- Lose Weight
- Make More Money
- Spend more time with…family, spouse, kids
- Yadda, Yadda, Yadda
The list is posted somewhere visible (or left in a drawer) and is promptly forgotten about 10 days after the New Year. Determining a path, setting goals and reaching them was always a 50/50 chance based on motivation, planning and execution. Following a “list” isn’t very easy or motivating- visualizing a dream is much easier and a heck of a lot more fun!
ENTER THE VISION BOARD!
Made famous during the Secret and discussed on many blogs, it is a planning tool that is based on turning a “dream into a vision and then into reality”. A vision board was once a poster board where you paste a collage of images that are cut out from various magazines. The concept behind the images is subconscious visualization. You surround yourself with meaningful images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you want to vacation. Then your subconscious takes a cue from the images and attracts changes in your life to match those images and desires. In other terms, it is known as the Law of Attraction.
The SelfGrowth.com website has the best explanation of the Law of Attraction:
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE LAW OF ATTRACTION
What exactly is the law of attraction? The law of attraction states that we attract into our lives anything that we give attention to, regardless whether it be positive or negative. From a psychological view, the law of attraction can be best explained by the information filtering system of the brain known as the reticular activating system (RAS). Vision boards serve the role of programming the RAS to tune into external stimuli that can help us move closer towards our intentions.
At the base of the human brain stem, in between the medulla oblongata and the mesencephalon, there is a small finger-sized control center called the reticular activating system (RAS) that sorts and evaluates incoming data. Your RAS is responsible for filtering all the incoming information that your brain receives and it also acts as receiver for information that is tagged as important.
A simple way to conceptualize the RAS is to think of it like a radio. You are surrounded by radio waves from various stations and your portable radio can pick up those channels, but only one at a time. You have to tune your radio to a specific frequency of your favorite radio station in order to receive it properly. Your RAS is not much different in this regard. Imagine you are in a meeting room talking to several people and out in the distant corner of the room you hear your name. All your focus gets diverted in the direction that you heard your name because that bit of information is tagged by the RAS as important to you. Your RAS is responsible for having the ability to sleep through the noise of traffic outside your room, but waking up suddenly at the smallest cry from your infant child. Another example of the RAS at work is when you go and buy a brand new car and then suddenly you notice many more people around your city have that exact same car.
According to Hans Morvec, the principal research scientist at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, the human brain can handle up to 100 trillion bits of information at any given time. With all that information coming in, how does your RAS know what to filter? Your RAS is naturally programmed to prioritize information that is necessary for survival, like listening for a the particular sound of an oncoming vehicle when walking close to a street. The RAS can’t distinguish between a real event and a contrived reality, however, and we can exploit this weakness to program it to seek out stimuli in our environment that resonate with our goals. The process of creating a vision board is one of the best ways to program the RAS. It programs the RAS to pay attention to certain things in your environment that are in frequency with your goal or vision, in much the same way as you are able to pick up your name being mentioned in a conversation on the other side of a room while talking to others. This selective attention filter makes you aware of daily things that can help you achieve your goal and it’s your job to take action on those opportunities when they present themselves.
One way to get this attention filter focused is to “tune it into” what you want to happen in your life. The best tool for this is the Vision Board. Even if you don’t believe in the Law Of Attraction, visually representing your goals and owning them emotionally is the first step to achieving success. A vision board can help you in so many ways…
COMPONENTS OF A VISION BOARD
SelfGrowth.com states that your vision board should have the following components to get the best results:
Visual. Your subconscious mind works in pictures and images, so make your vision board as visual as possible with as many pictures as you can. You can supplement your pictures with words and phrases to increase the emotional response you get from it.
Emotional. Each picture on your vision board should evoke a positive emotional response from you. The mere sight of your vision board should make you happy and fuel your passion to achieve it every time you look at it.
Strategically-placed. Your vision board should be strategically placed in a location that gives you maximum exposure to it. You need to constantly bath your subconscious mind with it’s energy in order to manifest your desires quicker than you hope.
Personal. Negative feelings, self-doubt, and criticism can damage the delicate energy that your vision board emits. If you fear criticism or justification of your vision board from others, then place it in a private location so it can only be seen by yourself.
HOW TO MAKE A VISION BOARD
There are a lot off great blogs that tell you exactly how to make a vision board the old fashioned way:
Another way to make your own vision board which can help you micro-focus on what you want is to use online images. If you are really specific on your vision board, the more likely you are to achieve exactly what it is that you are looking for.
When you search for images, you have to be really specific. If you go to Google Images (http://images.google.com) and you type in house- you get 541,000,000 results, with all kinds of homes from all over the world. However, if you type in New England beach house- you 1/8 the responses and much better pictures that represent your search.
Try these image sites to get the best photos for your Vision Board:
When you download your images, put them in folders: vacation home, job, family, car, etc. Then you can pick and choose the best images in an orgainzed fashion.
- Print the images and glue them on a poster (as the links above explain)
- Use a word processing program (like Microsoft Word, Powerpoint)
- Use a photo creator, like Adobe Photo elements
- Start your own free blog and post your images there!
VISION BOARD CREATION SITE There is also an online product that we love- and use for our own planning VisionBoardSite.com.
The Vision Board Site offers the only online complete tool to create, track & share your Vision Board!
You Receive: • Private Online Workspace • A Step-by-Step Guide • A Library of Impacting Images • Empowering Affirmations, • Supercharged Music • Progress Tracking Tools • 5 “mini-show” vision boards, & much more!! Just Point & Click, it’s so easy…no software to download!
VisionBoardsite.com uses ground breaking brain research, vital keys & concrete action plans PROVEN to WORK! Vision Boards are recommended by life coaches, trainers & scientists as the most effective techniques to turn your goals & dreams into reality!
Visit the motivational Vision Zone: popular blogs, current events, vision library & more! Look for Live Casts featuring well-known speakers!
SHARE YOUR BOARD CONTEST
If you have a great board that you wish to share with others, send it to StoreSupport@MyNutritionStore.com and we’ll post it on this blog!
The best vision board sent in will get $50 of MyNutritionStore.com Products absolutely free! (You must agree to share your first name, last inital and vision board on MyNutritionStore.com and the MNSHealthTips blog).