Vision Boards – What They Are and What’s Their Purpose

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Visualization, also known as a mental rehearsal or mental imagery, is a powerful tool our minds use to focus on things we want to achieve. More importantly, a good visualization focuses on how we want to feel when we accomplish our goals.  

According to the Rhonda Byrne book, The Secret, the law of attraction shapes our life through our thoughts, and one of the most powerful tools to shape our life experiences is visualization. 

As per Byrne, “When you are visualizing, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe,” reflecting your thoughts to your entire life experience.

Visualization Benefits

The benefits of visualization are nearly endless. According to the law of attraction, by practicing visualization, you train your subconscious mind to attract the desired outcomes, skills, or events.

Mental imagery can help you overcome self-sabotaging thinking patterns, encouraging you to overcome negativity. In addition, it can help you gather energy to fulfill your dreams and encourage you to work towards your goals. 

You can use visualization to familiarize yourself with a specific situation before it actually happens, strengthening your self-assurance and helping you relax. 

Visualization can be a great mental tool to fight performance anxiety and motivate yourself to perform well. Creating mental pictures in your mind of an outcome you want to achieve can help you practice success because “seeing” yourself succeed strengthens your faith that it will happen. In addition, mental rehearsal allows you to imagine every step of a future activity going well, increasing your confidence.

It is not a secret that most successful athletes use visualization to imprint the pictures of success in their subconscious mind. 

The visualization techniques have been well-researched and documented, proving mental rehearsal to be a great asset in the athletic preparation for competitions.

Studies show that visualization is the most effective when applied through vision boards. Also, vision boards will help turn mental imagery into a daily habit, increasing its usefulness.  

According to Tara Swart, a neuroscientist, and an executive advisor, looking at your visual board helps your brain think about opportunities that may otherwise go unnoticed. That’s because the brain pays more attention to pictures than written words. 

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The more you look at your vision board, the more important the images on it become. So, the vision board imprints important things into your subconscious mind, leaving out unnecessary information.

How to Create and Use Vision Boards

To stimulate your subconscious mind to attract positive outcomes, create a vision board for each goal you want to achieve. It is a good idea to follow a few guidelines to make your vision boards effective. 

  • Determine and set your intention
  • Identify how you want to feel about it
  • Add motivation words and quotes 
  • Develop strategies for reaching your goals
  • Add quotes and pictures that inspire you
  • Place the vision board somewhere where you can see it 
  • Focus on it as often as you can 

Recording your dreams in a tangible, visible form will stamp visualizations in your subconscious mind, encouraging it to manifest what you want to achieve

Vision boards enhance visualization, helping you stay focused on your goals. They also provide motivation, encouraging you to act toward accomplishing your goals. In addition, a good vision board provides clarity, helping you discern between what’s important and what is not. 

A vision board will serve as a constant reminder of what you want to achieve and how you want to feel, improving your determination and inspiring action. 

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Finally, a good vision board can boost your self-esteem, increase mood, and alleviate anxiety.

The Types of Vision Boards

A vision board is a visual method of displaying visualizations about your goals and dreams. You can create various types of vision boards depending on the goals you want to achieve. Here are three different types of vision boards to make your visualizations more tangible. 

1. Theme-Based 

Theme-based vision boards are a great option when you want to focus on new beginnings or a specific part of your life, i.e., health, work, or love.

When creating a theme-based vision board, you must determine your intention and focus on a specific goal. For example, if your goal is to improve your self-confidence, you can find images and words that reflect someone with strong confidence. However, try to be as specific as possible. 

For instance, if you want to be more confident when expressing your needs, you want to look for images and quotes that depict assertiveness and self-compassion. 

The most common type of theme-based vision board is cut and stick board – you simply use a corkboard, craft paper, or something similar, and attach cut-out pictures, words, and quotes to the board.

2. Vision Books

A vision book is very similar to a journal. A vision book is convenient because you can carry them around and look at them whenever you want. It also allows you to organize your goals, separating them into different pages. 

Another advantage of a vision book is that you can use it as your diary and your calendar where everything is in one place. You can keep track of your thoughts, plans, schedules, and activities in a vision book.

3. Vision Boards for Inner Reflection

You may want to create a vision board for inner reflection when you are unsure of what you desire or don’t know how to begin your visualization. 

To help awaken your intuition, simply skim through magazines, websites, and creative ideas and pick everything that catches your attention without giving it much thought. Then, simply trust your gut and select pictures and words you feel drawn to.  

Once you collected everything that resonates, take your time to look at every piece and think about what it means to you. Mindfully observe your thoughts. 

This type of vision board can improve self-awareness and help clarify your goals.

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Vision boards can be an excellent way to shape up your visualizations and make them visible. A good vision board can be a powerful way to clarify your goals and strategies to achieve them.

It can improve your confidence, help you stay focused on what you want to attract, and motivate you to put effort to fulfill your dreams. 

If you are interested in holding a vision boarding class or getting together feel free to reach out. 

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