What is a vision board?
A vision board is a fun way to display your goals and vision for yourself and your life in the future.
A vision board is a collection of inspiring and emotive images and is designed to keep you focused on the big rocks and the important things in your life.
Vision boards can be used for your short term goals – the next 12 months, and your long term goals – the rest of your life.
Why do vision boards work better than a list of goals?
70% of people are visual learners, which means their mind works best when they see pictures.
While a list of goals can be a strong way to keep your conscious and unconscious mind on the things you are trying to attract into your life, an actual photograph that has been selected to trigger an emotional response is far more powerful.
The trick with a vision board is to consistently look at the pictures you have selected and visualise yourself living out the image.
Lets say you have a goal to improve your fitness through clean eating, regular exercise and good rest.
You decide to add a picture to your vision board of a person with the body shape and attitude you are working towards. Each time you see the image you are re-aligning with your goal. On top of this you need to do the work and see yourself in your own mind having already achieved the body that you are working towards.
How can you create your own vision board?
- Buy a large piece of cardboard or a cork board.
- Sit down and write out your goals for the next 12 months. These goals could be related to your family, friends, travel, health, spirituality, wealth, investing, business or your career.
- Sit down and write out a few of the things you would like to achieve over the rest of your life.
- Identify the most important short term and long term goals.
- Find an image that makes you feel connected to and excited about your goal.
- Add the images to your vision board.
- Hang your vision board somewhere that you will see it on a daily basis. I hang mine in my office but I’ve heard other people hanging them on the fridge or on the back of their toilet door.
Why are vision boards important?
“What we focus on we become” Buddha
A vision board is a powerful way to attract positive goals and experiences into your life.
The simple act of deciding on what it is that you would like to achieve or do with your life and then putting it out there will begin to change the results in your life. Im still not sure sure if this is the direct result of the vision board, or the fact that what you want is now on your radar? Either way the results are powerful.
What does my personal vision board look like?
I have personally been creating vision boards on and off for the last 7 years.
The one above is my most recent board which can be split into the following categories:
- Personal brand.
Some of these images represent my short term goals – like going to America. Others represent longer term goals like writing a book and speaking on stage.
One thing I have learnt is that its ok to let go of a goal or a vision for yourself that is no longer serving you. As we grow and evolve the things that are meaningful to us change, just because you committed to something when you were 20 doesn’t mean that it will still be important to you when your 30, 40 or 50.
I would love to hear your thoughts on how a vision board has positively impacted on your life in the comments section below.
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