Vision boards? They might help you reach your goals!
Have you got dreams to fulfill or resolutions to keep? Do you feel like you’re spinning your tires in the mud or time is running out? Well good news. Vision boards might just be the solution.
Vision boards are a tool that uses pictures and words to illustrate your goals and dreams, what inspires or motivates you, what you want to improve in your emotional, physical, psychological or material wellbeing. In a way, it’s your wish list for the Universe.
Why create a vision board?
- Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises.
- It’s common knowledge that when practiced regularly, visualization has a conditioning effect on the mind, making it more likely to accomplish what is expected from it.
Sceptical? Think about acrobatic skiers who repeat their moves at great length before they actually hit the slope.
Think about your goals and about making reasonable requests in accordance with your personality, lifestyle, type of person you are or want to be. Don’t aspire to be a marathon runner if you can barely walk to the end of your street. But you might consider taking up running.
Make specific requests. After a breakup for example, sit down and make a list of ALL the things you are looking for in a new partner. After that, you can use these elements in images and words on your vision board. The more specific you are, the greater the odds that Cupid’s arrow will aim true!
Concentrate on what you want, and not on what you don’t want.
Think and ask yourself the right questions:
- What would be the ideal life for you?
- What could you do to get closer to it?
- What would you like to accomplish professionally in 5, 10, 15 or 20 years from now? And in your personal life?
- What kind of shape would you like to be in 6 months? In a year?
Believe it and take action! Don’t expect to learn to play the piano in a year! Firmly believe you can succeed while setting realistic goals, and get to it. Don’t spend all your time imagining yourself as a concert pianist. Take classes, practice and progress, slowly but surely. An invitation from the symphony orchestra isn’t for tomorrow but mastering one piece that you like is possible.
Create your vision board
Use pictures to stimulate your right brain and words to stimulate your left brain.
You can go with a theme – work, physical health, family – or put all your objectives into a single picture. It’s up to you.
Look through magazines and brochures for pictures that reflect your aspirations. Do photos of a forest on a rainy day make you feel good? Use it! You don’t have to limit yourself to photos of things… feelings count too!
Surf the Web and sift through your own mementos to select your images. Take the time to properly select those that truly inspire you.
Choose evocative words. Do you prefer sentences? Make sure they’re written in the affirmative rather than the negative.
Glue the images on a big board – cork, wood, cardboard are good choices – and write the words or sentences you’ve chosen, however way you like.
- You like pastels? Go for it.
- More saturated colours? Don’t hold back!
- Maybe you’d prefer to squeeze everything together, patchwork style.
- Or rather create some white space. Lay out your pictures and words more sparsely.
The board has to inspire you, so it stands to reason that it should correspond to your tastes.
Put your board in plain sight
Put your board somewhere where you’ll see it every day. Otherwise, what’s the point of making one?
Are you on the shy side and prefer to keep your board secret? Then create an electronic board only you can see.
Take the time to look at your board, at the images, the sentences, the words and the colours. Then get a wiggle on.
Does it really work?
There’s no guarantee that a vision board will give you the proverbial nudge towards achieving your goals or dreams. There are many other things in life that may need to be factored in.
For some, it can be a solution, and for others an opportunity to think about their behaviour and aspirations, and serve as inspiration to make changes in their lives.
There is no scientific evidence supporting the use of a vision board makes. It’s up to you to give it a try, for sure, as long as you take it with a grain of salt!