Not sure if using a vision board will be a motivating force or an energy drainer in your life? You might be onto something.
When I started one years ago I was driven by a couple of things.
Firstly, the active process of cutting pictures out of old magazines, printing quotes from my favourite cards and books, and then plastering them onto a board satisfied the buried artist in me. At least with a vision board I could pretend to be a creative who was capable of making something old look beautiful and new again.
Secondly, the idea that I could use my vision board to attract more positivity into my life appealed to my optimism. I grew up believing that you are the sum of the people you surround yourself with and that once you project your positive aspirations into the universe, they are more likely to become a reality. A vision board, I thought, could help me ramp up my personal laws of attraction.
Turns out, there are many folks like me.
Ask any one of us why we take time to create, cut, paste and visualize our future and we’ll tell you that the process unlocks the power of our imagination, or helps us realise our goals. We’ll say that it ensures that we have fun when mapping the present to the future, as idealised as it may seem, all laid out on a vision board.
But the exercise is not for everyone and can often be a way to trick someone into believing that he/she has attained it all.
For instance, if you are prone to fantasizing or idealizing your goals then research shows that your motivation and energy decreases as you try to achieve them. In contrast, it says having realistic fantasies and more attainable goals are often associated with higher rates of success.
The findings don’t stop there.
According to the research, “when you’re focused on thinking about your future, you end up tricking your mind into thinking you’ve already achieved your goals. Regardless of whether your objectives are reachable or impossible, you forget about obstacles because you’re too busy enjoying the feeling of having achieved them. In turn, you won’t work as hard when challenges actually arise.”
As tough as that this news is to hear, it offers practical lessons in knowing where on the spectrum of visioning you stand. Having a clear vision is another form of work since nothing comes to life without the elbow-to-grease hustle.
Vision boards are not just for dreamers but for doers.
Personally, a vision board gives my days and months structure. It helps me focus on what’s important and what I am trying to create for the future. Because I am motivated by challenges, it’s a healthy way to remind myself that a positive and bright future is possible.
If a vision board seems like you here are four things you will need to do to get started, followed by a practical easy-to-use guide in the video below.