The Jack Canfield Vision Board and Using Visualization to Motivate Success

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When you’re on your path to success, the present may not look anything like what you see for the future.  The differences between the present and the future can be so starkly different that you might:

  • Begin thinking you’re losing your mind
  • Have others thinking you’re too optimistic
  • or, you can become discouraged because your present and future don’t seem to connect – AND – you have naysayers

Trying to keep hope and motivation as you build your dream business can be a challenging task especially if you’ve never heard of visualization or anything like the Jack Canfield Vision Board.

jack canfield vision boardWho is Jack Canfield?

Jack Canfield is an American author, motivational speaker, seminar leader, and success coach.  He is the co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series which has 250 books in print and sold over 500 million copies.  Jack has many other notable successes, but he didn’t start out with them.

Jack was born August 19, 1944 in Fort Worth, Texas.  Shortly after graduating from Harvard with an A.B in Chinese History, Canfield began his working life teaching high school.  From his time in the classroom, he observed the negative effects of poor self-esteem and developed a passion to help others build their esteem.  He wrote his first book, 100 Ways to Enhance Self-Concept in the Classroom in 1976, but didn’t have nearly the level of success with that, that he’s later acquire with his other works.

When Jack finally wrote Chicken Soup for the Soul, he was rejected 144 times!  Now, Jack Canfield holds two Guiness World Records: one for having 7 books on the New York Times Bestselling list at the same time and the other for having the largest book signing.  In addition to being a world record holder, Jack Canfield has other notable achievements including:

  • Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises is now a billion dollar empire!
  • His Goals program for California welfare recipients has been creditted with getting 450,000 people off of welfare
  • He wrote The Power of Focus, The Aladdin Factor, Dare to Win, You’ve Got to Read this Book!, and The Key to Living the Law of Attraction and generated millions in bookstore and online sales
  • His audio program, Maximum Confidence, sold 350,000 copies thru Nightingale-Conant alone
  • Jack’s supposed net worth is approximately $20 million

The Jack Canfield Vision Board Philosophy

Jack Canfield teaches alot about how to get from where you are to where you want to be, and one major principle he teaches is visualization.  He talks about how simply by focusing and visualizing an outcome you desire, it forces you to deal with limiting beliefs that inhibit you from achieving your dream.

Jack says by creating a vision board, you keep your goals top-of-mind.  Here’s a video where he explains the Jack Canfield vision board philosophy:

Jack Canfield Vision Board Quotes

Studying Jack Canfield’s vision board philosophies is fragmented without hearing his own quotes on vision boards.  Here’s a few quotes from Jack on vision boards and why we should use them:

“It can be any pictures or words that represent the quality of life you want to have.”

“You want to place your vision board somewhere you will see it consistently.”

“The main idea is it’s some place where you capture images of the goals that you have in your life, the things you want to experience, the things you want to own, the things you want to do, and it brings forward the things you want to do…”

“The reason you want to create a vision board is the subconcsious mind is much more powerful than the conscious mind.  We can program the subconcious and the unconcious by putting in images, words, and affirmations on a regular basis.”

“The key is consistency.”

“I’ve been using vision boards in one form or another since the 1970’s….I started by having a $100,000 bill on my ceiling.”

“I took a 100,000 bill projected it on a peice of paper, every morning, I would close my eyes visualize my $100,000 lifestyle…within about 30 days, I started having $100,000 ideas for the first time in my life.  To make a long story short, within one year, I had earned $92,000. This was 12x what I had earned the previous year.”

“Literally, when you look at your vision board, you’re programming your subconcious mind to come up with solutions.”

“By adding visualization practices to your daily routine, you will naturally become more motivated to reach your goals.”

The Jack Canfield Vision Board & The Secret

Jack Canfield says that by visualizing the life you desire, it begins to activate powers he spoke of in a documentary he’s featured in called “The Secret”.  The Secret talks about the law of Attraction.  The Law of Attraction is built on the premise that “thoughts become things”.  In short, if we think good things, we’ll attract good things to us, and if we think bad things, we’ll attract bad things to us.

While I don’t agree that thoughts alone transform our futures, I do agree that thoughts in combination with things like work ethic, attitude, reputation, and relationships can powerfully change our lives.  If you haven’t seen “The Secret” to get a full understanding of the power of positive thinking, you can check it out HERE.

The Secret | Video Documentary

How To Make The Jack Canfield Vision Board

If you desire to go from where you are to where you want to be, and you want to use a vision board as a way to stay focused and motivated, here are the steps you should follow:

1. Find Pictures that Symbolize The Life You Desire

Whether you desire travel, marriage, children, grandchildren, a grandiose business, or whatever you desire to see in your life, find pictures that can represent your desired outcome.  You can cut images out of magazines or newspapers.  You can use a digital source like Pinterest, Shutterstock, or Pixabay.  You can create your vision board using Canva, Adobe, or graphic design software.  There’s no wrong way to compile the images for your vision board.  The key to this step is to find inspirational images for you that represent the future you desire.

2. Find a Place to Organize the Pictures

You want to compile the images in something where you can consistently reference them like:

  • A wood board
  • A picture frame
  • Photo album
  • Pinterest board
  • Trello
  • On the back of a door (as Jack Canfield does)
  • On your ceiling
  • On a wall
  • or, wherever is best for you

3. Find Words that Symbolize or Motivate You to Work Towards Your Desired Future

If you have quotes, mantras, scriptures, or simply words that are meaningful towards your desired outcome, you want to include them on your vision board.  The can be scattered in a collage-like way or they can be paragraphs–whichever is the most meaningful to you!

