People of all ages will have some sort of hope or dream. Children might hope for their favourite toy for Christmas, or dream about what they want to be when they grow up. People in their twenties might dream about having a family or getting a foot in the door of their first real career.
If you’re in your fifties then you might dream about travelling the world, or starting a completely new career. These goals or dreams – whether we realise it or not – are what help us get out of bed every day and keep going, even when it can feel like a struggle. They’re also the reason why when we fail or when things don’t go to plan, we’re able to dust ourselves off and try again.
Our lowest days often happen when we lose sight of our goals. But even these days don’t last forever, and eventually, we restore hope in the idea that everything will be okay.
One of the big reasons why vision boards are so powerful is because they can help us move from hoping we’ll achieve our goals and dreams, to actively pursuing them and achieving them.
When we’re not actively pursuing our goals or dreams, we can feel stuck. Perhaps you’ve lost touch with your creative side, and you can’t really remember the last time you had fun or got really excited about something. Or maybe you’re simply bored, overworked and/or exhausted. This tends to happen to everyone at some stage in life, but it’s important to be able to recognise it, so you can make the changes needed to help you fall in love with life again.
This is where a vision board can be helpful. It might feel like all you are really doing is making a pretty collage – but what you’re actually doing is confirming and realising your goals, so that you can start to believe that they’re possible and move towards them.
Sometimes we have a vague goal in mind, but aren’t sure exactly what we want to achieve. Or, we’re afraid to delve too deep into our dreams if they feel too far away because this can be disheartening. But because creating a vision board requires you to put something tangible down on paper, it forces you to clarify your goals and work out what you really want to achieve.
Your vision board might provoke different emotions and reactions each time you look at it – which can help you to realise, adjust, and explore your dreams even further. For example, there might be some ideas on your board that you never grow tired of, no matter how many times you look at and consider them. If anything, the excitement grows.
But there may be other ideas on your board that you grow tired or bored of seeing everyday, which might help you to realise that perhaps these aren’t goals that matter to you as much as you thought. There might also be new goals and dreams that you want to add to your board as time goes on. Your board isn’t rigid, and can grow and evolve alongside you.
Once we achieve a goal, we often come up with new ones to challenge ourselves further, so your board will never be finished – which is one of the beauties of it.