“Our attitudes and beliefs create a magnet to attract events, circumstances and opportunities to live out those attitudes and beliefs.”

This is what the Law of Attraction (LOA) states  – it provides the opportunity to shape our lives through the act of focusing on and then attracting our deepest, greatest desires. To put this law into action, people use a very influential tool – a vision board. Contrary to belief, creating a vision board is not just putting together pieces of magazine cutouts, gluing them into a collage on a board and hoping they will magically come true.

A vision board helps you narrow down your desires through the power of choice. The time and energy you will invest into making one will help you visualize your future and eventually constantly remind you of your life goals. Will Smith, Jim Carrey, Oprah and Arnold Schwarzenegger have all discussed their use and love of vision boards.

Before you set onto making one, let’s look at how vision boards empower you with the LOA:

1. It puts The Power Of Choice Into Focus. You choose what goes on the board, so it means that you will have to narrow down all of your goals – choose what is most important (now and in the future). It will then let you focus on what you truly want. Remember to choose images/representations of what you DO want in your future, not what you DON’T want.

2. It  is Your Daily Dose of a Visual Reminder. An unspoken rule of a vision board is that you need to place it where you will easily see it every day, every time. Visualization has grown to become one of the most effective mental workouts out there.

3. It fuels Your Emotions. Just the mere sight of your vision board, you should immediately reconnect with your passion for your dreams (if not, the pictures/images may not be powerful enough!).

4. It combines The Mission Of Achieving Goals With Fun.  Aside from being a concrete foundation to help you reach your dreams, creating a vision board should surely be fun from start to end. It could also be an entertaining way of relieving yourself from stress. You don’t even have to put much effort into organizing it – just have fun as you put them all together!

You are the one in-charge with your vision board. You decide what goes in it, you decide which materials to use for it, and you decide how you will make it. It could be digital or physical, anything is possible. This is the joy of planning and searching.

Bring in The Principle of Attraction

Now, not everyone believes in or thinks the LOA is real, nor easy! And I wanted to share a principle that is an evidence-based phenomenon with a foundation in positive psychology, goal-achieving research, and mind-brain sciences. This is called the Principle of Attraction.

The Principle of Attraction (POA) states that “Like Tends to Attract Like.” The Principle of Attraction is not magic and is not a universal law – it is based on you having an active role in the process. How you THINK, FEEL and BEHAVE tend to bring you more of the same.  Research says we are more likely to be attracted to someone who is physically similar to ourselves, and we trust them more! The scientific evidence points to opposites barely ever attracting – which means you can change who/what you are attracting in your life by changing how you think and feel.

Both the LOA and POA rely on you taking action – not being passive. For a new thought (your goal) to become a reality, you have to teach your body at an emotionally level how that would feel NOW. This is why the images on the vision board should elevate you to a heightened level of positive emotion – it is ideal to focus on how that would feel NOW when you look at your images Remember like attracts like – positivity usually attracts positivity and negativity usually attracts negativity. And positive people tend to have greater success, better jobs, better relationships, improved health and more.

So if the vision board image you select is not quite a perfect match for how you feel, think or act currently, then this is the place to start. You can start by imagining who you would be if that goal DID come true, and be active in being that person NOW.  The POA allows you to plan, prepare, take responsibility and adopt an optimistic/realistic perspective.

So whichever law or principle you subscribe to, enjoy the journey of creating both on the board, and in your mind and body!