The concept of a Vision Board only recently entered my consciousness, although I may have heard of them later and had it go in one ear and out the other.
Why make a Vision Board? And what is it? I argue it is an essential tool in achieving your dream of Working from Home, or whatever other dreams you might have.
A Vision Board is a Tool to Visualize Your Dreams
That’s right. I won’t spend much time on the nuts-and-bolts of how you make a Vision Board. But I want you to understand what it is, and go through 3 good reasons why you need to have one.
We each have our dreams, our ideas of what a good life that we want would look like. You may not have tried to do this before, and your concept of it may still be half-submerged in your subconscious brain. But you do know some things about what you enjoy doing and what you consider the good life.
A vision board is of two main types – you can do it physically or digitally, but they serve the same purpose. A physical one is a poster board on which you place images of those things that represent the goals and dreams of your ideal life.
Vision boards were popularized by a successful film, The Secret, which also spread the idea of The Law of Attraction, which I will write about at another time.
Reason # 1: Process helps identify dreams
For some people, you don’t know all your dreams or you just haven’t taken much time to think about it.
The process of making a physical board tends to involve cutting pictures out of magazines. Or if you have a printer you can find a picture online and print it out.
For a digital one you can surf photography sites to find pictures that appeal to you. Normally, you would want to use photography sites that do not have copyright restrictions, but as this is only for your own use you will probably be all right to just use Google Images or something similar.
I’m doing something unusual, I don’t plan to do this normally, but I’m linking to another blog. The author has written quite a bit on the topic of creating vision boards. She goes through 3 different approaches you can take to making one. I’m not going to try duplicating her content.
Check out more information about types of vision boards and how to make them at: Christine Kane’s blog, which she has been writing since at least 2006. She is also a successful musician and founded a company in 2010, Uplevel You, that gives coaching to people who are starting their own businesses. (I have no affiliation with her beyond reading her blog). She often writes about vision boards.
For one of the types of vision boards Christine discusses, you are paging through the magazines and just cutting out pictures based on what appeals to you in the moment, without searching for something specific. This process can help you figure out what it is that you want your life to be like. I recommend doing this if you’re not sure what to put on your board.
Reason #2: You Have a Right to be Happy
Being happy is something we all want, but some people feel guilty about putting emphasis on your own needs and desires. I certainly struggle with this myself at times. I much prefer giving help to others rather than asking for help.
But feeling guilty over your dreams is not necessary.
Even if you have strong religious or ethical beliefs about serving others, you do not need to be unhappy or give up on your own dreams to be helping other people.
As you make your Vision Board, you will begin visualizing your future life and acknowledge the goodness of the things you are seeking after. You will look at the board and realize that there is nothing wrong with what you want.
The process of making this board, and looking at it can help you overcome your sense of guilt about having needs and desires of your own.
Your dreams are worthy – embrace them!
Reason #3: Visualizing dreams helps bring them about
Oh, here we go. Now I’m getting into it. I was pretty skeptical about this concept myself until very recently. But I had also never read what it really was.
This is the Law of Attraction at its core, but it’s not a claim of magical powers or anything woo-woo. It’s really all about what’s going on inside your head. Are your beliefs about yourself helping or hurting your chances of reaching your dreams? How might you be sabotaging yourself?
When you look at your dreams, in a visual form, every day, you will be more motivated to work to achieve them. You will have greater desire to overcome whatever obstacles stand in your way. You will be more willing to make the necessary changes in your life.
You will stay focused on what you want. One other good tool is a powerful Why statement. But the Vision Board, being in the form of images is better at getting inside your subconscious part of your brain and rewire it to be a positive force to achieving your destiny.
You Need A Vision Board
Everyone needs a Vision Board. It will help you if you want to start your own business, but if you have any area of your life you are not happy with it can help you. If you have anything you want, particularly if it’s going to be challenging to get there, you need that visual reminder of what you’re striving for. I am still working on mine, but I am sure glad I started.
Having a board will help you achieve a work-from-home lifestyle. I encourage you to research additional sources in addition to what I am linking to here.
I hope this has been helpful.
To your success,
Bryce Nielsen (author of BeAHomeWorker.com)