Guest Post by Business Consultant, Jo Nguyen
Vision Boards and the Law of Attraction
Have you ever heard of the Law of Attraction or speaking things into existence? In case you haven’t, the Law of Attraction essentially states that the vibe & energy you fill your mind with is what will surround you in real life. Hence, speaking things into existence–both good & bad things.
Well, that’s exactly what the point of having a vision board is for–to visually display your goals & dreams. Individuals & businesses can both benefit immensely from creating + having a vision board. There are three benefits that a vision board brings: the creation process can be very therapeutic, the board can be a source of inspiration, & the board can also act as a growth tracker.
The process of building your own vision board can be very therapeutic & relaxing. It’s also a great way to spark some hunger within you & practice some mindfulness. Before you can even begin piecing together your collage, whether physical or digital, you’ll need to brainstorm & build a list of images/items that you want to include on your board.
In order to make your vision board meaningful, you should be thinking of:
- words that relate to you, that speak to you, & that represent you
- items that you would own if money didn’t matter
- milestones + accomplishments that you want to reach
- what success means to you
- how you want your life to be in the near future
When you verbalize & create a physical representation of your goals, you’re more likely to reach those milestones because you’ve already defined what success will look like. This thought-provoking process also encourages you to be more realistic. For example, let’s say that your goal is to make more money.
But, what does “more money” look like? Better yet, what do you want to do with that money–buy a new iMac, take a tropical vacation, or maybe invest in further education? Regardless of what you want to use your money on, connecting your goal to a tangible result validates your objective & verifies that it is doable.
Keep in mind that your vision board doesn’t have to be comprised of only images + graphics. Also include letters/words, shapes, & even patterns that resonate with you!
PRO TIP: Have a business idea in mind that hasn’t been put into action yet or planning to rebrand? Use this time to find brand identity elements (think color schemes, patterns + textures, themes, etc.).
Source of Motivation
Don’t let your vision board collect dust or stay unopened on your laptop! Show commitment to your own success + growth by using your vision board for encouragement, inspiration, & as a source of motivation. Get in the habit of setting time aside on a daily & weekly basis to review your vision board.
In addition to utilizing your vision board, also consider creating some SMART plans to help you achieve your goals:
- Specific: Clearly define your goal(s). Focus less on whether it’s complex or not, & more on whether it’s specific or not.
- Measurable: Define how you will track the progress of your specific goal. Use metrics that are clear-cut & easy to understand.
- Achievable: Divide & conquer. If you’re working solo, break down the subtasks that need to be completed first so that you’re able to keep a steady pace.
- Realistic: Don’t set yourself up for failure; be very honest with yourself! Realistically, also take into consideration your other work goals, home life, & even your personal life.
- Timely: Give yourself a due date. It doesn’t need to be a hard deadline, but giving yourself a deadline makes it less likely for you to keep putting it on the backburner.
This method doesn’t work for everyone, but it’s a useful tool to implement while you’re trying to figure out your style. Feel free to make changes to the structure however you see fit, but also remember that it’s okay to not finish everything. Don’t be so hard on yourself! Instead of focusing on what you didn’t do, celebrate the goals that you did reach.
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As the days go by, use your vision board to track your progress. There are so many different systems or methods that you could implement; you could even create your own–& it doesn’t have to be complicated. It could be as simple as making a mental note of the tasks that you’ve already accomplished & the goals you’re working on. The act of consciously thinking about one item on your vision board is an accomplishment in itself.
One fun way to use your vision board as a progress tracker is by printing everything in grey-scale or using coloring page-style graphics. This way, as you complete certain tasks, you can color them in (if it were me, I would print in grey-scale & choose one color to shade everything in). As time passes, you’re able to visually see how many goals you’ve accomplished & what’s left to tackle.
There are a million different ways to use your vision board as an accountability tracker, a source of motivation, & even as a therapeutic relief method, but you can’t put any of those things to use without actually having a board. Will you have a tangible or digital board? & did you know that you could even use Bitmojis?! Let’s get to building…
Build Your Board
Creating your own vision board is very easy, & there are several different methods to display your aspirations. The most common method creates a physical hard copy, but many people are transitioning into digital copies. Thanks to technology, there are endless opportunities to create your ideas.
Having a physical board is useful because it’s a tangible item that you can physically see & grasp. They make great office decor pieces, & an even better team building exercise. One of the biggest drawbacks to having a physical board is the preservation aspect of it–taking care of the board can become a daunting task, especially as it gets older & becomes more fragile.
On the other hand, having a digital vision board is useful because it can be with you anywhere & everywhere. For example, you can publish it on Pinterest or Instagram, use it for your MacBook wallpaper, or for your iPhone lock screen. There really is no limit when it comes to creating a digital vision board, but be aware of where the images you’re using are coming from.
Physical Vision Board
- Magazines (as many as you want)
- Glue stick or glue dots
- Cardstock/poster board
- Cut out words or images that stand out to you, inspire you, represent you, etc.
- Glue the items you cut out onto your cardstock or poster board
- Repeat until the cardstock/poster board is filled
Digital Collage Vision Board
There’s no wrong way to design your digital vision board, but it’s imperative that you only use images that you have rights to. Pulling images from Google & compiling them into your own collage doesn’t give you the right to use those photos. To avoid any copyright issues, only use images:
- that you captured
- with licenses that you purchased
- from royalty-free sites (Pexels, Unsplash, Pixabay, etc.)
Bitmoji Vision Board
Known as your own personal emoji, the Bitmoji application allows you to create + personalize a cartoon character to your liking. It’s free to download, create, & use! Although Bitmojis are most commonly seen on Snapchat or in entertaining text messages, it can also be used to create a relatable vision board.
PRO TIP: You can do the same thing with gifs, as long as you own a software that will allow you to do so.
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