Vision boards are one of the most powerful tools available freely for anyone to manifest their dreams and achieve their goals.
So, What Is A Vision Board?
Basically, a vision board is board on which you display images and things that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in life. It is like goal setting, but instead of writing your goals down, you use images to create a board so that the board helps you clarify, focus and pay attention to the things you want to manifest.
You can create many vision boards if you want to. For instance, you can have a vision board to represent the things that you want to achieve in your career, another board for your personal life, and another board for the physical things that you want like a car or a house.
A vision board is simple to create. You can get the images from any magazine or simply print out related images from the internet. The best part is that a vision board is free to make and anyone can do it.
One very commonly asked question on vision board is that whether it works. And is there any proof to show that visualization helps in manifesting what you want in life.
John Assaraf and His Vision Boards
The proof and story of whether a vision board works can be represented by John Assaraf’s story. This is a real-life story that has been made famous after the groundbreaking hit from The Secret movie. He has built 5 multi-million dollar businesses including the fastest-growing real estate agency, Re/Max of Indiana with 1,500 salespeople and a $4.5 billion a year in revenue.
John Assaraf is a New York Times best-selling author, a success coach, a guru featured in The Secret, and also a leading behavioral and mindset expert.
In 1995, John started to create vision boards for the things that he wanted in life his. Whenever he saw something that he wanted in his life, he would cut out the picture and glued it to his vision boards.
Fast forward to the year 2000, John has just bought a new house and has moved in there. One day after he has just moved into the new house, his 5-year-old son Keenan came to see him in the office. And because their family just moved, there are plenty of boxes full of things. Being a curious kid, Keenan asked his dad, John, what was in the box.
And being a good father as always, John took his time to explain the box that contained his vision boards. And as he pulled out the first vision board from the box, he was moved seeing the pictures of a luxury watch, a Mercedes sports car on the board and some other items he has achieved. As he pulled up the second board, John started to cry. He saw a picture of the house which they have just moved in. It was the exact house.
It was a 7,000-square-foot house that sits on 6 acres of spectacular views, with a huge guest house and office complex, a tennis court and with 320 orange trees. John cut out the picture of the house from a Dream Homes magazine 4 years earlier.
Plus, the picture that John cut out was the back view of the house and there was no way John knew it was the exact house when he bought it until the time he pulled out his vision board with the picture.
Vision Boards Help Visualization and Create Intention
Today, visualization is considered one of the most powerful techniques that anyone can utilize to achieve whatever they want in their lives.
This is because the vision boards you created will spark your visualization. And visualization will create intention and activate the Law of Attraction to manifest what you desire. According to the famous book, The Secret, when you are visualizing and seeing the images of what you want, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe.
Regardless of whether the Law of Attraction works or does not, scientists have proven that visualization works. In fact, many professional athletes used visualization to improve their performance in the sport. This is simply because the mind cannot differentiate between what is real and what is visualized.
Psychology Today once published an article saying that the brain patterns activated when a weightlifter lifts heavy weights are similar to the brain patterns activated when the lifter just imagined and visualized the lifting.
And this simply shows that your brain cannot differentiate between the real experiences from the imagined. For example, you can practice basketball shoot skills in your head by visualizing the process vividly and your shooting skill can actually improve in the real world.
Visualization and the use of vision boards are powerful methods used by many successful people including Oprah Winfrey. In 2008, Oprah called the New York City radio station Power 105.1 and shared her story with the listeners:
“I was speaking with Michelle [Obama] and Caroline Kennedy and Maria Shriver – we were all doing a big rally out in California. At the end of the rally, Michelle Obama said something powerful: ‘…I want you to leave here and envision Barack Obama taking the oath of office’. I created a vision board. I had never had a vision board before. I came home, I got me a board and put Barack Obama’s picture on it, and I put a picture of my dress I want to wear to the inauguration.”
Oprah is a billionaire and also a successful woman from her famous talk show. She knew exactly the goal she wanted, set her intention and created a vision board to materialize her dream.
This famous Hollywood celebrity from Hong Kong seems to know how to use visualization and vision boards to make great movies that people love.
Everyone loves to watch Jackie Chan’s movies because they are entertaining and full of actions. However, do you know how he came up with all his fantastic stunt and action ideas? He once shared how it in an interview saying that whenever an idea struck him while browsing books or magazine, he would cut out the picture and put on a stretch of wall in his house.
For example, whenever he saw a picture of a ladder and the idea of using the ladder to fight struck him, he would cut out a picture of a ladder and glue it to the wall. Instead of having a vision board, Jackie now has a vision wall.
This is another famous and successful person who utilized the power of visualization to achieve great accomplishments in his life.
Arnold is famous for his body-building career, being a successful actor in Terminator series, and also served two terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 to 2011.
In his early days, he used visualization to achieve his bodybuilding goals. Here is what he said in his own words:
“I had this fixed idea of growing a body like Reg Park’s. The model was there in my mind; I only had to grow enough to fill it,” he explained. “The more I focused in on this image and worked and grew, the more I saw it was real and possible for me to be like him.”
Arnold said that he applied the same principles and techniques in achieving success in the movie industry and also his career in politics. He said, “It’s the same process I used in bodybuilding: What you do is create a vision of who you want to be — and then live that picture as if it were already true.”
Hollywood actor Jim Carrey started his career in the filming industry as a nobody. One day, he wrote a mocked cheque of $10 million to himself and stating “for acting service rendered”. From then on, he carried the cheque with him wherever he went.
And whenever he was free, he would drive up to Mulholland Drive, looked at the city, stretched his arms and said, “Everybody wants to work with me. I’m a really good actor. I have all kinds of great movie offers.”
Jim visualized and convinced himself that he was a good actor and everyone wanted to work with him. Eventually, his dream becomes a reality. And in 1994, Jim Carrey was paid $10 million for his role in the movie Dumb and Dumber.
Visualization and Vision Boards Work
If you have read up to this point, you should clearly understand that visualization works and so with vision boards. They are powerful tools that you can use to realize your dreams and help you achieve your goals.
Jack Nicklaus is a retired professional golfer. He is considered as one of the greatest golfers of all time, winning a record 18 major championships. He is a strong believer in visualization. Here is a meaningful saying from him:
“I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp, in-focus picture of it in my head. First I see the ball where I want it to finish, nice and white and sitting up high on the bright green grass. Then the scene quickly changes, and I see the ball going there: its path, trajectory, and shape, even its behavior on landing. Then there is a sort of fade-out, and the next scene shows me making the kind of swing that will turn the previous images into reality.”