A few years ago, I came across an interesting article on vision boards and goal setting. This caught my imagination, and I produced my very first vision board. It wasn’t intricate, and it wasn’t overly detailed. However, it worked, and it got me focusing on the things I had put on there. It got me working towards something I’d always wanted to do but still ended up putting to one side. Half of this happened without me even realizing, by continually looking at that board. I found I was subconsciously making decisions and choices that lead me in the direction of my goals.
After recognizing this, I took the time to find and hop on to a couple of online vision board parties. This gave me an even greater understanding of how I could make my vision board work better for me. For example, I have quit smoking, started meditating, eat a lot healthier, and enjoy a regular yoga practice since using vision boards. My relationships have improved, I have gone back into education and much, much more. Even the planning and development of this website was and continues to be on my vision board.
What is a vision board?
So let’s begin by looking at what a vision board is. A vision board (also known as a dream board) is a board on which you display photographs, words, quotes, pictures. And anything else that helps you visualize your future goals. It is made from cardboard with paper clippings and images attached to it or built on a computer. Essentially what you are creating is a board with your future goals clearly defined upon it. This board is then placed somewhere prominent, so you look at it several times a day. Looking at it will help keep you focused clearly on your goals and the direction you are heading in.
“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular” – Tony Robbins
You first need to set your goals; this can be done in either one session or over a few days/weeks. It all depends on you and what is comfortable for you. I jot down my goals, wishes, and aspirations using a piece of paper and a pen, whereas, my friend writes everything in the notes section on her phone.
Sit quietly and think about what you want out of life and where you want to be. Write it all down on a sheet of paper or in a book as bullet points, sentences, or any other medium that works for you. Putting your thoughts out there is the beginning of making them a reality.
Once you have finished writing your goals down on the sheet of paper, look at your wants, and recognize any negative thoughts you have that may stop you from achieving your goals. These could be as simple as believing you don’t have enough time to do something or believe it costs too much money.
Negativity will stop you from achieving your goals as thoughts often determine what actions we take. If you think you can’t achieve something, then you won’t. Negative thoughts stop us from pushing that bit harder and from stepping out of our comfort zone. Once you recognize you have these thoughts release them, let them go and don’t allow them to hold you back.
Refine your goals
Next, take some time to look at and refine your goals. If, for example, you’ve written down lose weight, it’s hard to measure your progress. Whereas, if you refine it to lose 8lb’s or 3.6kg, it instantly becomes a more achievable goal. By concentrating on losing a specific amount of weight, you are more likely to achieve your goal. If you’ve written down, save towards buying a house, and refine your goal to save £20,000 towards a deposit. You have a set yourself a figure to work towards. Refining your goals will make you think more in-depth about what you want to get out of life.
Making your board
After you have refined your goals and know what you want out of this stage in your life, it is time to begin. Start collecting photographs, pictures, and magazine clippings. Plus, quotes, words, and anything you can put either on a physical or digital board relevant to your goals. I have a photograph of my adult children on my vision board with the writing ‘date night with these two beauties once a month – Family date night’ since I want to maintain a healthy relationship with each of them.
One night a month spent doing something with each of my children is not taking up too much of their time. One family date night a month, which we decided was to go out for a meal, helps maintain all the family relationships. Including husband and wife, siblings, parent, and child relationships. Plus, their partners are invited, so it’s a great get together. I know the meaning behind my children’s pictures and the tiny bit of writing next to them. I don’t need the in-depth version upon my vision board. So, use clippings of words, short quotes, and pictures; make them all relevant to your goals. And easy to digest each time you look at your board.
Focusing on your vision board and manifesting your dreams
Your board must speak to you, so make it attractive to you. After all, you are the person who will be looking at it and visualizing your future. Put it on your desktop if it’s a digital board. If it is a physical board, hang it up, where you will keep seeing it. The more you look at it, the more you will focus on your goals and visualize what it would be like to achieve them. In turn, this will motivate you to work towards achieving your goals.
If you are looking for a little added help don’t forget you can use crystals to help manifest your goals. Start with manifestation quartz as the name suggests these crystals can help to manifest/create a new reality. You could also set out a crystal grid to help manifest your intentions, take a look at our blog post about them.