I was recently invited to participate in a vision boarding exercise that is similar to the practice of creating a dream board. The idea is that you are creating a visual framework for your goals and dreams.  The exercise requires you to truly reflect on your current wins and your loses. The start of a new year seems like a good starting point to launch a vision board but really you can start one at anytime. You start by taking an honest look at your circumstances. Are you in the right place? What aspects of your life could use improvement or maybe even a complete new start.  This self-reflection is essential for all of use to determine what our ultimate vision should be.

Once you have analyzed your success and failures, you can begin to clearly see what it is that you want.  Is it a new career, to grow your network, build stronger relationships? Maybe you just need to relax more! When you can be specific, and see your goals it is easier to begin to work towards them. Any step forward is a move in the right direction.

So here is the fun part, now you get to go through magazines and clip the images or phrases that speak to the new and improved vision of the reality you want in your life. Try to have a wide variety of magazines; even magazines that you may have no interest in (content wise) may have interesting images and wording for the life you plan to have. I clipped everything that spoke to me. Then, once I had a good amount of images and phrasing, I layed the images out on a foam board before securing them with glue.

You can also create a vision board for each area of your life. Maybe you want a career vision board, or a family vision board. I created one big board with my overlapping goals as it is important for me to balance my personal and professional life.

According to Jacobs (2019) in order for the act of visualization to be successful, it is important to engage as many of your five senses as possible.  The reason why vision boards help you to create your dreams into a reality is because you have a clear, exciting, and emotional visual of what you want. When you can see the end result of your success, you are more likely to feel like you have already achieved the goal. This helps you to grow your desires so that your actions take you closer to your goal. You need to place the board in place where you will see it often. 

I have included some pictures of a session I did for my team.  It was a great teambuilder where we shared our hopes and dreams with each other and in some ways inspired each other to see meaning that we had not considered in the vision boards.  

Vision boards are a fun way to organize the many ambitions that you have into a visual, tangible, exciting, and engaging road map of the reality you want. Happy Vision Boarding! 2019 is your year!

Dr. Raya
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Reference:
JACOBS, E. (2019). Think Positive. Good Health (Australia Edition), 86–90. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=sso&db=c9h&AN=133276872&site=eds-live&custid=083-900

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