I started creating and using vision boards back in 2008. At a bookstore, I stumbled upon a book about how to create vision boards and thought “I have nothing to lose by trying this out.”
Here is the link to the book I bought https://smile.amazon.com/Vision-Board-Secret-Extraordinary-Life/dp/0061579084/ref=sr_1_12?keywords=the+vision+board&qid=1555118702&s=gateway&sr=8-12
Now I get to teach vision boarding to pre-service teachers
One of the favorite parts of my job as a college instructor is to help future teachers reach and realize their goals. I have the privilege of influencing a group of amazing people who want to do one of the hardest but most rewarding jobs on the planet. I enjoy doing what I can to help them get everything out of life they want.
For those of us who are visual learners and respond to images, it helps us to “see” our goals and intentions!
How vision boards have helped me reach a goal:
There was a period of time when I was substitute teaching while getting my license in another state. My dream was to work for a school district that was one of the best in the state. Everyone told me it was impossible to get a job in this district but I set this as my goal. I went on the district website and printed out a picture of the district logo, cut it out and pasted it on my vision board. I put my board somewhere I could see it daily. After a while, a job I was qualified for was posted on the website. I applied for it and got it over 150 applicants!
A few things to keep in mind about vision boards:
*Vision boards are a visual representation of your goals, and what you want to achieve
*Keep the board somewhere where you can see it every day
*Take a picture of your board and keep it as your cell phone lock screen wallpaper of your computer or ipad
*Vision boards help you stay focused on what is important to you including how you want to feel, what you want to achieve and what you want to experience
*As you achieve your goals or if your goals change you can update your board
*Creating a vision board is fun because you can let your creativity flow
*Vision boards are great for student teachers who are starting their career
*If you like Pinterest you will like vision boards because it is a low-tech. version of Pinterest
*You can have multiple boards or fill different topics on one board
Vision board tutorial:
*Big butcher paper boards, foam board, cardboard, or other large surface such as a stretched canvas
*Magazines, pictures, visuals printed from a website, words or quotes
First take some time to brainstorm the following:
- What I want to achieve
- How I want to feel
- What I want to experience
- Words/images to look for
Get to a place where you feel relaxed, put some music on and start looking for images you can use to represent your goals and intentions. Have fun with the creative process. You don’t have to create a board in one day but getting started will create some momentum for you to continue.