5 Steps to Getting More Out of Your Vision Board Experience
Can you imagine being awaken while you’re having a dream? I’m sure you don’t mind if it’s a nightmare! Haha. However, it’s a different story altogether when you’re reviewing your Vision Board because essentially, it’s a composition of your life’s most wonderful dreams. Disruption can obstruct the transmission of the entire imagery to your subconscious and may inadvertently affect your results with it.
Since embarking on the Vision Boards Experiment, I’ve realized that dutifully reviewing the Vision Board can be a challenge after all. Especially if you’ve to juggle a full time job, manage a large household or handle whatever that takes up your personal time. Because of all these distractions, getting the most out of your Vision Board experience becomes ever more important.
Here are some 5 consecutive steps that can help you with this. While it’s not mandatory that you follow these, I’ll strong recommend everyone to do so because it will supercharge you and make your reviewing of the Vision Board something to look forward to everyday!
(1) Rise & Shine Before All the “Disturbances” Do
If you know that the kids are going to wake up at 7am for school, try to get up slightly earlier. If you know you’ve got an appointment or errand to run at a particular time, try to fork out some time before that. At the end of the day, it’s all about planning ahead and ensuring that you spend some extra minutes alone with your board.
Personally, after a few rounds of trial and error, I’ve realized that the best time to review the board is in the morning, because that’s the time when you’re most refreshed and can easily absorb the strong visions you’ve set for yourself. And while you’re at it, you may want to put up a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on your knob just in case the kids or maid come pounding on your door.
(2) Take Slow Deep Breaths
It’s important to do this prior to the review mainly for 2 reasons. First, it helps the body and mind to relax. Slow deep rhythmic breathing has been scientifically proven to result in a reduction in the heart rate and relaxation of the muscles. Secondly, the concentrated focus of the repeated action helps purge congested thoughts out of your mind so that you can reprogram it with your visualizations and affirmations through the Vision Board today.
There’s no hard and fast rule on how long you need to spend on this but you should take as many deep breaths as you need to feel comfortable. Due to it’s simplicity, taking slow deep breaths is often ignored in the entire prelude but I can’t stress hard enough on it’s importance. Whenever I start my review without performing this step, I’ll usually feel a tinge of uneasiness and trust me, the satisfaction level is definitely on the lower end of the scale.
(3) Go Through the 3 Daily Questions
Once your mind is clear and your body relaxed, it’s time to lubricate your emotional state with a layer of Gratitude. Gratitude is one feeling that doesn’t strike alone. The moment you start feeling grateful, you’ll begin to focus on the little accomplishments in your life and happiness ensues. You’ll also gravitate away from those negative thoughts of dissatisfaction, allowing you to plant an almost karmic cycle of positivity!
To feel just like that before your session, what you can do is ask yourself the following 3 questions :
- Describe an incident which happened yesterday that you’re grateful for.
- Name 3 people that you love and justify why you love them.
- What are 3 strong attributes that you’re glad you possess?
I’m sure after getting the answers to them, your feeling will be different!
(4) Turn on Some Great Music
The first 3 steps cover the prelude to viewing your board. This step, concentrates on improving your overall visualization experience and is by far, one of my favourite out of all 5. The way I pounce on this was an accident. One day, after completing my deep breathing and Daily Gratitude questions, when I was about to turn on the Electronic Vision Board on my laptop, my little niece who was outside my room started screaming on top off her lungs. What I did subsequently was to blast a sentimental number “Think of Me” from the Phantom of the Opera musical on my head phone and reviewed the Vision Board. And guess what, after that session, I felt terrific!
Melodies fan the emotions! Coupled by the swiping, gliding movements of the photos and affirmations on my electronic Vision Board as the music flowed, the whole effect is magical. You can play different types of music to generate the effect that you desire but do avoid melancholic tunes though! As for me, I’ll usually play light hearted and sentimental tunes. There was once I played the Nottinghill’s Theme Song “When You Say Nothing At All” to great satisfaction.
(5) Close Your Eyes & let the Images Settle
This should be done after you finished your Vision Board review. After completing the review, instead of going straight to do your work, shut your eyes and go through the images you’ve just seen, again in your mind. The more you do this, the more the images get entrenched into your subconscious.
This last step gives a very good roundup to the entire session and I must admit I’ve a strong retention of the pictures and affirmations because of this exercise. There was once when the picture I’ve chosen for the Health & Fitness section sprung up from my memory when I was jogging in my neighbourhood’s stadium tracks! It just kept me going and I finished all 5 rounds without much resistance. Amazing.
Update : For your convenience, here are all the links to the Vision Board Experiment logs :
- Want to Join Me in a Vision Board Experiment?
- Preparing for my Vision Board…
- How I Created My Vision Board – Revealed!
- 5 Steps to Getting More Out of Your Vision Board Experience
- Vision Board Experiment: Interesting Spate of Events
- Vision Board Experiment: How’s Your Vision Boarding Coming Along?
- Vision Board Experiment: One Year Later…