Why having a vision board is a must! It's so easy to make one!
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What is a vision board?
A vision board is a board that has your wants and dreams on it. It reinforces your positive thoughts. You keep it in a place where you see it everyday.
The idea behind a vision board is that the pictures, words, and/or mementos you have on that board that you see daily, will become so engrained in your mind that you start to see it as a goal and work towards achieving that goal. Your goals can be tangible (ie a house, car, money) or how you want to feel (ie. success, freedom, patience).
Benefits of having a vision board:
- Clarify goals
- Encourage you to take action
- Help you focus on achieving goals
Even Olympians use vision boards! Read about it here.
How do vision boards work?
This is done partly by The Law of Attraction. Stick with me here, I promise not to get too ‘woo-woo’! “Simply put, the Law of Attraction is the ability to attract into our lives whatever we are focusing on.” (1) Read more about the Law of Attraction here. There’s an amazing documentary available to watch called “The Secret”. I’ve watched it twice; it gives me chills and inspiration!
The vision board helps you focus. I don’t know about you, but I’ll forget most things unless I have them written down. It could be groceries, things on my ‘to-do’ list, books I want to read, movies I want to watch, etc. A vision board is a pretty ‘to-do’ list.
What can get in your way when creating a vision board?
Your negative, self-doubting thoughts. I’ve started to create vision boards several times, but I wouldn’t complete them or display them because I thought I would feel dumb if someone else saw them. I felt selfish or petty for wanting some of the things on my board. Honestly, looking back those boards didn’t really align with who I really am. I’ve started doing some soul searching recently and I don’t care if the stuff on my current vision board is dumb to someone else now; it completely aligns with me and my goals!
That being said, make sure your board is genuine! I know I said it’s a pretty ‘to-do’ list, but don’t just aim to make it pretty. If you focus on how it looks, then you may not be focusing on your real goals and dreams. That makes a vision board pretty pointless. It has to align with your true values, dreams and goals.
How do I create my vision board?
You can use any type of board you already have at home, it’s not necessary to spend a lot to make your vision board. You can use cardboard, corkboard, paper, etc. When I was going through the program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I heard of an idea where you have a box and put your pictures, sayings, words on the outside of the box. Inside the box you can put your worries, fears, anxieties written on a piece of paper and practice letting go of those negative thoughts and feelings as you close the lid of the box on them.
It doesn’t have to be completed in one day. As you see inspiring words, quotes, and pictures; cut them out and post them on your vision board. You can cut these out of magazines, print them out from the Internet, or even use handwritten lists/drawings. Use something from a place you’ve been that gives you positive feelings (ie a sticker/napkin from a retreat you attended, a keychain from your favorite vacation spot, etc). Use pictures of family and friends.
My vision board is made from a cork bulletin board that I’ve had for a long time. I placed a pretty scarf over it and voila! Then I started looking through magazines to find words and pictures that inspire me! I have a picture of my daughter on my board because she’s a big part of my motivation! I also have pictures of friends because I have fun and feel positive when I’m around them.
It’s your vision board! There are really just two ‘rules’: keep it genuine and make it visible!
Do you already have a vision board? What's on it?
If you don't have a vision board, have I inspired you to make one?
Peace, Love and Wellbeing!