Do Vision Boards Actually Work?
So we have heard about vision boards for years now, celebrities have shared their stories but for the average person does it work? Why do they work? How do they work?
“I was speaking with Michelle [Obama] and Caroline Kennedy and Maria Shriver – we were all doing a big rally out in California. At the end of the rally Michelle Obama said something powerful: ‘…I want you to leave here and envision Barack Obama taking the oath of office’, I created a vision board, I had never had a vision board before. I came home, I got me a board put Barack Obama’s picture on it, and I put a picture of my dress I want to wear to the inauguration,” Oprah told New York City Radio station on November 4, 2008. That was the morning of the presidential election.
Make it Effective
Let’s start by stating what a vision board is; it is a collage of your wants and desires depicted before you on a poster board or other medium. The process to create a vision requires more than just picking out some photos of what you want but rather making a list of what you really want your life to look like (#getperspective) for your vision board to be effective. Then examining how you want that life to feel (#livingmybestlife) will be the key component to the effectiveness of your vision board.
It is wise to spend more time on how it feels versus what it looks like. Some of you might say oh that sounds ridiculous of course I want it to feel good. Okay well, what does that mean? How does that look? And most importantly does it align with reality?
If you have always seen yourself as a “go-getter” in life and someone who is best fulfilled by a life of action would you then be ok, really with the quiet of the wilderness in the middle of nowhere? It might be a good escape but is a life of quiet isolation what motivates you? If so, asking for this in your vision may not produce the results you want.
So remember first and foremost it is important to be clear about what you want( #Focus). Take the time to brainstorm, think and reflect on what has already transpired in your life, what is happening in your life now, and what is likely to happen if nothing changes.
The vision board works because of the process that goes into it. When you force yourself to clear your mind and focus on the life you really want you are removing the clutter that prevents it from happening. and when you place visual representations of your wants in front of you as a daily reminder you are committing your brain to the thought and giving room for action to take place, the right actions.
It’s like when you have to memorize something the more times you write it done the more sense you give to thought the more committed to memory it becomes.
It is Not Permission to be Lazy
One of the common misnomers about vision boarding is that it will all just magically happen because you wrote it down or pasted an image of your wants onto a vision board. Though it may seem that simple in truth there is definitely more to it.
The idea of pasting your wants onto a vision board has a few benefits. First, let us cover what the experts suggest. How do we commit things to memory? A common trick used to commit things to memory is to turn words into pictures. First, we naturally remember visual cues better than words, and second, the more senses you involve in learning or storing something, the better you will be at recalling it. A few more tricks include; memory spots, stacking, using rhymes, and using mnemonic devices. A vision board rolls all these into one spot.
By taking the time to do the pre-work of reflecting and getting to know what you really want you are helping to commit it to memory. Looking for the pictures to cut out for your vision board is also serving this purpose. You are actively committing to memory what it is you want out of life. As you work to put your collected pictures together in a collage on your board, it is yet another layer of memory commitment. You are creating a memory spot where you can look to grab the specifics of what you want (#creatingyourvision).
“If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.”- Walt Disney
Manifestation is described in many ways and with it many ways or techniques of achieving it. The studied premise behind all definitions and techniques is that of which, what you think, you are (#manifestation #Lawofattraction). Our perspective is our reality this is true. It is also true that we have a choice in that reality. The choice of our thoughts and feelings can never be done for us, taken from us, chosen for us, or limited without us. It is true that our options may be vastly limited but how we feel about that and ourselves in those circumstances is limited in no way.
I hear you, " Amanda, do you know how hard it is to feel happy about a bad situation?" As a matter of fact, I do all too well in fact. This is why I believe in vision boards so much ( in quite a few other tools as well). Controlling what you think is the only way to control your reality. I have learned that control does not come without practice and sometimes help from an outside source a reminder of sorts.
The monks make it look so easy, I started by listening to Buddha teachings and Tich Nacht Hun and thought "oh sure it just so easy then huh? jeesh!!" I was so defeated until I realized their words are tools and I need to find the tools that work for me.
I encourage you to look more into manifestation and the Law of Attraction if you are interested in learning all you need to know about Attracting in life what it is you spend your time thinking on.
So, I said earlier the work was not over, what did I mean by that what is there left to do? You have prepared your mindset in preparing your vision board, which by the way is the hardest part. Now you have to maintain that mindset in the world of opportunity and scarcity.
Place your vision board in a place where you are sure to see it daily, everytime you look at it the visuals trigger the memory of what you want causing your mind to bring it back from the abyss of our sub-conscience into the conscience. As you see it your mind will be prepared to look for opportunities for obtaining it. The work now is to not miss those opportunities. Say yes, plan for the life you want as though you have it already. This can take time, you may find that some things will come to fruition fast while others will take what feels like F-O-R-E-V-E-R. Keep searching for the tools that work for you, stack them up, and learn to be focused and patient.
Do Vision Boards Actually Work? This was the question I asked at the beginning of this article, the answer: It worked for me!! My vision story goes like this: I made my first vision board four years ago after seeing a youtube video from @Christine Kane about it. I had heard of them for years especially celebrities that have done them and hadn't bothered until this video. So I made my first one and man it was cluttered. One or two of the things I wanted to become true, did that year. I continued to make a new vision board every year.
Sometimes I would make vision boards that were specific to a single or maximum of two wants in addition to my yearly vision board. I made this vision board in 2019, that year my focus was to travel, to get a new car, and to focus on myself and what I deserve. Mothers can relate to the need to do for themselves and not feel guilty about it. In 2019 I was able to do a little bit of travel with my family and I took a trip to see my best friend by myself for my birthday. Next came the year that should not be mentioned and travel was definitely out of the question. I did not make a yearly that year and focused solely on myself and my children to get them through the upcoming treacherous school year.
I did things like meditation and grounding and exercising with the kids and I did things just for myself as well. All in all the year could have gone a lot worse for us but we made the best of it and only have a couple of scratches to show for it.
I decided to change my career focus in 2021 and remember the dreams I have held since childhood but then put them aside as unattainable and with a new spirit and confidence, I am brave enough to try again. So in January, I made a new board.
Moment of truth; I have dreamed of owning an Audi A6 since I was in my early twenties, this being the car I would get if I ever " made it". Don't know if you noticed but on two of the boards shown here, there is some version of an Audi on both. I can never get enough travel which is also always on my vision board. This year I want to work in voice-over work such as narration and voice-over acting for animation, really all forms of using my voice to convey a message.
As of today, which is the beginning of April 2021, I can say that for my birthday I was able to get a 2013 Audi A6 with only 3 payments remaining, My family and I have booked and begun to pay for a road trip from the west to Wisconsin to visit family and I will begin a class on the introduction to the field of voice-over work in May. I can say without a doubt that when you get clear and form the right mindset what you want flows like water.
I hope you get all that you want in the coming year, I send you Blessings, Light, and Reiki, all who read this for the curious mind is blessed with discovery.
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