Do you know what a vision board is? If so, have you ever used one? If not, hopefully after reading this you will create one. I never used to be a believer in this but I am now a convert. There is something next-level about writing down your goals that makes them come to fruition. It’s not enough to keep them in your head. You have to write them down. Just put them on paper. Even if you forget about it, you will be surprised to see what you achieved when you look back. The vision board is an extension of this.
To create a vision board is extremely simple. Get a board (real or virtual) and set it up in a location where you will see it frequently. (I use a regular white board and I keep it in my bathroom at the side of my tub.) Next, find pictures of whatever it is you would like to accomplish and put them on the board. If you can’t find pictures, you can simply write your goals on the board.
There is no limit to what you can place on your vision board. It is just the visual representation of your goals (whatever they may be). For example, you could add pictures of the house you hope to own someday or the car you would love to drive. You could include photos of your dream vacation destination or the school you want to attend. The images could be articles of clothing you want to buy or academic credentials you hope to earn. The possibilities are endless. You are only limited by your imagination. The key to the vision board is to place it in a prominent location, where you will see it multiple times per day.
I was first introduced to the concept of a vision board when I read The Success Principles by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. In the book, he talked about how he and the other Chicken Soup co-creator, Mark Victor Hansen created a mock-up of the New York Times best seller list with their book in the number one spot. They realized that vision within 15 months.
In the book, he also tells the story of a man by the name of John Assaraf, who created a vision board in 1995. Years later, in 2000, John moved into a new house and was unpacking some boxes with his son. The boxes had been in storage for 4 years and contained his vision boards. When he pulled out the first board, he saw that he had already achieved all the things on it. When he pulled out the second board, it showed the very house that they had just moved into. John had seen a photo of the house in a magazine 4 years earlier and cut it out and placed it on his vision board.
I have used a vision board in my own life and it works. When we first moved into our house, it was largely unfurnished and I would cut out photos of furniture and other items that I wanted and stick them on my vision board. When I look back at the old photos, everything that was on the board is now in our home. As you achieve the visions on your board, you should update the vision board with new images. In a future post, I will share my most incredible vision board story. It is a testimony that requires its own post.
If you have never used a vision board before, I encourage you to try it and let me know how it goes. It works!