People are constantly looking for ways to turn their dreams into reality, which is why vision boards are popular tools in the manifestation toolbox. These picture and picture collages serve as inspiration and motivation for what you want in life.
But do vision boards really work? While they can be an inspiration, oftentimes when people create vision boards they are just waiting for their visions to come true instead of actively working towards achieving their goals. In fact, according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, fantasizing about an idealized future decreases the likelihood that someone is spending energy trying to turn their fantasy into reality.
Here are 4 tips for creating a vision board that actually works.
Focus on what you want to feel, not what you want
Social media is powerful and when you see influencer posts showing their beautiful homes, luxury cars, designer clothes and luxury travel every day, it can affect you. About 69% of millennials experience FOMO on a daily or even hourly basis. For this reason, many people fill their visualization boards with pictures of expensive items that they wish they had.
But, if you want your vision board to be effective, you need to focus on how you want to feel and not on the material things you want. While there is nothing wrong with dreaming of buying a new car, instead of displaying a picture of a Ferrari on your visualization board, display a picture of a person driving a car with hair down in the wind. Then every time you look at this picture, rather than seeing the material element, you can think about how happy and free you will feel. Incorporating feelings and emotions into your vision board will make it more meaningful.
Set achievable goals
As mentioned earlier, a lot of times when people create a vision board, they are just hoping that great things will happen to them. But, if you want to create a vision board that actually works, you have to work on it yourself as well. For example, if you want to write a book or start a podcast, your vision board won’t really help you unless you actually start taking the steps that will help you achieve those goals.
It is therefore important that you set achievable goals against your vision board. Using the example of writing a book, your achievable goal might be to write 1000 words per day. Write down your achievable goals and place them on your vision board to make sure you are doing your part to achieve your dreams.
Place it somewhere you will see it
Many people create virtual vision boards on platforms like Pinterest or Tumblr. But the point is, when your visualization board is in an online image gallery like this, you probably won’t be looking at it every day. If you want your vision board to work, you have to watch it every day. Looking at your vision board every day will help keep your goals top of mind. So, create a physical vision board and hang it somewhere you will see it everyday.
You can also create different vision boards for different parts of your life. For example, you can create a career vision board and hang it on your desk at work. Next, create a family-focused vision board that will hang in a prominent place in your home.
Update your vision board as needed
It is also important to remember that your goals will change throughout your life, whether it is because you have achieved a particular goal and you need to focus on a new one, because something new and unexpected is happening. entered your life, or because you simply changed your mind. So you need to update your vision board to reflect these new goals.
Consider leaving some blank space on your vision board so you can easily update it with new goals as they arise. You may also want to redo your vision board each December to reflect your goals for the New Year.
Visualize your dreams come true
With these tips for creating a visualization board that actually works, you can make all of your biggest dreams come true through the power of visualization. So, head to your local craft or office supply store and start creating your vision board today.