This is how to make a highly effective vision board in only 5 steps

Heart + Soul
moodboard, vision board, dreams
Karlijn Visser Evelyn van Hasselt


Now that the summer holiday has started, there is a period of time for making room for yourself and investigating your dreams. How? By making a powerful vision board. Professional athletes and other highly successful people use the power of visualization technique on a regular basis. The results of a 20-year study of the effects of visualization on results revealed an amazing discovery. Humans see pictures on the screen of the mind when thoughts are being processed…

This is how to make a highly effective vision board in only 5 steps

For example, if a person stopped doing what he was doing right now, closed the eyes and thought of his car. What would he see? Is it the word CAR that pops up on the screen of his mind or a visual image? Mentally, here’s what is actually happening… The person is accessing a memory from his mind that was instilled while he was first learning what a “car” is. Then specifically, his present car popped up. He didn’t always know it was called a car. Similarly, other humans associate names with images or other forms of stimuli as a way to refer back to them in the mind. And here’s an example of why this simple talent is so important.

Achieve any goal you want

Let’s go back to Karlijns car for a moment. When she goes to find her car after she’s been at a shopping mall, all she is focusing on is finding the image that she has inside her head for her car. She quickly scans the parking lot and with lightning speed eliminates all other cars until she finds the familiar one that she is focused on. With this example in mind, here is a behind-the-scenes look at how to use visualization to achieve any goal. Visualize an outcome you want over and over again to build ‘cells of recognition’ in your memory bank, just like you may have had with a car or other learned object when you were younger. This serves in the following two ways.

1: You become consciously and acutely aware of everything that can help you achieve the visualized outcome that you desire (just like looking for a car). You quickly scan over anything that is not in tune with that image. When you continuously focus on an image in your mind, every cell in your body is involved in that image and you vibrate and resonate with everything that is in harmony with that frequency, both on a physical and non-physical level. This frequency moves you towards, and moves everything that is needed towards you, for the manifestation of the desired image.

vision board

2: You impress an idea into the subconscious part of you, it eventually becomes ‘fixed’ and you automatically attract and move towards that which you desire. The reason athletes practice visualization is because they want to condition their mind in such a way that the body automatically behaves the way they want it to without effort. It is the only way to become ‘unconsciously competent’.

The same is true for highly successful people. If they visualize the success they want over and over again, eventually their bodies will automatically do whatever it must to make the image a physical reality. The outside world is a mirror image of the inside and hidden mental world. Unfortunately, very few people have really taken the time to learn this side of their personality. And that is unfortunate because this is the part that is so powerful. To visualize is to direct unseen energy into an orderly vibration and that is what is needed to manifest desires of the inner self. Desires must first be created in thoughts and then they are created in ‘real life’. Humans are the sum of what they think about and focus on most.

Your assignment: create a Vision Board

To get started with how to make a vision board, you’ll need these supplies:
–     Poster board
–     A computer and a printer or a big stack of different magazines. Make sure you find lots of different types. If you limit your options, you’ll lose interest after a while
–     Glue. Not tape (it makes the pages ripple)

Before you begin your vision board:
No matter which method you’re choosing, how to make a vision board that is right for you should be started with a little ritual. Sit quietly and set the intent. With lots of kindness and openness, ask yourself what you want and WHY you want it. Maybe images will come into your head. Just take a moment to be with that. This process makes it a deeper experience. It gives a chance for your ego to step aside just a little, so that you can more clearly create your vision. Put on soft music.

How to make a vision board in 5 steps

1: Go through your magazines or search the internet and search for images that match your desire. No printing yet, no gluing yet! Just let yourself have lots of fun looking through magazines and the internet pulling out pictures or words or headlines that match your desire. Make a big pile of images and phrases and words.
2: Go through the images and begin to lay your favorites on the board. Eliminate any images that no longer feel right. This step is where your intuition comes in. As you lay the pictures on the board, you’ll get a sense how the board should be laid out. Write down words that empower you and inspire you. Or it may just be that the images want to go all over the place. Or you might want to fold the board into a book that tells a story. At my workhops, I’ve seen people come up with wildly creative ways to present a vision board.
3: Glue everything onto the board. Add writing if you want. You can paint on it, or write words with markers.
4: (optional, but powerful) Leave space in the very center of the vision board for a fantastic photo of yourself where you look radiant and happy. Paste yourself in the center of your board.
5: Hang your vision board in a place where you will see it often. Now let the magic happen!

Foto collage Evelyn en Karlijn Twee foto's Evelyn en Karlijn

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