A tool that I have found very helpful in my life is a Vision Board. It is a tool that allows you to visualise your dreams and goals, and helps you achieve them. It keeps words and pictures that represent your visions in front of you each day so you never forget the reasons behind what you are doing.
It’s important to keep reminders of your goals in front of you at all time. If you don’t, life has a funny way of getting in the way and pulling you totally off track from where you want to go. Don’t kid yourself, unless you are looking at your goals on a daily basis, your goals and dreams are probably just pipe-dreams.
What’s a Vision Board?
Vision Boards, also called Dream Boards, Mind Maps or Goal Maps, are simply a visual representation or collage of the things that you want to have, be, or do in your life.
A vision board consists of a poster or foam board with cut-out pictures, drawings and/or writing on it of the things that you want in your life or the things that you want to become. The images represent your desires, objectives, dreams and goals.
The purpose of a vision board is that your chosen pictures and words will charge your emotions with feelings of passion and drive those things into your life. Your vision board can work as a magnet, purposely attracting the events and circumstances needed to manifest the things you want to have, who you want to become and the things you want to do, as pictured through your vision board.
How to Make and Use Your Vision Board
Your personal vision board is only limited by the extent of your own creativity.
Step 1—Compile your pictures.
Your mind works in pictures and images, so make your vision board as visual as possible, with as many pictures as you can. You can supplement your pictures with words and phrases to increase the emotional response you get from it. Your first step is to find the right pictures.
With your clear desire in mind, start looking for the exact pictures which portray your vision. Start by going through magazines and newspapers, or the internet, compiling all the pictures you can find that are relevant to your goal. Don’t evaluate the pictures, or start pasting them onto your board. Just pile them up to use later. Go hunting.
Make sure that each image that you put on your board makes you excited by just looking at it.
Step 2—Sort and Cut.
Go through your pile of pictures and select the ones that impact on you the most emotionally. Cut the extraneous material away from the image.
Each picture on your vision board should evoke a positive emotional response from you. The mere sight of your vision board should make you happy and fuel your passion to achieve it every time you look at it.
Step 3—Arrange and glue.
Start arranging your pictures creatively on your board. Don’t worry about being artistic—that’s not the point. The point is that your board should resonate with your emotions. Arrange your pictures in a way that gives you an emotional connection to your vision board. After you are satisfied with the arrangement, glue all your pictures in place. Additionally, you might want to add writing or drawing on your vision board if you feel that it would better resonate with your emotions.
Step 4—Strategic positioning.
Your vision board should be strategically placed in a location that gives you maximum exposure to it. You need to constantly fill your mind with its energy in order to manifest your desires.
Step 5 – Keep it Personal
Negative feelings, self-doubt, and criticism can damage the delicate energy that your vision board emits. If you fear criticism or feel you may need to justify yourself to others, then place it in a private location so it can only be seen by you.
Step 6 – Look at it daily
Look at it daily, and really FEEL as if you have already achieved the things on your Vision Board. Be thankful for having those things. Let the images and words help you reinforce and shape your internal vision. It will amaze you as the things on your Vision Board start showing up in your life.
When faced with situations, projects or decisions in your life stop and consult your vision board. Does this activity or decision move me closer to my goals; is it in alliance with who I am and who I want to be?
I spend 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening looking at and visualising the desires on my vision board.
This makes me feel great and often I am actually closing my eyes and taking the vision further than just staring at an image. I use the images to start my vision off and then I expand them to the depths of my desire.