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Jan 26 2018

Vision Boarding

by Camille B

vision-board-What are your goals for 2018? Do you have a pretty good idea of what you want to achieve for the coming year, or no clue at all as to where to begin? After all, you may still have some goals left over from 2017 that you’ve somehow managed to drag over into the New Year. Why would you want to add more to that?

Each year, millions of people set out to make New Year’s resolutions which they sincerely intend to keep but somehow never quite make it to the finish line. Research shows that about 80% of people won’t stick to their New Year’s resolutions for longer than six weeks. That’s a huge number. This year, not wanting to find myself in that percentile yet again, I decided to try a different approach to tackling my goals; one that’s actually been around for quite some time, and has brought success to many: vision boarding. I figure that visualization might be just the thing I need this year to help me stay the course in achieving my goals.

What is a Vision Board?

A Vision Board, or Dream Board as some people call it, is a collage of images, pictures and affirmations of one’s dreams and desires, designed to serve as a source of inspiration and motivation.

They can be created to represent the goals you want to achieve in the different areas of your life such as travel, relationship, finance, career, home, personal growth, spirituality, health, education or any combination of these.

The purpose of your Vision Board can vary. It can be made to cover the different areas of your life at once or tailor made to focus on one very specific aspect of it, like planning a wedding, getting a book published or taking that dream vacation.

You can also use separate poster boards if you prefer to compartmentalize the different areas of your life and have a cleaner, less cluttered look. For example, you might have one board for your financial goals and another that represents your personal goals.

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Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build. Robert Collier

 

 

Why Do I Need A Vision Board?

Now you may be asking, “Why do I even need a vision board? Why can’t I simply get a yellow legal pad and make a list of all the things I want to accomplish for the new year?”

Well you can, if that’s the way you want to go, after all you have to use what works best for you. But there’s just something about visualizing what you want and having a clear picture of it.

According to author and motivational speaker Jack Canefield, “The daily practice of visualizing your dreams as already complete can rapidly accelerate your achievement of those dreams, goals and ambitions: it activates your creative subconscious, it programs your brain, it activates the law of attraction and it builds your internal motivation.”

What You’ll Need For Your Vision Board

Although you can make a virtual vision board on your computer with photos and images using a special program, the most common way is with an actual, tangible board (poster or cork). You’ll also need glue, paste, magazines for cutting images and quotes, scissors, tape, pins, markers, stickers and anything that inspires you and helps you bring that mental picture to life.

Write down your goals by hand instead of using a computer. Studies done with participants on goal-setting showed that you are 42 percent more likely to achieve your goals by writing them down on paper.

And don’t just write down goals for the near future, but the long term ones as well. Because you may not be able to take that trip to the Bahamas until 2019, but you can eliminate a debt, finish a course or lose ten pounds by the end of 2018. Go ahead and pin up that little black dress in size eight on your board.

Bring all of your senses into play as you make your board, without overthinking or stressing over it. It is supposed to be a fun and creative process, so play some music in the background, sip some wine (not too much in case you end up with a totally different board than the one you intended). But you get the picture, anything that puts you in a positive and creative mood.

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Make sure you visualize what you really want, not what someone else wants for you. Jerry Gillies

 

 

What Do You Want It To Say?

Your Vision Board should reflect all things you. Put on it all the things that motivate you and give you inspiration. Go ahead and photo shop yourself into some of the images. You should feel good every time you look at it. Find photos that correspond to your goals or dreams.

For instance, if I wanted to publish a book by the end of 2018, I would probably put things on my board that inspire that particular dream such as pictures of my favorite authors, quotes by writers who inspire me, special book covers, scenery that inspire me to write the kind of stories I want to write, even a mock book cover of what I want my published book to look like.

Place It Where You Can See It

It makes no sense going through all the trouble of making a Vision Board, engaging in such an awesome creative process, then placing it where it’s seldom seen. You want to see it every day! Let it be your sacred place if you will. Even if you don’t see it all day every day, you want to be able to see it at some point during the day, even if it’s first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. Place it in your closet, on your bedroom wall, office, cubicle, study desk or even in your kitchen if that’s where you spend most of your time.

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To accomplish great things we must first dream, then visualize, then plan… believe… act! Alfred A. Montapert

 

 

Here are some books you can find at DCPL that feature motivation, visualizing your dreams and the laws of attraction.

Dare to Win

 

Dare to Win- Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen

 

The Secret

 

The Secret– Rhonda Byrne           

 

The Power of Positive Thinking– Norman Vincent Peale                                  The power of Positive thinking

Camille Fan January 29, 2018 at 6:16 PM

I always enjoy your posts, Camille! Thank you for your insight on new year goals 🙂

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