Visualize Your Dreams
Do you want to achieve more and be more in 2019? Many women have had great results using a vision board to help them visualize and achieve their goals. Research has proven that vision boards do, in fact, work. Today we’ll show you the steps to create your own vision board to help you visualize your dreams in the new year.
What Is a Vision Board?
A vision board is a collage you put together with images, trinkets and other items that help you to visualize your goals. When you focus your intentions on your vision board, it aids you in visualizing and carrying out the steps you need to take to achieve those goals. Visualization techniques have been around for decades. For example, amateur and professional athletes visualize how they will achieve victory in a competition, and this helps them to focus their minds and make it happen. Women who have the most success with vision boards tend to focus on how they want to feel in the coming year, not just on material things they want to obtain.
- A poster board or cork board to which you can glue or pin items
- Alternatively, you can use a blank art book (there is no rule that says it has to be an actual “board”)
- Tape, pins or glue
- Magazines you can use for images or inspiring quotes
- Photos, postcards, trinkets or other items you will want to view every day
Assembling Your Vision Board
Set aside an hour or two when you can put together your vision board. You want to be in the right mood for this, so shut off the television or any other distracting gadgets. Light some candles and put on some relaxing music if needed. Spend a little time figuring out your intentions for the coming year. You can ask yourself these questions and then jot down your answers:
- What do you need?
- What do you want?
- Where do you want to be a year from now?
- How do you want to feel when you get there? Write down single-word emotions to describe those feelings you want to have when your dreams are realized, such as joy, freedom, peace and so on.
When you have your answers written down, begin flipping through the magazines you assembled for creating your vision board. Start clipping images or quotes that inspire you. Here’s the key: Only choose images or quotes that align with your answers to the above questions. You want to keep your vision board narrowly focused, so don’t stray too far away from the wants, needs, feelings and goals you’ve written down. Discard anything that gives you a negative feeling.
When you have enough images or items assembled, start pasting (or pinning) them to your board. Give yourself a little time to focus in between pasting each item to the vision board. Be as creative as you want in assembling your board because you’re going to be looking at it a lot in the coming year. Continue placing items on the board until you feel like it’s just right. When it’s ready, station your vision board in a location where you will see it often. This can be on the wall above your desk in your home office or any other place where you are sure to see it multiple times a day.
How to Use Your Vision Board
Spend some time every day focusing on your vision board. Have a notepad handy. Jot down any ideas for actionable steps you can take to achieve the feelings and goals you want to achieve this year. A key aspect of using your board is to identify actionable steps, not just pie-in-the-sky ideas. Take small steps at first if you need to. Before you know it, you’ll be using your vision board to help you achieve your dreams!