I was introduced to vision boards by a friend of mine over five years ago, and ever since, it has been a yearly tradition of mine to sit down in January and decide what my goals are going to be for the year ahead.
It gets me excited and makes me really focus on putting my ideas into actions, and making my dreams become a reality.
When I put a tweet out asking if everyone had created theirs, many people came back with – “what’s a vision board?”
Therefore, I thought it was about time I introduced you all to the amazing and truly satisfying task of creating a vision board.
So what is it?
Many people have differing explanations of what a vision board is. But it says what it is on the tin. It’s a board with all that you would like to achieve.
For example, as shown on mine in the video, I’ve added images of the three peaks I would like to climb, learning to play the piano, doing yoga, arranging flowers and so on.
Everything that you want to do, see, eat or try, all goes onto the board.
Whether it’s in a diary, on a notice board in your office, or just on a piece of paper, add images to the board that portray those goals.
How does it work?
Vision boards are nothing new, and they have been used by entrepreneurs, business professionals and motivational speakers alike, to help them focus on their goals.
It may sound crazy to you, but there are valid and scientific reasons that vision boards are so effective at helping you to manifest those dreams.
As you may or may not know, visualisation is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do. A report by Psychology Today found that the brain patterns are similarly activated when you just imagine doing an activity. For example, a study on weightlifters found that the brain patterns were similar from when they’re lifting weights, to when they’re just imagining lifting weights.
The law of attraction also plays a major part in the effectiveness of vision boards. When looking at a vision board every day, the visual image sends subliminal messages to your subconscious brain, so even though you may not directly be thinking about those goals, you will subconsciously act to achieve them. Many people do not realise that things they see on a daily basis become ingrained into the subconscious.
These are just a few explanations, search the internet for the effects of visualisation, and you will find many studies by both US and UK universities who have compelling evidence of its power.
How do I create one?
It’s really simple, and you don’t have to be super artistic to create one. All you need is a board or something which you look at every single day, and some images that help you to visualise your goals.
As you can see from mine, it was very much a craft project that included sticky notes, sellotape and a crap printer. But go onto Pinterest and there are many wonderful examples of how others have illustrated theirs.
All in all, don’t get to worked up about how it looks. The key is how the images make you feel. The more you feel yourself doing those things when you look at the image the bigger impact it will have on your brain. After all, we’re very emotional creatures, and we are more often led by feeling than any other sense.
Top Tips for Your Vision Board
- Place it somewhere that you will see it every day
- When creating it, think about each goal and visualise how it will feel when you get there. What can you imagine?
- Put goals into action – start putting notes in a planner or journal to check in on your vision board from time to time to see where you’re at.
- Share your goals – become accountable to them
I hope that these tips have inspired you for 2018. If you’ve created a vision before share some of your goals in the comments below so that we can all motivate each other.