Science Behind Vision Boards

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Many a time you will find people talking about the law of manifestation or attraction and how it can help you achieve in life. But all these claims aren’t concrete and can definitely put you on the wrong path. When we talk about envisioning our future, it basically means to think about the goals you have in mind to put you in the right direction. To bring a hint of clarity to your thoughts and to have your goals in front of you, the process of creating a Vision Board works wonders. In layman’s terms, a Vision Board is basically an extravagant name for an objective board or a dream board that is based on the principles of power of visualization.

What is a Vision Board?

A vision board is simply a collage of your goals and dreams that are a constant reminder of your goals. Having a vision in your sight gives you that extra motivational push in times when you are feeling anxious about your future.

Arranging pictures of your dreams on a board will naturally make you remember your goals at all times. You will know of the things that need to be prioritized. Whenever you will glance at your vision board, it will give you the reassurance of what is possible. It will be a motivational collage of the future that you dream of.

A vision board can be used by a company in a pitch meeting with a client. This will help the client as well in getting a visual clue of what they will be working with. A company that is future-ready, is always one step ahead of others.

Planning Your Vision Board

Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.

Robert H. Schuller

This is a fairly easy process. Creating a vision board should not seem like another boring task to you. It is a creative output of your dreams onto a piece of board.

There are no limitations to what topics you can include in your vision board. It should just be something that inspires you every waking moment. Some of the topics that you can include are fitness goals, career development, personal development, mental health, travel plans, work-life balance, wealth and finance plans, etc.

How to Create a Vision Board

Before creating a vision board, you need to decide if you want to make it digitally or physically. A physical board adds personal touch to it. When you prepare the materials and cutouts for the board, you already start feeling energetic about the process. Doing a digital board provides you with immense creative opportunities. There is no limitation as to what type of vision board you can create. You can then print it and paste it in your room or around your house by making copies.

Some of the things that you can include in your vision board are:

  1. Newspaper and Magazine Cutouts: You can use travel, lifestyle and health magazines to cut different pictures that represent your goals. Similarly you can use newspapers to get pictures of athlete you look up to and envision to be like. Newspaper heading cutouts can also be used to write something on your vision board.
  2. Online Images: Internet is the source of best pictures that you can find your hands. Find that particular image, print it out and use it.
  3. Quotations: We all have a favourite quotation that is always at the back of our heads. Write that quote on your vision board. This is a much better way than getting that quote tattooed on your arm!
  4. DIY Crafts: If you are someone with an artistic flair, you can always include some fancy and cute artworks in your vision board. This is what makes your vision board unique.

Once you have gathered everything, you can begin creating your vision board. You can follow these steps to set up the mood for it:

  1. Calm Environment: Create a soothing environment by lighting some scented candles and listening to some light music.
  2. Trial and Experiment: Before you start gluing the pieces of your vision board together, try experimenting with different styles. This will ensure that you don’t end up regretting your layout choice in the end.

Vision Board Sample

Should You Redo Your Vision Board?

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” -John F. Kennedy

As we move on in our life, we explore new things. There will always be something new that we want to achieve. Our plans regarding our previous goals can also change. Therefore, it is good practice to redo your vision board once a year. You can update the board with all the exciting stuff you are looking forward to do.

You can also leave some blank space on your vision board. This can be used whenever a new goal appears in your life. This will save you the time and energy of creating a vision board from scratch.

Building A Vision Board As A Team

When you are working with an organization, team building becomes an essential part of your daily functioning. A team that has a common goal will do much better than a team where each individual just focuses on their individual achievements. To help any organization with this, a Team Vision Board Building activity is a great method. To do this you can ask the employees to think of the vision that they have for the company, and what are the things that they as a team want to do to achieve that common goal. This will contribute to the overall development of the organization and encourage a deeper bonding between the team members.

Here is a link to the Vision Board activity that we at The Thought Bulb have conducted for our clients: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FLqw0BAhfc

Conclusion:

Gone are the days of feeling stuck in your monotonous routine. It is time for you to take some risks and experiment. You can start this by visualizing a future that you want to create and live in.

Bibliography:

  1. The Vision Board, Joyce A. Schwarz

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