There are several ways to use a vision board, but today we’d like to share a few tips that will help you use yours effectively. To get started, choose a time you can look at it every day. (First thing in the morning or right before bed are great times!) Pick a time you can be consistent at, so you develop the habit–feel free to set an alarm as a reminder.
There’s no length of time required for using your vision board, but 30 seconds per picture is a good place to start if this is your first time. Though looking at the pictures you’ve chosen is a good start, it’s not likely to get you very far. If you really want to start achieving your goals, here are three simple things you can do with your vision board: tell stories, listen to music, and use a notebook.
Tell Stories – Talk about your goals in present or past tense (implying that you are achieving or have achieved them). Describe the experience in detail. Who was present? What could you see, hear, smell? Be as specific as you can! Feel free to write down your story to help signal its reality to your brain. Be careful not to set expectations about how long your stories need to be. Your story can be 30 seconds or 3 minutes and its length can change each time. Use big motions and expressive tones as you tell your story–just as you will tell it when it really happens.
Listen to Music – Music is a great tool that helps unify both hemispheres of the brain to work toward your goal. It’s also a fantastic way to raise your energy and motivation when you’re in a slump. Listening to “epic” music while you work your vision board helps the brain associate positive emotions with working on your goals, which in turn helps you stay more focused and achieve them faster! Choose music that lightens your mood, builds your self-esteem, or reminds you of important truths that will sustain you as you work on your goals.
Use a Notebook – As you look at your vision board, ask yourself questions such as:
Do I know anyone who…
…can teach me a skill that will help me accomplish my goal?”
…might help me gain access to tools, services, etc. that I need?
…has accomplished this goal already and can teach me how?
You can also consider if you need to do any research, earn money, develop skills or any other necessary action to acquire the item on your board. Write down the thoughts that come to mind and use them to create action steps. For example, if you need to earn money, write down what you’re going to do to earn it and break it into weekly or daily steps. If you thought of someone who can serve as a mentor, your action step might be to contact that individual. You don’t need to set requirements for using a notebook; it’s simply for recording ideas as they come. Some days you might have several ideas and on others you have none at all. That’s ok!
Telling stories, listening to music, and recording ideas in a notebook are simple things that lead to big results. Calling upon one or more of these a couple times a week as you work your vision board will help you gain momentum and reach your goals!
by Maree Zollinger