As the new year unfolds, there is a lot of talk about developing and using vision boards. We are all trying to be clear about our goals, our visions and the process we need to follow to make them a reality. Anyone can take the steps to clarify their vision and refine their goals. They can also choose to present these in a way that best inspires them.
Many people choose to use words to develop a vision statement and goals which they repeat to themselves as part of their daily rituals for success. They also use them as a signpost with milestones for measuring their progress to achievement. Some people prefer to use images instead. That is where vision boards come into play.
A vision board is a pictorial representation of the things you want for your future self. It is a visual version of your vision. It’s that simple. It can include pictures of people, places and things as well as images or graphics that represent what you envision. The important factor that influences your choice about what to include is how much it moves you.
You may hear about various ways for creating your own board. However, regardless of how the process is outlined, the end result is always the same. You are trying to produce a powerful, realistic depiction of the dreams or ideas you have in your head. You are creating a possibility and making it so powerful that you can feel it as if you were already there.
That is why the images that you choose are so important. You need to select words, pictures and graphics that represent what you want and those images need to create an emotional connection for you. Your emotional reactions will be important later on, as you spend time each day reviewing the vision board, feeling yourself experience the reality of your dreams and reflecting on what it feels like to experience it.
The real power of the vision board doesn’t come from the process you use to create it but from how often and well you use it. Once you have built your board, it serves as a way to help you focus your efforts and energy on bringing about the things you want in your life. That’s where the laws of attraction and vibration come into work. According to these laws, things that vibrate at the same level are attracted to each other. Therefore happiness finds more happiness. Positive thinking finds more positivity. We attract what we are.
Your vision board will also help you to stay on course. Since it is an easy way for you to see and review your goals each day, it makes it easy for you to recall them and think about achieving them on a continuous basis. It also enables you to be specific and clear about the choices that you need to make and to measure your progress towards building your future desired state.
The vision board is designed to help you picture and feel yourself living in the state that you want. If you are working on becoming a successful entrepreneur, what will that feel like to you. What images represent the feelings you will have when you are there. If it’s freedom, what does freedom mean to you? If it’s wealthy, what represents wealthy to you? If it’s leadership of a team, how do you see that manifesting?
So go ahead and develop your own. It’s not that hard and it doesn’t have to be complicated. You can choose to do it in the way that feels most comfortable to you and you can choose your images from magazines, online sources or whatever you have available. You can make it as big or as small as you want. Just make it and use it.
Marjorie Wharton is a trainer, facilitator and coach who works with individuals and organizations to help them improve their performance. She is based at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business in Barbados. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. For more of her writing visit https://marjoriewharton.live