Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises we can do. A study published in Psychology Today reported the brain patterns activated when you lift weights are also similarly activated when you just imagine (visualized) lifting weights.
You may have heard that tools like a vision board help you to stay motivated and focused on your goals. This report tells us WHY it is such a powerful tool. When it comes to creating your vision board, there are no rules! You want to include ANYTHING that motivates or inspires you.
Think about what your goals are in the following areas: relationships, career and finances, home, travel, personal growth (including spirituality, social life, education) and health. If you are someone struggling with staying motivated on your health and fitness goals, be sure to include them on your vision board. It would also be a good idea to share your vision board with your coach!
You may decide that you want a DREAM BIG vision board and then have other short-term vision boards. I like to have one BIG board to help me focus on the year and then keep a monthly vision board to stay on track with my monthly goals.
The fun fact about a vision board is that it is YOURS! As your vision, dreams or goals adjust, simply redo or modify your vision board however often you want. We know that life changes — why would we want to focus on achieving something that is no longer a goal of ours? The point is to help you focus!
I have a few friends who are SUPER crafty and creative with their vision boards, I have a few friends who just write their goals out on a poster board and several, including myself, somewhere in between! If crafting isn’t on your list of things to do, you could always use technology programs like Canva or PicMonkey. I find a dry erase board does the trick for me!
Now that you know what kind of board you want to create, you need to set the mood. Do you like to work in the quiet? Do you think well with music? What kind of lighting do you find helps you to be creative?
I like quiet with dim lighting in the early morning with a mug of hot green tea. I like to really pray over each goal, each vision, each dream — and really ask God to guide my direction. Am I creating GOD sized goals? Am I creating a vision HE wants me to seek?
Do you create vision boards? How have they helped you in your life or career?