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  • Susan Binau

Creating a Vision Board

I’m a goal setter; and for the past decade or so, I have used Vision Boards as a tool to visualize my hopes and dreams. It's a simple way to help me collect my thoughts and remind myself of what I want to achieve and why.

I am responsible for manifesting my own reality. I do that by remaining focused on my goals every day. That means keeping my integrity in all that I do, maintaining a positive outlook, visualizing my day, and surrounding myself with people who bring positive energy into my life. And before I can do all of that, I need to dig deep and decide on my goals, define what is most important to me, and write them down.

Steps to create your vision board

There are no rules, but here are a few tips that work for me:

1. Prepare You can choose any board and size you prefer. Bristol or craft board, cardboard, or a bulletin board all work well. Some people like to use a pinboard, tape, pins, scissors, glue, etc. Personally, I like to use a huge cardboard poster and colored Sharpie pens.

2. Take your time You will need to set time aside to think about your dreams and capture them as you create your vision board. It could be fun to invite some close friends or your family to an annual vision board event. You can bring last year’s vision boards and talk about what dreams you've realized in the past year, and see how your goals and priorities have changed too. Or, maybe you prefer to keep your board private. Whether you are working alone or with a group of people, make sure you do it at your own pace. Have fun with it, and don’t rush!

Tip: Start with a plan! Before you start writing or gluing images, prepare a “dummy” by laying everything on the table.

3. Dream big

Be realistic but not conservative. Create your grand vision of life, not just what you think you will achieve. I like to have 1-year, 2-year and 5-year goals on my vision boards. I find that it's easier to push myself to make the difficult choices now to benefit my 5-year future. For example, if your 5-year plan is to earn a six-figure salary but you're currently working in a comfortable position with a company that has no growth opportunity, then you would want to add getting a new job to your 1-year goals. Force yourself to move out of your comfort zone by looking at the big picture. So write a list or find images online of your dream house, car, boat, job, significant other or places you dream about visiting.

4. Know your "why" Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel and not just about things that you want. The more you focus on how you want to feel, the more it will come to life.

5. Start believing If you can dream it, you can do it. The most important step is to start to believe that dream has already come true. Live as if it's come true. Any thoughts based on fear or doubt should be immediately rejected and replaced with a positive one.

Look at your Vision Board every day, keeping it in a place where you can see it often. I love to use dry-erase markers to write positive affirmations on the bathroom mirror that I can read every morning before visualizing my day. You could also take a picture of your board and keep it on your phone, computer and other places.

I recently read that the same brain patterns were recorded when a weightlifter lifts weights, as when the lifter just visualized lifting weights.

With that thought, I leave you to dream on!

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