Our brain and the universe work in a mysterious way. When we bring something into our consciousness it has a way of manifesting into reality. I don’t mean that to sound all woo-woo, magical because it’s a reality. This has been described by Oprah, Jack Canfield, Rhonda Byrne, Hal Elrod and more. There is a ton of scientific research into the power of visualization and I agree with it all.
But…I think it boils down to something a bit simpler. You have to know your goals and dreams in order to achieve them.
Alice and the Cheshire Cat said it best in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:
Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”
With that in mind, creating a vision board will help you know exactly where you’re going and map out what roads to take in order to get you there.
Creating a vision board is a very personal thing and please keep in mind there is no right or wrong way to do it.
Step 1: Identify categories that are important to you.
There are a few ways you can think of categories for your vision board. You can think in terms of the areas of your life such as Family & Friends, Work, Health, Finances, Spirituality, etc or you can think in terms of things you want to See, Do, Be, Attain, and Experience.
Personally, I combine them. Meaning I think about the areas of my life such as my family and consider what I want to experience with them and who I want to be for them.
Step 2: Visualize what the ideal outcome would be in each of those categories
Think of this as setting your intentions. Don’t just set end goals regarding what you want. Imagine what it will feel like when you achieve your goals, get the items you want or become the person you aim to be.
Step 3: Collect images that make you feel those outcomes
What speaks to you? A big thing on my vision board is learning to be happy with myself and where I am in the world. To not be so serious that I miss all the beautiful things around me. To help with that I’ve had these picture of a woman swinging and one blowing a bubble on my vision board for 10+ years.
Would these pictures makes sense to anyone else that looks at them? No, but it speaks to me and helps keep me pointed in the right direction. That’s what a vision board is about.
Find the picture, images or words that speak to you.
Step 4: Have fun designing
Are you an old school collage person? Do you want a pretty version that can hang on your office wall? Or are you a digital person who wants to create it on your computer? There are pros and cons to each.
- Physical – As you can tell from the above I was all about making a physical collage. Pulling out magazines and a glue stick is an extremely cathartic process and in the end you have a beautiful board. But…updating it as your visions change is difficult.
- Digital – What I found is that my perfectionism often times gets in the way of collage making and I was afraid of gluing in the wrong place and ruining and image. Neurotic right? That’s why I discovered creating a digital vision board. I can edit, re-arrange and update my images with no stress.
Step 5: Use your vision board
Don’t just create your masterpiece and then file it away. Make sure that you are being intentional about viewing, visualizing and making progress towards your goals.
If you’ve made a physical vision board, hang it where you’ll see it throughout the day. If you’ve made a digital copy, set it as your computer desktop. By seeing your goals and dreams throughout the day you’ll ensure that you’re spending your time on the items that are moving you towards your ideal life.
Author, Mentor and all around encourager Hal Elrod has a time in his morning S.A.V.E.R.S. routine for Visualization. This is when I use my vision board. I spend a couple minutes each morning looking mine and visualizing my life as though I’ve accomplished everything on it. But I also spend time feeling what it’s like once I’m there.
That step is so important. If you can feel the sense of calm, pride, stability, success, happiness or love that comes from achieving your goals then you are on the right track to making them come true.
Do you have a vision board? I’m always inspired by seeing other peoples so please share a pic in the comments.