How Vision Boards Help You Achieve
Have you ever had a dream? Have you often imagined yourself having it? Envisioning one’s dreams and aspiration is the very first step in making them all into reality. “What the mind can conceive, the body can achieve.”, says a famous quote. As long as you have what you want in life in mind, you will be psyched up to do everything you can to get it. That is what a vision board does. It helps you see your plan tangibly and help you visualize your goals. It helps set your mind and conditions to help you align your actions toward them.
A vision board is usually a cornucopia of images stuck together in a collage form to represent your goals and dreams. It can be in cut-out pictures from magazines, printed online, and keywords inserted or labeled in different spots on the board. These keywords can easily be captured and remembered so that, in one way or another, they will appear in your thoughts and remind you to stick to your goal.
With vision boards, one can visualize the positive future ahead of them. This habit reinforces optimism and positive emotions, which give the person the motivation to persevere to achieve their goal. Thus, it increases the chances of success in life.
Ongoing studies show that people can develop self-awareness and self-reflection through vision boards. Although the concept of the “law of attraction” associated with vision boarding does not sit well with the scientific community. There is no scientific basis for how effective vision boards are, so many do not really believe in the usefulness of the vision board as a tool for success.
However, vision boarding is a great way to set goals. It helps turn your dreams into plans by visualizing how to achieve your goals. So, in a significant way, vision boards can be an excellent tool for goal-getters.
Vision boards are not magic. But it does contribute significantly to the well-being and success of the person because of the attitudes being cultivated. Such are creativity, focus, intrinsic motivation, and optimism.
Here’s to help you get started with your vision board.
How to Make a Vision Board
Examine your values. Reflect on things that really matter to you, who you want to be, who you want to help and how you spend your time. These self-reflective questions can help you align your values with the goals you want to achieve. That is how one’s vision is created. A vision board is not just a to-do list. It is a representation of your lifelong goals, which will have a significant impact on your well-being to achieve that sense of satisfaction you are attaining for.
Reflect on factors that motivate you. Things that intrinsically and extrinsically motivate you can help you persevere on your goals. That makes it easier to work on them. To reflect, ask yourself the following questions:
- What do you want? Why do you like it?
- Does it have anything to do with your childhood or past experiences?
- Does it have to do with your personality?
These questions can also give you that more profound understanding of how important these goals are for you. The more important things are for you, the more committed you will be to pursuing them.
Set priorities and be realistic. Vision boards help you sort out the goals that really matter to you. They should not just be a collection of all your wants in life. They are SMART goals— Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Bound. Try applying this principle to help you choose the goals you want to prioritize. Your vision board will then shape up as your posts are all directed towards that goal you have set.
Vision Board Ideas
You might want to consider the following goals for your vision boards:
- Travel Destinations
- Self/Social Goals
You may have all these in one vision board, or you can create one for each. Be careful not to overwhelm yourself with your goals, or else you will end up getting pressured by this project rather than inspire you. Be creative and remember— less is more. Choose the goal of most worth for you. Get up and start your first vision board. The time is now!