What is a vision board?
On the topic of the new year and setting goals, a great place to start is to create a vision board, to give you a physical idea of your ambitions. Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises we can do. It allows us to invest our emotions such as excitement into future goals, which means that we are more likely to stay on track and feel motivated.
At this point, you may be asking yourself what on earth is a vision board? Or how can I make one? A vision board is something you can create to physically show what kind of things you want to achieve in the future. The great thing about a vision board is that there is no right or wrong. Fill your ‘board’ (this can be anything from a piece of paper to a wall canvas) with pictures and words which inspire you and relate to your goals. For example, if your goal is to get a promotion this year, you may have images of things which represent power, metaphorical pictures such as somebody climbing a ladder and luxury items or holidays which you may want to spend your extra money on.
Although it’s completely up to you what you choose to fill your vision board with, it’s important to note that your board should focus on how you want to feel, not just on things that you want. Going back to the previous example, if your goal was to get a promotion, you may use words in your vision board such as ‘independence’, ‘success’ and ‘pride’, and use images which reflect these emotions. Using this emotive language helps to give you that emotional pull towards your goals.
It’s a good idea to put your board up in a place where you will see it often, such as on your dressing table or the kitchen fridge. When you create a vision board and place it in a space where you see it often, you essentially end up doing short visualization exercises throughout the day. Whether you believe it or not, we know that visualization works. Olympic athletes have been using it for decades to improve performance, and Psychology Today reported that the brain patterns activated when a weightlifter lifts heavy weights are also similarly activated when the lifter just imagined (visualized) lifting weights. Therefore if you visualise your goal, you’re one step closer to really making it happen!
On Thursday 11th January 2018, we will be holding a coffee morning about goal setting, and will be talking to you in more detail about how to create a great vision board. We’d love to see you there! For more information visit here.