A few years ago I came across an interesting article on vision boards and goal setting. This caught my imagination and I produced my very first vision board. It wasn’t intricate and it wasn’t overly detailed. However, it worked and it got me focusing on the things I had put on there. It got me working towards things I’d always wanted to do but always ended up putting to one side. Half of this happened without me even realizing, by continually looking at that board. I found I was subconsciously making decisions and choices that lead me in the direction of my goals.
After recognizing this I took the time to find and hop on to a couple of online vision board parties. This gave me an even greater understanding of how I could make my vision board work better for me. For example, I have quit smoking, started meditating, eat a lot healthier and enjoy a regular yoga practice since using vision boards. My relationships have improved, I have gone back into education and much, much more. Even the planning and development of Surrender to Happiness was and still continues to be on my vision board.
What is a vision board?
So let’s begin by looking at what a vision board actually is. A vision board (also known as a dream board) is a board on which you display photographs, words, quotes, pictures. And anything else that helps you visualize your future goals. It is made from cardboard with paper clippings and photographs attached to it or made on a computer. Essentially what you are creating is a board with your future goals clearly defined upon it. This board is then placed somewhere prominent so you look at it several times a day. Looking at it will help keep you focused clearly on your goals and the direction you are heading in.
“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular” – Tony Robbins
You first need to set your goals. This can be done in either one session or over a few days/weeks. It all depends on you and what you are comfortable with. I jot down my goals, wishes & aspirations using a piece of paper and a pen.
This is the process I use: Once you have your pen and paper ready and are sat comfortably, take a little time to just breathe. Get your head into a creative space where you’re able to use your imagination to visualize the life you want to be living.
Take away all the blocks and negativity and think about: where would you be? where you would go? what qualities would you possess? how would you feel in mind, body, and spirit? if there were no boundaries. Write it all down on the sheet of paper as bullet points, sentences, or a mixture of both. Write however feels natural to you. Put your thoughts out there, this is the beginning of making them a reality.
Once you have finished writing your goals down on the sheet of paper, look at your wants and recognize any negative thoughts you have that may stop you from achieving your goals. These could be as simple as you believing you don’t have enough time to do something or believe it costs too much money. Negativity will stop you from achieving your goals as thoughts often determine what actions we take. If you think you can’t achieve something then you won’t. Negative thoughts stop us from pushing that bit harder and from stepping out of our comfort zone. Once you recognize you have these thoughts release them, let them go and don’t allow them to hold you back.
Refine your goals
Next, take some time to look at and refine your goals. If for example you’ve written down lose weight, it’s hard to measure your progress. Whereas, if you refine it to lose 8lb’s or 3.6kg it instantly becomes a more achievable goal. By concentrating on losing a specific amount of weight, you are more likely to achieve your goal.
If you’ve written down save towards buying a house and you refine your goal to save £20,000 towards a deposit. You have a set yourself a figure to work towards.
Refining your goals will make you think more in-depth about what you want to get out of life. Over time I have also found that aiming low can also be a mistake. If I aim higher, even if I don’t reach my goal in the time frame that I set myself, I’ll have pushed myself further and achieved more than if I’d aimed low.
Making your board
After you have refined your goals and know exactly what you want out of this stage in your life, it is time to begin. Start collecting photographs, pictures, and magazine clippings. Quotes, words and anything at all that you can put either on a physical or digital board that is relevant to your goals.
I have a photograph of my adult children on my vision board with the writing “ date night with these two beauties once a month – Family date night”. Now the theory behind this and I’m being realistic as they’re both young adults who have busy work and social lives. But I still want us to spend quality time with each other to maintain our healthy relationships. They both have partners who are also included on our nights out if they wish to join us.
One night a month spent doing something with each of my children is not taking up too much of their time or asking too much of them. One family date night a month, which we decided was to go out for a meal, helps maintain all the relationships in my family. Including husband and wife, siblings, parent and child relationships. I know the meaning behind the pictures of my children and the tiny bit of writing next to them. I don’t need the in-depth version on my vision board. So use clippings of words, short quotes, and pictures, just make them all relevant to your goals. And easy to digest each time you look at your board.
Focusing on your vision board and manifesting your dreams
It is important that your board speaks to you, so make it attractive to you. After all, you are the person who will be looking at it and visualizing your future. Put it on your desktop if it’s a digital board. Set it as the home screen on your phone and print it out and hang it up in your house. If it is a physical board hang it up, photograph it and again set it as your desktop and home screen on your phone.
The more you look at it the more you will find yourself focusing on your goals and visualizing what it would be like to achieve them. This, in turn, will motivate you to work towards achieving your goals.
If you’ve planned to achieve your goal one way and it doesn’t work, be flexible and change the way you are working towards your goal, but don’t give up on your goal. Part of the experience is the journey itself.
If you are looking for a little added help don’t forget you can use crystals to help manifest your goals. Start with manifestation quartz. As the name suggests these crystals can manifest/create a new reality. Bringing things into your life that you desire. You could also set out a crystal grid to help manifest your intentions. For more information on crystal grids take a look at our blog post about them.
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