Today it occurred to me we are already half way into the year. I looked at my short-term goals as well as the long-term goals to see how many of them I had accomplished.
Out of the six goals I set from January till June, I had accomplished five.
I am normally guilty of being a master procrastinator. I like to say to myself; “there is always tomorrow.”
So I can only attribute accomplishing these five goals to my Vision Board, which I created in January.
Why a Board?
Some people have asked me why a Vision Board is important. Why not just write down your goals on paper or in a book?
A vision board is necessary because when your mind sees the images, the imprint becomes stronger, and your brain starts to work toward that goal. This is a proven scientific fact.
Athletes picture themselves winning the Gold Medal because when the brain constantly sees the picture, it motivates the athlete to work harder and believe they can get the Gold Medal they aspire for. Visualizing the end result makes things believable and hence translates into reality.
I know a lady who wanted a figure like Beyonce’s. She put Beyonce’s picture on her board and went to the gym daily.
Looking at Beyonce’s figure motivated her because that was her end-result. After one year, she attained a lovely figure -just like Beyonce’s.
Create your board today. Even if the year is half way, you can set goals for the next six months.
You will be happy you did because it will keep you focused on your goals and you will attain them -or most of them.
Four things you need:
Go through your magazines and cut out images that you can use from them.
Use pictures, words or headlines that strike you. Quotes and sayings make a great addition.Have fun with it. Make a pile of images, phrases and words.
2. A Board or Manila paper
You can use Manila paper. If you want to spend money on an actual board, there is a variety of boards in bookstores.
Go through the images and begin to lay your favorite ones on the board. This step is where your intuition comes in. As you lay the pictures on the board, you’ll get a sense how the board should be laid out.
I like laying out the pictures going clockwise. I begin with spiritual goals because God gives us all we have and all we want to achieve.
Then I follow this with my health goals, then my family goals, then relationship, followed by financial goals, then fun things or places I want to travel to and end with career goals.
3. Glue or tape
Glue the pictures onto the board. Add writing if you want. You can paint on it, or write words with markers.
You need scissors unless you are making a digital vision board.
This is an example of a simple vision board you can create today. There are many fancy board ideas and tools you can buy. Whether you make a simple one or spend money on buying vision board tools, the important thing is to make one.
Look at it daily
Finally, hang your vision board where you will see it often.
Once you make it look at it daily.
There is no need of putting it away in your basement or cupboard and glancing at it once a month. You will stop focusing on your goals because they always need to be in front of you so that your mind sees them.
I have my board as my screen saver, so I look at it every time.
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