Forget resolutions this year and dare to do something different. Make a vision board to manifest your dream life.
Success coach Jack Canfield refers to vision boards as “one of the most powerful visualization tools available” and suggests that you make a new one each your as your goals and achievements evolve.
A wonderful example of the power of vision boards is Jim Carey’s experience:
He made his vision board by writing himself a cheque for 10 million dollars, dating it for 1994 and keeping it in his wallet every day to help himself stay motivated. After the success of his film Dumb and Dumber in 1994, Carey received 10 million dollars for his lead role.
Here’s another vision board success story. Check out this YouTube video.
Sounds incredible, doesn’t it? This post gives you the inside scoop on how to make a vision board and why you should.
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Creating a vision board is a fun exercise but there is hard work to do before this step:
– reflect and assess the previous year
– set realistic goals that are achievable
– break them up into daily, weekly, monthly action steps
Take time with this step as you want to make goals that will improve and enrich your life. As you work through the above steps, record them in your journal. These journal prompts are a great help here.
What is a vision board
Mindvalley.com defines a vision board as:
a powerful LoA tool that helps you narrow down your desires through the power of choice. The tool helps you invest the time and energy to visualize your future and consistently reminds you of your life goals.
Here is an example of a vision board
In other words, a vision board is a visual portrayal of your goals- whether it is building new habits, strengthening family relationships, career progress or your travel bucket list.
The reason a vision board is so useful is that you can see it. Having a visual of your goals staring you in the face is a great way to keep you accountable and to spur you on to achieve them. Couple this with visualization and you’re set for success.
Vision board inspiration
Do vision boards work? Absolutely.
According to this post, these celebrities swear by the power of vision boards:
- Oprah Winfrey
Oprah says vision boards help to “create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life because you become what you believe”. In her youth, she noticed how the people around her struggled. She promised herself she wouldn’t live like that and made active steps to live the way she wanted.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
He had a specific body goal in his mind and when asked how he reached that goal, he said “What you do is create a vision of who you want to be — and then live that picture as if it were already true.”
- Will Smith
He had this to say about his success. “In my mind, I’ve always been an A-list Hollywood superstar. Y’all just didn’t know yet”.
Why you should make a vision board
A vision board is a useful tool to make a plan to achieve your future goals. You can have a generalized vision board for finances, travel, health or you can themed ones if you want to accomplish more than one goal in a specific area.
A vision board allows you to make lasting changes to your life for the better.
Check out this YouTube video on the importance of vision boards for success:
According to this post, vision boards work because they:
- Build a strong emotional connection which motivates you to make your goals come true
- Show you a visual of your dream and so the goals become ‘real’ in your mind
- Make you live intentionally by compelling you to set realistic goals
Tips to make a vision board that actually works
Here are some helpful tips to make a vision board that empowers you:
1. Take time to gather your thoughts before making your board. A great idea is to free write in your journal before starting the process. These journal prompts may help.
2.Really think about what you’d like to accomplish, maybe even make a deadline for when you would like to have your goals accomplished. For example, if you’d like to save a certain amount of money by next year, add that to your board.
3.Include your affirmations on your vision board
4.Keep it organized. Don’t clutter your board but do incorporate the smells, sounds, feelings you have about a particular goal. For example, if you want to travel to India, use words that evoke the smell, sounds and emotions you have as if you’re already there.
5.Make it motivational and empowering by using personal photographs, pictures, affirmations, quotes, inspiring messages, symbols, lines from songs
6.Keep it where you will see it every day. Each time you pass the vision board, spend a few minutes reading your affirmations and other texts out loud. By reading your affirmations aloud, you are planting the seed to believing the things you want. Remember to write things as I WILL succeed, not I may or I can.
How to make a vision board
If you’re new to vision boarding, I suggest you make a physical rather than a digital one. Remember it is your vision board, so you can be as creative as you like. Personalize it by putting pictures of yourself alongside the goals you want to achieve
Vision board supplies
- poster board or cork board
- old magazines, postcards, photograph
- scissors with decorative blades
- glue or tape
- colorful stickers, cutouts, buttons, tape
- stickers for planners
- quotes, poems, headlines cut out from magazines
- personal momentos
Steps to make a vision board
- Select the categories you want to focus on and have your Smart goals
written out first.
- It’s smart to do a draft of your vision board first using simple post it notes.
- Have all your photographs, memorabilia, decor items, texts, poems etc cut out and ready.
- Do a mock layout by placing all your items on your poster board.
- Create a collage by layering different elements.
- Pay attention to creating a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, textures to make the vision board more interesting
When you’re satisfied, glue everything down.
Place your vision board where you have to see it every single day.
So every time you see the board you do a short visualization. This, in turn, urges you on a day to day basis to strive to make those dreams and goals a reality.
Take photographs of your vision board and turn them into screen savers for your phone and computer.
So, there you have it, a few helpful tips and tricks to be able to start your year off right and get you closer to reaching your goals with your vision board. Best of luck and happy 2020!
This quote sums up the power of vision boards:
Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.
Let’s recap. A vision board is a powerful personal development tool that motivates you to:
- Build on your successes of the previous
- Inspires you to visualize your goals
- Encourages you to take action to make your goals come true
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