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A Vision Board Is Not An Eye Chart

January 12, 2010
Most people sit down every New Year and write down a list of their resolutions.
  •  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!         


Example of a Vision Board from Rebekah Simpson Life Coach

Example of a Vision Board from Rebekah Simpson Life Coach


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 website has the best explanation of 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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   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.


There are a lot off great blogs that tell you exactly how to make a vision board the old fashioned way:              

Oprah’s Fans Discuss What is On Their Vision Boards          

John Assaraf Vision Board Examples and Free Online Tools          

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 ( 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:          

Google Images or  Dreamstime  or try Flickr or other online photo sharing sites to get ideas.          

For less than $1, you can get some exceptional photos from and Go with the smallest size, as you don’t need anything too big for your 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.          

There are several ways you can make your board using online images:  
  • 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          

 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! 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!         


If you have a great board that you wish to share with others, send it to and we’ll post it on this blog!          

The best vision board sent in will get $50 of Products absolutely free! (You must agree to share your first name, last inital and vision board on and the MNSHealthTips blog).


Getting Listed on Google and Yahoo Local Listings

December 9, 2009

Millions of people search for local results on Google, Yahoo and Bing every day. A free listing on all the search engines makes it easy for customers to find you.

Each search engine has a special Local Business Center to create your free listing. When potential customers search Maps for local information, they’ll find your business: your address, hours of operation, even photos of your storefront or products. It’s easy, free, and you don’t need a website of your own. We have made a simple PDF file with directions for Google and Yahoo: Help customers find you on Google Maps 

Check out this video regarding Google Local Business Center:

We recommend that you use a google account, so you can access all their business tools. If you don’t have one, you can get one for free. Sign up at the Google Local Business Center

Some people discount the power of Yahoo and other search engines like Bing. We recommend that you get listed on as many search engines as possible for the greatest visibility. Typically, 1/2 to 2/3 traffic may come from Google, but where is the other 1/2 coming from? Other search engines. Again, we recommend that you use a yahoo account, so you can access all their business tools. If you don’t have one, you can get one for free. Get listed on Yahoo now.

We also found this article on SmallBizTrends, here is an excerpt:

To list your local business in Bing, head to the Bing Local Listing Center. From there, you’ll be able to check to see if you already have a local listing set up. If you do, you can modify it. If not, now’s the perfect time to create one.

Once you start creating/modifying your account. Bing will ask you to log in using your Windows ID. If you don’t have one, you’ll have to create one. From there, you’ll be asked to enter in your contact and business information, as well as a laundry list of supplemental information like additional phone numbers, Web pages, email address, hours of operation, payment methods, photos, etc. There’s also a long section for additional information like your company tagline, business description, brands carried (if applicable), specialties, affiliations, languages spoken, parking options, etc. It’s always in your best interest to create as complete a profile as you can.

From there, you can select up to six prioritized categories to place your business in based on associated keywords. You’ll also be able to supply information about features, cuisine type, prices, atmosphere, etc. Make sure you fill these out the best you can so that you can take advantage of Bing’s great local search refinement options. If you list it as an option, you won’t show up for it when a user looks for it!