How to create a Vision Board with Purpose and 7 celebrity vision boards that will inspire you!
Our last blog post about vision boards was a preface about this subject. This blog post was designed to educate and inspire you about the value of vision boards and how make one with purpose. Creating vision boards can help you harness your visualization practice which motivates your brain to achieve your life goals. A vision board (also known as a dream board) are a collection of images that represent your future goals and gives you direction. Discover in this blog post celebrities whose vision boards will inspire you.
Understanding the Purpose of Your Life
When you’re settling on which words, phrases, and pictures to use for your vision board, reflect on how you want to feel and who you wish to be. It is really important when projecting the life you want to live, is also to reflecting on the legacy you want to leave behind. Instead of using images of bags of money, use imagery that signify success to you. The more specific you can be when creating your vision board the better. The neuroscience shows that our thoughts create new neural circuits in the brain, the more we focus on particular thoughts the stronger they become, the more momentum they get and the positive or negative energy they will create. What you want to achieve must be consistent with what you are feeling on the inside. Otherwise you will cause cognitive dissonance in the brain.
Cognitive dissonance: the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs or attitudes, when relating to your values and behaviours.
Your purpose needs to align with your values. If you don’t align your vision board with your values it will cause stress for your mind and body.
A Sense of Responsibility
The vision board process doesn’t end once you’ve attached your images to a board. If you are really committed to making some changes in your life, to set you on this dream life then you need to have some persistence and take accountability. Place the board somewhere where you will see it regularly, giving you constant reminders of the goals you have set for yourself.
Also it doesn’t work if you just put up words on your vision board like “award-winning novel,”, then visualise it and meditate about it and watch the awards roll in. You have to write and publish a book, get publicity for it and submit the book for being considered for these awards. It is really important you break down your goals into small attainable tasks and take the necessary steps to bring that vision to life! When you start to see your life, our desires as something you are in charge of then you can begin taking the necessary steps to achieve the goals. Don't just put up the word “generosity’ and then shell out a few dollars to some homeless people to feel like you have ticked that goal. Work on a longer term solution for how you intend to be generous with your time and money.
A New Life Ahead
If you are really committed to making some changes in your life, associating your goals with the motivation of what your ‘purpose’ is, it gives you a new meaning in life. You won’t be dreading Monday mornings when the alarm goes off because you now have a deeper purpose in the work that you are doing. When you feel like you are living a life on purpose, you feel happier and more settled.
Steps to create a vision board with purpose.
Here are some steps you can follow to create a vision board with a purpose. Seeing your vision board daily will prompt you to visualize your ideal life on a habitual basis. The reason why we recommend to put the vision board in your bedroom is because it can tap into a deeper part of your brain before you head off to sleep and when you first wake up.
Before you begin your vision board you need to dive deep on what you want for your life and how you are going to achieve it. So many people have generalised goals and don’t know what they actually want from their life. They go through the motions of life without a purpose.
Take time to answer the following questions…
What do I want my life to look like a year from today?
What goals do I want to accomplish and why?
What makes me internally happy?
What do I want for my life?
Once you have got the creative juices going on the above task, it is now time to make sure you are brainstorming all the buckets of life: Health, Relationships, Finance, Education, Spiritual Charity and Purpose, Holiday and Fun goals.
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After you have brainstormed and journaled every aspect of your dream life, it’s time to start collecting images and words that match your vision. Think about what you want to attract in your life and the goals you want to see become your reality. Magazines and newspapers are a good source of finding motivational quotes and images that inspire you. Photographs of you in them, at your healthiest and fittest self are also a great idea to put in the middle of your vision board. The more you put images that have you in them, the stronger the emotional response will be from your limbic brain, and the stronger the motivation to achieve it.
Limbic Brain: The Limbic Brain is the part of your brain responsible for emotional regulation, arousal and your stress response.
If you are finding it hard to find the perfect image from magazines, then we recommend you to find it on Pinterest or stock image houses that have excellent and FREE high-quality photographs.
Materials you’ll need to get started:
glue or tape
These are just a few things but you can be as creative as you want and just have fun with it. Again, I want to emphasize that the images and words that you cut out should line up with the goals that you listed in Step 1.
If you want other cutting edge ideas with how to do a digital or polaroid vision board, we have these tips in one of our other blog posts here.
Once you are done creating your vision board, you need to sit down and journal ideas of what you’re going to do in order to attain your goals listed on the vision board. In order for your vision board to become real, you have to have a plan of action so your board can come to life. I recommend writing this down on a post it note and place it near your bathroom mirror, or next to your radio in the car where you can see it daily so you stay focused with what you’re working on.
You are happy with what you need to accomplish, you have made your vision board, and you’ve listed down your action steps. Now you need to BELIEVE that you can have what's on your board. Belief is everything. If you made the board only for the sake of entertainment and you don't trust that you can truly have what's on your board it won't work.
Your vision board needs to be visible on a daily basis. Seeing your vision board daily will prompt you to visualize your ideal life forming new neural networks in your brain. Why you need to put vision boards in your bedroom is because when you wake up and before you go to sleep at night, your brain naturally drifts into a Theta Brain Wave, where your brain is the most malleable. It helps you embed these new neural circuits, changing the structure of your neo cortex and embedding these goals into your long term memory and subconscious mind.
