With a year coming to an end, I figured it is a great time to talk about the vision for 2016. If you are serious about changing things for better in the coming year, then you probably have already started jotting down things you would like to accomplish and a plan to get there. If you are someone who is dead serious about setting goals, then you probably have done this with you mentor or guide to the minutest details, because all successful people have mentors. Either way, by now you should be ready with your list of goals for 2016. My suggestion to you would be do not just put goals, be very specific of what you want to get and if possible get an immense clarity on how exactly that would happen.
Our subconscious mind works in pictures and the more you are able to feed the sub conscious mind with pictures, the more it is able to channelize your thoughts and actions towards the image. Hence a great way to embed the goals in your mind would be through visual depiction, which in turn would be a vision board. Vision boards can be a powerful (and fun) tool to help your aspirations and goals become more REAL and tangible. The visual imagery allows you to more readily see yourself living your dream, as if it were already reality. We may think about what we want often, but it has a far greater impact than vague wishing. Making a vision board can be a fun and visual way of keeping your dreams in mind every day.
What is a vision board?
A vision board is a paper with a collage of images on it. Most usually consist of magazine images cut out and applied to a piece of paper. The purpose of a vision board is to help bring your dreams and aspirations to your life but also have a visual reminder of the same. It is a creative opportunity to create your dreams on paper as a means of bringing them more tangibly into your life, a 3-D focal point for your meaningful life and vision.
Vision boards can be:
Fun: a real pleasure to see your future in vivid color as if it already existed
Meaningful: keeps you “feeling” your dreams
Unique/Custom: specific and clear focus
Inspiring: helps you believe you CAN do it
Powerful Visual Cues: for your subconscious and conscious mind to process and work on
How to show abstract concepts?
You can one single goal or a bunch of them, there are no rules on how many goals you can have. Not all goals need to be literally included on the board. The images and words just REPRESENT what you want – they serve as a placeholder for your actual items. Distill the concepts down to tangible images. Be specific of what you want and source the images accordingly. Saying you want a “better” relationship is too vague. Do you want a more affectionate relationship? Show a picture of a couple hugging. Pay attention to how you feel.
The pictures you put needs to come from your heart, they should move you when you look at them. It doesn’t matter so much what the picture shows, it really matters how YOU feel when you look at it. If it gives you a good feeling that is in line with your intention, use it! If one of the images is supposed to represent “success” but every time you look at it your tummy tightens a bit, find another image. I can’t say this strongly enough: Don’t force the board down too narrow of a path. If you are too strict in exactly what the image includes, it may not accurately represent your vision. The FEELING of what you want is far more powerful than the image itself.
Not yet clear on your goals, but ready to do a vision board anyway?
Absolutely! There is no reason to wait. If you aren’t sure exactly what you want but you do know want more joy in your life, find images that make you feel joyful or that represent joy to you. Perhaps you fill your board with pictures of fields of yellow flowers, people dancing, or smiling faces. Maybe you haven’t been feeling well and feel hazy on your goals but know you want to feel healthier. You can create a vision board full of healthy, active, vibrant people surrounded in colors that make you feel uplifted. The specific images don’t really matter, but your emotions and your intentions do. Take the dream interview to help get more insights.
Seeing yourself on the vision board in the images makes a huge impact. You can take an image of someone doing things that you want to do,print that image out from the computer, put it up on the board and paste a picture of your face over theirs. It instantly makes that dream seem more.
Where are good places to get pictures?
Magazines are the easiest source of colorful material. You can collect them from friends, save your own, or buy old ones from your local library. Vary the types of magazines you get so you have enough variety in topics and pictures to choose from.
The Internet is also a great place to get free pictures for your board. In addition to regular sites, you can also go to image source websites such as istockphoto.com or Getty Images. They allow you to search by type of image (photo or cartoon, women or men, indoor or outdoor, even on themes like “confidence”), so you can really be quite particular. Copy and paste them into a document, drag them to create the size you want, then print them out.
If you want more money in your future, you can use the checks from the “Bank of the Universe” from the website for the movie, The Secret. Keeping in line with the concept of manifesting, we don’t need to know all of the exact “hows” of where this money will come from, just that the world is full of abundance. Along with pictures you can also have some motivational quotes.
Have fun. Don’t worry about doing it “right,” as long as you know your intentions and are clear on your goals, you are fine. You can even have some friends over to share magazines and have a vision board party!
Enjoy the process and create a vision board you love looking at. The powerful visual reminder of your dreams and goals truly will help you focus on them more — and look forward to making them happen. Your unique board, combined with your heartfelt intentions and effort, helps make your dreams come true.
Make 2016 count for you and your goals!