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Creating a vision board is one of the single most effective ways to keep your goals for the new year.
Let’s get one thing out of the way. Your vision board is not going to wake up at 5:30 am to get an hour and a half of website development in before getting ready to go to your full-time job. It isn’t going to stay up late to grind out a couple hours of work after a full day of cooking, cleaning and chasing the kiddos around. A vision board is NOT going to do the work required of you to accomplish your goals. That’s up to you, hon. But what it can do is serve as a conscious and unconscious reminder of the things you want to manifest in your life. It is your catalyst for action if used wisely.
We, as humans, have a strong response to and relationship with images.
Pictures and images are everywhere. On a daily basis, we are hit with online banner ads on almost every single site we visit, Instagram pictures, Facebook – the list could go on and on. So, to not bore you half to death, let’s just take Instagram as an example. When you’re scrolling through the ‘gram, what are some of your immediate responses to the images posted? When you see an image of an attractive individual having the time of their life, what are your immediate thoughts? Do you go on to read the caption? If you’re anything like me, you might – depending on how much haterade you drank that day. If later, your friend was to ask you if you saw what “so and so” posted earlier, you’d be able to recall that exact image (and sentiment) immediately.
Dear occipital lobe, you’re the best.
This region of the brain works with the temporal lobe to assign meaning to visual content. What that means is that assigning images to content is one of the most powerful ways to help our goals stick in our mind’s eye. These images persist, even with all the other images in the world competing for our attention. There are countless athletes, celebrities, successful business owners, and powerful motivational speakers who attest to the power of visualization. Names like Jim Carrey, Michael Jordan, Les Brown – they’ve all spoken about how they visualized their own success before they made it.
And, so what is it, exactly?
Well, visualization can be defined as the act of creating and acting out an ideal scene in your mind. What happens in our brains when we close our eyes and witness ourselves accomplishing a goal is utterly amazing. Our brains register that visualization and create a whole new pathway that prompts our bodies to act out that visualization. Say what?! Yah. Believe it. It’s like that saying, “seeing is believing,” and once you believe it (this is corny but), you can achieve it!
So, once you have the vision board created, don’t just let it be pretty on a wall or sit on a desk and collect dust. Look at it, spend time with the images and words you’ve strategically placed on that board for the year. Envision what you will feel like at the end of the year when you’ve accomplished each goal. Dwell in that scene and in that thought. Of course, you don’t have to spend too much time in this practice. Maybe start with just half an hour twice a month. Visit with each image, and move on with your day. I’m not saying by any means that you absolutely need a vision board to be successful, no. That’s simply not the case here. What I am suggesting is to engage in a creative activity. Try stimulating a different region of your brain when it comes to your goals. You can, and most likely will, give yourself an added opportunity to achieve them. What’s one thing you know you’d put on your board, and what goal would it represent?
Not sure how to get started creating your vision board? Start here.
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