When you achieve something on your board make sure to check it off and reward yourself! When you get so busy working, sometimes we neglect to reward our little wins. Putting down next to your goals what you will reward yourself with once you receive it, is a great way to motivate your brain. The brain loves rewards. It is constantly motivated by pleasure or pain. Trust me, once you start rewarding yourself you will be surprised how quickly you tick the items off. For example, when I finish research at University I book myself in for a massage. When I hit my goal weight range, I buy myself some new active wear to celebrate. Take a moment to think about what you are going to reward yourself with?
7 celebrity vision boards that will inspire you
There are many celebrities famous for their vision boards and who are huge advocates that they work. Yes, you heard it right. From Oprah Winfrey to Katy Perry, many have shared their vision board stories with the public. Now, I’m going to list 7 celebrities whose vision boards that will inspire you!
1) Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold has successfully achieved all his goals through a “vision” when winning Mr. Olympia 4 x consecutively, he kept a photo of Reg Park to motivate him every day. When transitioning through to acting and politics, Arnold stated he applied the same principals and mental tricks as he did in bodybuilding — “what you do is create a vision of who you want to be — and then live that picture as it were already true.”
2) Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres is a well-known writer, comedian, and an actress. She is known for her popular The Ellen Show. In addition, Ellen has acted in many popular sitcoms, hosted the Oscar and Emmy awards, and owns a production house. She was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 and is broadly commended for the support she extends to charities. Besides, she has been particularly vocal in the area of progressing LGBT rights and animal rights.
She has repeatedly discussed dream boards, especially with reference to a particularly important incident involving Oprah (whose dream board story is discussed below). Ellen wanted to be on the front of Oprah’s magazine and wrote it on her dream board. The dream was achieved years later. Ellen shared this story on her show and even showed the dream board to Oprah. Ellen believes that dream boards can be useful in motivating you to achieve your goals.
3) Jim Carrey
On the verge of quitting his acting career when he first came to Hollywood. Jim used to carry around a cheque that he wrote to himself for $10 million dollars that said “acting services rendered,” and had dated it for 1994. Carrying this in his wallet as motivation and a reminder every day, in 1994 Carrey reaped exactly $10 million for his role in Dumb and Dumber. Now listed as one of the top celebrities Jim Carrey credited this to constant visualization, with helping him get to life’s goals.
4) Katy Perry
Katy Perry is an immensely prominent singer whose awards include a Juno Award and many American Music Awards. Perry has been repeatedly listed on Forbes’ list of top female earners in music. She likewise holds four Guinness World Records and is known for her humanitarian work. For instance, she has given money from her singles to different NGOs & foundations. Thus, she has supported many Nobel and social causes such as cancer and HIV awareness.
Katy Perry’s experience of dream boards is unique; she has been utilizing vision boards since she was a kid. She portrays a school experience in which the educator requested that every one of the students make an image composition that showed their greatest dreams and their most important plans for the future. Katy used Grammy recipient Selena’s image of accepting the award. 15 years later, she herself was nominated for the award. She credits her good fortune to her dream boards.
5) Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey needs no introduction. She hosts the highest-rated chat show program. She is also an actor, producer and a well-known philanthropist. Winfrey is one of the highest influential celebrities and also one of the wealthiest women in the world. She has been described as the most significant black philanthropist in American history. Winfrey is known for extending support to various social and humanitarian causes, and vision boards played an important role in this regard.
Oprah is one of the most outspoken celebrities when it comes to the power of the law of attraction and related methods that plan to show a positive future. For instance, one of her most exciting experiences went ahead the morning of the 2008 presidential election. Oprah made a dream board for Barrack Obama. She even posted the image of the dress she wanted to wear at his inauguration ceremony. This is just one instance where she has used dream boarding techniques. She believes that dream boards can be highly useful in setting financial goals and progress.
6) Spanx Creator Sara Blakely
Sara Blakely, the creator of Spanx attributes her success to visualising her goals and imagery on her vision board. Blakely, turned the need for footless pantyhose into a billion-dollar business.
7) Will Smith
Will Smith is a highly popular Hollywood actor, who has appeared in a number of successful films. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Will is also an active philanthropist. He has also supported outfits that work for racial equity. “In my mind, I’ve always been an A-list Hollywood superstar, Y’all just didn’t know about it yet.” — Will Smith. Think about this statement and what it means. This quote is a clear account of what Visualization can do. Will said he has always visualised himself being very successful and the act of visualisation has definitely worked in his life!
I hope that these celebrity vision boards have inspired you.
It is encouraged that you make a new vision board regularly. It doesn’t need to be final and can absolutely change and flex as your goals change throughout the next 12 months.
Every individual's vision board or dream board will be unique. We are all here to support your dreams!
As a Professor at University said to me ‘Whats the worst that can happen? You have the same life 12 months from now.’ I can sincerely tell you that vision boards and visualisation have changed my world.
Chelsea Pottenger is the Director of EQ Consulting co, a world expert in delivering cognitive tools to recharge the human brain. Chelsea is currently doing a PhD in clinical psychology and neuroscience, an internationally accredited mindfulness and meditation teacher and the mental health ambassador in Australia for R u Ok? and The Gidget Foundation Charities.