I hope last week’s tips on how to keep your New Year’s resolutions was helpful in shifting the way you think about how you go about reaching said resolutions. Because I am preparing a piece on why mindset is so important, I wanted to set the stage by teaching you how to create a digital vision board on Pinterest.
Now, last week I explained that the way a vision board works is very similar to how advertising in magazines, and/or TV works. The vision board serves the purpose of programming a desired behavior or emotion onto the subconscious mind—which by the way is the one that pretty much runs the show in your life in case you haven’t already noticed.
What is a vision board and why would I want to create one?
As I wrote last week, vision boards are a popular way to represent what you are trying to accomplish with images. The reason they work is because the subconscious speaks a different language than our conscious mind does—the language of the 6 senses. In this case, a vision board creates a visual and emotional representation of what you are trying to accomplish.
When you use your vision board, what you are doing is keeping your focus on what you want to accomplish. More importantly, you are also creating that reality inside your mind… but more on that later. For now, visit MakeAVisionBoard.com for more detailed information about vision boarding.
The important takeaway here is that if you have a certain New Year’s resolution that you’d like to really, really connect with, then you ought to make sure you are creating an environment that supports your resolution. A vision board is an excellent way to keep your resolutions in front of you at all times.
Well… kind of. You see, I hadn’t been very successful at creating vision boards because depending on how you decide to create yours, they can be bulky and overall inconvenient. Check out my old vision board made out of magazine cutouts glued onto a rather large and bulky photo album.
It’s beautiful, but I had abandoned it to one of my bookshelves because it was hard to keep it in front of me at all times.
How do I create a vision board?
There is a couple of ways you can create a vision board. You can go the old-school, pre-internet way and grab a bunch of magazines and cut out inspiring pictures and arrange them onto a collage (which is what I did in the picture above). Or, you can create a new board on Pinterest specifically for your resolutions.
Enter Pinterest, the social media platform dedicated to helping you create and share collections of images of your liking and/or around a specific theme.
The benefits of a digital vision board that is hosted on Pinterest are simple. You can see your board anytime you need to, because, let’s face it, most of us are glued to our smart phones (and if you aren’t props to you!).
I mostly used Pinterest to keep track of fashion (I drool over Alexander McQueen, Elie Saab, and Japanese street fashion), dresses I’d like to make or food recipes I’d like to make someday. But then recently it dawned on me that I could carry my vision board around with me if I created one on Pinterest.
So, how do you create a simple, yet effective vision board on Pinterest, and what do you do with it afterwards?
1. Make a list of what you would like to accomplish and write keywords related to your goal.
In my case I wrote keywords that spoke to what I want to experience in my life on 2015: passion, freedom, empowerment, awe/wonder, and gratitude, just to name a few. I also wrote keywords for some of my goals, such as orca whales, debt-free living, and writing a book.
2. Create a new board on Pinterest and label it Vision Board. You can either choose to keep your board private or public.
3. Search for the keywords you selected earlier.
Using the Pinterest search function, do a search for each of these keywords and pin away! I like to pin one or two pictures for every one of the keywords I chose.
4. You are not limited to searching for keywords.
I always like to search for quotes. For example, I knew the quote by Henry Ford “whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right” was something I wanted to be reminded of constantly. So I did a search for the quote and pinned the picture I liked most.
5. Review your board.
Once you are done pinning, review your board as often as possible. Especially when you are feeling down on yourself about your ability to reach your goals. The best times to review your goal, however, are right when you wake up, and right before you fall asleep. I also like to review mine in the middle of the day sometimes.
6. Create the experience of having accomplished your goal in your mind.
This is the most important part of the entire vision board process! Research has found that the subconscious mind can’t tell the difference between what the conscious mind thinks is real and isn’t. In other words, whatever your imagination can conceive of is as real as the computer, phone, or tablet you are using to read my blog.
When you review your vision board and feel, smell, taste, see and hear what it would be like to accomplish your goal, you are telling your subconscious “this is real right here.”
So there you have it. That is how I created my Pinterest board. And true to form, I make it a point to look at it early in the morning when I wake up, and at night before going to sleep. Because the vision board is not on a “board”, I even get to review it everywhere I go (because let’s face it, my phone is glued to my hand).
All that is missing are two elements to the equation in manifesting your goals: the right mindset, and taking action—two subjects I will be writing about over the next few weeks. So, stays tuned if you want to be the first to hear about it by signing up to my newsletter below or at the top of the page.
I’d love to hear from you. Have you created a vision board and found it useful in reaching your goals? Tell us about your story with success boards!