Do Vision Boards Actually Work?
We grew up not having too much. My Parents went without to ensure my siblings and I had shoes for school, food in our bellies and a warm house to come home to. I remember conversations with my Mum about how she always wanted to be a biologist but my Grandparents never allowed it. She always regretted not following that dream. I knew from an early age that when I grew up I didn’t want to struggle in the same way and if I wanted something I would have to figure out how to have it!
My first encounter with a Vision Board (although I had no idea thats what it was back then!) was when I was around 6 years old. I wanted to be a ballerina so badly it was all I could think about. I loved to dance and would pretend to be Princess Odette (the white swan from Swan Lake) prancing around my bedroom much to the annoyance of my younger Sister who shared it with me.
I got some old wallpaper and stuck pictures of Margot Fonteyn and Natalia Makarova along side pics of ballet shoes and tutu’s and crayon drawings of me on stage dancing with my Prince! I stuck this piece of paper on my wall and would dance in front of it every day until I grew a little older and changed it for an updated and ‘grown up’ version of the same thing. Looking at these pictures of my dreams every day inspired me to dance as much as I could and push myself towards that dream.
Years and many more picture boards passed and although in my early teenage years I didn’t make it into the National Ballet School as I wanted, I did dance on stage until a back injury prevented me from continuing ballet to a level required for any future in dance. I still love to dance to this day … some 40 years later!
However, what this did was show me that if you write down what it is that you want to achieve and place it somewhere so it can inspire you every day – you are far more likely to achieve your goals.
As I have got older and my learning about my intuition and subconscious mind have grown, I have learned how to use visualisation more and more. The following list of highly successful people all add visualisation techniques to their list of the habits that guided them to their successes;
Jim Carey, Oprah Winfrey, Denzil Washington, Michael Phelps, Kelly Holmes, Mo Farah, Usain Bolt, Richard Branson, Tony Robbins and the list goes on and on. Let’s face it – if it works for them then it can certainly work for You and I.
Most people have dreams but without implementing a plan of action they will never become reality. Vision Boards can help you do just that. By representing your goals with images, quotes and words of encouragement you can strengthen your resolve as the mind responds very strongly to visual stimulation.
That saying ‘a picture can paint a thousand words’ is very true.
So what is a vision board? Put simply, its a collage of words and images that represent your goals and dreams. Keeping those dreams and goals at the top of your mind by having a visual prompt helps you to always look for ways to move closer to achieving them. A Vision Board is the perfect tool. Keeping it somewhere you can see it every day will remind you to visualise how your life will be once you have achieved them.
Visualisation activates the creative and resourceful parts of your subconscious mind that would normally escape your notice. You will become naturally motivated to reach your goals. Its amazing at how visualisation attracts the opportunities, people and resources to you that you need to achieve your goal. This is known as manifestation! You don’t have to stick to 1 vision board either! If you want to change different areas of your life you can have one for each. You might want to have one at home for your personal goals and another for your career goals at the office. Whatever you choose, learning how to create a vision board and using it regularly is the very best way to visualise your dreams and goals.
There are many resources out there to help you create your board. Workshops are a good way to learn techniques and to work alongside other people to make it more fun. Then once you have learned you can do this with your children, siblings or work colleagues. These are my 6 steps to creating a vision board:
- Create a quiet space for yourself and use some breathing techniques or meditation to quiet your mind and discover what it is you really want to achieve. If your mind is like a shaken up snow globe you’ll never have the clarity and intuition to visualise properly.
- Collect bundles of old magazines with beautiful pictures in them. Or print some inspirational pictures from the internet. Find pictures that represent your goals and dreams and ones that inspire you.
- Think of someone that inspires you – famous or not, dead or alive, real or character. Find a picture of them and think of the reasons why they inspire you. You can have more than 1!!
- Try and find some motivational quotes the represent how you want tofeel about achieving your goal/dreams.
- Grab a piece of art board, card or paper and make a collage using the collected pictures and quotes.
- Take the time to look over your vision board at least once every day.
The main thing is to use your intuition, find your inspiration, have fun and go for it!
“The only thing worse than being blind, is to have sight and no vision”