It’s the start of a new year and in reflecting on the last year you likely feel that 2014 was productive or are once again hoping that everything will change this year. One thing I started doing a couple of years ago with excellent results was creating a vision board. So I’m working on my vision board again.
Why create a vision board?
- It identifies your vision and gives it clarity
- It reinforces your daily affirmations
- Keeps your attention on your intentions
A vision board can be created on any board — or even a section of wall — that shows images representing whatever you want to be, do or have in your life. You can also create a vision board to be displayed on a computer screen or mobile device, but I prefer something that hangs on my wall in a place I will see it often — mine is in my bathroom.
It’s important to be specific. Instead of saying “I want a better life” or “I want to get healthy,” say “I have a job doing xxx, making xxx” or “I weigh xx pounds/am off my medicine.” When you set specific goals, they become real and more attainable. When I made my first vision board, the Eiffel Tower kept popping up, but I thought it was totally unattainable, so I didn’t include it in my vision. A year later, I was in Paris.
“The purpose of a vision board is to activate the law of attraction to begin to pull things from your external environment that will enable you to realize your dream,” success expert John Assaraf said. “By selecting pictures and writing that charges your emotions with feelings of passion, you will begin to manifest those things into your life.”
Additionally, I take my goal, no matter how crazy it may seem, and break it into bit-sized pieces. One of my goals for this year is to write a novel. That’s a big task. A bit scary. So instead, I commit to writing 15 minutes a day. Just 15 minutes. That adds up to a lot all on its own in a year.
I break my vision board into different sections: health, work, family, love, finance.
Before I even start making a vision board, I journal where I see myself in a year, five years, 10 years in each category. I write it as though I’ve already accomplished those things. I think about how I feel and what my life is like. That helps me clarify what I want to focus on in the coming year. Then I set out to cut out photos and design my vision board. It can look anyway that you want it to. It needs to fit you.
“The law of attraction states that we attract into our lives anything that we give attention to, regardless whether it be positive or negative,” Assaraf said. “From a psychological view, the law of attraction can be best explained by the information filtering system of the brain known as the reticular activating system. Vision boards serve the role of programming the RAS to tune into external stimuli that can help us move closer towards our intentions.”
The general elements that a well-designed vision board should include are:
Visual. Your subconscious mind works in pictures and images, so make your vision board as visual as possible with as many pictures as you can. You can supplement your pictures with words and phrases to increase the emotional response you get from it.
Emotional. Each picture on your vision board should evoke a positive emotional response from you. The mere sight of your vision board should make you happy and fuel your passion to achieve it every time you look at it.
Strategically placed. Your vision board should be strategically placed in a location that gives you maximum exposure to it. You need to constantly bath your subconscious mind with it’s energy in order to manifest your desires quicker than you hope.
Personal. Negative feelings, self-doubt, and criticism can damage the delicate energy that your vision board emits. If you fear criticism or justification of your vision board from others, then place it in a private location so it can only be seen by yourself.
If you haven’t made a vision board, I highly recommend you do one this year and see what happens. It’s amazing what will happen when you give your hopes and dreams to the universe.