Creating A Vision Board Backed by scientific research, this visualization practice has been proven to boost mood, productivity and health…

Last week I posted about the importance of the morning power hour; in this post, I discussed potential activities to accomplish during this golden time of day. One of the activities mentioned was visualization, which involves taking a breather in order to focus on something that inspires, elevates and motivates. Its purpose is to allow you to focus on the day ahead, see yourself in various situations, help you excel, and allow yourself to go through the motions of potentially challenging situations—much like an athlete preparing for a race.

However, you can also add another element to your daily visualization practice with the help of a vision board. Simply put, a vision board is a physical board (or a digital one if you prefer) on which you place images that mean something to you. These images can be photos of beautiful places that conjure up wonderful memories; empowering quotes; pictures of inspiring leaders or something that represents your values, goals and ambitions. Some people, like Megan Dalla-Camina, author of Getting Real About Having It All and Lead Like A Woman, maintain several vision boards on Pinterest as well. For Dalla-Camina, having her boards on Pinterest allows her access to them anytime or anywhere she might need a break and a boost.

Here is my personal vision board. On it I keep photos of inspiring women, powerful quotes and meaningful places and objects. I keep this board above my work desk and look at it every morning.

World-renowned positive psychologist Barbara Fredrickson (Positivity) also suggests that when people take the time, even briefly, to look at their inspirational vision boards, it helps improve their mood and create a positive upward spiral. These upward spirals, when felt regularly, help promote productivity, health, and ultimately greater life satisfaction. In light of these recent scientific findings (she’s only been studying positive psychology for the past 20 years), Fredrickson encourages us all to create our own vision boards and to relish doing so. The act of hunting out images, printing them, finding the perfect board, etc. is worthy of our time. As we create our board, Fredrickson encourages us to savor it and hold onto the uplifting and positive energy it brings.

Homework Assignment
For your homework over the next few weeks, I challenge you to create your personal inspirational vision board (if you don’t already have one). When you’re done, post it on our Facebook forum to share with others!

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