If you think vision boards are bogus, you may want to think again. Vision boards work, and there’s actually a really simple explanation of why they work so well.
Creating a space to declare the things you want helps bring them to life. As a wise Jedi once said, “Your focus determines your reality.” Placing this sacred space (your vision board) in a place where you’ll see it often helps you visualize achieving your goals.
Positive visualization is a tactic used by successful athletes, actors, and business owners, just to name a few. The act of imagining yourself accomplishing your goals; how it will feel, smell, sound, taste, look like, makes it much more likely (and even easier!) for you to accomplish those goals. This all comes back to the simple fact that if you can’t picture yourself achieving your goals, chances are…you won’t.
It’s not the vision board that has the power, the skill and the power are inside your mind.
Now that you know why vision boards work, it’s time to make one of your own! And you can do it in 5 easy steps.
Steps To Create Your Vision Board
1. Choose something you wish you had or could experience. This could be a car you’ve always wanted, or any other goal you want to accomplish.
2. Find a picture of the thing you want/the goal you want to achieve. You can cut one out of a magazine or print one out from the internet. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs to clearly remind you of your goal.
3. Write out a short description for each item on your vision board. Your description should be brief, this is just to make sure it is very clear what the items are on your vision board.
4. Create a focus point. This can be a cork board, poster board, a spot on the wall, and/or a phone screensaver. Designate a space where you can display your vision board, a place you will see periodically throughout your day.
5. Know the details. What will it take to accomplish those goals? Write down as much as you can. What will it feel like when you achieve it? Write it down!
Now that your vision board is complete, you’re gonna need to know how to use it for best results!
How To Use Your Vision Board
Schedule time in the morning & evening to focus on your vision board, at least 3 min each time.Look at the pictures & imagine that they are happening. Because if your mind cannot imagine it, it’s not going to happen.
Be consistent! Just like any other method of accomplishing goals and creating habits, consistency is the key to success when it comes to vision boards. Scheduling specific times each day to envision the items and goals on your vision board will help you turn your vision board into a habit, helping you achieve what’s on your board even faster.
Learn more about what it will take to accomplish your goals. Do some research, pick up a book, listen to a podcast, talk to people who have already achieved the things you want. Hearing and seeing that someone else has already done what you’re working toward will make it seem more possible for you and will also give you ideas on how to get there.
Doubt and negative self-talk are almost guaranteed to arise. Remind yourself that these things don’t happen immediately, that your vision board doesn’t have to be perfect, and that your steps to getting there don’t need to be perfect either. Be open to receiving levels of achievement as they come to you. Don’t let doubt, negative self-talk, or perfectionism shut you down or slow you down. Practice believing – even if you have to pretend, wish, and hope at first.
“Imagine whatever you can look at and begin believing, your mind [even subconsciously] can start to put action steps together and you can start achieving.”
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