I'm pretty sure that everyone and their mom are talking about the importance of vision boards this time of year. The fact is they are talking about them because they work. Anyone who has created a vision board and used it has had crazy awesome things happen in their lives. I'm one of those people! This year I simple wrote down and taped my goals to the side of my book shelf next to my desk. I was truly surprised at how many things came to pass for me this year. I hope that these few tips help you along your vision board journey.
Did you know that your subconscious mind is extremely powerful? The statements that you give your subconscious mind causes the brain to work tirelessly to achieve them. So it's very important that you are feeding your mind with positive affirmations of the goals that you desire to achieve.
One of that fastest ways that we take in information is through the optical nerve - basically what we see goes directly to the brain in less than one tenth of a second! So by representing your goals and desires visually you are able to create an optical diet of goals to feed your subconscious which will then engage your brain to start working on those goals.
(If you're into this sort of thing...strong emotions can increase your vibrational energy that activates the Law of Attraction.)
So now that you know WHY a vision board is so powerful the next question is what is the BEST WAY to use your vision board.
1. Spend Quality Time with Your Goals
After you have found pictures, items or words that really represent your goals and resonate with you personally place your board in a location that you can spend time with it every morning and every night.
Yes dear, it's more than a pretty collage that you pass on the way to get a snack between work breaks. You need to spend time with it morning and night. In Napoleon Hill's book Think and Grow Rich he suggests that you spend time repeating, affirming and believing your goals twice a day.
(Kind of makes me think about what the Psalmist talks about concerning prayer!
Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice. Psalm 55:17
Now that you've created your board and you are working on visualizing everything on your board consistently you are ready for the next step.
2. Be aware of opportunities!
When you create your goals and spend time with them you will start to notice opportunities pop up over time. Sometimes they may not be EXACTLY what you want but they might be an important step to getting what you want. Sometimes fear of the unknown can rear it's ugly head at the very moments you need to launch into the deep! So be aware of opportunities that could serve you well.
For example one of my goals was to spend more time with my friends and family. However, I have a tendency to withdraw when my energy gets low (I have MS). I can also feel nervous about meeting up with friends when I'm feeling tired and thus moody. However, this year when I received an invitation to meet with friends I realized that I had a choice to be honest about how I was feeling and head out with grace OR be honest with how I was feeling and stay home and rest. Either way I chose to COMMUNICATE whereas before I would withdraw. As a result I felt like I accomplished my goal of seeing my friends and family more often this year.
This year be aware of ways your desires are making their way to you and the opportunities you might get to welcome good things into your life!
3. Cultivate Gratitude.
Take time to journal about your goals and your experiences when things start to happen. Take time out to really enjoy and be grateful for the things that are coming into your life.
Another way that you can cultivate gratitude is with a little trick that a mentor shared at a business conference I attended earlier this year. She was an accomplished author and coach who also owned a successful publishing company. She shared that she keeps two vision boards. One with her goals and one for her accomplished goals. She takes time to move the item, picture or phrase over to her vision board that represents those things that have come to pass.
By cultivating gratitude you will shower your mind, body and soul with strength and beauty. Take time to acknowledge and be grateful for the blessings in your life. It is a sure fire way to keep depression and discouragement at bay.