“There is an event where you can create your vision boards!” my exclaimed as I was making my way from my class to MTCC. The word “vision board” takes me back to 2015 when I first saw it in Lily Singh aka Superwoman’s YouTube channel. Her whole background in few videos was filled with pictures, quotes, and inspirational images. In media and life coach, Zakia Larry’s words, “Vision board is a visual representation of our goals”. I always wondered how a board with just motivational pictures and words can reset your mindset, belief system and push you to be better but when I plunged deep into finding out the effectiveness of a vision board, I was intrigued by its impact.
The career services team at Illinois Tech organized the event, which took place on October 27 in the MTCC building. They supplied all the essential materials, cut out images, magazines and books with vision board graphics, which made the activity fun and production. Making a vision board is not just an art and craft project that you can hang up in your room. It is more than that, it’s our ideal vision of our lives. Rosabeth Moss Kanter says “A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.”
Oprah Winfrey, Steve Harvey, Katy Perry, Ellen DeGeneres, and Cardi B are just a few of the famous people who have said vision boards have helped them achieve their dreams and goals in life. They all mention how important it is to come up with realistic goals, visualize them, work towards them and ultimately accomplish them.
Making a vision board mainly revolves around three things: images, specification and reason. It’s psychologically proven that humans respond and process visual data better than text. Infact, the processing speed of visual information by the human brain is 60,000 times faster compared to that of text. The reason why you want to accomplish that goal should be personal and resonate with your purpose and it should be specific to measure or aim your goal.
In Rhonda Byrne words from The Secret “Your power is in your thoughts, so stay awake. In other words, remember to remember.” Vision boards act as a reminder for us to envision ourselves better and work hard for it. It also gives us a clarity on what we seek and aim. So, I have made my visual board to push myself to have a healthy lifestyle, get sufficient amount of sleep, ace my academics and even included a picture of a jug of water to remind myself to stay hydrated. What are you going to put on your vision boards?