Why Make a Vision Board?

“I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.” — Mark Twain

Do you know what you want in your life? Do you know how to get what you want? Consider using a vision board. A Vision Board serves three important purposes: first, it clarifies your dreams; second, it reinforces those dreams by making them visible; and third, it focuses your mind on those dreams on a daily basis.

A Vision Board Provides Clarity

If you say your goal is to “have a better life”, that is a good start, but you must CLARIFY what that means to you. To some, it may mean buying a new car; to others, it might mean making more money to support their family. You have to be clear about what you want to achieve.

A Vision Board Gives You Positive Affirmations

Once you dream it, the next step is to believe it. In addition to images, vision boards can include words, phrases or sentences that affirm your intentions. These affirmations cast away your doubts and the self-limiting beliefs you have, and put your mind in the right place for success.

Here are some examples of positive affirmations your vision board may include:

  • “I am financially free.”
  • “I will stay healthy.”
  • “Great opportunity is in store for me.”

A Vision Board Helps Maintain Focus

Finally, vision boards serve to help you stay focused. It isn’t difficult to start each day with a positive attitude – until you get out of bed. No matter what happens during your day, your vision board is a constant reminder of where you intend to be.

 The Story of the Two Wolves

Each Day, We Have Both Favorable
And Unfavorable Experiences.

We are faced with the choice to give in to anger, or exercise restraint and focus on peace. It isn’t always easy, but perhaps this story can put it into a better perspective:

One day, a young boy came to his Grandfather, filled with anger at another boy who had done him an injustice. The wise old man said to his grandson, “Let me tell you a story. I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those who have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do. But hate wears you down, and hate does not hurt your enemy. Hate is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times.

“It is as if there are two wolves inside me; one wolf is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him and does not take offense when no offense is intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way. But the other wolf is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of rage.

“He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger, because his anger will change nothing. Sometimes it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, because both of the wolves try to dominate my spirit.”

The boy looked intently into his Grandfather’s eyes and asked, “Which wolf will win, Grandfather?”

The Grandfather smiled and said, “The one I feed.”

When you have an unfavorable experience, if you choose to feed the good, then you will grow as a person and gain the ability to change your circumstances. However, if you feed the bad, it will eat you from the inside out and cause you to lose focus on the bigger picture, which will prevent positive progress. So now you must ask yourself, “Which wolf am I feeding today?”