So there’s been a craze about vision boards (or otherwise known as mood boards) for quite some time now, and we’re here to discuss whether making one is really worth your time. Well guess what? YES – it is absolutely worth your time! Let’s outline a list of reasons about why a mood or vision board can be beneficial for you.
It is tailored to your dreams, your goals and your ambitions.
This board is one that you create. You are the original maker of the board therefore the chances of it “working” (attracting the object – e.g. attaining a house) are heightened because the images have meaning to you.
It gives you a constant reminder of what you want in life.
For the days when life throws just about 100 curve-balls at you, your vision board is there to make you feel better, and to remind you to KEEP GOING! Although you may not have reached your goals or your dreams, just think, “I’ve come this far, so I can jump this hurdle too”. The board provides an end target and can sometimes even belittle your current problems.
Be aware that sometimes you may feel disheartened that you haven’t achieved your long-term goals yet, as they are still a very visible and a constant reminder in your every day life. Just remember to focus on the end goal and realize that rainbows come after the rain!
They increase your productivity.
The vision board is your motivator – it keeps your eye on the prize while you’re running the field. Have you ever felt yourself procrastinating, and then something in your mind ‘snaps’ and you get back to work? Well, the vision board should act as a prompt to minimize your procrastination, particularly when your goals (in printed picture) are staring you right in the face.
Did someone say a ‘real’ experience?
What this means is that you have to have the right combination of pictures that really make you feel like you are having that experience (attaining the dream/goal/object). For example, don’t just put a picture of a random, nice house. Instead, go through a series of potential dream houses and find the ‘prototype’ which best fits your REAL ideal house. By doing this, you achieve results similar to how you would actually visualize your dream house to be.
What is the underlying principle of a vision board?
Vision boards are used strategically to attract energy that you consistently think about. For example, if you continuously think about the amount of bills you receive and even tell yourself ‘please don’t let there be another bill in the mail today’, you are more likely to receive more and more bills! How is this possible, some may ask? Well, according to the Law of Attraction, anything you focus on, whether it is positive or negative, is energy that you attract into your life. A vision board therefore serves a purpose of attracting all of the positives you want in your life, through consistent exposure. I recommend watching ‘The Secret’ – it’s all about the law of attraction and it is the film (based on the book by Rhonda Byrne) that not only exposed me to what the Law of Attraction is, but was the beginning of a new approach to life.
- Remember to make the visuals feel like you are experiencing them in the present – otherwise, you will only attract energy that will forever be “one day I want this” rather than “I have this!”
- Look up websites like Pinterest or Weheartit for some inspiration.
- Look through some magazines too – you may even find some inspirational quotes to stick on as well.
- If you have a real object-goal, for example, a suburb you want to live in one day, take a photo of it! If a long term goal is to own a pair of designer loafers, go to the store, try a pair on and take a photo of yourself wearing them!
- Try to incorporate yourself into the pictures – e.g. put a picture of you standing in front of your dream house.
- Keep it relevant to yourself – remember they are your dreams.
- Use a corkboard so you can pin the photos on – this way you can add photos or re-decorate the board easily.
- You can use washy-tape to add some coloured borders to what would be a regular, boring corkboard!
- You can include words that have value in your life – for example, if you are trying to incorporate a healthy diet as a part of your lifestyle, put the word “health” up there. Personally, I am more specific than that. So if my goal is to eat better, I’ll put images of particular foods that I want to start incorporating in my diet, and write “nourish with okra”, for example. It just cements your beliefs further.
- If you don’t have a space to use a corkboard, you could make a small “vision dashboard” in your personal planner!
- A vision board could also be used for your career – for example, if you are a fashion designer, you may have inspirational pictures along with words that define your “style”.