Reach your goals with vi­sion boards

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I cre­ated an­other vi­sion board when I de­cided to make a big ca­reer move, leave my job and study full-time. As much as I wanted to fol­low my pas­sion, ob­tain a diploma in nat­u­ral nu­tri­tion and be­come a wellness coach, I was find­ing it dif­fi­cult to be a stu­dent again, get or­ga­nized and stay fo­cused.

I have been work­ing with the the­ory of vi­su­al­iza­tion for many years; to help sup­port me in achiev­ing my per­sonal and pro­fes­sional goals.

My “back to school” vi­sion board in­cluded pho­tos of books, a woman re­ceiv­ing a diploma and a cozy, yet pro­fes­sional, of­fice space. It also had pic­tures of healthy food and me on my yoga mat to re­mind me that good nour­ish­ment and ex­er­cise were key fac­tors in help­ing me reach my goal. Di­a­grams of body sys­tems, med­i­cal ter­mi­nol­ogy and mo­ti­va­tional slo­gans like “you’ve got this” and “you are do­ing it” were also part of my board.

A vi­sion board is a very pow­er­ful tool that in­volves a col­lec­tion of pic­tures and words that rep­re­sent your dreams and goals. The idea be­hind it is that when you sur­round your­self with im­ages of how you want to feel, who you want to be­come or what you want to achieve, your life changes to match those im­ages and de­sires. Ba­si­cally, you are set­ting an in­ten­tion for what you want with the sup­port of im­ages that res­onate with your goals.

As you read this, you might be say­ing that this sounds a bit far-fetched. Ac­tu­ally, re­search shows that vi­sion boards are in­deed, very ef­fec­tive.

Jim Carey, Kel­lan Lutz,

Ellen De­generes, Katy Perry, John As­saraf, Oprah Win­frey, Lucinda Cross and many other fa­mous and highly suc­cess­ful peo­ple have re­ported amaz­ing suc­cess with this method. Olympic ath­letes are also known to cre­ate vi­sion boards to help im­prove their per­for­mance.

Jack Canfield, the au­thor of the Chicken Soup For The Soul book se­ries, is a big be­liever in the power of vi­sion boards. Canfield claims “cre­at­ing a vi­sion board is prob­a­bly one of the most valu­able vi­su­al­iza­tion tools avail­able to you.” Ac­cord­ing to Canfield, us­ing vi­su­al­iza­tion tech­niques to fo­cus on your goals and de­sires does four things. “One, It ac­ti­vates your cre­ative sub­con­scious, which will start gen­er­at­ing cre­ative ideas to achieve your goal. Two, It pro­grams your brain to more read­ily per­ceive and rec­og­nize the re­sources you will need to achieve your dreams. Three, It ac­ti­vates the law of at­trac­tion, thereby draw­ing into your life the peo­ple, re­sources and cir­cum­stances you will need to achieve your goals. Four, It builds your in­ter­nal mo­ti­va­tion to take the nec­es­sary ac­tions to achieve your dreams.” Very pow­er­ful,

I’d say!

Mak­ing a vi­sion board is easy. First, you’ll need scis­sors, tape, tacks or glue, old mag­a­zines, printed im­ages and a large sheet of pa­per, bris­tol board or a bul­letin board. Start by writ­ing down what you want to achieve. It could be im­proved health, weight loss, more time for you, a re­la­tion­ship, a new ca­reer, etc.

Search the in­ter­net and go through mag­a­zines. Choose words and pic­tures that cor­re­spond with your goals such as wellness, hap­pi­ness, joy, laughter, peace, pros­per­ity, love, wis­dom and time.

If you can imag­ine it, it can be part of your vi­sion board and it can be­come your re­al­ity. Col­lect a stack of im­ages, phrases and words. Go through the im­ages and be­gin to lay the favourite ones on the board. Some peo­ple pre­fer to cre­ate a theme to each cor­ner of the board, such as health, job, spir­i­tu­al­ity, re­la­tion­ships or there might be only one theme for the en­tire board. It’s up to you; it’s your board, so de­sign it which­ever way you like.

There are no rules, so fol­low your in­tu­ition. A very pow­er­ful step is to place a favourite photo of your­self where you look ra­di­ant and happy in the cen­tre of the board.

Once you’ve com­pleted your board, it’s im­por­tant to look at it sev­eral times through­out the day, so it should be placed where you’ll see it most often. It’s im­por­tant to take note of changes that re­flect progress to­ward the goals you have rep­re­sented on your board. As things be­gin to ma­te­ri­alise, one sug­ges­tion is to take the pic­tures/words off and save them in an en­ve­lope or box. This be­comes your spe­cial col­lec­tion of ac­com­plish­ments that you can re­flect upon later.

If you are work­ing to­ward achiev­ing a goal, per­haps a vi­sion board will help you.

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