How To Create A Perfect Dream/Vision Board?
Your brain works hard to listen to your subconscious mind. If you tell yourself that you can’t do something, your brain will immediately respond in kind and it won’t even try to help you achieve something.
If, on the other hand, you tell yourself that you can totally do this, your brain will respond accordingly; it will be fired up and ready to seize the day.
But it’s one thing to talk about something in abstract terms, and quite another to give your brain some visual stimulation. A vision (or dream) board is a hugely powerful visualisation tool that creates an image of your ideal future and how you want things to pan out. It is a concrete representation of where you want to go, and how you are going to get there. It showcases your dreams, your aims, your purpose, and your perfect life.
Your mind responds to powerful visual stimulation. By representing your aims in life with images and pictures, you will kick start your emotions and trigger yourself into taking action.
If you are dying to get started on your own vision board, here are a few ways to create one.
Find Pictures That Represent You
How are you feeling right now? What experiences do you want to have? What possessions do you want to own?
Once you have thought about all these and drafted some ideas, find the pictures that best represent the possessions, feelings and experiences you want to have, and stick them on your board.
You can find these images just about anywhere; you could look on the Internet, flick through magazines, use photographs and so on.
You could even take the photo’s yourself before printing them off.
Whatever inspires you, find an image of it and tack it to your board. It could literally be anything. The British artist Francis Bacon used to take photo’s of anything and everything, from puddles in the rain to sumptuous architecture because, according to him, everything is inspiring.
Include A Pic Of Yourself
Including a picture of yourself looking like you want to look each and every day can inspire you to stick to your goals.
It’s a good to choose a picture that was taken during a particularly happy moment in your life. Moreover, make sure it’s a picture of you looking awesome. Maybe you’re wearing your best clothes, or perhaps your smiling from ear to ear. Maybe it’s a picture of you with your best friend enjoying a holiday in the sun.
Whatever it is, make sure it’s a picture that makes you feel good, and which perfectly embodies you in your best moment.
It’s generally a good idea to pin a picture of yourself in the centre of your board.
Keep Things Neat
The great Leonardo Da Vinci kept notebooks in which he wrote down pretty much every thought he ever had. His journals were quite messy, and he certainly didn’t pay any attention to order. He wrote stream of consciousness whatever happened to come into his head at the time.
As such, there isn’t a lot of structure.
While this kind of unruly technique can certainly work during the creative process as you try to conceive a new idea, it’s better that you afford your vision board some structure.
You’re trying to work towards goals, so it’s important that you keep things neat and tidy so that you stay on track. Working towards a goal is a linear process, and your board needs to reflect that. The last thing you want to do is invite chaos into your life at this point.
Use Simple, Positive Words
You will need to write on your dream board, of course. It won’t just be pictures. But when you do pen some words, it’s key that you stick to powerful, positive words that represent your future.
Always keep one eye on the goal and use words that evoke that goal. Don’t lapse into introspective mode and write down things that inspire negative emotions. Be simple and clear at all times. Too much information will lead to clutter, and it could cause you to lose track.
Keep your language direct, too. If you are too vague, you may look back on your words in a months time and scratch your head.
“What did I mean by that?”
Hang It Somewhere You Will See It All The Time
I remember when a friend of mine first created a vision board. It looked pretty spectacular (if a tad messy), but for some reason she hid it away in her spare room.
When I asked her why she’d done that, she answered that she didn’t want it to mar her bedroom wall.
You don’t have to hang your vision board above your bed, but you should leave it somewhere you will see it all the time. In this way, it will remind you all the time of your goals, inspiring you to stay on track.
Hiding it away means you will only see it whenever you purposely take it off the wall to pin something on it. It becomes something casual rather than something you’re actively involved in.
Moreover, looking at your board a few times each day sends continuous visual stimuli to your brain – which is important.
Consider Creating More Than One Board
You don’t need to limit yourself to just one board. If you have more than one area that you want to change in your life and therefore more than one goal, there is no harm in creating two, three or even four vision boards.
Putting all your hopes and dreams, whether they be financial, career oriented, relationship based or so on, onto one single board can easily cause confusion and chaos. Which is the last thing you want.
Although it may take a little bit more time, for the purpose of clarity it’s a good to create a few boards if needs must.
Once you’ve created your vision board, the best way to take advantage of it is to keep looking at it so that you keep visualising your goals. Be grateful for what you have, be smiley, and be ready to snap up the opportunities that come your way.
You will certainly be presented with chances to achieve your goals from now on, so make sure you take them!