Today I’m going to share with you a fun, easy way to create your own magic – something that has really helped me to achieve my goals.
Visualisation is a well-known performance improvement technique that is used by successful people across a range of fields – and it is backed by neuroscience! Picturing what it will be like to achieve our goals – how it will look and feel, the process we will go through – helps to create new pathways in the brain which primes our body to act in a way consistent with what we’ve imagined.
A vision board is a powerful visualisation tool. I discovered just how powerful after creating my first one at the start of last year. Before I knew it, I had started ticking things off without even realizing it!
At the beginning of 2016 I had no idea I would have my own studio space, start a wonderful project like Little Heroes of Perth or meet so many incredible, likeminded people. But when I look back at my vision board, I can see where they started. It is amazing how simply setting your intentions and maintaining focus can bring the things you want into your life! This is often called the law of attraction.
Vision boards are a very simple concept. You choose images that represent what you want to be, how you want to feel, or what you want to have in your life, and then arrange them together on a board for display where you will be constantly reminded of what is important to you.
My 2016 Vision Board
Here is the vision board I created at the start of last year.
Let me take you through it.
In the middle is a picture of me, happy and taking over the world. This is how I wanted to feel and be in 2016- and beyond!
The rest of the middle column captures the customers I want (tick!), my goal of launching a book (watch this space!) and my wish to be surrounded with like-minded people who I can learn from (I accomplished this when I opened my studio in April 2016). It also shows my goal of increasing my social media presence, and other business goals like holding an exhibition, being on TV and becoming an Amazon bestseller.
In the top left are pictures of people who I admire, who inspire me and who I want to meet, as well as organisations I would like to work with. I photo-shopped myself into some of the pictures, to really help with visualisation! I wanted to work with a not-for-profit organisation and make a difference in people’s lives – and it wasn’t long before I started Little Heroes of Perth!
It’s important for me to have balance so I made sure to represent all areas of my life on my vision board. The bottom left shows my family, friends and loved ones – the people I want to make an effort for. And the corner picture was the inspiration for my wedding, which turned out to have a very similar vibe!
The top right represents my wellbeing, personal development and things I enjoy doing. I wanted to read more and learn more (definitely did that!), do a 3D animation course (tried it, wasn’t for me), and try painting (yeah… I did a flower arranging workshop – does that count?). I also wanted to get into yoga, which I did for three months – I even learned to do a headstand! But I stopped when I got really busy so it’s going back on my 2017 vision board. And I just managed to squeeze some paddle boarding in before the end of the year!
Finally, in the bottom right is my bank account figure! Ha! Not quite there yet, but it is growing along with my business.
How to make your own vision board
I have so much fun creating vision boards! And the best thing is that there are no rules.
You can do it electronically (I used Photoshop but you could use any number of programs e.g. Canva or even Microsoft PowerPoint). Or, if you are a more tactile person you can cut things out and physically attach them to a board. I recommend sticking them down rather than pinning - it’s neater and it stops things from falling apart!
It’s also a good idea to scan it so that you have an electronic copy –t his way you can print multiples and use it as your screen saver etc.
Spend some time thinking about what your goals are.
Consider all areas of your life including relationships, career and finances, home, travel, personal growth (including spirituality, social life, education) and health. Ask yourself questions like:
What is important to me? What type of person do I want to be? What are my values?
As you come up with your goals, make sure you write them down. I have a super-cute downloadable you can use - and it’s free!
Look for images that help you to visualise what it will be like when you achieve your goals. Try Pinterest, Google images, Instagram, magazines, newspapers – the list is endless!
You can also use words and quotes that help you to stay motivated and on track.
Arrange the images you’ve chosen on your board (electronic or physical) however you like!
Display your vision board where you will look at it often. I have one in my studio, my shop at the Fremantle Markets, and as the wallpaper on my phone.
To activate the magic – just add hard work! It’s amazing what the law of attraction can do when combined with some dedication and determination.
The year ahead
I recently completed my 2017 vision board. Here it is:
You can see that a few of my goals have carried over from last year. And that’s ok - good things take time! I can’t wait to see what this year has in store.
So now that you’ve seen my vision boards – I’d love to see yours! Has it worked for you too? Let me know in the comments, or connect with Little Sketchy on social media!