Vision boards get mixed reviews throughout the professional world. JP Sears (Here) has a funny spoof about vision boards, and while I find him hilarious, I do personally use vision boards.
I don’t use vision boards with my own kids or clients as a method of “law of attraction” from the universe. Instead, I use them as a way of enforcing goals. A goal that is written down and can be seen is much more likely to happen than a goal that is left in the mind and never shared.
At the beginning of the summer I sat down with my three kids and we made vision boards for our summer plans.
They made these based on their own abilities and their own goals. My son Eli really wants to earn enough money for a Wii U, so that’s what he drew on his vision board. My daughter Alyvia wants to go to Lagoon, swimming and watch fireworks. My daughter Shay agreed with fireworks and Lagoon. I made one too and included activities that I wanted to do with them throughout the summer.
As a therapist, I use vision boards early in my sessions to help clients set goals. Sometimes they’ll draw a picture of a bed and will have me write, sleep better. The idea is to help clients state what they want in the form of the positive (no nightmares would be said “better dreams”). This can be done in group therapy and have each person share what goals they set for themselves.