What is a Vision Board?
A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life. (Note that in our ultra digital age, you can also create vision boards to display on your computer screen and mobile devices. See below for a brief explanation of Vision Board Software.)
What is the point? Simply put, we humans tend to be a very busy species and constantly bombarded by distractions. Making use of vision boards serves several purposes, some of which include helping you to:
- Identify your vision and give it clarity.
- Reinforce your daily affirmations.
- Keep your attention on your intentions.
Vision Boards Help Provide Clarity
For example, to say “I want a better life” is a fine goal, but have you given serious thought to exactly what that means? Try to envision what your “better life” looks like. For those of us who find that somewhat difficult, making a vision board can be a tremendous help. In order to create my vision board, I must actively seek images that represent specific details of this wonderful new life. That means narrowing it down to specifics. For some, a better life might mean having a new car or home. Others may be seeking a new relationship or improvements in existing relationships. Doubtless you have heard it said that most of us never get what we want because we don’t know what we want. Making a vision board is a wonderful way to bring clarity to that general desire and turn it into an achievable goal.
Use a Vision Board for Your Daily Affirmations
Once you dream it, the next step is to believe it. In addition to images, vision boards can include words, phrases or sentences that affirm your intentions. Somehow, we must silence the mindchatter that plagues us all every minute of every waking hour. You know that little voice in your head that never shuts up, the one that supports and promotes all your limiting beliefs by repeating an endless litany of every shortcoming you could possibly have (and some you couldn’t possibly have) and every reason why you can’t or shouldn’t or won’t ever be, do or have what you really want. Affirmations are that little voice’s worst enemy. Affirmations express who you really are, release you from those limiting beliefs, and allow you to know that the possibilities really are unlimited.
A Vision Board Keeps you Focused
Finally, another key purpose that vision boards serve is to help you stay focused. It isn’t difficult to start each day with a positive attitude – until you get out of bed. How quickly that fresh “new me” attitude can sink back into oblivion beneath the tasks and challenges of everyday life. How can you possibly remain focused on any goal while people and circumstances constantly pull you in dozens of directions at once? By using a vision board, of course! No matter what happens during your day, your vision board is a constant reminder of where you intend to be. Appealing to you on both conscious and subconscious levels, a vision board can work wonders toward keeping your mind focused on your goal, your attention on your intentions, and your life headed in the direction you choose.
What is a vision board? It might just be the most important thing you do for yourself this year!
How to create a vision board:
- A large variety of Magazines in color (ask your friends, doctors office etc for them) and/or images from your computer like Pinterest pages (print off)
- Poster Board, Foam Board or Cork Board
- Glue, Thumb Tacs, Cute Pins or Tape
Find images that convey your future and your dreams. Cut them out and/or print them out and arrange on a poster, foam or cork board. Attach them with glue or pins. Display in a prominent place that you will see everyday.
Each board is going to be as unique as the individual. However, there are a few tips and items you should considering incorporating into your board.
Ask yourself these questions: What would you do differently when you realize your goal? Where would you travel? Where would you live? What would you wear? What things would you own? How would you feel inside? How you would look outside? What habits would you have? What would you do for work?…Or would you work? Who would you help? Remember to have pictures and images that relate to all areas of your life – Health, Career, Finances, Spirituality, Relationships, etc.
Keep it colorful and visual – Your brain thrives on images. Therefore you want very visual descriptions of your dreams. Don’t limit yourself to only pictures. Throw in some visual words that describe the feeling of your dreams once you reach them. Think joy, gratitude, or abundance.
Get Specific – Anyone can post some pictures of wads of cash, or sports cars but where is the motivation in that (not to mention that’s just shallow)? Get to the core of what your heart desires. Feel the passion as your create this, and be as specific as possible. Let go of those generic images, and find what makes your dream different than everyone else’s. As you flip through the magazines, see what makes your heart race or evokes an emotional response and rip that out.
Make it a Celebration: Grab a glass (or bottle) of wine and turn on some music that you love. Or perhaps invite a few friends over to have a little vision board party. Make this a really fun experience and let go of any expectations of what it should be, and ask yourself what it could be.