HOW DO VISION BOARDS WORK?
Vision Boards or Dream Boards have become very popular. Creating a vision board involves putting images on a board (such as a poster board) of what you would like in your life. These can be pictures of your dream job, locations of the world you would like to travel to, personal goals that you would like to accomplish, new skills you would like to develop, health and fitness goals, recreational activities, creative endeavors, relationships to cultivate or prioritize (family, friends, romance), possessions and finances that you would like to have. On your board, you can also put feelings or a state of being you would like to consistently have in your life. You can include phrases or words that energize you such as, “joyful,” “abundant,” “powerful,” “loved,” “strong,” “healthy,” “financially free,” “inner peace,” “expressing gratitude” and “courage.” The purpose of your vision board is to bring everything on it to life.
HOW DO VISION BOARDS HELP US ATTRACT THE THINGS WE WANT IN LIFE?
They help you to define what you want. Most people don’t achieve as much as they would like in life because they don’t specifically know what they want. Getting clear on your goals and the things you want in life is the first step. Spend some time getting clear on exactly what you want your ideal life to look like. After adding pictures to your board, you can visually see examples of your goals being achieved. This is a solid step to clarify and envision your ideal life.
What we focus on expands. Whatever you give your attention to, you seem to get more of that in your life. Whether positive or negative, we get what we focus on. Vision boards keep you focused on what you do want in life. When you look at your vision board daily it keeps your goals at the top of your mind and helps you to see them as being completed.
Visualization is powerful. Ask any top sports coach, star athlete, or business mogul how powerful visualization is. Mental imagery impacts many cognitive processes in the brain: motor control, attention, perception, planning, and memory. When you constantly look at what you want, what you desire stays at the forefront of your mind. When your brain has moments of downtime, it is constantly working in the background to make these things a reality in your life. Visualization can also magnetize, attract to you to, and open your eyes to see the people, resources, and opportunities you need to achieve your goals.
Your Motivation and Action Are Increased – The action piece is obviously the most important part in achieving your goals. Vision boards consistently remind you of your life goals, they increase your motivation, and more importantly, they inspire you to take action. Science has also demonstrated that your brain cannot tell the difference between a visualized image and reality. When you see yourself as already having achieved that goal, the goal becomes easier.
Consistent and Timely Viewing Do Matter – Consistently viewing your vision board is important. The more we do things, the more we create habits. By taking in your vision board daily, you begin to train your mind to focus on the things you desire. Our thoughts are powerful for creating our actions and ultimately our destiny. Think of looking at a vision board as a mind work-out for creating your dreams. The time you spend visualizing in the evening just before bed is especially powerful. The thoughts and images that are clear in your mind during the last forty-five minutes before you go to bed will replay repeatedly in your subconscious mind throughout the night.
“Your brain will work tirelessly to achieve the statements
you give your subconscious mind.
And when those statements are the affirmations and images of your goals,
you are destined to achieve them!”
– Jack Canfield