If you have ever created a vision board, you know that they help you make things happen in your life. (Amazingly so, really.) And if you haven’t yet tried a vision board, let me just say that they can be life-changing!
What is a vision board?
A vision board is a collage of pictures, phrases, poems, quotes and other inspirational elements that visually represent what you want to experience more of in your life (or your work).
Often a vision board will help you tackle something in your personal life – places you’d like to travel, your dream house, health & fitness goals, the car you’ve always wanted, etc. But a vision board can also help you focus on business goals, such as sales quota, marketing reach, branding, staffing, etc.
How do vision boards work?
Simply put, the process of creating a vision board helps you to train your brain to focus on what you want. It keeps you conscious of achieving your desired results. There is a strong emotional connection to creating your vision and a feeling of accomplishment that comes from assembling your vision in this way.
According to the popular book The Secret, “The law of attraction is forming your entire life experience and it is doing that through your thoughts. When you are visualizing, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe.”
Whether you believe that or not, visualization really does work. Olympic athletes have been using it for decades to improve performance.
Psychology Today reported on brain studies showing that thoughts produce the same mental instructions as actions, impacting many cognitive processes in the brain: motor control, attention, perception, planning, and memory. In other words, the brain is getting trained for actual performance during visualization.
Harnessing the power of vision boards to help you raise more money
To create a vision board for your success and your organization’s success around raising money, start by determining your fundraising goal. Then look for images, pictures, phrases, and quotes that illustrate what you are hoping to accomplish.
You might include an image of a big check written out to your organization or a photo of a donor handing to you a donation check for a significant amount. You might include photos of your mission in action, showing the good work your nonprofit could be doing if it had more funding. Perhaps include a printout of your organization’s mission statement in large font.
Read on for some tactical tips on creating a vision board (adapted from LifeCoach2Women.com).
STEP ONE: Gather the supplies you need: glue sticks, foam core board or poster board, a magazine on relevant topics, and scissors.
STEP TWO: Create a title for your board. The title is a way for you to personalize the board and give yourself a focus. The title will help sum up what your collage is about and will also help direct your choice of pictures and words around which to build your collage.
STEP THREE: Now it’s time to find the pictures, words and phrases that depict your mental image and add them to your collage. Look in magazines, brochures, catalogs and advertisements for pictures, or you can take new photos or use ones you already have.
STEP FOUR: Meditate on your vision board. Place the board in a place where you can see it often. If you put it at eye level above your desk, you are bound to gaze at it numerous times each day – and that’s your goal!
Spend time daily looking at the pictures and thinking about how you will feel when you have, be, or do what is on the board. The pictures on your board provide you with a visual target for your goals. Each picture, word or phrase is a reflection of your passions, interests and desires focused on fundraising for your mission.
STEP FIVE: Implement the power of affirmations. Begin to say verbal affirmations about your board daily. Say words out loud to yourself daily, and soon they will become ingrained in you and a permanent part of your thinking.
STEP SIX: Turn your visualization into action. You must take steps toward the dreams you have posted. For example, if you have posted pictures of receiving a donation from a specific donor, take action by inviting that donor to visit your program or find another way to stay connected with that donor.
When you do your part, you will powerfully attract your dreams to you like a magnet and speed up your manifestation.
What are your thoughts about vision boards? Please share your experiences, thoughts and ideas in the Comments box below!
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