5 Ways Vision Boards Help You Reach Your Goals
A picture is worth a thousand words
Do you set goals for yourself, either in your personal life or for your business? When was the last time you allowed yourself to daydream about the type of life you want?
I personally love Vision Boards, they help you visualise your dreams and focus your energy on achieving your goals. Creating a vision board is a brilliant coaching and neuro tool because it works. It can help you become laser-focused on what you want and inspire you to take action to achieve those goals.
The idea behind vision boards is that you find visual representations of your goals, ho
pes, and dreams, and paste them onto a poster so you can see them each day. You can either cut out images from magazines and stick them on a piece of A3 Card or inside your journal, or create one digitally on Pinterest or Canva – do whatever is your vibe. By seeing these goals daily, you are stimulating your brain visually while also keeping the forefront of your goals in your mind so you remain motivated during the day.
Here are five more benefits...
1. Vision boards help you focus on what’s important to you. Whether you combine a personal vision board with a professional one or keep them both separate, thinking about what you want in life or in business forces you to prioritise what’s important. Do you want to buy your first house or move to a warmer climate? Putting a photo of your dream location by the beach will inspire you to work harder and not undercut your prices. If you want to move, you alone can make that happen and you’ll make better business decisions based on that desire to move.
2. Visualisation stimulates the creative side of your brain. Placing the vision board insight of your desk or computer serves as a daily reminder of what you want to achieve. Some believe keeping it open by your bed helps stimulate your subconscious before you go to bed, which makes you motivated upon waking. According to Tara Swart, a Neuroscientist, Executive Coach and Author ‘ “Looking at images on a vision board primes the brain to grasp opportunities that may otherwise go unnoticed. The brain assigns a higher “value” to images than written words on a “to-do” list, and the more you look at those images, the more those images move up in importance.” This is known as the “Tetris effect” (named after the 1980s video game). With your creativity soaring, keep a notebook handy to jot down any ideas you want to create.
3. Focusing on goals makes you recognize new resources or opportunities. By using a vision board, you are priming your brain to recognise opportunities throughout the day, leading you closer to your goal. Visualizing yourself getting that new job (or whatever your primary goal is) will motivate you to work towards that goal but you’ll also notice new opportunities or resources which can lead you to reaching your goal. These opportunities may have always been present but now that you’re focused on your goal, you will see them in a new light: as a way to help you reach that intended goal.
4. Break out of your comfort zone by starting a big, scary goal. Are you stuck in a rut because you’re afraid to break out of your comfort zone? Acknowledging big goals – as scary and outrageous as they may be – will help you step out and take on new challenges, all in the name of reaching that scary goal. If your goal is to record a podcast or speak in front of an audience of 5,000 at your favourite conference, then you’ll start to see more opportunities for smaller speaking engagements. These smaller gigs will give you lots of practice and build your name recognition. So when it's time to press play on the podcast, or the organisers of your favourite conference advertise they’re looking for speakers, you’ll be well prepared to submit your name.
5. Seeing a big goal forces you out of the daydream and into action. Nothing happens without action on your part. Vision boards are not magic tricks; they are instead a tool that spurs us into action because we finally know what we want out of life. Visualise your ideal life then approach each day with action steps that will lead you toward that ideal life.
Aside from these reasons, creating vision boards can be very relaxing and a fun family activity. So grab some glue and some old magazines and start daydreaming!