Get Creative with Setting your Goals!
For today's post we'll be talking all about vision boards: what they are, why you might need them, and how you can make one.
A vision board is a creative compendium of all your goals.
Its purpose is to evoke strong emotions that give you the energy to attract the circumstances that would give you opportunities to take inspired action and of course, reach your goals. A vision board, or a dream board, is simply an organized version of your innermost thoughts and aspirations. It's your visualization tool. Making one will not automatically bring you everything that you want out of life, but crafting one will ensure that you remain focused and directed.
Do you need a vision board?
Not necessarily, but yes you might need one. While there are other ways to motivate yourself -like putting your desires into paper- a vision board will communicate your objectives to your mind better. This is because the brain is more accustomed to processing images than text. Research shows that 90% of the information sent to the brain is visual. This is why advertising (marketing communication) works; because messages are communicated mostly through carefully-prepared illustrations, and 95% of human communication is visual. Anyway, the point is, you need your vision board to help you visualize and emotionalize your desired objectives. The key words are visualize and emotionalize. Clear images help you imagine how it would feel like once you've already achieved your goals, and strong emotions propel action. Anyway. Since my vision has some very personal stuff in it, I can't show it here, let me just show you an example below:
How to make your own vision board/ what you need
It's quite simple, really. Just print or cut out photos that best depicts your goals and dreams that you plan to achieve, style your board as you wish, then paste away! Don't forget to give it some personality, design it in such a manner that represents you. Now here's what you'll need for the project:
-- Scissors, glue, and tape
-- 1/4 Illustration board or any sturdy type of paper
-- Scrapbooking papers, colored pens, or glitters, etc.,
-- Photos that represent the things that you want
-- Plastic cover to protect your board from getting dusty.
Creativity is very important in everyday life. If you feel you've already lost that spark or are slowly losing the creative juices within you, take this wonderful opportunity to replenish that. Create your own vision board and put your imaginative mind to work. The next step is to look for strategic locations in your home or your office where you can readily see your vision board. Mine's usually on the bedside table, cause I love being greeted by my goals in the morning (helps me get out of bed too, lol). Where do you think you can place yours? Hehe.
Why place your dream board somewhere you can easily see it?
Apart from the reason that it would constantly remind you what and where you want to be in life, it's also because you have to imprint those pictures and messages in your subconscious mind (I'll try to explain this further on another post, so as not to keep this post lengthy). Obviously, it would defeat the purpose if you just hid it somewhere, so pick the best spot. Your vision board will help you keep your eyes on the prize.
Have I actually manifested goals on my vision board?
Big YES! I've been creating these boards since I was in college (I keep it in my journal then post some supporting photos on my bedside table), and it has helped me accomplish most of my yearly goals, so I definitely hope you start designing your board soon. Of course, don't forget to say your affirmations and do you your visualizations. Just remember, you have to act accordingly and keep the faith until your vision manifests in your reality.