For those of you who might not of heard of vision boards, they involve putting together a group of things, experiences or feelings that you’d like to attract into your life. By decorating a board and placing it in an obvious place in your home, it has been suggested that this practice can help you to get the things you desire.
According to the extremely popular book “The Secret”, vision boards work by encouraging you to visualize whatever it is that you want in your life throughout your day. Visualization works through the law of attraction and the idea that this law is forming your entire experience. The way the law of attraction works is through your thoughts. So by that logic, when you are visualizing the things you desire by looking at your vision board, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe and attracting these things to you.
Whether you believe it or not, science shows that visualization works. Athletes have used it for years to improve performance and Neuropsychology studies found visualizing an action stimulates the same parts of the brain that are activated when actually carrying out the action. Still not convinced? A US study found the practice of imagining our best selves resulted in raising and maintaining positive mood.So even if having a vision board just makes you feel more positive that’s still a good thing right?
I know that some people find the idea of the law of attraction a little “out there” but I do personally agree with the emphasis it places on the importance of gratitude, the idea that the Universe is abundant and that anything that we desire is possible. I like the idea of a vision board specifically, because it encourages me to think about what is important to me and to strive for the things that I would like to receive.
I had a lot of fun taking the time to think about what I wanted to attract into my life in 2017. This is a big year for me personally, as I’m coming to the end of my PhD, so there is a lot of room for growth and change. I’d love to have the opportunity to continue researching and lecturing, but I’d also love the chance to explore life coaching and expanding Making it Mindful. Life coaching feels slightly terrifying to me right now, but part of the law of attraction is believing that anything you desire is possible and I’m not going to let fear hold me back!
So here are a few of the things I’ve included on my vision board:
Fancy making your own vision board and not sure where to start? The first rule is that there are no rules. Your vision board is unique to you and no dream is too big or unrealistic. It’s a fun experience that allows you to think about what goals you’d like to achieve in your year and most importantly, how you want to feel.
I’d love to see your vision boards if you are happy to share them! Or let me know what you think of the concept in the comments below. Or you can also find me on Twitter here, IG here or Facebook here.
The Science behind visualization: