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Friday, July 27, 2012

How to Make Effective Vision Boards

Vision boards can serve as great reminders to stay focused on our goals and dreams.  There are a variety of ways you can create a vision board, but the most important things are that it should be in a place where you see it regularly, and it should reflect a few of your highest goals.

Avoid the temptation to put 100 goals on a vision board.  You may have 100 goals and that's great, but when a vision board gets cluttered with "too much" going on - it can take away from the process.  You will scatter your energy and not be as effective as if you have only a few things (no more than 5 max) that you are working on.  When your goals are placed in manageable numbers, the power to manifest those goals will go a lot further.

Your vision board should be organized.  Collage is a nice artform, but even collages tend to have rhyme or reason to them.  When your thoughts are organized, your energy is more focused and you can better direct it to the goal(s) at hand.  Prioritize, place the goals you are working on that are more immediate first and ones that may take a bit more time or steps further down the line.

Your vision board should be something you enjoy adding to and it should be something easy to change and manipulate.  Mine is a giant corkboard that hangs in the office room.  I have some motivational quotes on there to help keep me inspired, and my more immediate goals in the center where we tend to naturally focus more.  On the perimeter are my more distant goals. 

Another idea for a convenient way to do a vision board is Pinterest! :) It is a virtual pinboard where you can pin everything under the sun - from favorite recipes, to craft ideas, and inspirations.  You can also put a vision board on there, pinning ideas from various places you visit on the web.  I love pinterest.  It has brought a lot of new ideas and creativity into my life and I hope it will do the same for you!

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More Vision Board Ideas 

  • Draw your ideas out on paper - either literally, or in a mindmap.  Mind mapping can be a great way to narrow down a goal also.  I wrote about it in a previous post.  You can do a mindmap, scan it or print it and put it up with a picture or two on your vision board to keep you motivated. 
  • Instead of using magazine pics etc. or other "distant" visuals - take a day and go out with your camera.  Photograph some things for your vision board, perhaps a house that looks like the one you want to build or buy, maybe a garden you would like to build etc.  This makes you an active participant and enhances the energy behind your board.  

How to Use Your Vision Board 

It won't be effective to just look at it.  In order to make a vision board work for you, you have to spend several minutes daily focusing on your board.  Really look at it and focus your thoughts only on the goals you want to reach.  As you focus a few moments on each goal, allow yourself to experience the feelings of already having it.  Be grateful that it is yours and on its way to you.  Ask your higher self /Spirit for guidance on the steps you can take to facilitate reaching that goal.  If sudden ideas or inspirations hit you (while looking at your board or at other times) write them down right away so you don't forget!

Follow up! You must follow up on your inspirations and ideas with action.  When the right ideas appear you will naturally have or draw to you what you need to enact them.  Keep an open mind and heart and know that what you focus on intently and with purpose will manifest in your life.

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