Seeing is believing isn't just a common idiom. Turns out there's a lot of power behind the simple act of visualization. By now most people have heard the story of Jim Carrey writing himself a check for $10 million when he was first starting out. He post-dated it ten years in the future and, lo and behold, he could easily cash it by 1995.
Here's another saying - what we focus on expands. If you focus on the negative, you'll find more things to be negative about. If you focus on the positive, you'll find more positive. Now imagine turning that mental energy toward focusing on what you want out of life. What you put out there, you attract.
Self-help author Shiv Khera says, "If you can see the invisible, you can achieve the impossible." Which is what makes a vision board the perfect tool. Not only will creating a vision board give you a clearer picture of what you want, it will act as motivation, it will provide a daily reminder, and it will help you to mentally rehearse your best-case scenarios. The act of creating the board yourself will also help you to feel emotionally connected to your goals.
In basic terms, the vision board turns dreams into goals. And that brings us to our first step:
1. Decide what kind of board you want
You can create a Pinterest board that you've titled "Vision Board" and pin all of the things that speak to you. You can start a word document where you jot down notes or a desktop file where you can save pictures. You can cut up old magazines and glue pictures and words to poster board. Any of these methods will work so don't feel like you have to conform to any one idea of what a vision board should be.
2. Create your board
Once you've decided what kind of board you want, you get to do the fun part of visually brainstorming. You can make a single board that encompasses all of your life goals (home, family, work, etc.) or you can create boards for individual areas (career is sometimes a big one).
3. Display your board
Once you've cut and glued, cut and pasted, or pinned your dreams and goals, display them in a prominent place. Or don't. Conventional wisdom says that you should be able to see your board as a constant reminder and for some people this is true. If you tape a picture of that car you're saving up for to your bathroom mirror, it will act as great motivation every day to keep saving and not splurge on that extra shot. However, the act of creating the board itself is sometimes enough to cement those images in your mind - depending on your personality, tacking the board to the wall of your bedroom may mean that it eventually just blends into the scenery and it can't do much good there. Again, this is about finding what works for you.
If you hate arts and crafts (We guess it's possible??), you can try a little creative writingtoo. Remember when you used to play MASH with your friends and would envision marrying Leonardo DiCaprio and driving a Limousine? Write out your wildest dreams life (sky's the limit!) and see what comes up. Or you can paint a picture, take some photographs. Just don't be shy. A vision board is for you. Don't let yourself get caught up in what you think you should want or what others have told you you should want - this is all about you! So get visualizing! It's manifesting time. Or, in the words of Joel Osteen, "God wants to know what you're believing for."