Every one of us, at some point in life, lose focus. We all go through “What am I doing with my life?” phase. I know that I do. I lose my drive for making it as a hotshot blogger (Oh Come on! We all dream of making it big). I love to procrastinate and mindfully choose to put off doing a recipe or a travelogue.
But then there are days when I’m in the zone of optimal creation, of productivity and peak performance. I feel alive and is able to create extraordinary results in both life and work.
So, what drives me then? It’s the Vision Board!
“If you are working on something really exciting that you care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” ~ Steve Jobs
What is a Vision Board?
A vision board is a visualization tool. It can be a typical poster board where you paste images that inspires and motivates you. These are your goals and dreams in relationships, career, travel, home, health, or personal growth.
Why a Vision Board?
Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises. When you represent your goals with pictures and images on a board where you see every day, you keep them at the top of your mind. You surround yourself with these images of what you want to have or where you want to go or what you want to become and you slowly look for ways to move closer to them.
What will you need to create a Vision Board?
- A Poster Board or a thermocol or Polystyrene
- A stack of different magazines from where you can cut images, words or quotes from. Make sure that you have a varied variety of magazines from Femina, to Filmfare, Good Homes, Yoga Journal, Travel, Parenting or Vogue. This helps you find lots of options to choose from.
- Scissors, glue, pins
- If you like to make it pretty, use stickers or any other embellishments.
How to create a Vision Board?
- Turn off the TV and put on some relaxing music. Set the mood; you do not want any distractions.
- Ask yourself what it is that you want and make a list of areas of your life that are important to you.
- Find pictures, words or quotes from the magazines that call out to you. Tear them. But, nope. No gluing yet! At this stage, you are simply having some fun making a huge pile of magazine cutouts.
- Place the images one by one on the board. Discard those that no longer feels right. Here’s where your creativity comes in.
- Glue these. Beautify by adding stickers or writing with markers.
- Stick a happy picture of yourself in the center.
- Hang it at a place where you’ll see it every day.
- Last but not the least, feel it and be it.
You can find some examples on my Pinterest.
Tell me, do you have a vision board? If not, will you create one?
This post was written in response to the Picture Prompt.
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Prompts for 16th February 2018 – choose any one:
- Closed doors – what is behind the doors/ why are they closed.
- “If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.”- Steve Jobs
- Picture prompt (image courtesy Corinne Rodrigues)
This was an informative post. Vision boards help us in being rooted towards our goals. Visualisation is one of my personal favourite whether it is for oneself or for speaking about it. I just love the whole idea of visualising to achieving ones dreams in life.
i almost thought to write something on the same lines but changed my thought process.
Corinne Rodrigues says
I love the idea of a vision board and have used it before successfully, Shalini. Must look at creating one again.
Thank you for sharing.
Ramya Abhinand says
Much as I love the whole concept of vision boards, the lazy me seldom gets going in doing it. I often find it easier to just scribble down, goals, plans and thoughts in a diary. A vision board does seem interesting and is a lot of fun. Probably it would motivate me to achieve my goals.
Anagha Yatin (@anagha_yatin) says
This week end I am gonna have one done for self! Thanks Shalini for this cretive idea to keep me busy and happy for days to come.
Holly Jahangiri says
I tend to create vision boards by accident. I’m not sure how to explain that, but so often if I create one – just more of an idea board – or if I sketch a thing, just for fun – it happens. It comes true. (There’s a very real possibility that loved ones read my blog. I don’t know. Maybe that’s it.) Certainly worth a try, though, isn’t it?