I created my first vision board in December 2018 after connecting with Kristel C. David at WAGcademy. At the time, vision boards were gaining popularity, but I was already familiar with the concept of the Law of Attraction (LoA) after reading The Secret in college.
The Law of Attraction is a powerful, universal law that provides the opportunity to shape our lives and attract our deepest, greatest desires. It states that:
OUR ATTITUDES AND BELIEFS CREATE A MAGNET TO ATTRACT EVENTS, CIRCUMSTANCES, AND OPPORTUNITIES TO LIVE OUT THOSE ATTITUDES AND BELIEFS.
One of the most powerful tools for utilizing the LoA is making a vision board. Creating a vision board is more than merely cutting out magazine pictures and gluing them onto a board, hoping to attract your desires. It’s a tool for accessing the LoA and turning your greatest dreams into a reality.
Kristel showed me a different version of the vision board than I was used to, and this was also the first time I had done a virtual vision board. I loved the concept since I was living overseas and could not join a group in person.
One of the reasons why I was drawn to this version is because I know that magazine images are edited and what we see is not how the image actually looks in real life - simply put, all models are retouched. I choose to use my words versus other people’s words because my words are in my control and I choose not to tell the Universe that I desire a retouched version of reality as my own. Plus, there's something energetic about actually handwriting your goals. You'll be amazed at how things just start popping up all over the place once you set the intention for what you want and how you want to feel.
So, my husband and I worked on our individual and family vision boards and we placed them under the TV in the living room, since that is where we spent most of our day. Slowly but surely, we were able to pull the Post-Its off of our boards! I still remember how awesome it felt peeling off the goals while also feeling shocked that I had made a vision board that worked!
At the end of the year, I reflected back at my vision board and I realized that it was not the vision board alone that works. It’s a clear vision and all the work I did to make my visions a reality. I created goals and broke them down into smaller, achievable goals. I invested in myself and in a team. I did the work, tears and all, and my vision board helped me create, track, and accomplish my goals.
One thing I will update for 2020 is to have one central vision board that I look at every day and a few small ones that are theme-specific. Each area of our lives affect each other, so starting with one central vision board usually makes sense. Theme boards that center on specific events or areas of your life are great too for goals or events that pop up unexpectedly. For instance, a wedding-day-specific will help you focus on how you want to feel on your big day, or a career-specific board at your desk space can help you work towards that promotion or starting your own business.
What's the point of a vision board?
Putting your goals on paper in a visual format can actually help you achieve them. According to Psychology Today, mental practices (like visualization) can increase motivation, confidence, and even motor performance. In fact, in one study, researchers found that, in athletes, visualization was almost as effective as physical practice.
The idea behind this is that when you surround yourself with visions of your ideal life (who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you want to vacation), your life changes to match those visions and those desires through the power of visualization.
Visions boards force you to examine your desires and focus on those that truly matter to you. Whether creating one or several boards, the limited space forces you and empowers you to focus on your most treasured desires.
How does a vision board work?
We are wired for repetition, so every time we repeat an action, we become stronger with that action. By creating a vision board and placing it in a spot you see every day, you create the opportunity for consistent visualization to train your mind, body, and spirit to manifest your desires.
Making a display of what you want actually does bring it to life. What we focus on expands.
Creating a vision board helps you make sense of what you really want because you create a solid, well-defined image of your desired future. It allows you to create a positive image that keeps your attention on your own potential while it helps to distract you from negative thoughts from unhelpfully critical self-talk because you are constantly reminded you of the better future that you are working to achieve.
So, what's the big secret to creating a vision board that works? It's simple:
YOUR VISION BOARD SHOULD FOCUS ON HOW YOU WANT TO FEEL, NOT ON JUST THE THINGS YOU WANT.
Don't get me wrong, it's great to include the material stuff, too. However, the more your board focuses on how you want to feel, the more it will come to life.
PREPARE YOUR VISION BOARD
Please purchase the following supplies, and you can visit my Amazon Shopping List for easy purchasing (choose one from each row):
(Foam, Cork, Poster, Dry Erase, etc.) board
Sharpie or Marker
2 different colored Post-It Notes
SET UP YOUR SAFE SPACE
No Matter which method you choose, how to make a vision board that is right for you should be started with a little ritual. Sit quietly and set the intent. You can even turn on some soothing music or sounds of nature, light candles, or dim the lights. Give yourself a stress-free hour or two to put your board together.
Meditate or say a prayer before you begin. If you often ask God, spirit guides, ancestors, the universe, your higher self, or angels for help, go ahead and say a prayer and call in those energies to empower your experience. It also helps to meditate; take some time to sit quietly and check-in with how you’re feeling. Let go of all your worries about the day. Here is a meditation routine to help improve your creativity!
With lots of kindness and openness, ask yourself what it is you want in your personal and professional life: anything from relationships, finances, home, travel, personal growth (spirituality, social life, education) and health to your career and your passions that create income. Maybe one word will be the answer. Maybe images will come into your head. Just take a moment to be with that. This process makes it a deeper experience. It gives a chance for your ego to step aside just a little and your subconscious mind to arise so that you can more clearly create your vision.
What true wishes and desires do you want to reflect on your vision board? Begin to write these thoughts down on the “My Ideal Life” worksheet.
If you want a vision board that works, the absolute BEST thing that you can do for yourself is to get clear about what you actually want, not what you think you should want or what you’ve been conditioned to want. Satisfaction comes when we are living in integrity with what really matters to us, regardless of how embarrassing or taboo it may seem. Remember to FEEL, DON’T THINK YOUR WAY THROUGH THE EXERCISE.
WRITE IT DOWN AND WATCH IT HAPPEN
Now, write down what your typical day is like with this on the “My Typical Day” worksheet.
Then, write down your ideal day on the “My Ideal Day” worksheet. Read both worksheets side by side to see where the differences lie.
Lastly, fill out the “My 2020 Goals” worksheet to prepare for the live session January 21, 2020.
Be sure to ground your list in the things that you are actually in control of, which are your thoughts, feelings, emotions, choices, actions, and reactions. You cannot control anything outside of you, including other people. So, if you came up with things other than your own internal state or actions, put them behind the board so you can make the update at a later date or change the goal to something you can control.
JUST SO YOU KNOW
As you begin taking action and making your vision real, you will start to notice blocks in the form of stories, limiting beliefs, unhealed emotional wounds, habits, and unconscious patterns that are in the way. Nothing has gone wrong when this happens. That is just how the transformation works. Healing that resistance, coupled with your aligned actions, is HOW you create a life that is filled with your heartfelt dreams and desires. There is no way around that.
So in the next two weeks before our live Vision Board session, write down any blocks you notice in your journal as you start putting visions into action.
Join your fellow WAGS and Special Guest Kristel C. David on Tuesday, January 21 at 10AM PST/1PM EST on Zoom as we create and break down our vision board into bite-sized goals.
Leave the magazine cutouts in 2019 as we will create a new style that will inspire you all year.