I first encountered the idea of a vision board over two years ago. Although I had heard about the concept and how we are able to attract what we put before our eyes after listening to the audio The Secret. It was after a psychologist friend asked our group to come up with a photo collage of what we wanted to manifest in our new location that I understood what a vision board entails.
I have since come up with two vision board. Although there are many reasons why experts advise us to use vision boards, there are three that caught my attention hence causing me to take the plunge and join thousands of people who use vision boards each year.
Vision Boards Provide Clarity for Your Goals
In most cases after you have set and written your goals, you need a mental picture of the results of achieving that goal. The fact that you have the picture of your end result gives you absolute clarity about the goal and helps to eliminate many other conflicting desires you may have.
In scripture when Jeremiah was being called to become a prophet, God asked him “what do you see”? Jeremiah responds “I see the brunch of an almond tree…” God then responds “you have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.”
In the same way, when you use vision boards, you allow yourself to dream and create that which you wish your life to be. Do not worry about how what you desire will come about. Instead just get pictures or affirmations or quotes that allow you to behold this final result in your mind each day.
They enable you to Manifest what you desire
Another way that vision boards provide clarity is they allow you to imagine and “call those things that be not as though they are”. The law of attraction postulates that before something manifests in the physical you must have seen it mentally. Everything that I put on my boards, I have thought about and imagined how things will look like when they happen.
Similarly, after reading Stephen Covey’s book where he encourages us to have a personal mission statement as our road map on the journey of life; I went ahead and wrote out one then pinned it on my board. Each time life seems to pull me in different directions I refer to my statement on the board and regain my focus.
I can say with certainty this board has provided clarity in many areas of my life. I keep my board right in front of my desk so I can look at it everyday as I work.
Vision Boards Provide Motivation To Achieve Set Goals
The road to becoming a goal achiever requires resilience and discipline. Elbert Hubbard correctly defined self discipline as:
“ the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”
There are days when the zeal to tackle your goals vanishes. This is when you can rely on quotes or affirmations on your board to give you the much needed motivation. Our children picked up a quote on my board that says “do not stop when you are tired, stop when you are done”. Each time I am on the treadmill and complain when I feel tired they recite it back to me and encourage me to keep at it until I achieve my target.
Vision boards also provide motivation in that they allow you to surround yourself with what could be instead of focusing on what is. This is always encouraging and allows you to visualize success and prepare for it. We need to be ready when opportunity strikes indeed John Wooden was right when he observed that:
“when opportunity comes, it is too late to prepare.”
You maybe wondering where you can start to create a vision board for yourself for next year. Christine Kane has put together a free e book on vision boards. You can access it on her website www.christinekane.com According to Christine, there are three types of vision boards:
The “I know exactly what I want” Board. This is the one you make when you have clarity about what you want. Having figured out what was important to me and what results I wanted to achieve this is the board I opted to make this year.
The “opening and allowing” Board. This is the one you use when you know you want change but do not know how it is going to come about. Christine advises that as you use this board, you use the clarity of your desire to look for pictures that will portray your visions. This is the one I will be making next month for the year 2017.
The last one is the “Theme Board”. This is the one you use if you are working with a particular area in your life say work and career or family.
In Conclusion, it is imperative to remember anyone can make a vision board. You do not have to limit yourself to only pictures. If you love words like me, use quotes or affirmations or scripture. What is important is that your board reflects your desires and has enough motivation for you to go out and achieve the goals you set.