If you are a creative, artistic, or picture-oriented person, writing your goals down on paper may just end up being wishful thinking. If you need a more ‘visual’ approach to goals and New Year resolutions, then the concept of a Vision Board may be just the tool you need. In this part of A Way to Goal series, I will give you some tips and tricks for creating a vision board that will inspire change and personal growth.
To start with, what is a vision board? wikiHow defines a vision board as a “collage of images, pictures and affirmations of your dreams and all of the things that make you happy. It can also be called a dream board, treasure map or vision map.” [source]
The premise is that when you have a collection place for all your dreams and aspirations, that you review every day, then you will mentally begin to shift into a mind set that will actually make those ‘visions’ come true.
For example, if your dream is to own a brand new car, then by reviewing your dream every day, your mind will begin to shift into ‘how can I get a brand new car?’ mode. You may begin spending less money and saving every penny you can. It might mean you begin to look for more opportunities to make money to put towards that new car. The power of mentally thinking about your goals can make them a reality. I know that I have seen the power of the ‘vision board’ mindset in the people around me.
Putting a Vision Board into action.
Now let’s get to the fun part: actually making your own vision board. A quick search online will yield a lot of results to find some inspiration, but just remember to not just copy someone’s vision board. This is your vision board, make it about what you truly want.
So to create your vision board, you will need to:
- Decide on the things you want to put on your vision board (your goals). Do you want to lose weight, buy a new house, go on a big trip, get a new computer, start your own business, get a pet, write a book, etc.? Any of those things can work on your vision board.
- Gather pictures, fabrics, written positive affirmations, stickers, whatever you want that will help you visualize your dreams. Often times people will find the exact pictures of what they want (car, house, trip) or something that represents the idea(a book to represent writing a book, a number to represent weight loss, etc.). Some people will also find thinks that represent a word, like happiness, to inspire those feelings. Just find what you want. However, if you have a lot of goals, I would pick only 9 things at this time to put on your vision board. The mind can only focus on 9 things at a time, so you want to keep your mind as focused as possible. Pick your top 9 goals and save the rest for later.
- Once you have your collection of items that visualize your dreams, get a large piece of paper, mat board, corkboard, or even your wall and tape/glue/pin your pictures to it.
- Place your vision board where you will see it every day. I have often heard that it is best to keep it in your bedroom so it is the first thing you see when you wake up. Just make sure wherever you put it you will see it every day.
- When your vision board is placed, then take 5 minutes every morning and focus on your vision board. Look over every item on it and mentally take it all in. Some people will even say their goals out loud to really embed it in their brain. The point is to start your day with all your goals/visions at the front of your mind, so as you proceed through your day your mind will pick up on instances that will help you work toward achieving your goals.
So there you have it! The way to use a vision board.
I wanted to add that you can create your own version of a vision board on your computer (some even use Pinterest) or some other electronic location. But I prefer the physical object of a vision board. It makes it seem more real and tangible.
If you still have doubts about the effectiveness of a vision board, I would challenge you to just try it for a couple months (putting in a real effort) and see what happens. This is not some mystical snake oil mind trick, this is just using your brain the way it already works for optimal effectiveness.
Still have questions about using a vision board? Leave a comment or a shout out on social media and we can talk. Also feel free to share your own vision board for others to see!