Have a vision. It is the ability to see the invisible. If you can see the invisible, you can achieve the impossible.– Shiv Khera
I never really saw the need to create and/or use a vision board. In fact, all I was used to doing was simply putting down my goals on paper in a book that I could always put aside whenever I felt like it and did not particularly want to feel bad for having not achieved said goals.
I would (and still do) write my dreams and goals in a notepad and refer to it whenever I pleased as I found that I was more in control of when I reminded myself of outstanding goals. So while I would admire those who had the time and patience or even the creativity to put a vision board together, I never found myself creating or using one.
I also did not happily welcome change to this sphere of my life where I was just content with doing things the way I had been doing for the past few years. I figured “please it’s good enough that I write these goals down anyway, what is really the point of having a vision board anyway?”
However, all of this changed quite recently when my colleague introduced the idea of creating and using a vision board. Admittedly, I only listened at first to cheer her on, seeing as she successfully launched a business selling vision boards (Vision Boards Nigeria) to people and speaking about the importance of having a vision board (more on that later).
Nevertheless, as time went on, I found that my interest in vision boards sparked. Oh, I did buy the vision board from my colleague because it was too fantastic an offer to give up (seeing all the goodies that were in the vision board package) and I wanted to try something new. However, (and this is the best time to admit it), I did not set it up for the longest time. I stashed it under my table at home and would glare at it some days wishing I had the strength to create my vision board, while lazying on my bed like a donkey.
Fast forward to some weeks later when I started collecting photos off the internet of people who inspire me or whose impact I resonate with and I found that my spark came alive. I was forced to reflect deeply about my goals and what exactly I wanted to achieve in life as I did not want to have random things on my vision board. So deeply reflected I did. I found that in doing that, I also questioned quite a number of goals that I had and even people I look up to.
The day I successfully created my vision board using the package I bought from Vision Boards Nigeria, I felt a wave of emotions course through me. I was happy and content because looking back at me were photos or words that would, in time to come, serve as a daily reminder of why I am here and what I need to do before I leave this beautiful earth.
Every time I wake up and look at my vision board, I feel a fresh wave of emotions; I am inspired and motivated in some way. Imagine staring at the words “I Am Consistent” every single day and they stare back at you. I promise, after a while, you believe that you are even when you do not feel consistent. I value consistency so much but have struggled with it in the past (and still do on some days) as I shared here, but I am always looking for new ways to be more consistent, however crazy they may be.
Granted, some days, when I am feeling lazy and not just in the mood, I want to hide the vision board so I do not have to be reminded every single day of my goals (some days, adulting just gets a tad bit too much). However, when I feel down and out, I may just come across something on my vision board that I resonate with and provides the much-needed motivation to accomplish my goals for that day.
So, why should you create and use a vision board? Well, briefly, here are three amazing benefits which you may have gotten from my personal experience above:
Creating a vision board provides the much needed clarity to actually know what you want out of life. It can be weird how you think you want things and make them goals in your head (perhaps things you may have seen on social media or expectations from society which have subconsciously become your personal goals), but the minute you start creating and using a vision board, you are forced to think deeply about what you want and why you want them in the first place.
Serves as a Daily Reminder
It has been scientifically proven (please don’t ask me from where. It just sounds cool to say this and I saw this online) that people who use vision boards on a day to day basis are more likely to reach their ideal goal in the time frame that has been set out than people who do not. Why does this happen you may ask? Well, the answer is not so far-fetched. Vision boards serve as a daily reminder of your goals and what you truly want from life.
Naturally, when you see something that inspires you on a daily basis, you stay on track and are more focused. Even when you face setbacks, feel lost or are just downright not motivated, your vision board will be there ready to motivate you all over again. All it takes is looking at it…but first, you have to create your vision board!
The power of a vision board comes in its ability to motivate you to do the work that is required to make the things you put on it a reality.
Encourages constant visualisation and boosts imagination:
Creating and using a vision board allows you to exercise your imagination regularly as it helps you create a more vivid vision of your ideal life as you grow and evolve. Visualisation is one of the most popular and effective mind workouts that you can do. The good but not-so-good news is that visualisation and imagination alone do not accomplish goals, so you need to get to work!
The reason vision boards work so great is because you visually see them every day. Your imagination is inspired to think of the seemingly impossible or that which has not been done.
So what should you put on your vision board?
Absolutely anything that inspires and motivates you. Remember that there is no hard and fast rule to creating and using a vision board. Think about what your goals are in these aspects of your life: relationships, career and finances, home, travel, personal growth (including spirituality, social life, education) and health and put up whatever inspires and motivates you to achieve any of these goals.
Remember: The major purpose of your vision board is to bring everything on it to life.
You have to make sure that you constantly engage with your vision board and use it to guide your actions as you progress toward making your goals a reality.
Simply making a vision board and storing it away or only looking at it briefly every few weeks or months, would not get you or your goals anywhere. You have to put in the work, and with most things in life, you get out what you put in.
P.S. If you have all the great ideas to create a vision board but do not know how to make one or have the time to source for materials to make an amazing vision board, you should check out Vision Boards Nigeria (on instagram here and place an order by sending a message or you can call/text 08050560781.
The package they sell is super amazing and when I bought it I just had to get my photos (which you can get from the internet or magazines) and quotes and I was ready to go!
Also, I will be attending Vision Boards NG’s Vision Board Party this Saturday on the 29th June 2019 and I am super excited and looking forward to that! The main purpose of a vision board party is to set and define your goals and learn amazing ways to maximise my vision board that would help me achieve all my goals! You get to connect intimately with other goal setters and achievers and draw some much-needed inspiration on how to turn those goals to reality! Hopefully, I’ll share my experience afterward.
So if you are in Abuja and you are interested in attending (it would be pretty intimate and exciting) you can send a message to the link above and/or call/send a text to the number above to register and get more details.
I hope this has been super helpful and it has in some way or the other, caused the necessary spark needed to take the accomplishment of your goals to a higher level.