If you’ve never heard of a vision board before, it’s simply a board (physical or electronic) that you can create and refer back to in order to reinforce a chosen message about yourself or your goals. While not an official definition, this should help you the concept in a nutshell. Could a vision board be an effective tool to help you believe in yourself?
In general, you put positive, inspiring information and pictures on your vision board that represent aspects of your life you want to change – you can have a vision board for personal goals, professional aspirations, or both. You could also have separate vision boards for personal and professional purposes.
Vision boards, like all tools, have their pros and cons. One of the most significant benefits of a vision board is that you can refer to it whenever you need inspiration to take the next step in an important project, or when an aspect of your life changes in some way, and that change encourages you to refine or update your vision.
Another pro (but possibly also a con) is that you can put whatever you want on a vision board – the subject matter is open. That’s great, but if the images you place on your board don’t help you with your goals, it might not be as beneficial to have them taking up space on your vision board. In fact, it could limit or even set back your progress as the less-valuable image takes up prime real estate on your board. Nothing is set in stone on your board, however – if you find something on your board that isn’t working, or that no longer works for you, take it down.
Vision boards, though, are not the solution for everyone. Some people find them to be a waste of time – spending lots of time finding just the right items to place on the boards and then…never referring to them again. That time and effort could have been spent far more productively.
One possible use for a vision board is to place your accomplishments on them. It’s easy to forget about positive events that happened earlier in our lives, but keeping spots on your vision board dedicated to them will serve as a pleasant reminder. If you don’t believe that you’ve forgotten about past accomplishments, think back to what you accomplished in high school or college, or when you started your first job, or your current one, if they are different.
Having a constant reminder of your accomplishments will help to strengthen your belief in yourself. Each positive accomplishment will help you remember what you experienced, the strengths you acquired, the challenges you overcame, and the lessons you learned, these memories can help you with your future accomplishments. Making some time to go through this exercise will help to give you the confidence to tackle anything you set out to do – after all, you’ll have our past successes to inspire you!
There are no right or wrong answers when creating a vision board – it just needs to work for you. If the “typical” vision board doesn’t work for you, try to figure out why and adjust the content, the subject matter, and the materials you use as you see fit. Tapping into your creative energy to build a vision board that speaks to you strongly is a fantastic use of your time, and will serve you well for many weeks, months and even years.