This week, I’m working on a new vision board. For those of you who don’t know what a vision board is, it’s a collection of words, pictures and visual reminders of your goals. A vision board is a tool which helps you focus on your goals and help you to achieve them. Your vision board articulates a vision of what you want to happen or who you want to become.
I’m a great believer in the Law of Attraction or manifesting, and I’ve used a Vision Board to successfully bring my dreams into reality for travel, our home, my relationships and my business.
I like to display my vision board in a prominent place, where I’ll see it every day, so it reminds me of what I’m aiming for. On down days, it helps to be able to look at the vision board and see all the good things that are coming into my life. I truly believe…
* This quote is sometimes attributed to Buddha, but my research indicates that it is not a quote from Buddha, but more likely an adaptation by designer Adele Basheer. So, to be safe, I’ve used “unknown” for the attribution.
Basically, I believe that if you focus on positive thinking and attracting the things you want, they are much more likely to show up than if you focus on what you don’t want! It’s worked for me!
How to create a Vision Board
Decide what you want to achieve
Think about your current goals. If you don’t already have goals, now is a great time to start!
There’s a broad range of areas in life which you may want to set goals for, such as: Family and friends, health and fitness, finances, career or business, home environment, personal development, spirituality, recreation and travel, just to name a few.
Take a piece of paper and list the areas you want to set a goal for, leaving space underneath each section. Then go back and write a goal for each of these areas. Be sure to write your goals as though they are things which are definitely happening, and include a date where you can. For example:
Recreation and travel
I am travelling to Ireland in 2018 with …
Remember, it’s important to focus on more than one area of your life, rather than narrowing your focus to just one area.
Visualise your goals
In the next step, you’ll need to really think about what it will look like when you achieve your goal/s. Some people even go so far as to paste their faces onto pictures of someone else doing what they want to do :). If this works for you, then go for it!
As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. While I don’t agree with this 100%, being a writer and all, I do think it’s important to have the right pictures for your vision board. I use magazines, travel brochures, catalogues and anything else I can lay my hands on, where I spend time sourcing the best possible pics to portray my goals. Some people like to search the web for images, using Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration.
Find the right words
I use headings to highlight the specific goal I’m aiming for, then write the actual goal in smaller text. For example:
Health & Fitness (heading)
By (date) I will weigh __ kgs/lbs and I will feel fit, healthy and energised (goal)
Put it all together
Use a large piece of project cardboard or a pin/cork notice board to assemble your pictures and phrases. Play around with them to find the most attractive arrangement, then paste them onto the cardboard or pin them onto the noticeboard.
Display your Vision Board in a prominent place
Your Vision Board is a far more powerful visualisation tool if you display it in a place where you can see it every day. I have mine on the wall in my study, positioned so I look at it every time I sit down at my desk. Others have placed them next to the bathroom mirror, on the back of the toilet door or in their living room. It needs to be seen to be a constant reminder of what you’re aiming for and working towards.
Use your Vision Board to create mini goals
While the vision board is great for big picture thinking, big goals can be kinda daunting, so we need to break them down into mini goals or baby steps. Use the images as inspiration for your action plan. Work out what you need to do today, next week and next month, to work towards achieving your goals and turning your dreams into reality.
I hope this post has given you some direction on how to create a vision board and turn your dreams into reality.
Do you use vision boards? What have you attracted through visualisation?
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