You’ve probably heard people talking about vision board and how it attracted amazing things into their life.
Errrrrrm…. I don’t think that’s how it works.
(But what do I know?)
In this article, I’ll share with you why I have a vision board (and why you may want to have one, too) and how to make one.
Just to make it clear, this article is not going to be about the law of attraction.
Certainly not in the traditional sense, because I don’t believe that when you stick pictures of what you want on the wall, the universe or God will just bring them to you.
But if that’s not how it works, why would I have a vision board?
Here is how I believe a vision board can help you.
When you create a vision board with pictures that represent all the amazing things you want in your life, your goals, dreams, how you want to be, and who you want to become, and you place it somewhere where you can see it every day, this is what will happen:
1) Your vision board is your daily reminder
You’ll have a daily reminder of what are you working on, what the focus of your actions should be, and what’s important to you. This will ensure that you’ll more likely stay on track and make the right decisions that if you didn’t have your vision board.
2) Your vision board and your goals will grow on you
With the daily reminder of what you want and work towards, you’ll likely be thinking and dreaming about about these things. Over time these things will, in your mind, become part of your future and who you are. This is a great thing because it will give you extra motivation to go and get them.
3) Your vision board will help you embrace the goals
If your dreams are big and far from where you’re now, they may feel foreign and sometimes even scary. It’s not uncommon for people to actually sabotage their own success because they are scared of what would happen if their dreams came true and how they’d handle it.
When you have your dream in front of you every day, and you spend a lot of time thinking about them, it will give you the opportunity to get used to the idea. Our brain cannot tell the difference between when we imagine something and when we’re really experiencing it. So dream away.
4) Your vision board will reprogram your subconscious mind
Yup, you’ve heard it. This is the effect I’ve observed.
When you’re regularly reminding yourself of what you want and what’s important to you (combining the previous three benefits), it will affect your subconscious mind.
Your subconscious mind is like your autopilot that is governing your actions and decisions when you’re not paying attention, consciously deciding to do something.
So when your autopilot is set towards your goals, it will often positively affect all the little actions and decisions you’re making throughout your day, in a way so that they are aligned more with your goals and dreams.
Make no mistake though, it won’t do the work for you, and you can quite easily override it with willpower and conscious decision to go in the opposite direction.
You can sometimes notice it as the little voice in your head trying to convince you to do the right thing, eat healthy, work little harder, do what’s uncomfortable etc. Listen to it (if it’s telling you to do the right thing).
How do you make a vision board?
It’s really pretty simple and straight forward.
Step 1: Get a board
Get some kind of board, ideally one that you can move around if you need to.
You can buy cheap cork boards on Amazon (here) or just use a large piece of cardboard from some packaging (when you ordered something else from Amazon).
Step 2: Brainstorm your dream life
Sit down and think about the lifestyle you want, who you want to become, and the things you want to have. As many or as few as you want.
Write them down.
Keep in mind it needs to fit on your board.
I personally prefer fewer bigger pictures so I can see them clearly.
If you have a financial goal, print out that figure in big numbers.
Step 3: Find the perfect pictures
Go on the internet and search for images that represent all these things as closely as possible. If the picture doesn’t feel right, keep searching.
I’m always looking for the feeling of “Yes! That’s it!”
Then I know it’s the right image.
You want it to inspire you.
If the image is “yea, that’s ok”, it’s pointless, and it won’t have the effect you want.
Step 4: Organise the pictures on your vision board
Stick these images on your vision board.
Order it in whichever way feels right for you.
I personally like to have them organised into three sections: one with material goals, one with who I want to be, and one with experiences and places I want to visit.
And there you go!
That’s your vision board.
Put it somewhere where you will see it every day.
You don’t have to meditate in front of it for an hour a day, but it’s good to look at it every day and remind yourself that this is what you want in your future and this is what you are working on.
Let your vision board evolve with time.
If you want to add images or take some down, go for it.
It needs to feel right. It’s your vision board of your future.
Don’t let anyone influence you about what should be on it.
If you’d like to explore what life coaching could do for you, contact me and let’s schedule the initial discovery session and find out if we’d be the right match.
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And here is what my vision board looks like.
Watch the video to understand what the images stand for.