At the beginning of January every year I used to set out my goals for the year ahead. New years resolutions they call them. Resolution, I don’t think so, until recently I can’t remember any year where I resolutely stuck to my goals.
Most years I’d quit before the end of January, some goals I managed to keep going until February, if I was lucky but inevitably every year these goals fall by the wayside before we hit March.
All that changed when I started looking at my life in a different way, not by setting goals but by envisioning a future that I excited me and building my goals on the back of that vision.
Without purpose, without an excited vision my goals just never seemed to last. One of the best ways to bring a vision of the future to life is through vision boards.
A vision board can be a wonderful tool for reminding yourself about your goals and your ultimate outcome each day. One of the most challenging parts of achieving goals is sticking with them. It’s easy to become distracted, lose hope, or even forget about them. A vision board is a solution for all of these challenges.
Regular use of a vision board keeps your goals fresh in your mind. Using a vision board also associates positive feelings with the achievement of your goals.
Nearly anything can serve as a vision board. Ideally, your vision board will be portable enough to carry with you. Then you can use it at any time. Poster board, cardboard, or even a spare wall can suffice. You might choose to use a notebook.
Vision boards have been around years and technology has brought about new ways to create them. Instead of carrying them around in the traditional way as described above, you could carry them around on something very few people leave home without, your mobile phone.
Microsoft Onenote is an excellent, free way to produce visions boards on your mobile device or computer. The pages have an almost infinite scroll both vertically and horizontally so they’re easy to create and be creative with.
If you want to share your vision boards you can create them using Pinterest, a social media site for posting images to boards around specific topics.
There are many apps on both the Apple store and the Play store for Android device users you only need to make a simple search. One of the highest rated ones is https://www.subliminalvisionboards.com/, available on both platforms.
To take your vision board to the next level, you can make them into small movies. Use Microsoft Powerpoint to create them for free. For tutorials on how to do it search ‘Powerpoint video’ on google.
If you want to invest a little money to make the whole creations process a lot simpler you might want to check out Mind Movies. Mind Movies is a piece of software that has images, affirmations and music already built in for ease of use.
You can also choose to import your own audio, video and image files and write your own affirmations making it a versatile tool for any skill level. These small movies can be carried around with you on your phone to watch anywhere you like.
Create a vision board that works:
- Decide on your goals.
This is often the most challenging part. For best effect, limit yourself to a few goals. Perhaps your goals are a fit body, a new car, and a vacation to Hawaii. It’s up to you. What excites you?
- Locate images that depict or symbolize the future you’d like to achieve. A picture is worth 1,000 words. There are plenty of sources for images: photographs, magazines, the internet, and more.
- Find pictures that best represent the goals you wish to achieve. If you’re striving for a new car, find the exact model and color. When you look at the photo, you should get the same feeling you get when you think about the goal.
- Choose the best words to go on your vision board. A suitable word might be “Porsche” or “Honolulu.” Also consider how you’ll feel when the goal is achieved: “Excited,” “Grateful,” “Proud.” What qualities will you need to achieve these goals? “Committed,” “Powerful,” or maybe “Optimistic.”
- Mount the words and photos on your vision board. Get out your scissors, glue, or tape. Arrange everything in a way that pleases you. If you’re using a digital vision board you can easily add words to your photos. For a tutorial using GIMP, a very good, free photo editing program see the video below;
The creation of a vision board is fun, simple, and easy. You might even enjoy the process.
Using your vision board is just as important as creating it:
- Keep your vision board where you’ll see it at least twice each day. On the nightstand is a great location. You’ll see it in the morning and at night. If you’re comfortable doing so, you could mount it on the bathroom mirror. For the digital version create a shortcut to it on your homepage, somewhere you’ll see it often.
- Spend a few minutes each morning using your vision board. This can set the tone for the rest of your day. Reminding yourself of your goals each morning will point your brain in the right direction. You’ll see opportunities to help make your dreams come true. It’s then your job to seize those opportunities.
- Look at each word and picture on the board. Take your time and visualize having those things in your life.
- Using your vision board before bed is just as important. Your brain is highly active while you sleep. You brain spends all night churning away, trying to find solutions to your requests. Give your brain the information it needs. Look at the items on your vision board and imagine possessing them. Experience how that feels.
- Part of your brain will spend all night trying to make your vision board a reality.
Create a vision board and use it every day. It’s not magic, though it sure seems that way. Keep your goals fresh in your mind by using your vision board twice each day. Give it a few months and see for yourself how well it works.
The important thing for you is to stick with it. Quite often people give up using vision boards too early, consistency and persistence are key to making them work.