Vision Boards, also known as Treasure Maps, Dream Boards or Vision Maps are a collage of different pictures, words, affirmations and images of what you would like to achieve in your future, your dreams, and what makes you happy.
The images and words on the Vision Board helps you stay focused on where you want to go and what you want to achieve. It can help to motivate you, stay positive and inspire you towards your goals especially in the times when you are facing challenges. It can assist you to visualise these goals or dreams as if they have manifested. By focusing on what you want to achieve and where you want to be, you are tapping into the Law of Attraction, the belief that ‘like thoughts attract like thoughts’.
To make a Vision Board decide if you want to focus on an area of life or the ‘whole’ you encompassing many areas of your life. As with Goal Setting, here are some suggestions:
- Home Environment
- Physical Activity
- Social Life
Once you have decided what area you would like to focus on:
- Collect images and pictures that relate to that area. These can be found in magazines, books, photographs and the internet. These images need to inspire you and create the feelings you wish to experience when you have achieved your goal or dreams, like excitement and joy.
- Collect words or affirmations that also relate to the area you wish to focus on.
- Initially lay out the images, words or affirmations onto a board. Ensure that each piece is where you would like it to be and that it fits with the other pieces on the board. Take your time with this.
- Once you are happy with the layout. Glue or pin the images, words and affirmations onto a board.
- Hang your Vision Board in a place where you will see it every day.
- At least once a day spend time looking at the images, saying the affirmations, and feeling what it will be like when you achieve your goal or dream.
Vision Boards are great tools to use in conjunction with setting goals. They are a visual representation of what it is that you wish to achieve and brings in the creative aspect of your brain. Once you have achieved your goal or the Vision Board does not inspire you then create another Vision Board.
I have used Vision Boards for a number of years and enjoy the process of creating a visual collage of my goals and dreams. As mentioned earlier the Vision Boards can be general or be very specific. The top picture is a Vision Board I created a few years ago and looked at a number of areas of my life (health, fitness, my children, my relationship, joy etc). The other two pictures are of more recent Vision Boards each one looking at a specific area of my life. Vision Boards can be abstract like the one I have done for myself or more tangible like the one I am working on for a holiday to France and so I have pictures of places and experiences that I wish to have while in France. There is no right or wrong way to do a Vision Board as long as it inspires you and the images, words or affirmations resonate with you.
Have you used Vision Boards before? What has your experience been?
In good health, Vicki