So, let’s say you have a particular type of house that has always been your fancy. To get started on your vision board, you begin collecting pictures from magazines or downloading images from the Internet that show the kind of house you want. You can find interior shots that speak to your tastes, as well as displays of the various rooms and the furniture you would like to see in each room. When you have the pictures you like, glue them to the poster board, perhaps designating a certain corner or area of the board as your “dream home” area. Some people like to “Photoshop” themselves into the pictures to create an ever deeper emotional connection.
As you turn your attention to what you have posted on your vision board, your mind begins to focus on making those images come alive. We all know that that positive, focused thinking is a vital component to achieving goals, and “concretizing” those goals by having something to symbolize them is a powerful assist to your subconscious mind. Marcia Turner, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vision Boards writes, “[Vision boards] remind us what we should and should not be doing in order to achieve our goals.”
Because the images and little accompanying phrases that you add to your vision board represent your highest priorities, having the board in view and spending some time each day reflecting on it helps to focus your mental energy toward achieving those goals. When we find ourselves in a situation that challenges us, the vision board can remind us of the direction we want to go and the rewards of going in that direction. Sure, the going is sometimes tough, but the images you’ve posted on your board can help to excite and motivate you to continue to take action towards achieving your goals.
Here’s a vision board that I made several years ago…. (click to enlarge!)
Along the top row I have images for financial well-being (the $100K bill), some training that I want to pursue in EFT, the Sedona Method, and via Jack Canfield. I start the “flow” with a classic affirmation from Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich.” Along the bottom I have recreational, spiritual, and travel goals. The left and right sides I have devoted to professional work (ie. teaching some classes at local community colleges, developing mid-tier and entry level coaching products, in addition to my private “platinum” clients, represented by the group photo at the top left. The “hub” around which all of this moves is my primary, most important relationship with my wife, Krista. I use this to test the “ecology” of contemplated actions to ensure that they do not detract from or diminish my marriage and family life.
How do I use my vision board? I have a copy of this posted in my office and a smaller one that I carry in my notebook, so I can always keep my direction clear and focused. Some of these things have already manifested while others have not yet. As I update the board in a couple of weeks (I’m really swamped with other stuff right now!), I’ll replace/enhance those with other images and goals.
Finally, one very important thing to remember is you still need to take action! Don’t expect your vision board to somehow magically attract what you want without you putting any effort into getting your goals. One guaranteed way to NOT manifest what you desire is to simply create a vision board and then do nothing else. Vision boards are not a tool for magically attracting whatever you want with no work involved. Again, Marcia Turner warns that, “You need to act in order to make the most of your vision board; otherwise, it’s just a wish board—things you wish would happen, but for which you’re not willing to work.”
A vision board can be an inspiring reminder to focus, to work, and most important of all, to dream! Need some help discovering your dreams? Want to make sure you’ve got the right stuff on your vision board? Why not take a little time to evaluate your passion and purpose?
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