"A picture is worth a thousand words."
"Visualization is daydreaming with a purpose."
"Seeing is believing."
We’ve heard these sayings numerous times throughout our lives, and we know it to be true.
Visualization is a powerful tool that can prepare us for success.
According to Psychology Today:
"Brain studies now reveal that thoughts produce the same mental instructions as actions. Mental imagery impacts many cognitive processes in the brain: motor control, attention, perception, planning, and memory.
So the brain is getting trained for actual performance during visualization. It’s been found that mental practices can enhance motivation, increase confidence and self-efficacy, improve motor performance, prime your brain for success, and increase states of flow—all relevant to achieving your best life!"
Essentially, the first step to manifesting your dreams is to have a clear mental picture of them.
This is where vision boards come in.
A vision board is a strong visual representation of your ideal life, that inspires and drives you to take the necessary steps to reach the peaks you imagine yourself standing upon. It serves as a constant reminder of what you want, on the bad days as well as the great days.
The best part about making a vision board is that there is no wrong way to do it.
This is your unique window to your perfect future.
Let’s begin the process of creating your own vision board!
Step 1: IMAGINE YOUR IDEAL LIFE
Clear a space for yourself and close your eyes. Go ahead, it should help block out any visual distractions.
Now imagine your ideal life, setting no limits. Imagine what you want to work towards, whether it be career, fitness, relationships or a particular lifestyle. Imagine how you want to feel, as well as your surroundings, your abilities, and your skills. Imagine you, at your absolute best ideal.
Step 2: PUT IT TO PAPER
Take a pen and paper and write down everything you’ve imagined, either in a bulleted list, a stream of consciousness, or whatever format flows best for you.
Step 3: NARROW DOWN YOUR GOALS
Next, take a different colored pen or highlighter and mark specific items that stand out to you or feel particularly important. This will serve as the foundation for your vision board. The next step will be to convert these to a visual format.
Step 4: PREP YOUR MATERIALS
Collect images that represent each of your highlighted items, from either magazines, postcards, or an online search engine to print and cut out. Additionally, look for words of affirmation or quotes that represent your values; these will look great placed among your images and serve to liven up your vision board.
Collect as many items as you can, even multiple images or words for the same idea. Don’t worry if it feels like they won’t fit on your board. Better to have too many than too few, and your board will look great with every inch of it filled with your dreams.
Step 5: AESTHETICIZE (optional)
If you have a more artistic side or an eye for design, you can pay attention to aesthetics! You can do this by making sure you have images that fit a particular tone or are part of a color palette that you have taken the time to determine. Either way, your vision board is bound to look great!
Additionally, ribbons or stickers as well as any other decorative items can spruce up your board. Even handwritten words or doodles are fair game.
Step 6: LAY OUT YOUR MATERIALS
This is the most fun part of making your vision board: finally putting it together! Lay out all of your images, quotes and text in a way that makes the most sense to you visually, aesthetically and meaningfully.
Step 7: SOLIDIFY YOUR VISION
Now that you’ve figured out the design, add permanence to your vision by taping or glueing down all of the materials in your determined layout.
Take a good look at how beautiful your vision is!
Looking back often at this visual representation of your dreams and goals will serve as a great motivator to keep working hard to achieve and accomplish everything you’ve set out to do.
To see examples or inspiration, check out the Vision Board section on the How Sked Works page.
Every Sked planner comes with a designated Vision Board page. We would love to see what you come up with!
Share your vision board by tagging us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with #SkedSquad!