To be honest, vision boards are likely a concept you’ve heard before. You’ve probably heard about them again and again. Maybe you’ve heard about them so much that the idea of them just seems stale or cheesy.
I’m here to tell you though that they work.
To start off here, we are not good at remembering things. Herman Ebbinghaus, one of the pioneers of the psychology of memory, established something called the forgetting curve: essentially, the less strong something is when we learn it or experience it, the more likely we are to forget it. We, as humans, also often have very lofty ambitions, goals, and tasks. We constantly dream about the things we want to do; and because all the majority of it is is dreams, it has no strength, and we forget. If it just stays in our head, it’s likely going to get forgotten or put on the back-burner.
Dat lack of retention, tho. Image from Growth Engineering.
This is where vision boards can come in great. Vision boards, in a short list, can:
1) Get your dreams out of your head and onto paper, where the fickleness of memory cannot throw it away.
2) Prioritize what you do and do not want out of life. If you’re struggling to put a certain thing on your vision board, is it a dream worth doing? Also, if you have your vision board done and you’re doing something that isn’t advancing any of the things you have on that board (like taking a job irrelevant to your real career goals, for example), is whatever you’re doing really worth your time?
3) Strengthen your memory (and subsequently your prioritization) of your ambitions, because the deliberate practice of making a vision board and putting individual dreams and goals on it means you’re going to remember the experience of doing that, and increase the likelihood of keeping those things at the front of your brain.
Again, it works. Katy Perry made a vision board with Selena with her Grammy at the age of nine; now she’s been nominated for 13 of them. Beyonce kept a picture of an academy award by her treadmill so every time she worked out she’d see her goals; later on in life Dream Girls was nominated for an Oscar. It’s not like these things work by magic; these women visualized their goals, and it created a constant reminder of what they truly want and what they should be steering their daily actions towards.
So, lovely readers, I invite you too to make a vision board. One that is in an accessible place so you’ll see it often. Put a lot of thought in what you put on it, because when you add something to it it’s a commitment to yourself that you will strive to achieve that thing. There are lots of ways to go about making it, but I personally use my Pinterest for it. It makes it really easy to add and edit the things on my vision board, and I know it’ll go with me everywhere I go because I have the app on my phone. I keep my vision board private, personally, but here’s a glimpse of what mine looks like so you have an idea of where to start:
If you’ve got an online vision board you’re willing to share (unlike me, I suck sorry guys) link it in the comments below! I’d love to hear from my readers what their goals are.