“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.” ~ Robert Collier
In a nutshell, the above quote is essentially the way a vision board works. Sounds stupid easy right? Well, it kind of is …and it kind of isn’t.
What IS a Vision Board?
A Vision Board is a visual representation of your desires, hopes, and dreams….it is a “vision” of your life. A collection of images which are pinned, tacked, taped, and/or glued to a board of your choice. Poster board, foam board, bulletin board, cork board, your wall, and hell, even a big piece of plywood (although not recommended). It’s really all up to you and your personal taste.
Location, Location, Location!
A very important part of the process is placing it where you will see it frequently throughout the day. My board is in front of me and to my right, directly above my printer. It’s a perfect spot since I spend a lot of time at this computer. The power of the board will be greatly reduced it you tuck it away in a room that is seldom used. Think high traffic area or wherever you spend most of your time. Keep one at work if your boss allows it…..and if not…..find a photo of a “nice” boss and put that on your board!
There is no ONE place to find images to use, but a great place is from magazines. Also, brochures and pamphlets, your photo album, print anything you see online, artwork, or even create something yourself. Having a printer or copier at home helps when you need to get creative.
Tear out any photo which brings you some type of joy, but be very selective. Make sure you are holding an image of something you sincerely want and don’t be overly greedy. Be mindful of the other things a photo represents. If you save a picture of your dream home, pay attention to the type of trees in the yard. Maybe there’s a palm tree in the yard but you hate hot climates …..uh oh! Don’t be surprised if you suddenly get transferred to a state you hate.
If it’s a new car you desire, select ONE make and model and focus on that. Do NOT put up several images of several different types of cars as that will be confusing. Even artwork you have hanging on your walls can influence what you bring into your life! Be careful of what you display in your home!
I’m NOT a big automobile geek so I put up a few images of a Honda Fit and I even specified a color. It’s not an exotic car but that’s all I want. You can keep your Mercedes and BMW’s….that just isn’t me. I actually drive a Honda right now…..I have been driving it since I was 25 years old and I turn 42 this year… VERY Reliable!!
Supplies I use
I use a poster frame for my board. It’s like any regular frame except it’s the size of a movie poster. It helps to keep everything neat and tidy by being framed and covered under plastic! I use a glue stick or regular scotch tape and you may have read that glue sticks don’t hold very long but so far, not a problem for me as I will bring these things into my life by the time the glue looses it’s grip. Think positive!
Digital Vision Boards!
If you know how to add images to your wallpaper and/or screensaver, you can use both of those for this visualization technique. You computer will display your desires all day long.
If you own one of those digital picture frames, you can even use that for visualization. Download some photos from the internet and you’re there. Be creative.
Everything above was the easy part. The harder part is this…changing the way you think. We are all accustomed to dwelling on what we don’t have, but this is a habit you need to break and it’s not easy for many to do.
After your board is complete, look at it, feel those images as if you already have them, feel grateful, feel the emotion as if you already have everything on your board. Imagine the sensation of touch, smell, taste, or sound.