The Reasons Vision Boards Work and How to Make one
It usually happens, that when I announce I’m hosting a vision board workshop, I get a mix of responses. Anywhere from “Yes!!! I can’t wait!” to “Do those things really work?”. The answer is YES.
What is a Vision Board?
Simply put – it is a visual representation of your goals, that are meant to remind you and inspire you. A vision board should look something like this:
(image sourced from Google)
Notice it has images and words that represent the many goals this person wants to achieve, not just in business, but in their life?!
The goal is to select images that evoke emotion. They have to mean something to YOU. Where do you want to vacation? How do you want to feel? What is your production goal this year? These are all a few guiding questions you can use when trying to find images that you would like to place on your board.
So, how and why does all this matter? Well, there are three different ways that vision board work. Let’s explore them!
1) The Brain – There is a little part of your brain (that has a very big job), and its name is the Reticular Activating System (RAS). The RAS is responsible for filtering incoming information so that we pay attention to things that are important. Have you ever been in a really noisy room with people talking, and you hear someone call your name? Why, given all that noise and conversation, did you hear it? Your brain knows that your name is important, therefore it brings your attention to it when it is heard. RAS is also the part of the brain that is responsible for allowing you to sleep through the night despite the noise of the fridge and passing cars, yet, the moment you hear your baby cry or your child get out of bed, you pop up like a jack-in-the-box! Creating a vision board tells your brain that these things are important, therefore, it will help you become more aware of opportunities that align with your goal.
2) Neuroplasticity – Once upon a time, it was believed that our brains were fixed, and that once you reached the age of 20, your brain was fully developed and that’s how it would remain. We now know, through research and work with brain injury, that the brain is in fact not fixed, and can create new neural connections. Neuroplasticity is the concept referring to the idea that brains are capable of changing function in response to environment, emotions, thinking and behaviour. The goal with vision boards, is to focus on the stuff (thoughts, objects, feelings) that will light up your brain and strengthen that connection. (When you know what happy tastes like, your brain will want it.)
3) Law of Attraction – the philosophy behind Law of Attraction (LOA) is the belief that when you focus on a thought, the vibration of that thought will attract a matching vibration – “like energy attracting like energy”. Therefore, through the work of vision boarding and visualization in general, if you bring attention to the positive things you would like to achieve, then you will attract the positive result.
Ready to get started?
What you will need:
-Poster Board, Scissors, Glue, Lots and Lots of magazines (or printed out images from the internet. Pinterest is a great resource), and time. Lots of time! This is not something you are going to complete in a few hours. So be patient and take time to really source the images you want. Worried about young kids interrupting? No problem! Get them involved too. They can help you find the perfect vacation image? Or better yet – create a family vision board!
How to begin:
– Start thinking (if you haven’t already)about what you want to achieve this year. Would you like to plan a trip? Are you looking for more relaxation? Adventure? What kind of relationships do you want? What is your income goal? Do you have an award level you want to achieve? Once you have identified your goals, it’s time to start finding visual images and/or words that represent them.
– Once you have collected enough images, and you feel good about the ones you have, then you start gluing!
Voila! You have created a vision board
Sometimes working with others makes the process more fun. If that’s the case, throw a vision board party with colleagues or friends. Do what you need to facilitate the environment that will motivate you to create this powerful tool that will help you achieve your goals!
What tips do you have for creating a vision board?