Creative, visual and easy – vision boards have become a popular motivational tool used by people of all ages for a variety of reasons. In terms of goal setting exercises, you’ll not find a more effective and simple way to begin the process.
Vision Boards are exactly what the name suggests – your ‘vision’ on a board. Generally done in the form of a collage, they can be used to visually express goals, dreams, tasks and action items. You can get be as creative or un-creative as you want – whatever you feel will help get the best result. You might be the type of person who just likes dot points written down the page. Or, you could be the type of person who uses colours, graphics, different text sizes, photos and more to motivate themselves.
Why use pictures and words? Whoever said adults shouldn’t have fun cutting and pasting pictures wouldn’t have been more wrong. Scientific research into the Law of Attraction and mindset shows that visual aids can be highly effective tools in goal-setting and for other motivational purposes. The human brain is broken down into two hemispheres – creativity and logic. Both hemispheres need to be activated when taking in information for a person to retain the most information. Collages and a mix of pictures and words is an ideal way of achieving this. Not only that, personally selected imagery can evoke a positive response in the brain, which is strongly linked to creating positive results.
HOW TO CREATE A VISION BOARD
Start with some basic and broad questions:
Where do I want to be living in 5 years?
What car do I want to be driving?
What food do I want to be eating?
What body do you I want to be flaunting?
What relationships do you want to be in?
Where do you want to be working?
Then you can get more specific:
What 3 things do I need to complete by the end of the year?
What needs to be done today?
What action item can I create to do every day before 11 AM that will bring me closer to my bigger goals?
Remind yourself each day that it takes hard work and focus to achieve your goals. Refer, update and alter your vision board as you work through the tasks and grow, and most importantly, celebrate every single win you experience on your journey.