I was introduced to vision boards a few years back but didn't really take it to heart until this year when I decided I needed to change things up to move forward; so much that I have ended up with two boards!
Why vision boards? You know the saying "A picture is worth a thousand words" - it says it all. Our brain responds strongly to visual stimulation which is why a vision board is such a great way to strengthen and stimulate your emotions. A vision board is not all about your wants as in material things; it's also about how you want to feel, things you want to experience and dreams you want to fulfill.
The vision board helps you keep focus on your goals in life. You can choose to have one board for each area such as work, relationship, family etc or make one which covers it all. It depends on how big a board you have and how much detail you want on your board(s). Too much can be overwhelming so be sure to concentrate on your main goals and where you want your focus to be at.
To make a vision board, you need a bunch of magazines, a board, scissor and glue. Cut out any photos, words and sayings you relate to. When you have a bunch of cut outs, start placing them on the board and move them around until you are happy with it and then glue them onto the board. It's up to you whether you cover the whole board up and layer the photos and words. I like to have it all covered up and chose a few big photos that I related to and layer on top of them. Play around with it and see what appeals to you.
Join in with a couple of friends and make vision boards together. Diffuse some yummy essential oils like Wild Orange to make everyone happy so you all focus on happy thoughts and feelings.
When you have finished your vision board, place it somewhere, where you see it every day. Some say a great place is to place it on your nightstand so it's the last thing you see before bed and the first thing you see in the morning. They say the last thoughts and photos you see 45min before bed, will be replayed in your subconscious mind throughout the night.
My vision board is on my desk where I sit every day. I like having it in front of me while I work to focus on why I do what I do.
If you don't have a lot of magazines or prefer to have a vision board on the go, you can either use Pinterest or use one of the many apps you can now get, where you can create vision boards.
When do I change my vision board? There are two options. Create a new one each year and it doesn't have to be every January. Your year starts when you decide it starts!
Others remove cut outs when they have reached their goal and insert a new one. I personally like to keep it up for the whole year as when I have fulfilled a goal, it's there to remind me that I did it. And remember it's no failure not reaching all goals by the end of the year; you can always move it over to your next vision board. Some goals take longer to reach.
Do you have a vision board? We would love to see them - you can post it on Instagram or Facebook. Just make sure you tag (@onthetrailtowellness) us so we see it.