Want a new love interest, meaningful career or a better self-image? Some people swear by the power of the vision board, a tool they use to display, and then hopefully achieve, specific life goals.
The concept has been around for a couple of decades now, and was popularized by a handful of books and celebrities, probably most notably, Oprah Winfrey. It's based on the universal Law of Attraction, which basically says that our minds are powerful tools that can turn thoughts and desires into reality. "What we focus on expands and becomes our reality. Where intention goes, energy flows," says Roswell, Georgia, "life essence" coach and vision board instructor Dacey Paul in an email interview.
Take 12-year-old Aliya Jo Ramey, for example. In 2018, the young dancer/actress fell in love with Broadway and subsequently learned about an open call for "The Lion King." "At the end of 2018, my entire family made vision boards for the new year because we wanted to effectively prepare for 2019," emails her mother, Kirsten Ramey. On Aliya Jo's board, "She put 'Broadway' in the center and surrounded it by words and pictures (dancing, singing, exercise, healthy eating, etc.) She broke each of those pictures down to goals and prayed each day with myself, her dad and sisters," her mother recalls.
It didn't take long for Aliya's hard work and vision to pay off, as she earned the part of Young Nala on Broadway in February 2019. "The whole vision board thing is even hard for me to believe!" her mother says.
"Creating a vision board provides a clear focus for your dreams of a fulfilled, joyful life," says Paul. "The important thing to focus on is how you want to feel and create a vision to support that desire. Photos of these desires are placed on your vision board so that you can look at them and feel the feeling associated with them."