Don’t Create Your Vision Board Until You Read This

12 Comments August 26, 2009 / Posted in Personal Development

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If you had read personal development blogs or books, most likely at some point in time you will pick up on the idea of creating a vision board. There are a lot of gurus out there recommending others to create a vision board and it is almost like a trend after The Secret came out.

So why is it so important to create a vision board? How does it help us in any way to achieve our goals?

Benefits of Having a Vision Board

For those who don’t know what is a vision board, it is basically a poster board where you collect pictures of what you want and paste it all together.

The idea behind this is that if you surround yourself by the images of what you want (the new car, new house or any goals that you want to achieve), your life will shift to match those desires and images. Or what The Secret says it best, you manifest it.

It is just like goat setting, you will need to write down your goals to improve your chances of achieving it and creating a vision board works in the same way and help you to add clarity into your desires.

I used to be very skeptical about this until I tried it myself. I mean, how can collecting some pictures together help me to get nearer to my goals?

However once I had created my first vision board, I understood why is it so important to create one.

First of all, our mind thinks in pictures and the pictures in our vision board keep our goals fresh in our mind and reinforce our desires to achieve. By placing it at somewhere we can see it daily, we are also constantly reminding ourselves to take action to achieve our goals. The vision board also helps to inspire us daily.

How To Create A Vision Board

There are 2 ways where you can create your first own vision board. The first way is to use the traditional method of cutting pictures from magazines and paste it on a board. The second method is to scour for images online and use any software (Paint, Powerpoint etc), fit them all together and print it out.

1st step: Know what you want

This is obvious but yet many do not know what they want. Think about what are the things that inspire you and things that you are happy doing it. Do you want to have a vacation at Hawaii? Do you want to have that new BMW? What is it that makes you happy?

Question yourself and find out what you really want. Don’t fall into the trap of wanting what others want. Some people just don’t care about having that BMW. Don’t desire something because the society think you should desire it.

2nd step: Search

This is the step that I really enjoy doing it. Go out there and search for the images that fits the images of what you want in your head. It can be magazines, the internet or anywhere that you can find pictures. The world is your catalog, just go out there and do your shopping.

3rd step: Review

Review those pictures that you had collected and filter out those pictures that fail to inspire you. If you look at them and have no emotions to it, most likely they are not what you truly want. Throw away those pictures that fail to inspire you and gather all those pictures that inspire you.

4th step: Fix it up

Now is the time to glue everything together. If you are searching online for images, use your preferred software and paste all the pictures together. I personally use Powerpoint to create my vision board and it works fine.

5th step: Placement

Do make sure that you place your vision board somewhere you can see it most of the time. I have mine just right in front of my work desk and all I need to do is to tilt my head up to see it. I also use it as my wallpaper and I can see it every time when I turn on my lap top.

Parting words

Vision board is a great tool that you can use to help you achieve your desired success. It doesn’t take up much time to make and I believe you will enjoy shopping for whatever that you want. If you are committed to get what you want in life, take the first step and create your vision board now to help you turn your dreams into reality.

Cheers,
Vincent


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12 Responses to “Don’t Create Your Vision Board Until You Read This”

  1. Great post! I love the idea of a vision board. I had one awhile back but somehow I stopped doing it or looking at it. I’m moving soon and I’m going to start a huge one at my new place. I’m looking forward to it and I really appreciate you sharing your advice here!

  2. Jen says:

    Hey Vincent
    Thanks for this. I’m planning to do one on the desktop on my laptop, so will use your tips.
    Thanks
    Jen

  3. Javier Chua says:

    Great to see you have your vision board too. Really inspiring to see what you want in life every single day as its motivate us to strive to get to where we want in life or else we will all get drifted away from fast moving society.

    I think I will go ahead expand the areas of exposure of my vision board to my workplace and all places i can find. Most important is have fun doing it :)

  4. Vincent says:

    Hi Dani,

    Do create one again and start letting it inspire you once more. I just can’t stop looking at it and it really does help to keep my motivation up.

    Hi Jen,

    It will be great to have one on your desktop because you can look at it easily. Have fun with creating your vision board. :)

    Hi Javier,

    I had a lot of fun too when I am creating my vision board. It is just like shopping without limits. :)

    Cheers,
    Vincent

  5. Hilary says:

    Hi Vincent – congratulations on a year of blogging. Vision Boards are excellent tools – as we each pursue our dreams .. changing our lives for good.

    Thanks – Hilary Melton-Butcher
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  6. I love vision boards! I actually have “vision cupboards” in my kitchen that show the various areas of my life I have big dreams in: romance, career, success, “stuff” and lifestyle (home, etc.).
    The neatest thing is that I’ve actually had to take some stuff off the vision cupboards because they’ve already come true! What a fun, inspiring process, though.
    You mentioned making sure to know what we want before we start a vision board. I had so much fun in the winter going through stacks and stacks of magazines and just letting my gut or heart tell me what felt right. It was important for me not to force anything.
    Great post and GREAT site!

  7. Briefcases says:

    This sounds like a very interesting concept. I have never actually heard of this strategy, but I don’t spend much time reading about things like goal management. I can definitely see the potential of a vision board though.

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  9. ATV for Sale says:

    Wow a vision board sounds like a great way to visualize your goals and work towards them. Without something like this, it is easy to temporarily forget about our long term goals. I think I might copy the idea of creating one for my laptop’s desktop background.

  10. I have great success with vision boards ever since I gave my first board a prominent place, just over 5 years ago. Don’t hesitate to stick objects, keywords and image representations of emotions on it :) good luck!

  11. Lisa says:

    What a great idea! I’ve been planing a vision board since I don’t know when. I’m stopping my procrastination and am going to make one right now!

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