Earlier this week I attended Holistic Happening’s Vision Board Workshop. Anyone who has been following my blog/@thesweatchronicles on Instagram, knows that I am always a fan of Holistic Happening’s wellness events, so obviously I was beyond excited to see that they were hosting a Vision Board Workshop (yoga, healthy snacks, and crafts?! I mean, how could I say no) to close out 2016 and help us set our intentions and goals for the new year ahead. I have read and heard about vision boards for a while now, as the idea of visualizing your goals and the law of attraction frequently comes up in so many of the personal development books and podcasts that I regularly read and listen to, however, I had been hesitant to actually sit down and create one myself. I am not sure what was holding me back – it may have been the fear that by putting my visions out for others to see I was making myself more vulnerable or perhaps the fear that if actually forced to sit down and find images of my goals and visions I’d realize I still have so much to figure out in terms of what I actually wants from my life.
For those of you unfamiliar with this concept, a vision board is a simple yet powerful visualization tool that activates the universal law of attraction to begin manifesting your dreams into reality. To get nerdy for a second, the law of attraction states that we attract into our lives anything that we give attention to, regardless of whether it is positive or negative. From a psychological view, the law of attraction can be best explained by the information filtering system of the brain known as the reticular activating system (RAS). Vision boards serve the role of programming the RAS to tune into external stimuli that can help us move closer towards our intentions. So simply put, to achieve the positive in our lives, we need to make sure we stay focused on the positives and by creating and using a vision board we can visualize what these positives really will look and feel like. And, believe it or not, visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do! According to the book The Secret, “The law of attraction is forming your entire life experience and it is doing that through your thoughts. When you are visualizing, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe.”
A vision board therefore works by simply being a visual representation or collage of the things that you want to have, be, or do in your life. It should also focus on how you want to feel, not just one the things that you want. Research shows that the more your board focuses on how you want to feel, the more it will manifest in your life.
A vision board consists of a poster, cork or foam board with cut-out pictures, drawings and/or writing on it of the things that you want in your life (or coming year) or the things that you want to become. The purpose of a vision board is therefore to activate the law of attraction to begin to pull things from your external environment that will enable you to realize your dream. By selecting pictures and writings that charge your emotions with positive feelings of passion and excitement, you will begin to manifest those things into your life. 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, every day.
Here is my vision board that I created earlier this week at the HH Vision Board Workshop. My Vision Board is enjoying its new permanent home on the bulletin board in my office, where I can look at it each day (I also saved a picture of it to my phone, in case I ever need some extra visualization outside of the office).
Here are some additional vision board examples that were created at this week’s workshop:
How to Make Your Own 2017 Vision Board
Supplies you’ll need:
Any kind of board, such as a cork board, foam board or poster board.
Scissors, tape, pins, and/or a glue-stick to put your board together.
Fun markers, stickers, or anything else you can think to embellish your board.
Magazines that you can cut images and quotes from.
Most importantly, the stuff you want to look at every day. Photos, quotes, sayings, images of places you want to go, reminders of events, places, or people, postcards from friends and just about anything that will inspire you.
How to do it:
Set the mood. Turn off the TV and turn on some relaxing music. Light a candle and clear your space. Give yourself a stress-free hour or two to put your board together.
Think of anything and everything that inspires and motivates you. The purpose of your vision board is to bring everything on it to life. Start by thinking about what your goals are in the following areas: relationships, career and finances, home, travel, personal growth, and health.
The general elements that your vision board should include:
Visual. Your subconscious mind works in pictures and images, so make your vision board as visual as possible with as many pictures as you can. You can supplement your pictures with words and phrases to increase the emotional response you get from it.
Emotional. Each picture on your vision board should evoke a positive emotional response from you. The mere sight of your vision board should make you happy and fuel your passion to achieve it.
Strategically-placed. Your vision board should be strategically placed in a location that gives you maximum exposure to it.
Personal. Negative feelings, self-doubt, and criticism can damage the delicate energy that your vision board emits. If you fear criticism or justification of your vision board from others, then place it in a private location so it can only be seen by yourself.