The mind is a powerful organ, and the power of suggestion, positive thinking, and goal setting is real. It is no secret that we can shape our reality with our thoughts. Creating a tangible representation of our life’s hopes and desires is one of the best ways to manifest our goals and see them come to fruition. Crafting a visualization board is one of the most effective ways to achieve this.
Harnessing the Law of Attraction
The Law of Attraction states that our reality is based on our thoughts and what we focus on most. We attract into our life what our brain is telling us to attract. Most people have an internal script that shows them how to view and process the world. If that script is positive, you will manifest positive outcomes in life. Surrounding yourself with positive people, repeating daily positive affirmations, and creating vision boards will help you to reach your goals and create the life that you will be excited about living.
Every day, we put out energy into the universe, and we take in power from the world around us. The energy we circulate determines our life’s path. While we can’t control everything that happens to us, we do have the power to manifest good or bad things into our lives. The thoughts in our head, the company we keep, and the way we react to life all have a role in shaping our destiny.
What Are Vision Boards?
A vision board, or “visualization board,” is a physical poster that contains photos and other physical representations of the life you want. Most people take a hard poster board and cut out pictures of what they want in their lives. Some people paste pictures of cars, homes, and material items. Other people stick on pictures of babies, experiences, and trips.
The whole purpose of the exercise is to take the goals that are in your head and make them exist in the real world, if only on paper at first. The idea is that they will eventually become a reality because the visual representation is telling your brain exactly what to strive for and work toward.
The Power of Intention
Most people don’t live by intention. They operate on a sort of “life autopilot,” in which they go through the motions without thinking deliberately about what they want in life. Your visualization board will force you to make your intentions clear. First, examine what it is you want from your life. Be specific. In creating your vision board, you are giving your brain a command.
To carry out this command, it has to know exactly what to look for. It’s not enough to put money on the vision board. You have to tell your brain, “I want a job that offers me a $30,000 a year raise,” and find images that fit that exact vision.
Our brains tell our bodies what to do. Whenever we plan to take action, our minds practice this action in our head first.
Going to the airport in a week? Your brain is already thinking about the route beforehand. When we tell our brain what it is we want, our brain starts taking steps to make it a reality.
Conversely, if we focus heavily on what we don’t want, our brain will get the signal to manifest that right into our lives. When creating your vision board, be intentional. Tell your mind precisely what you want it to do and start putting your positive energy out into the universe.
Plan Out Your Board in Advance
Think about what you want to put on your board and write it down on paper. Consider the message you want to send the universe. Your vision board will likely include your goals for the following areas of life:
-Love and Romance
Decide whether you want to create one board with everything on it or multiple boards for different areas of your life. Make sure that your vision board doesn’t contain conflicting ideas that will confuse your brain and the universe. If you add photos of a home and a family to your board, then add pictures of a person solo traveling around the world, you’re going to confuse the universe about what it is that you want. If you prioritize leisure time on your board, then also paste pictures of a high-stress, time-consuming career, you will make the universe confused with this conflict.
Carefully Select Your Materials
Some people create an online visualization board to visualize their goals. This is less effective than a physical board that you can see and touch daily. Think about where you will put your vision board before you shop for materials. Do you have space for a large board?
Think about the color of your board. Different colors convey different emotions. Red means action and decision. Red is an assertive color and perfect for hard-charging goals. Green usually represents stability, earth, and money. Blue can convey calmness, rational thinking, and peace. Use a blue vision board when your goal is to have a more relaxing and peaceful life.
Decide whether you want to use magazine clippings or photos on your board. Your board may also contain newspaper clippings, quotes from the Internet, and book pages. You can handwrite messages on your visualization board as well. The way you design is entirely up to you.
Create Your Vision Board
After planning out your board and gathering your materials, you can create your vision board. Choose a time when you won’t be interrupted, and you can be as relaxed as possible. Some people drink tea or light incense while creating their visualization board. The key here is that you have to be in a positive mood with little to no stressors distracting you.
Start thinking of precisely what you want. Be specific in your mind. Think of the exact home you want, down to the color of the paint and the plants in your front yard. Think of yourself as placing an order into the universe that it has no choice but to fulfill.
While most people create their boards in one shot, you can take as much time as you need to complete your visualization board. When you have completed it, display it in a part of your home that you frequently pass so that it stays at the forefront of your mind.
Vision Board Parties
Some people host parties at their home, school, or place of worship to create vision boards. Creating your vision board in a communal environment has its benefits and drawbacks. The most significant advantage is that you get positive feedback from the other people in attendance. Speaking your goals aloud also adds a degree of accountability. Your friends will know that you are trying to craft a specific life, and they may encourage you, keep you on track and send new opportunities your way.
Creating your vision board with an audience can, however, be detrimental to your goals. Other people can discourage you from your goals, both intentionally and accidentally. If you’re planning to take a year off to travel the world, other people may say that your goal is unrealistic or that you’ll run out of money. Also, seeing other people’s vision boards can make you feel inadequate or foolish. You may think that you’re either aiming too low or too high with your goals.
If you are confident and secure, you may find vision board parties are a fun way to start dreaming of your goals and putting them into action. It’s also an excellent way to save on the cost of materials, making your vision board a more economical project.
Final Thoughts: Why Do Vision Boards Work?
Many people wonder why vision boards work in the first place. After all, they’re just photos on a poster board. Many people fail to realize that the power of suggestion, the Law of Attraction, and the power of the mind all work together to craft the life that we want. Vision boards, however, are not magic genies. You can’t just paste pictures on a board and hope for the best. They are simply a tool to help you visualize what it is that you will be working on in your daily life.
Vision boards are most effective when used as an overall strategy in changing your life. If you are hoping to buy a home, you should include photos of the home you want on your board. Besides, you should also be doing the work necessary to secure that home. The vision board works to keep your goal at the forefront of your mind so that you don’t lose sight of it.
When used in combination with real-world efforts, vision boards can harness the Law of Attraction and the power of positive thinking to help you lead a life of intention. Whether you are trying to bring love into your life, see the world, or start a new business, creating a vision board is an effective way to make your life’s dreams a reality.