Last week in an article called Midlife Women: Where Do We Fit In?, I mentioned that I was working on a vision board.
You may have heard about vision boards recently.
Perhaps you heard of them long ago but didn’t give much thought to them.
Or, perhaps you have been using them for a long time.
The fact is, vision boards are not a new fad.
Vision boards have been around for decades but have recently gained traction due to celebrity interest.
You know how it is, once the celebs start doing something, we hear about it!
I am glad they are finally becoming popular, no matter how that came to be.
Why do I care that they are now in style?
Becuase they truly do work!
I have been using vision boards personally as well as teaching my life coaching clients about them for decades.
Now granted, nothing works if you do not put effort into it.
Vision boards are not difficult to make or utilize but they do require some thought to be put into them.
So just what is a vision board?
Vision Boards Explained:
Your vision board does not have to be fancy.
A lot of people put off creating one because they feel they have no talent.
Trust me, I have absolutely no artistic talent myself.
I can’t even draw a stick figure!
Vision Boards are a way to manifest our goals.
They remind us of what we want out of our lives.
Vision boards represent our dreams, plans, desires, and intentions.
Vision boards are a visual reminder of these things.
How You Can Create A Vision Board:
You can create your vision board any way you wish, after all, it’s your vision board!
You can cut out pictures from a magazine, draw or paint your own images, or create one online.
Some people choose to use words only on their boards and that is perfectly fine too!
I had a client who created hers out of photos she took herself.
Whatever works for you to keep you on track to reaching your goals is just fine.
Post-it notes have been used on vision boards as well.
Vision boards can be created on cork boards, poster board, cardboard, plywood, anything your heart desires.
What You Should Include On A Vision Board:
I centered my vision board around my word of the year.
Last year my word was Insipre.
For 2018 I have decided my word of the year will be Action.
I will be writing more about this in the coming year.
I chose to include my word of the year on my vision board.
The images I decided to use are all things I want to do, accomplish, or achieve based on my year’s focus on taking action.
I centered my board images around the topic word.
Truth is, I have seen way prettier vision boards than my own.
The point is, I made one, and will utilize it, and that is what really matters.
My Goals, Wants, And Desires For My Vision Board Include:
Kayaking: My husband and I will purchase kayaks this coming year and take the plunge!
Golf: While frequent golfers this past year, this coming year I will improve my game.
Sunrise: I will start working more of a day shift and be less of a night owl.
Exercise: I will tone my body this coming year after having lost weight, I need to tighten things up a bit.
Night Time: I will get to sleep earlier and get more restful sleep.
Home: I will continue to declutter and decorate my home.
Me Time: I will spend more time with my pets, take more outings, and get out of the house more often.
Work Life: I will be more focused on creating excellent content for my readers, and spend more time working outside of the home.
Please Note: All of my statements above say “I will” or have a positive ACTION, not merely an intention.
Try to refrain from saying “I want” “I plan” or “I will try”.
Instead, lead yourself on a path of affirmative action and results!
I discuss this in detail in Law of Attraction: The “I Am Versus The “I Will Be” Mentality.
Your vision board does not have to be theme selective, however.
You can include goals regarding finances, travel, business, family, friends, marriage, and more.
The sky really is the limit.
Also, don’t worry if others don’t “get” your visions.
If an image of an apple represents financial success to you so be it.
In addition, never feel like your goals are too big or too small.
From looking at my board you can clearly see I am not out to cure cancer.
Perhaps you are!
Or maybe your goals are simply to learn to unwind or to build up your wardrobe.
There is nothing that you could put on your board that you should ever feel embarrassed of!
How To Use A Vision Board:
Keep your vision boards in a location where they will be seen frequently.
Look at your board daily but don’t just look at it, really focus on it.
Visualise achieving these goals.
If you meditate, do so facing your board.
Remember what we think we manifest.
Keep things positive and be light.
No one should expect that they will reach their goals in a few days.
Vision boards are about the big picture, the desired outcome, not necessarily things that are easy to achieve.
Remember that your board is there as a daily reminder of where you want to end up.
Practice taking actions toward that end.
I discussion actions in detail in the article Living Through Intention.
It is important to understand that anything worth having comes from action.
You may get a job from a friend of a friend but the worthwhile and rewarding career takes effort, it takes action.
Everything is more satisfying when we set out with a goal in mind and took action to achieve it.
That is what your board is for.
A reminder of what you want from life, a reminder to take steps toward it.
Why Vision Boards Work:
Vision boards work because we are fully responsible for what goes on them, and into them.
They are not pre-set or fabricated rules, notions, or desires of others.
These boards, and what goes onto them are a direct link to our own personal desires.
Vision boards are in line with Law of Attraction, Law of Action, Law of Cause and Effect, and the Law of Relativity.
That’s a total of one-quarter of all Universal Laws!
Our boards work because we relate to them and are a product of our own creation.
They keep us on track and remind us of the big picture.
When we hit a wall in our lives we reflect on our boards to remind us that the struggles are worth the outcome.
They help us see there is a valid reason to push forward!
Reason to work hard!
Why we need to work hard.
Manifestation is one of my favorite topics.
While not exactly a Univeral Law in and of itself, it is important.
Manifestation is actually linked to Law of Attraction.
Using a vision board is simply another way, and a strong way, to utilize the Law of Attraction and manifest through action.
Creating the vision board itself is an action.
Then each step we take toward the goals outlined on our board creates more action.
So as you can see, Action = Attraction = Manifestation.
All which equate to your happiness!
In Closing On Vision Boards:
Do not worry about the naysayers.
What you believe in will work for you.
When something works for you that is all that truly matters.
Vision boards work for many, which is why they are so popular these days!
I would love to hear your thoughts.
I invite you to leave me a comment.
Do you use vision boards or know someone who does?
Feel free to share your goals that you may put on a vision board.
Also please share this article with others.