Vision Boards – Why They Work and How to Create One

What does legendary basketball player Michael Jordan, World Cup winning skier Lindsey Vonn, actor and governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, media mogul Oprah Winfrey and musician Jay Z all have in common? They use visualization as a central part of their success. Many of these same people find that vision boards are a useful tool in their quest to be successful and to realize their dreams.

While most people have heard of a vision board, many people aren’t entirely clear on what one is or what it can do for them. A simple description of a vision board is a visualization and reminder tool consisting of images, affirmations, and quotes that can inspire, motivate, and encourage action.

Today we’re going to take a look at vision boards and how you can use them to help you visualize your passion fueled life.

Here’s what a vision board helps provide:

1      Motivation.

If you want to boost your motivation, a vision board is an easy, fast, and effective method. The great thing about a vision board is, once constructed, just a quick glance can instantly regenerate positive feelings and motivation.

Put some deep thought into creating your vision board. Make sure it generates positive feelings in you.

2. Focus

A vision board is a convenient, constant reminder of what you’re trying to accomplish. A lot of times, people lose track of their goals before any significant progress is made. Vision boards serve as a constant reminder of your most important objectives.

Here’s how to create an effective and exciting vision board:

1.    Set your goals.

Like the old saying goes, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any direction will do.” A vision board requires a specific intention. If you don’t know what your intention is, it’s not possible to make an effective vision board. Be crystal clear on what you want to accomplish.

Note: This is step #1. Don’t do anything else with your vision board until you do this!

2.    Look at other people’s vision boards.

Modeling is a great NLP technique where you copy a successful person’s behavior. It’s also a method you can use to develop your own vision board. There are so many different style designs and ideas, you’ll certainly be inspired by viewing the vision boards of others.

3.    Decide on a format.

There are many formats for creating your vision board. You could dedicate an entire wall to your vision. You can make a traditional poster. Maybe a bulletin board is more your style.

A quick search of the internet will reveal websites that provide vision board tools. With this option, you’ll be able to view your vision board on your phone and from anywhere in the world.

4.    Find photos that present your goals.

A vision board is visual, so you’re going to need some photos, drawings, pictures, or paintings that represent your goals. Again, the easiest way to find them is on the internet – if you have a printer that’s up to the task. Otherwise, you can go old school and cut up magazines or use photos.

Again, use photos that move you. Pictures that don’t elicit an emotional response will have only a limited impact. Choose wisely.

5. Choose words, quotes, or slogans that speak to your vision.

It can be effective to include text in your vision board. Certain words and quotes can also elicit strong emotions. Choose ones that speak loudly to you.

6.    Organize everything.

How do you like to see things? Do you like everything neat and lined up? Do you prefer the collage look? It’s up to you. Lay out your vision board a few different ways and choose what feels best to you.


How to use your vision board effectively:

1. Look at your vision board at least twice daily.

Just spending a few minutes with your vision is perfectly fine. Clear your mind and focus on the images and words that you’ve chosen to represent your objectives.

2.    Visualize achieving those things.

Use all your senses, sight, sound and feelings, and imagine how great it will be to finally have those items, experiences, and achievements in your life.

3.    Add more items that appeal to you.

As days pass, you’ll begin to have new ideas and you’ll come across new photos and text that you’ll want to add to your vision board. Do it! This is an ongoing process, not a one-time event.

4.    List action steps you’ve identified and then Take Action!

While it’s a great motivational tool, by itself, a vision board will NOT change your life. You need to take action! Identify the action steps that you need to take to make your vision board a reality and then DO them!

Start Using a Vision Board Today!

If you follow these tips, a vision board can be a powerful tool for bringing about positive changes to your life. It can be highly motivating while focusing attention on what you want to accomplish. Join the millions of people from around the world using this powerful tool to experience more success in your life.

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