Last week, my friend had shared a picture of the vision board that she had created for herself. It was a delight to look at. There were these bright images and beautiful words that she had stitched together to build an image of her future. Obviously, I wanted one for myself. But being the bloody Virgo that I am, I wanted to create the perfect one, even though I was well aware of the fact that perfection is a myth. Vigros are kind of weird that way.
So, what is a vision board anyway?
A vision board is an image of the future that we want to build for ourselves. The idea behind the entire activity is to give a structure to our ideas. In other words, a vision board is created to express our imagination outside our head.
How does it work?
As we stand looking at our vision board every day, it acts as a motivation of sorts to help us focus and work towards achieving our life goals. A vision board also acts as a pull-back point that shifts us from our distractions and disappointments, depending on how cool we are at overcoming both.
Can a vision board not work?
I have a Pinterest profile, and yes, Pinterest is a vision board of sorts, as long as we use it effectively, something that I have very effectively failed to do. What I have done is, accumulated a heavy dose of alternate reality that has led me to build castles, in thin air. As I keep adding more pins to my board, without even trying out one, I have successfully created a world for myself. Except that this world of mine exists only in alternate reality.
A vision board will work only as long as we do. We are its creator, and it’s up to us to keep it functioning. A vision board only symbolizes the finish line. It is up to us to walk the distance. I did not use the word run because, when we walk, we tend to enjoy the journey. But when we run, we begin to compete not only with others, but also with ourselves, failing to notice the fact that every single one of us has a different line to finish.
Well, what does it take to make a vision board work?
It takes habits to make the vision board work. Because our brain understands habits. When we eat healthy food every day, it becomes a habit that leads to better health. So, if your goal is to become a baker, then bake every day. If your goal is to get the house organised, then do something about it every day. In other words, act out your dream, and act it out every single day.
All right! Let’s get going! What are things to put up on a vision board?
We put up exactly one thing on our vision board.
Let us go back to the beginning of this article where we have listed the purpose of a vision board.
The idea behind the entire activity is to give a structure to our ideas
help us focus and work towards achieving our life goals
Imagine that you are in a classroom, taking up a math test. How many problems would you solve at a time? The answer is the same for every one of us. We can solve exactly one problem at a time.
A life goal is not a problem. It is a solution, and that is exactly what math is all about too – solutions that are solved with a structure, one step at a time. So, what a vision board should contain is one clear image of what you want for yourself.
How should the image look?
The current trend of creating vision boards is to build a collage of pictures or words. If your goal is to become an author, you would cut out the picture of an author – maybe someone like JK Rowling. But is JK Rowling who you want to be?
The best way to give your brain a grand image of who you want to be, is to draw yourself out. Well, about 90 percent of us can’t do it. Then, paste your photo. And a book with your name on it, to it. You, are the best image you can feed your brain.
What’s the next step?
Word it right. The brain’s language is a combination of visuals and sounds. Visuals are the images produced as a result of us trying to conjure a vision of what we are thinking. And brain sounds are our thoughts, and they make a pretty heavy noise inside our head. Simply put, the brain works like a movie.
So, word what you want for yourself strongly. For example, your goal is to become a teacher. Then you would at first write out something like this – I want to become a teacher. The next thing that you would need to do is to insert an adjective into your sentence. So, it will be something like this – I want to become a successful teacher. The adjective adds the emotional quotient that energizes your thoughts.
Keep the thoughts as simple and as straight-forward as possible. The brain loves the complicated calculations, simply because of simple things that are easy to understand. So, think simple in order to do the complicated.
I like the what next, then what questions because of the order they help to build. With all the information going on around the brain, order helps build structure. And the best way to do that is to think, what next.
The next thing that you would want to do is list out all the activities that you would need to do in order to achieve your goal. This list should include the specifics like what subject you would want to teach, whether you want to teach in a school or college, etc. Once the specifics are listed out, make a list of the tasks that you would need to do to achieve your specifics.
A great way to build a task list is to build it like a challenge that moves from easy to difficult. Moving through each level would give an interesting twist to an otherwise repetitive activity. Besides, the brain loves the idea of a challenge. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be playing useless stuff like Minecraft or Candy Crush. We just have to spill over our love for a challenge from alternate reality into reality.
Now, all that is left to do is…
Carry out your tasks, move through your levels, and achieve your goals!
May the force be with you!