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Most of us have numerous aspects of our lives that we’d like to improve. Remember that focus is the key, and for that reason we don’t usually recommend an “everything” board.* It’s certainly fine to have several vision boards at once. Go for it! Just be sure that you create each board with a specific intent.
*An exception to this is when you don’t yet have clarity. For some information about this see “Clarity, On the Other Hand”.
Below are several broad categories of vision board topic ideas to help you choose a direction. For each board you wish to create, first select the general area of your life in which you would most like to see improvement, and then narrow it down from there.
One of THE most popular topics for vision boards is weight loss. If slimming down is important to you, a vision board can be very effective by helping you stay focused on the positive.
Let’s face it, most of us consider any diet or exercise regime as pure torture because it’s all about sacrifice and suffering. In fact, it’s not about what you’re going to do TO yourself but FOR yourself.
Your vision board can help you start seeing that slimmer, healthier you that you are becoming … and start believing that yes, you really can do it!
For a little inspiration and some great affirmations that you might want to use, be sure to see Weight Loss Affirmations.
Needless to say, physical health isn’t always and only about losing weight. Improving this area of your life might include anything from working toward healthier eating habits to discovering ways to exercise that you enjoy.
Whether you’re a workaholic in the corporate world or a stay-at-home mom with a schedule so packed you don’t have time to breathe, a little me time just might do you a whole lot of good. Even learning to play and have fun every day can have a positive impact on your physical health – it’s a proven fact that laughter really is great medicine!
In any case, attitude always makes a difference. Unfortunately, it’s easier to dwell on what’s wrong with us than what’s right with us. Give some thought to your current state of physical health, and see if a vision board might help you make some improvements, at least to your attitude.
If you have the limiting belief that it is somehow “selfish” or “greedy” to want more money in your life, consider this bit of wisdom from T. Harv Eker’s “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” (paraphrasing): The first best thing you can do for poor people is to not be one.
Now isn’t that just good ole common sense? If you have nothing yourself, you have nothing to give others. So many of us have a fear that money will somehow change us, but in fact, money can only magnify who we really are. If you are a greedy, selfish person, doubtless you will be the same with little or lots of money. However, for anyone with a giving heart, the greatest reward of having more money is having the ability to give more to others.
This doesn’t only include a current or hoped-for significant other. Consider all the other relationships in your life with … spouse, family, friends, co-workers, enemies, your community, society at large, and what about your relationship with yourself? How do you see yourself? What do you think of yourself? How’s your self-esteem level?
Mental and Emotional Well-being
Are you living up to your potential, both mentally and emotionally? Are you putting your mind to its best and fullest use every day? Or have your limiting beliefs become an excuse to let your brain get lazy?
Emotions can often determine whether we act out of inspiration or desperation. If fear and doubt are controlling your decisions, and thereby controlling your life direction, create a vision board that will serve as a constant reminder of who you are – not where you have been but where you intend to be.
Universally, one of the most common desires of all humans is to be happy, and that’s an excellent topic for a vision board, because by creating the board you’re turning your attention to what’s already good in your life as well as what could make you happier. For help getting clarity on that, you might want to check out “What Is Happiness?” on our blog.
Vision Boards for Business
The Disney empire as we know it today did not come into being because somebody made a to-do list. Long before any action steps were taken, and long before any goals were set, the original amusement park was a vision in the mind of Walt Disney.
Whether you dream on grand scales or small, that dream is the heart of your business. Maybe you already use goal boards, and that’s great except that those serve an entirely different purpose. Goal boards are all about the “how” and the details of getting things done step by step. Sometimes it’s easy to get so buried in all those details that you lose site of the big picture.
As with personal dream boards, a vision board used in business settings helps define and clarify your intentions. That alone can go a long way toward making employees feel more inspired and motivated. Drawing your team together with a shared mindset helps everyone envision a clear picture of where you intend to be.
Using such a visualization tool will also help keep everyone focused on that big picture, which can be very helpful on days when tedious work can be frustrating. Not that there will never be setbacks or challenges, but you have a visual reminder to help you maintain focus on your direction and destination. Every small task is important not just so you can check it off your list but because it’s an important part of something much bigger. Make a vision board to get clarity, stay focused, and turn the dream you have for your business into a reality.
As you can imagine, the list is endless, and it’s as varied as all the wonderfully different individuals in the world. No matter what aspect of your life you want to improve, you don’t have to work out all the details before you start, and you shouldn’t try. Create a vision board showing what you want to be or do or have. Focus on your intent, believe in yourself, and allow it to be. Most important of all, relish the joy of seeing your life begin to get better and better day by day.
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