4. Compile all of Your Visual Aids Together

After you have your images, words, and your location where you’ll be placing your visual aids, now is the time to glue, digitally crop, or save them how you want.

5. Place Your Vision Board Where you Can See it Regularly

When you’ve compiled everything how you want it, then you need to place your vision board in a location where you’ll be able to glance at it naturally and regularly.  Some people place there vision boards on their refrigerators, some use computer desktops, and others (like Jack Canfield) use their doors or ceilings–it’s up to you.

The Jack Canfield Vision Board Playlist

This playlist give much more insight into The Jack Canfield Vision board philosophy and his success principles that build from visualization.  You should check it out!

Recommended Book for More on The Jack Canfield Vision Board

Jack Canfield has co-authored more books than I can compile in one blog post without making your eyes bulge for days!  Of all of the books he’s written, I think his book, The Success Principles gives you the most value regarding visualization and pairing it with other habits to create the life you desire.  You can check it out on Amazon HERE.

The Success Principles | Available in audiobook, paperback, eBook, and hardback

The Secret | Available as a book and a video documentary

Final Words on The Jack Canfield Vision Board

The goal of this article was to show the Jack Canfield Vision board philosophy and how to make one. Many successful people say that making a vision board helped them stay focused and motivated, so I highly recommend you trying it out.  I’ve made several vision boards: some digital and some physical, and they’re exciting to look at and imagine.  If you have questions or concerns about making a vision board, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section.  I’d love to help you out!

Now, it’s Your Turn…

Have you heard of the Jack Canfield vision board philosophy before?  Have you created a vision board?  How did you do it?  Have you gotten results from having a vision board?  Leave your comments below.

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10 thoughts on “The Jack Canfield Vision Board and Using Visualization to Motivate Success”

  1. I have always loved visualizing. It’s a method which has helped me beat an incurable disease. I respect that Jack Canfield’s method of visualizing is well thought out and provides great concept from someone who has already tried and experienced it.

    His books have also helped many, I would say his visualization of being successful is walking testimony to his achievements. Thanks for teaching me a bit more about him.

    1. Hi Jag! Jack Canfield has achieved a great deal and I’d say his visualization practice probably contributed greatly to that. He’s also an action-taker and you can see that even at his age, he has a great work ethic. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience with visualization!

  2. Vision Boards are a powerful tool indeed and, at least for me, a great way to communicate with the sub-conscious mind.

    I agree, positive thinking alone doesn’t do the trick nor does positive affirmation on its own. Together however, they too are a powerful item.

    I love Jack Canfield’s “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books they helped me to deal with the Grief of loss and to come out of depression. One of his quotes once brought me back on the road of life: “Everything you want is on the other side of Fear”.

    I did make a Vision Board addressing the issue of fear vs love, still have it to this day.

    My question to you, do you have worked with children too using the Vision Board and do you believe it should be taught in school too? 

    1. Hi Sylvia! It’s great to hear your experience of how Jack Canfield’s books have been helpful to you. I also love the quote you included. He’s amazing! I haven’t worked with children on vision boards, but I know from raising my own children that the imagination is reinforced in many children’s shows and books because it is a powerful tool. I’d guess that a vision board would help them in the same way that imagination exercises do.

  3. I remember seeing Jack Canfield in the secret. I love the secret but I love all law of attraction books and courses. 

    I recently been working on my vision board and I added a photo of my dream home onto my iPhone home screen as a moment by moment reminder. 

    It’s unfortunate that lotta people dismissed the secret without even trying to understand it. The secret of deliberate creation is also a great book. You should check it out.

    1. Hi John! 

      I understand that many people understood the Secret as focused too highly on positive thinking without a good balance on work ethic, but I don’t think that was the intention. All the people in the Secret are hard workers, so I don;t think that was the intent. 

      Thanks for sharing your experience. It’s great to hear youre working on your vision board! The moment by moment reminder sounds like a great idea! I’ll have to do more research on the book you mentioned. Thanks for letting me know.

  4. Oh I’m familiar with vision boards but I didn’t realize Jack Canfield was behind them, nor did I know who Jack Canfield was. I know the Chicken Soup for the Soul series though, I grew up with a few of their books. Thank you for teaching me that today. I think the vision board is a great concept for people who want that motivation. I will definitely keep it in mind next time I got a big goal I’m working towards.

    1. Hi Calista! I’m sure Jack Canfield is not the inventor and he’s not the only one strongly encouraging them, but he’s a huge supporter of vision boards. You should definitely consider making one. They can be very motivating!

  5. Wow, I really needed to read this so thank you for sharing this. It’s been very hard as of late to think positive and visualize the kind of lifestyle I want to live when it seems I’ve had one negative thing after another pile up on me lately. It’s hard not to think negatively especially with debt piling up and a car breaking down and trying to figure out how to come up with the money for that. 

    I really like that The Jack Canfield Vision Board shows you how to visualize the type of life that anyone desires. Always having pictures around or a vision board that will help you always help you stay on track to work towards your goals is just an awesome idea. That will definitely help someone stay positive and keep momentum up in order to reach their dreams. I really need to start believing in the Law of Attraction and I love how Jack Canfield tells you how to do exactly that with the power of visualization and great places to find those visual aid. How has this transformed your life?

    1. Hi Brian! Having a visionn board helps to keep the zeal. Like you described, when things seem challenging or they’re piling up, it can be overwhelming, and you think about giving up on pursuing your dreams. Another post you might find helpful is my post on Darren Hardy’s Compound Effect. It sounds like you’re implementing new habits now, but it takes some time for the compounding effect of those new habits to kick in. Stay encouraged and try making a vision board. It can help!

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