What is a vision board?
Vision or Dream boards have become popular in the past few years with the release of the book, The Secret and endorsements from Oprah. But what is a vision board?
A vision board will appeal to your conscious and your subconscious and is a tool that will help clarify your goals and help keep you focused on them. It’s a visual representation of what you want to be, do or have in your life.
Why use a vision board?
We all live super busy lives and we are constantly bombarded by messages and distractions. A vision board can help to:
Have a clear vision
As a simple example, “being successful” can mean something different to all of us. It could mean being a billionaire like Richard Branson and owning an island to being able to pay the bills and living with the one you love. Use pictures to help you visualize what it is that you want in your life.
Affirmations/incantations will help to re-programme your subconscious mind and combat negative self talk. They will help you believe that you can achieve your vision and goals. Incorporate powerful words and phrases that resonate with you into your vision board.
Keep focused on goals
You start each day with good intentions and then as the day progresses you may get pulled into different directions. A vision board helps you keep focused and is a constant reminder of your goals.
Oprah’s Vision Board Experience
This is taken from John Assaraf’s Blog:
Dreams do come true!
Talk show star Oprah Winfrey revealed that she uses a vision board to visualize her goals and harness the power of intention. So what did Oprah have on her vision board? The gown she intended to wear to a very special event “the Obama inauguration”. Here’s what Oprah told a New York radio station:
“I was speaking with Michelle [Obama] and Caroline Kennedy and Maria Shriver we were all doing a big rally out in California. At the end of the rally Michelle Obama said something powerful, ‘and I want you to leave here and envision Barack Obama taking the oath of office.’ I created a vision board. I had never had a vision board before. I came home, I got me a board and put Barack Obama’s picture on it and I put a picture of my dress I want to wear to the inauguration.”
Oprah is not alone in enthusiasm of vision boards. Olympic gold-medal gymnast, Nastia Liukin, researched the medals to be awarded in Beijing and put photos of them on her board. Even Walt Disney made a vision board of Disneyland years before theme parks existed.
Vision Board 101 – how to create a vision board
- Not sure where to start? Well a good place would be to take a look at The Wheel of Life to help you consider all the important aspects of your life. The topics covered that you may want to consider for your vision board are:
- Health and Fitness
- Fun and Recreation
- Education and Personal Development
- Collect pictures that inspire you and correspond with your topics. These could be from the internet or magazines. Print and cut out pictures.
- Write (or type out) some affirmations or power words that correspond with your topic.
- The first thing you should place on your vision board is a wonderful picture of yourself looking happy, healthy and radiant. Paste this into the centre of your vision board.
- Next create an area on your vision board for all the important aspects of your life and paste corresponding picture with affirmations and power words. With the picture of you in the centre you are now surrounded by all the things you desire.
- Hang your vision board in a place where you will see it often (at least daily).
An alternative to a vision board is to create a vision journal. You could use a large scrapbook or a smaller book that is more portable and you can carry around with you.
The next step is probably the most important…………….
Make it happen!
Making a vision board is not an excuse to sit back and do nothing. Use a vision board to create your crystal clear vision and then take action.
As Jack Welch said “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” Although his quote relates to business its meaning is the same for you and I. We are our own business.
So now you have your vision board, it is time to transform your dreams into reality and use your vision board as an action board. It’s time to become a goal achiever.
Tony Robbins says it best “Create a vision and never let the environment, other people’s beliefs, or the limits of what has been done in the past shape your decisions. You’ve got to see it better than it is because without a vision, people perish. Once you have that vision, you’ve got to make the vision a reality by taking action on a consistent basis.”
Happy vision and action boarding!
“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.” Napoleon Hill