Visualising the future you want for yourself
With the start of the New Year many of us are busy making
resolutions and setting ourselves goals. To keep us on track we
might tell our friends, or write them down. But have you ever
thought of using a vision board? As the name implies vision boards
are a visual representation of your goals and they can be a great
way to help you prioritise your hopes, goals and positive
intentions for the coming year.
So what does a vision board look like? A vision
board is a board that you have created using a collage of words,
pictures, or anything else that represents your goals, desires and
values. The act of creating your vision board is powerful because
the meaning of it relates specifically to you. The stronger the
feelings and emotions behind creating and appreciating your vision
board, the better the outcomes you're likely to achieve. That's
because your vision board helps you prioritise and focus on what is
most important to you.
So how do vision board's work? Modern
psychology tells us that the mind can be a very powerful tool in
creating your reality. Visualisation works by stimulating your mind
and switching on your feelings and emotions. What you pay attention
to, and regularly picture in your mind, becomes a focus. Olympic
athletes have been using these techniques for decades to enhance
performance and ability. Psychologists have found that when an
athlete is visualising achieving their goal, they use the same part
of the brain as they do when actually physically achieving those
goals. The visualisation creates an easier pathway to reaching
their goals. Sounds great, doesn't it? So how do you get
Creating your vision board
Start by collecting some or all of the following
- Poster size cardboard/paper/canvas/white board/or anything else
you find appropriate
- Photos/the internet/magazines/old books/small mirror
- Printed or cut out photos, pictures, words that strongly relate
to your goals
Then take the following steps to create your personal board:
- Carefully think about what your goals and intentions look like,
write them down being as specific as possible, remembering to
- Search the internet, old magazines, photos, books and more to
find pictures and words that represent what you have written as
your goal or intentions - print/tear/or cut it out - ready to be
stuck to your board.
- Create your board in a way that pleases you and encourages
positive feelings and emotions using the materials you have found.
Be as creative as you like, put detail in as needed to provoke
feelings/emotions that match your positive intentions.
- Display it where you spend a lot of time, for example, in your
bedroom or kitchen. Spend time looking at your board as often as
possible and enjoy visualising achieving your goals. Make this a
daily routine and you will find that a few minutes, several times a
day, will soon build your motivation and action.
Keep up the routine until you reach your goals. If your goals
change, create a new board. Avoid throwing away vision boards that
no longer serve a purpose because you may like to go back and
reflect on them and celebrate your achievements.
Give this creative goals-based technique a try. It may be just
the motivation you need to start off your year.