Finding and using proven tools is a vital component for anyone looking at taking life to the next level – and a very powerful tool is a Vision Board. Really? Yes, in fact…
Jack Canfield, the NY Times Bestselling Author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul”, has said that “Creating a vision board is probably one of the most valuable visualisation tools available to you.”
OK – So how important IS a Vision?
Tony Robbins, the world’s #1 life strategist, has said, “Without a clear and compelling vision for what you want today, you won’t be able to find the target of lasting happiness, let alone hit it.”
And Napoleon Hill, the author of one of the most popular personal development books of all time, ‘Think and Grow Rich’, said, “Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.”
Creating a Vision Board can be Simple and Fun
Here are some simple steps to help you:
1. Get clear on your biggest goals.
Take a few minutes to write down your biggest and most important goals for all of the areas of your life. You may choose near-term goals, long-term goals or a mix of the two.
The most important thing is that your goals are highly motivating to you! Your top goals could be in various areas of your life such as: Wealth, Career, Relationships, Travel and Health.
Research proves it. The publication European Psychologist has reported that hundreds of studies show evidence that setting goals increases success rates in a variety of different fields.
2. Gather inspiration for your vision board.
Inspiration can be found anywhere! Think of words and quotes that are motivational and in line with your goals. Or browse magazines and online for inspirational images.
What’s important is that they resonate with the greatest goals that you want to achieve.
3. Put your vision board together.
Get creative! Get a large board and start using glue, different marker colours and textures to make your vision memorable and attractive to you.
Remember, your vision board is a tool and, for greatest effect, tools are meant to be used. The following tips can help you maximise the impact your vision board will make on your life.
1. Look at your vision board daily
The magic of a vision board is not just in the process of creating one, but it is in the daily reminders it can provide you to work towards your dreams.
Place your vision board where you will see it first thing in the morning and in the evening before bedtime.
2. Notice as you make progress towards your dreams
Progress toward your dreams will happen, as long as you give it time, put in your full effort and pay attention to signals in your life that demonstrate that you are moving in a positive direction.
A powerful technique is to keep a vision journal, where you can write down your thoughts and make note of any signs that you moving towards your dreams.
3. Celebrate success!
When you notice progress toward your vision, make sure to celebrate it! Perhaps you have a goal to increase your income by 20%, and have noticed that you were able to score a nice promotion at work that puts you part of the way toward your goals.
Leo Babauta, the author of top personal development site Zenhabits.net has written about the importance of celebrating success in motivating you towards a goal, “Every little step along the way is a success — celebrate the fact that you even started!”
So – Celebrate every achievement. The more you celebrate your successes, both big and small, the more progress you will begin to notice in pursuit of your vision and the more motivated you will feel to continue your journey.