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How to Create a Vision Board

The Power of Visualization

This is pretty cool...

A study looking at brain patterns in weightlifters found that the patterns activated when a weightlifter lifted hundreds of pounds were similarly activated when they only imagined lifting. In some cases, research has revealed that mental practices are almost effective as true physical practice, and that doing both is more effective than either alone. For instance, in his study on everyday people, Guang Yue, an exercise psychologist from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, compared “people who went to the gym with people who carried out virtual workouts in their heads." He found a 30% muscle increase in the group who went to the gym. However, the group of participants who conducted mental exercises of the weight training increased muscle strength by almost half as much (13.5%). This average remained for three months following the mental training. (Source: Psychology Today)

Point being, you can begin to practice visualization techniques to manifest your life's vision!

How? One way is to create a Vision Board. The key factor is that your vision board should focus on how you want to feel, not just on things that you want. The more your board focuses on how you want to feel, the more it will come to life.

What to Include on your Vision Board?

Anything that inspires and motivates you! The purpose of your vision board is to bring everything on it to life. First, think about what your goals are in the following areas: relationships, career and finances, home, travel, personal growth (including spirituality, social life, education) and health.

*Tip: hand write your goals and ambitions instead of typing out. You send personal energy into handwritten notes.

What you’ll need:
  • Any kind of board - cork board or poster board. You can find pinned boards with frames on Etsy.
  • Scissors, tape, pins and/or a glue-stick.
  • Any fun markers, stickers, or anything else to embellish your board (if you'd like).
  • Magazines to cut images and quotes.
  • Most importantly, the stuff you want to look at every day. Photos, quotes, sayings, images of places you want to go, reminders of events, places, or people, postcards from friends and just about anything that will inspire you.
  • Time. Give yourself a stress-free hour or two to put your board together.

*TIPS:

  • Get your family and friends together and have a vision board party!
  • Make sure you get your space ready. Turn off the TV, set the cell phone aside, light some candles, turn on some good tunes and settle into your breath to focus on what you want to create for your life's vision!

You can add to your board at anytime. It doesn't need to be completed in one day. This is a tool that you can come back to time and time again to reflect upon, to visualize, to meditate and to grow!

HAVE FUN!

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