Lately, I’ve been thinking about creating a vision board and quite frankly, it’s long overdue. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, a vision board is simply a collage of images, pictures, and affirmations of your dreams.
The trend has been surfacing among the web and in books for some time now. A vision board allows you to focus on your desires and ultimate goal by utilizing the law of attraction (the more you see and attract your vision, the closer you become to achieving it). I wrote briefly about the law of attraction when I revealed my version of the secret to achieving overall wellness, happiness, and wealth but I’ve been too lazy to actually take things to the next level and create my own vision board.
The thought of having to go out and buy a board along with little crafts, pictures, and other materials does sound like it could be fun, but I just haven’t had the time plus I don’t want to go overboard and drop $50 on materials just to create my dream board; Because trust me, that can definitely happen.
Aside from my little unworthy excuses, I do believe it’s time to create my vision board and it will be totally worth it in the end. Here’s why:
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Vision boards are not all glitz and glam nor are they your 8th-grade art project resurrected. They actually work 9 out of 10 times. It’s similar to writing goals and holding yourself accountable for them. Only you are bringing your written goals to life by capturing images to reflect those aspirations. Then, as The Secret says, you manifest it!
They’ve worked for tons of people, including Oprah.
I’m aware that people have given vision boards a lot of flack in the past for being unhelpful and basically a hoax. But we should all know by now that nothing good can happen for you if you don’t do the work and put the effort into becoming successful. Sticking a picture of $1 million dollars on your vision board won’t make you a millionaire. You have to create a solid plan and put forth the effort on your part to make things happen for yourself.
Making Dreams Become Actual Goals and Accomplishments
When considering what my vision board would include, I had to really ask myself what it was that I wanted out of life. I decided to break my goals down and start with my 5-year plan. Here’s where I want to see myself in 5 years:
-Debt free (other than a possible mortgage)
-Very mindful and living intentionally
-6+ months of expenses in my EF and no longer living paycheck to paycheck
-Able to vacation whenever I want. I want to travel to Spain, Japan, Irsael, and Brazil for starters (this might be the future me leaning more toward self employment 🙂 )
-A diversified investment portfolio
-Saving 50% of my income
-Healthy and Active (reaching all my weight loss goals of course>)
-Possessing a solid and effective brand to attract my target client base
Now while most of these are professional and finance related goals for the future, I still have personal goals as well but I’ve decided to mainly focus on my professional visions for the future with my board for the time being.
In my opinion, working with my hands to find images, phrases, and tools to physically create something will be a bit more effective than simply listing my goals. I enjoy writing about my goals and my strategies for reaching them, but sometimes it just seems so technical to me and I often question whether or not I should write out my crazy and sometimes impractical dreams.
With a vision board, I don’t have to contemplate whether or not I should mention something or question the practicality of my dreams. If I want to put a picture of the Egyptian pyramids on my board in the hopes that I will see them with my own eyes one day, I can do so without any further explanation.
It’s In Your Face Challenging You, All The Time
When you create a vision board, where you decide to place it is crucial. You should place your board in a location that you will see each day. Some of the best spots include your bedroom, kitchen, next to your nightstand, or even on the ceiling above your bed.
Seeing your vision board daily with remind you of your goals and inspire you to become and experience those items you placed on your board. Humans are very visual people and the more we see something, the more we recognize it and start to accept it. I plan on putting my vision board on the wall right next to my bed. I’ll definitely have to take some photos and share them with you guys when it’s finished.
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