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Create your own vision board to kickstart your success

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Vision boards or goal boards are a great way to create a visual representation of the things that you want to achieve in your life and your business.   They have been around for years and many successful people create them to manifest what they want in their lives.  

Vision boards are one of the most popular tools for those that believe in the law of attraction.  The law of attraction is cited as one of the universal laws that you attract into our lives anything that you give attention to, both positive and negative.  So by creating a vision board – you are giving attention to all the positive things that you want to see in your life.  Whether you believe in the law of attraction or not, it is a great way get clear on what you want in your life.

Vision boards can take different forms – the most popular is a poster or foam board with pictures, drawings and writing on it of the things that you want in your life or the things that you want to become.   Another option is to create a vision board using images that you find online and compile them in Powerpoint.  And a third option is to create a vision book (more information about this later in the article).

Create your own vision board

vision board suppliesCreating a vision board can be very simple and fun.  You’ll need some basic tools to get started;

  • a poster board, foam board or exercise book
  • a pile of magazines that relate to topics and areas that are important to you
  • a pair of scissors
  • a glue stick (or tape), and some coloured pens.

Find yourself a quiet, pleasant space.  A vision board needs to come from the heart, so clear your mind, sit quietly and take a few deep breaths.  Before you start decide that you are going to find all that you need in the magazines that you have in front of you.

Quickly flip through the magazines that you have in front of you and find any pictures, words or stories that resonate with you.  Ones that leap off the page.  Don’t judge or try to understand what it is that you are reacting to, at this stage you just want to find things that have meaning for you.   Do this for about 15 or 20 minutes – as long as you are feeling energetic about the exercise.  Pull out every one that strikes a chord.

Once you have pulled all the meaningful pictures, words, even paragraphs or quotes that you feel an emotional connection with, cut them out and place them on your board or book.

At this stage you have the chance to be as creative or organised as you like.  There is no right or wrong answer to creating the perfect vision board – it is just important that whatever you create feels right for you.  Once you have placed the items of your photos and words in a way that works for you, get out your glue stick and start sticking.

Congratulations – now you have a vision board.  It is worth keeping it in a place where you can see it every day.  This will keep you focused on your goal and targets.

Want more?  Here is an article that was published last year by  Jack Canfield, author of the The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You are to Where You Want to be and Chicken Soup for the Soul,  which has a variation on the theme on how to create a vision book. Whether you create a vision book or a vision board, this is an incredibly valuable tool (and quite fun to do!)

How to Create an Empowering Vision Book

by Jack Canfield

Your brain will work tirelessly to achieve the statements you give your subconscious mind. And when those statements are the affirmation of your goals, you are certain to achieve them!

Creating a vision book is probably your most valuable visualization tool!

This powerful visualization tool serves as your image of the future, a tangible representation of where you are going. It represents your dreams, your goals, and your ideal life.

Because your mind responds strongly to visual stimulation–by representing your goals with pictures and images you will stimulate your emotions… and your emotions are the vibrational energy that activates the Law of Attraction.

Create a personal vision book that clearly depicts the future you wish to create.

Find pictures that represent or symbolize the experiences, feelings, and possessions you want to attract into your life, and place them in your book. Have fun with the process! Use photographs, magazine cutouts, pictures from the Internet–whatever inspires you. Be creative. Include not only pictures, but anything that speaks to you.

Consider including a picture of yourself in your book. If you do, choose one that was taken in a happy moment. You will also want to post your affirmations, inspirational words, quotations, and thoughts here. Choose words and images that inspire you and make you feel good.

You can use your vision book to depict goals and dreams in all areas of your life, or in just one specific area that you are focusing on.

Keep it neat, and be selective about what you place in your vision book. It’s a good idea to avoid creating a cluttered or chaotic book–you don’t want to attract chaos into your life.

Use only the words and images that best represent your purpose, your ideal future, and words that inspire positive emotions in you. There is beauty in simplicity and clarity.

If you are working on visualizing and creating changes in many areas of your life, then you may want to use more than one vision book. You might use one vision book for your personal goals and another for career and financial goals. You might even want to keep your career vision book at the office or on your desk as a means of inspiration and affirmation.

How to use your vision book.

Try keeping your vision book on the nightstand next to your bed. Leave it standing in an open position as often as you are comfortable with, and spend time each morning and evening visualizing, affirming, believing, and internalizing your goals.

The time you spend visualizing in the evening just before bed is especially powerful. The thoughts and images that are present in your mind during the last forty-five minutes before going to sleep are the ones that will replay themselves repeatedly in your subconscious mind through­out the night, and the thoughts and images that you begin each day with will help you to create a vibrational match for the future you desire.

As some time goes by, and your dreams begin to manifest, look at those images that represent your achievements, and feel gratitude for how well the Law of Attraction is working in your life. Acknowledge that it is working.

Don’t remove the pictures or images that represent the goals you’ve already achieved.

Achievement of the goals in your vision book are powerful visual reminders of what you have already consciously and deliberately attracted into your life.

I recommend you write down the date you created your vision book. The universe loves speed, and you will be amazed at just how quickly the Law of Attraction responds to your energy, commitment, and desires.

Much like a time capsule, this book will document your personal journey, your dreams, and your achievements for that particular year. It will become a record of your growth, awareness, and expansion that you will want to keep and reflect back upon in years to come.

Final thoughts on using your completed vision book:

* Look at your vision book often and feel the inspiration it provides.
* Hold it in your hands and really internalize the future it represents.
* Read your affirmations and inspirational words aloud.
* See yourself living in that manner.
* Feel yourself in the future you have designed.
* Believe it is already yours.
* Be grateful for the good that is already present in your life.
* Acknowledge any goals you have already achieved.
* Acknowledge the changes you have seen and felt.
* Acknowledge the presence of God in your life.
* Acknowledge the Law of Attraction at work in your life.
* Look at it just before going to bed and first thing upon rising.

I hope I’ve inspired you to create your own vision book and start implementing what you learned from today’s message.

See it. Feel it. Believe it!

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Photo credits:  The opening image was created by Deb Roby.  The vision board supplies was created by betizuka

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About Julie Hall

Hi, I'm Julie Hall, the founder of Women Unlimited. Which is my 4th business. I've had a business as a headhunter, a consultant, a new media agency and now finally Women Unlimited. I've learned lots of lessons - many of which could have been avoided. I hope you find the articles and stories on this website useful, and feel free to get in touch, I'd love to hear from you.

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4 comments

  1. I can certainly vouch for the value of vision boards. My journey started with Di McDowell’s Feel the Fear workshop in Nov 2006, watching The Secret in March 2007, and working my way through Jack Canfield’s Success Principles throughout 2008 and I now have my new business – Affirmints.

    I have a fantastic team of mentors who work with me from Los Angeles and have started to tithe some of my income to charities through the distibution of Awareness Raising mints.

    I say go for it! You have nothing to lose.

    Big blessings

    Cathie 🙂

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