The Power Of Vision Boards
When rewiring your thoughts for a more positive life one of the most powerful tools that you can utilize are vision boards.
We humans are visual by nature. If we want to truly rewire our negative limiting beliefs then you will want to do more than just affirmations and meditation. I am a firm believer in the power of thought and the Law of Attraction. The main universal law states that ” Our attitudes and beliefs create a magnet to attract events, circumstances and opportunities to live out those attitudes and beliefs.”
What Is A Vision Board
Basically it is a tool that helps you visually focus on your desires, intentions,and goals in life. If used correctly, like affirmations it can be a consistent reminder to focus, not on your negative thoughts but on the positive transformation that you have embarked on. Remember we are rewiring your brain to stop the negative self talk from our sub conscious mind. Studies have revealed that our thoughts can produce the same results as action. Mental imaging plays a big role in this. Vision boards help your brain train your body for the reality that you envision.
There are three main points of using a board
A:Focus and choice – Because it literally is a board(most commonly used is a bulletin board) it forces you to make the choices that you want to focus on the most. What are your desires or goals that you want to achieve first.These makes selecting the pictures and images more meaningful to you. When you start looking at pictures or messages to put on your board do so with feeling. They have to provoke a feeling a positivity. Be as detailed as possible, but do not overthink the process.
B:Visualization Is Powerful – Think and Grow Rich is a favorite book of mine written by Nepolean Hill. There is a part in there where he states “Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.” He goes on to include that “thoughts become things” that is a quote I have come to live by and I can not say it enough. IT WORKS. By visualizing our positive thoughts and what we want our goals and desires to be we are going to be focused on the action of acquiring them.
C:Consistency Is Power – Research as shown that a habit either bad or good takes around three weeks. A habit is an act of repeating an action. Each time it is repeated we are becoming stronger in that action. This holds true for our bad habits and for our good habits. This is how essentially to wire our brains and thoughts. A vision board allows us to be consistent in our new positive confidence selves.
There are as many kinds of boards as there are people, each one is unique to you. It can be streamlined or a chaotic piece of abstract art. Getting your self prepared is easy and can be fun too. Kind of like a treasure hunt.
The first important thing you will want to do is make a plan as to what kind of message you want your board to convey. You can benefit by making a list of your wishes and goals. Some question examples would be :
A: What are my true values in life?
B: What do I want my family life to look like? Or my home?
C: Do I see myself healthy and fit ? Get a good picture in detail of how that will look
D: Ask yourself (and be honest) What do I see myself doing in my free time? More traveling, volunteering etc.
E: What kind of money do I want? This is always a fun question.
You will want your goals and affirmations to be motivators.
Now you will need to start gathering your supplies. Like stated earlier most boards are simple bulletin boards you can pick up almost anywhere Walmart,Office Supply,even thrift stores. Another board you can use is poster board.
I did have one friend of mine she used one whole side of her bedroom wall. She just kept adding to it has she grew in her own knowledge I’m not suggesting anything that elaborate but for her it worked and is still working.
Now just start gathering images that radiate with you. There is inspiration around almost every corner we live in now. You can use magazines for images, quotes,your own camera if you see something that inspires you or is in relation to one of your goals, go for it. You can even download a ton of free images on the internet. Books can be great resource for not only images but also quotes and affirmations.
If you want to use words, affirmations,quotes etc. get you some paper or my favorite construction paper. Write them down or paint them down even. Those little things are telling the universe and your thoughts that you are taking action.
Time To Create Your Vision
Make this like if you were treating yourself and getting all dressed up to go out on the town or a date. Feel the excitement of it and make it feel special. This is something special you are doing for yourself .
A: Find somewhere that is quite, a room in the house where you can just be with no interruptions.Try to set aside at least an hour preferably longer. Keep in mind that this is your time and that you are working on a special gift. A gift to yourself.
B: Set out all your supplies. The board that you will be using all your images, scissors everything. Set them all out in the room with you. That way you will not have to go searching for glue or construction paper or anything. This will keep you focused on the project at hand.
C: Get some relaxing music to play in the background. Something that will give you the sense of peace. Instrumental,sounds of nature or Tibetan chants
D: Light some of your incense or candles. Smells and our sense of smell can be powering. Bringing with it a sense of soothing energy.
E: This is one that I would recommend if you are comfortable with it. Meditate for a few minutes before assembling your board. If you are not completely comfortable meditating at least take a few moments to let go of your day especially any worries that you have had in the day. You want to get in touch with your feelings. Start creating!
Have fun and let yourself enjoy the process. Start looking through your images and start writing your quotes and sayings out. Every time you find a new image to paste on your board take a moment and hold it in your hands, look at it yet really look at that image. Feel the way that picture or image makes you feel. See yourself getting what you are wanting. Feel the emotion of it. What you are feeling are the feelings you want to get every time you look at your board.
After you are done put your board in a place that you will be able to see it at least once a day. Make it a goal to be able to sit and reflect with your board at least once a week for ten or fifteen minutes. Take that time to reflect on why you choose those images. Revisit the feelings of gratitude and happiness that you had when you held each one in your hands.
It can be a very powerful motivator in achieving what you want in life. Vision boards are a great tool in rewiring your thoughts in order to transform your life.