Since the 2008 release of the book, The Secret vision boards have become very popular. Videos, Pinterest Boards, articles, and classes on vision boards have popped up everywhere.
According to Life Coach, Zakiya Larry, No matter what your goals are—to learn a new skill, to be more patient with your loved ones, travel more, career goals, and even a new car —a vision board can help keep you accountable.
In simple terms, a vision board is a visual representation of your goals, says Larry. These typically poster-sized visuals, contain all kinds of images and text that represent a goal (or goals) you have.
Why Should I Create a Vision Board?
I have to say I was curious. Could a vision board help me realize my goals?
On a rainy Saturday during the COVID 19 quarantine what did I have to lose?
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.
Step One- Decide What You Want to Accomplish
First, I had to put myself in a manifestation state of mind.
I put doTerra Wild Orange and Peppermint essential oils in my diffuser. Those are oils to promote focus and energy. Then I made a list of the goals that I wanted to achieve.
Step Two- Collect Visuals
Next, tt’s time to get out those magazines collecting dust in the corner. Look through the magazines for visual representations of your goals. Have you gone digital? You can always print images you see on Pinterest and Instagram.
Travel, home, and improvements were some of my goals. I clipped pictures of inspiring homes, quotes, and palm trees on my Vision Board. I took out the glue and placed the pictures on my Board.
Step Three- Don’t Hide It
You’ve created your vision board now what? Keep the visual representation of your goals visible.
Put in a place where you won’t miss it- your nightstand, home office or even by the television. The more that you see it the more your brain will remember your goals and keep them front and center.
Another way to keep the vision board front and. center is to take a picture of it. Use it as a screen saver or background on your phone. Whatever works for you.
Now that you have created your vision board you can’t just sit back and expect it to magically make things a reality.
Think of your vision board as a living thing—rip things off, add things, or start from scratch if you’re so inclined, says Larry. And be open to variations of what you want to achieve. For example, if your goal is to go plant-based, don’t beat yourself up if you’re more of a vegetarian after six months or so.
Only time will tell if my vision board will help me achieve my goals. I’m excited to share the results with you.