This is the second entry in a four-part series on vision boards. This week I’m going to share five reasons to create a vision board.
If you missed last week’s post on what a vision board is, here’s a link that will take you right to it.
Now let’s get right to the reasons to create a vision board:
Reason #1: Visualization is a powerful mind exercise that invites you to open your mind to possibilities. When you can see the things you want to be, do, or have, you allow yourself to start to believe that they CAN occur, that they WILL occur.
Athletes have used visualization techniques for decades. When watching interviews with athletes, it isn’t uncommon to hear them mention “seeing the play in their mind,” or “seeing themselves using proper form,” or “I just saw myself making the shot.” They have learned to use their mind to aid their body’s performance. Pretty cool, stuff.
Reason #2: A vision board allows you to use the power of your emotions.
Each item you tack onto your vision board should stir strong feelings within you. Feelings are powerful tools that will help you take action.
For instance, if you look at a picture of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and your heart longs to go there, to see it in person, you will be more willing to take the steps necessary to make that dream a reality. First, you might start researching the city of Paris, you might start looking at how much airplane tickets would cost. You might start looking at lodging costs. You might start learning French. You might get your passport. There are so many things you could start doing to make your future trip to Paris and the Eiffel Tower a reality. Emotions can propel you to take action.
Reason #3: A vision board will also help you identify goals that are not your own. Frequently we get caught up in the dreams that other people have and we think they are our dreams. For instance, I have wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail (AT) since I was a teenager. Earl now wants to hike the Appalachian Trail. Does he REALLY want to hike the trail or does he want to hike it because I do?
If he were to create a vision board and put a trail map of the AT on his board, the emotion he experiences when looking at his vision board will clue him in to whether that is his vision or not. If his eyes pass over the map quickly, that indicates disinterest. If he experiences no emotions, that indicates disinterest. If you put something on your vision board that does not stir strong emotions, determine if it is your own dream or if it belongs to someone else.
It’s okay to embark on adventures and accomplish things in life that are the desires of the people we love. But we don’t have to pretend they are OUR dreams and desires, too.
Reason #4: A vision board serves as a daily reminder of your dreams.
Day-to-day life distracts us from taking action on less immediate needs. It can be easy to forget that you want to accomplish something or travel some place amazing or create something beautiful. A vision board will keep your dreams front and center so when you have the time or resources to apply to them, you will. When you talk with people about the things you want, you won’t have to strain your brain to try to come up with something. You’ll have a smorgasbord of ideas to choose from!
Reason #5: A vision board invites the universe to grant you your wishes.
The Law of Attraction is a concept that suggests that our thoughts determine our experiences and results. Our thoughts and emotions are energy that we send out into the world. If we send out thoughts of happiness, abundance, and success, that is what will be reflected back to us. If our energy vibrations are full of negativity, doubt, or fear, that is also what will be reflected back to us.
Creating a vision board, one on which you focus your thoughts and emotions in a positive manner, will invite the universe to reflect those emotions and desires back to you. It’s the old “what you give is what you get” philosophy.
To sum it up, vision boards are a fun and creative outlet that will help you stay focused on the things you want most in life.
They can serve as a guide and motivator to take action toward achieving your goals. They encourage you to think big and dream bigger. They remind you, every day, that you are worth all of the best things that life can offer you.