And why it’s important to be grateful

A vision board is an easy to set up, yet powerful visualisation tool that reminds you what your goals in life are and manifests those pictures into feelings that activate the universal law of attraction. This law states, that we attract into our lives anything that we give attention to, regardless whether it be positive or negative.

There is a science behind this theory. There is a part of the brain called the reticular activating system (RAS). This part sorts out all the data that comes into your brain and can distinguish what is important and what is not for your survival.  However it cannot distinguish between reality and non-reality. “Perhaps the most important function of the RAS is its control of consciousness; it is believed to control sleep, wakefulness, and the ability to consciously focus attention on something.” That’s where the vision board comes into play. Continuously focusing on the images on the board and most importantly the feelings that go with those images influences the RAS. Vision boards serve a programming role to the RAS to focus external stimuli that helps us move closer towards our intentions, to activate the law of attraction in our lives.

WHAT IS A VISION BOARD?

A vision board is simply a board where you display pictures and words or a collage of what you want to do, be or have in your life.

You simply select the pictures and words that you like, that elevate your positive feelings. There are no bounds here. Select the images based on your inner wants, be as crazy as you like. The universe has no bounds, you create the bounds in your life yourself, even if you don’t realise it.

Is it financial freedom, a successful business, a new home, a healthy lifestyle that you want? Whatever it is keep all your images congruent to the ultimate goal. In other words fill your board with the things you would like in your life if you had financial freedom or a new home for instance. You might think you just want ‘stuff’ but there is always the deeper meaning behind the ‘stuff’. What is yours?

HOW TO CONSTRUCT YOUR VISION BOARD

Your vision board is only limited by your imagination. You can be as simple or as creative as you like, it’s all about you. Your subconscious mind works in images, so make your vision board as visual as possible with plenty of pictures.

All the pictures on your vision board need to evoke a positive emotional response in you. Your vision board should make you feel happy and motivated every time you look at it.

It should be positioned in a place where you see it as often as possible. This might be your study, kitchen or bedroom, wherever you can focus on it intently every day.

Hang it in a private location if you think you might be ridiculed. It is important that the board brings you positive, not negative feelings.

To create your vision board follow these easy steps.

1. Buy a large board that will fit nicely where you want to see your vision board daily. The board needs to be made from something you can either pin or paste your pictures. You could have a cork-backed board from one of those cheap shops, eg; Crazy Clarks style. I actually had a framed picture I wasn’t using so I removed it from the frame, got rid of the glass and then covered the picture in a thin foam and then the fabric. I then crisscrossed it with the ribbon and secured with upholstery tacks and then put it back in the frame.

You’ll also want to buy a packet of Command Picture Hanging Strips. They are easy to remove later without damaging the paint and wall.

2. Collect some magazines and flip through them looking for pictures that stimulate a positive emotion in you and relate to your ultimate goal. Cut them out neatly and put them aside for later.

Perhaps you have some photos of your own you can add or you could ‘Google’ some images of your choosing. Remember that each image needs to resonate a feeling of joy in you.

3. Now you can start to arrange the images onto the board in a way that visually pleases you. Keep rearranging until you are totally satisfied with the outcome before you stick or pin them down. Writing or printing out and adding some positive affirmations to the board is also good.

4. The next step is to simply hang your vision board where you want it to go and where you will see it most during the day.

Please remember that your vision board is an evolving piece of art. Keep it updated with fresh and emotionally charged pictures. Keep your passion alive when you look at the board and continuously add and subtract from it whenever you like. You want your vision board to continuously inspire and uplift you and keep you focussed on your ultimate goal.

BEING GRATEFUL

Being grateful is generally a way of feeling happy and appreciative in your life. We all have to remind ourselves of what is good in our lives and not dwell or focus on the negative. This is important if you want to live a better, happier life. Stopping the negative mind chatter, that little voice in your head that bombards you with negative beliefs, is a daily struggle, but replacing those thoughts with thoughts of gratefulness is a good way to start. To do this you must change your own ‘negative self talk’, with positive affirmations.

Every time you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts, make a conscious decision to think about something that makes you feel good. I think of my grandson and I can’t help but feel good when I do. He makes me smile!

Using positive affirmations also works. You have to give it time though and not give up! That’s why I use my grandson and then think of a positive affirmation. He always sets my positive mood.

Here are a few positive affirmations that might help you.

All the things I want and need come to me.

I always receive more than what I need.

I am grateful for life’s abundance.

I am grateful for opportunities to grow and learn.

I am a confident and positive person, and confident and positive people gravitate toward me.

I am caring, loving, smart, supportive, loyal, and fun to be with.

I am worthy as a person.

I deserve all the good things in my life.

I am healthy.

I am grateful for the people who are journeying life with me.