Typically, my blogs are insightful and introspective. However, it’s a Saturday and I want to inspire you to have fun and be creative. Are you familiar with what a vision board is? It goes by many names, goal board, creativity and focus board, etc. The end result is the same, it allows you to focus on your goals in a creative manner. There are varying reasons why vision boards are effective. The reasons they are so effective include:
- It gives you a visual goal to focus on which assists you in programming your subconscious mind.
- It serves as a constant motivator for you to measure your progress against.
- Creating a vision board allows you to put your energy into the project. Doing this empowers you to take ownership of the goals you put on the vision board.
- Using a vision board is said to have a significant impact on your thinking. Imagine if you had a vision board that you were constantly focused on, how much could that change your thinking?
My experience with vision boards is that when I create them, I like to cut and paste pictures on them. I also like to write words, phrases or quotes on them as well. Doing this puts the physical energy I have into the vision board. Then I place it somewhere in my bedroom so it can be one of the last things I look at before I go to sleep and one of the first things I see when I wake up. As I’m looking at the vision board before going to sleep, I close my eyes and imagine how it will feel to have those things come true in my life. I also imagine them occurring in as much detail as I can. When I wake up in the morning, I spend a few minutes focused on the pictures, words, and phrases and I express gratitude for each of those things making their way to my life.
I don’t believe that there are any right or wrong ways to do a vision board. My experience is that it’s always based on intent. However, for a kinesthetic person like me, simply printing pictures off the internet and tacking them up to a bulletin board does very little to help me accomplish the goals I have set down for myself.
The following suggestions are how I have achieved benefit from using and creating my vision boards. Apply those that you think will benefit you or are interesting to you:
- Get colored poster board: This is especially true if you are very visually or color oriented like I am. When I use white poster boards it’s not as if it’s less effective, but I don’t get as much of an energetic charge from it. When I use fluorescent colors I instantly connect with it. Find a color that you connect with and go to town.
- Placement is everything: In a perfect world I could just put my vision board in my office and call it a day. But I work to consciously program my subconscious mind with success so I used every opportunity I can to set myself up for success. You have to find what works for you, but everyone who I have worked with that has easily and seamlessly achieved their goals has put theirs in their bedroom, with the techniques I mentioned above.
- Keep a mobile copy: I have recently been exploring the concept of having a mobile version available to me. People do this in different ways. Some people use scrapbooks (or derivatives of them) to keep them mobile. The benefit to having a mobile copy is that you have an opportunity to saturate your subconscious mind with this reality you are creating.
- Create a list of affirmations to accompany it: This is one of my favorite parts. In essence, I believe that vision boards are just visual copies of our affirmations. Almost like a picture book of affirmations. I recommend people stand by their vision boards (at least once a day) and repeat that they have already achieved these things and express the gratitude for having achieved their goals.
- Become as specific as possible: In the beginning of my experience with vision boards I was very general because I feared seeming arrogant or greedy. Now, I am not concerned at all with other people’s thoughts, opinions or beliefs about me. I am acutely aware that the more specific I can become with my goals, the higher the likelihood that I will accomplish them.
Start somewhere and don’t get caught up in needing to do it perfectly. Allow your vision board to be a project that is constantly in flux. Allow yourself to change, modify, or add to it as things change or evolve in your life. Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in the perfectionistic tendencies of humanities. Do it and have fun doing it. Those are the most important requirements.
Jenn Bovee, LCSW is a spiritual life coach and psychotherapist. She offers in person sessions and distance sessions. You can learn more about her here: www.JennBoveeLCSW.com