A vision board is a tool used to help clarify and capture the essence of specific life goals you may have. Visualising how we want our lives to be sets our minds to work on making it happen.
The idea is that you display images representing what you want for yourself in the future and the images should focus on how you want to feel as well as the more materialistic things you want.
I personally create a vision board every 12 to 18 months and usually at the start of a new year. However, if you have experienced any significant life changes, this would also be a good time to start your vision board.
You will need:
- Cardboard / Poster board / Corkboard
- Pins / Glue / Blu-tac
1. Spend some time reflecting on the future and think about anything that you want for yourself. It may be helpful to try my free wheel of life exercise to see which areas of your life score lower for satisfaction. It is your vision and there are no rules so let your mind explore the possibilities. It could be having your own business, moving to a new house, going on holiday, or taking up a hobby. You may even like to attract a new relationship. Dare to dream big.
2. Now look through the magazines and pull out any images that resonate and that you are attracted to. Make sure the images create in you the feeling you want. Don’t think too much, just go with the flow. You can use words, pictures, graphics, or any kind of image that stands out.
3. Once you have a pile of images torn out, select your favourite ones and place them on the board. Be creative and listen to your intuition. If you want to, leave a few spaces so you can add more images later. Once you have the images placed where you want them, stick them down with glue, tape or pins.
4. When finished, display the board somewhere where you can see it each day so it can act as a reminder of where you are heading and intend to be. If you can imagine it and visualise it, you can create it.
In the sporting arena, athletes have been using visualisation techniques to improve performance for many years so we know it works. Here are a couple of examples.