Listen carefully because I want you to hear it.
“There are NO rules. There is NO right way or wrong way to create your vision board.”
What is a Vision Board?
WikiHow tells us: A vision board is a collage of images, pictures, and affirmations of your dreams, goals, and things that make you happy.
Huffington Post tells us: “Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel, not just on things that you want. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to include the material stuff, too. However, the more your board focuses on how you want to feel, the more it will come to life.”
Jack Canfield says: “…a vision board is probably one of the most valuable visualization tools available to you. This powerful tool serves as your image of the future – a tangible representation of where you are going. It represents your dreams, your goals, and your ideal life.”
Steve Harvey talks about the important of vision boards too. He says: “Your vision board should include the things that are important in your life and the goals you want to achieve. It can be places you want to go, things you want to own or people you love.”
So, in short…A Vision Board is a collection of pictures, phrases, or words that inspire you, make you happy, or cause some emotion or passion to stir. Would you agree? You can create the board any way you want to. Cut pictures, words, or phrases from your favorite magazines or websites. You can even cut pieces of “things” you want and put them on your board. You can create your vision board electronically as well. Click here to check out the top 10 apps to create your digital board. (NOTE: I have not checked out all of the links listed there, but am familiar with a few of them.)
There is a secret to achieving higher results with your vision board. Check out this video to learn one of them.
Did you catch that special touch I mentioned in the video? It makes a big difference. I think you will agree that if you are new to visualizing your dreams and creating goals, actually seeing yourself in that dream or that vision is sometimes difficult. That key element is one of the things we discuss when we work with you regarding mindset and beliefs.
How does a Vision Board Work?
You’ve likely heard the phrase, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” right? I will not go into the specifics of how that may or may not be true because of how our mind works, let’s just say it’s true. You can click the link if you want to know more about the “may or may not” part.
Let’s go back to the same Huffington Post article for a minute. “Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do. According to the popular book The Secret, “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 a January 2013 article in, Forbes Magazine states that 65 percent of us are visual learners. The article was talking about infographics and how successful they are in communicating a message.
Why do you need a Vision Board?
It’s no secret that what we focus on keeps showing up…and gets bigger. Is this process just used in woo-woo land?
We could have pulled information about this from several sources, but let’s just go back to the Huffington Post article one more time. “Whether you believe that or not, we know that visualization works. Olympic athletes have been using it for decades to improve performance, and Psychology Today reported that the brain patterns activated when a weightlifter lifts heavy weights are also similarly activated when the lifter just imagined (visualized) lifting weights.”
Bottom line…it works. Is there magical power in the board itself or in the pictures? No. The magic is the connection that you make between the pictures of what you see, the words that you read, and the emotion that you feel when you see and read. Keep your Vision Board in a place where you can see it easily and often.
You might consider starting your day by taking a few minutes to look at your vision board. I would also recommend that you spend a few minutes before bed at night to do the same thing. The more you see it, the more emotion it stirs. The more emotion it stirs, the more real the experience becomes to you. The more real the experience feels to you, the closer you are to the real experience.
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As always, remember to:
Believe in Yourself!
Do the Work!
See you next time,