If you are motivated to take your life to the next level, it is imperative that you take the time to make your dreams real and a vision board can help you do exactly that. Jack Canfield, the New York Times Bestselling Author of the “Chicken Soup For The Soul” book series, is a big believer in the power of vision boards.
Canfield has said that “Creating a vision board is probably one of the most valuable visualization tools available to you.”
Further supporting this idea is the growing Law of Attraction movement, which is a philosophy that believes in the power of ideas. Law of Attractions proponents feel that by focusing on positive (or negative) thoughts, you can bring those positive (or negative) thoughts to life in the real world.
The Power Of A Vision Board
Tony Robbins, the world renown peak performance coach, has famously said when talking about the importance of moving toward your goals and dreams that “if you aren’t growing, you are dying.”
By paying attention to your dreams and taking the time to shape them into concrete aspirations, you are taking a step toward moving yourself in the direction of growth and away from the alternative.
Napoleon Hill, the famous author of one of the most popular personal development books of all time, “Think and Grow Rich”, said, “Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.”
He has gone on to say, “thoughts are things.” The importance of paying attention to your desires and treating them seriously cannot be overstated.
A vision board is a concrete representation of your desires and aspirations for a compelling life. They are fun to create and can serve as an invaluable tool to motivate and inspire you towards concrete daily action in pursuit of your biggest and most important life goals.
With a vision board in hand, you will be moving toward growth in the most important areas of your life!
Creating An Unstoppable Vision Board
Creating a vision board is a simple and fun activity. We recommend getting together with a few friends or your entire family to have a vision board party.
When you build a vision board with others, you can feed off each other’s ideas and positive energy. It is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening together!
Here are some simple steps to help you create a vision board today:
1. Get clear on your biggest goals.
Research has shown that setting goals increases achievement. The publication European Psychologist has mentioned in an exhaustive 2007 article that hundreds of correlational and experimental studies show evidence that setting goals increase success rates in a variety of different fields.
Take a few minutes to write down your biggest and most important goals for all of the areas of your life. You may choose near-term goals, long-term goals or a mix of the two.
The most important thing is that your goals are highly motivating to you! Circle your top goals. We like to focus on our top five goals spanning various areas of our lives, including: Wealth, Career, Relationships, Travel and Health.
2. Gather inspiration for your vision board.
Inspiration can be found anywhere! We like to browse magazines for inspirational images. I tear out the images and just spread them around on the floor.
I also will think of words and quotes that are motivational and in line with my goals, and write them down on a sheet of paper. If you are short on magazines, go online and browse for inspiring photos.
Print them out and use them to create your vision board.
3. Put your vision board together.
We like to use large poster board, glue and markers to make our vision boards. Get creative! Use a variety of colors, textures and types of content to make your vision memorable and attractive to you.
Find a highly visible place to hang your vision board when you are done.
Using A Vision Board To Manifest Your Dreams
With your vision board created, the next crucial step is to ensure that you are utilizing your creation to it’s fullest extent. The following tips can help you maximize the impact your vision board will make on your life.
1. Look at your vision board daily.
The magic of a vision board is not just in the process of creating one, but it is in the daily reminders it can provide you to remember and work towards your dreams.
Place your vision board where you will see it daily. Ideally, first thing in the morning and in the evening before bedtime.
2. Notice as you make progress towards your dreams.
Progress toward your dreams will happen, as long as you give it time, put in your full effort and pay attention to signals in your life that demonstrate that you are moving in a positive direction.
A powerful technique is to keep a vision journal, where you can write down your thoughts and make note of any signs that you moving towards your dreams.
3. Celebrate success!
When you notice progress toward your vision, make sure to celebrate it! Perhaps you have a goal to increase your income by 20%, and have noticed that you were able to score a nice promotion at work that puts you part of the way toward your goals.
Leo Babauta, the author of top personal development site Zenhabits.net has written about the importance of celebrating success in motivating you towards a goal, “Every little step along the way is a success — celebrate the fact that you even started!”
Celebrate every achievement. The more you celebrate your successes, both big and small, the more progress you will begin to notice in pursuit of your vision and the more motivated you will feel to continue your journey.