Creating Your Vision Board
Will it be a journal-type notebook, a flat sheet of paper with images, or a sketch of your favorite things? Decide on the type that will work best for you. If it doesn’t work well for you and you don’t use it much, modify it to increase your enjoyment.
- Gather inspiration for what you want to put on your board. Browse magazines for inspirational images. Look on Pinterest for ideas of what to put on your board. Think of words, quotes, or inspiring thoughts that are in-line with your goals. Write them down so you have them handy.
Will you have images of your future home, your dream car, or your business office space? Do you want to include how your body will look (health-wise), products you want to create, or places you want to travel to? Are there images of things you want to focus on like mindset, spiritualty, and exercise? Consider everything about how you want your life to look like and add these to your vision board.
- Gather your supplies. If you are going to create it on paper or corkboard, you will need some type of poster board, card stock, or corkboard that will fit all your images. A good size is 24 x 24 inches. It doesn’t have to be professional looking unless you want it to.
You’ll want to cut out good images from magazines, print images from the internet and maybe create inspirational words in a word doc that you can print.
Markers or other art supplies for writing on your board, tape, pins, or glue to affix the images to the board, and scissors are the only other basic supplies you’ll need. To get fancier you can add stickers, washi tape, yarn, or any other embellishment that catches your eye.
- Set aside time to begin putting your images on your board. This can take anywhere from an hour or more. Use a variety of colors, textures, and different types of content to make your board visually appealing.
- Hang your vision board in a place where you will see it every day. Take the time to look at it and envision how it would feel to achieve everything on your board.
The basics of creating and using your vision board journal are simple and can be completely as quickly or slowly as suits your needs. The important thing to remember is that it is personal to you. It should reflect your wants and dreams. It doesn’t have to be professionally designed or organized. Whatever style fits you is the best vision board you will create.
Vision Board Success Planning
What you choose to put on your board and how you display it should reflect you and your emotions. Ask yourself how your future feels? Is it empowered, loving, prosperous, peaceful, healthy, successful, accomplished? Are you feeling respected, complete, fulfilled? Then find images that represent that feeling you want to move into.
Certain elements, such as words, colors, or the arrangements can evoke a specific feeling. You can arrange your images, phrases or words on your vision board so that it has an emotional connection to what you envision.
It’s a good idea to add your own writing and drawings to accentuate your board to draw attention and focus to your board. Get creative and experiment with what feels positive and right for you. Your vison board should capture your dreams as well as your imagination. Let it be the spark that ignites an emotional charge within you.
Your vision board is meant to renew your passion for your goals whenever you look at it. As you get closer to your dreams, some of the images might not make the same emotional response as before. If this happens, update your board with new images that inspire your dream.
The vision board you create now will change over time. It should always be a work in progress. As your longings and desires change so should your vision board.
Do’s and Don’ts for Vision Boards
A vision board is your image of your future life. It can be as creative or organized as you want. You have free reign when creating it. However, there are a few things you shouldn’t do when creating your vision board.
Here is a list of do’s and don’ts for vision boards:
Do: Be as messy or as neat as you want! Use paints, markers, crayons and glitter if that’s what you love! Your board needs to make you happy, motivate you, and be an inspiration when you get off track. It should also be neat and clean for maximum effect. Whatever fits your personality.
Do: Take the time to consider some important questions before you begin. What do you want? What are your values? What do you need?
Do: Enjoy the entire process. This is your future. Have fun letting your dreams and imagination come out.
Do: Be sure to set aside a quiet place and time to work on creating your vision board if you work best alone. Otherwise, invite some friends over and have a vision board party. Provide the supplies, the music, and the food while having fund socializing and creating together.
Do: Put your board somewhere you will see it daily throughout the year. It doesn’t have to be placed on a wall for everyone to see but needs to be where you will see it every day.
Don’t: Get in a hurry to complete it. Take your time, considering all the questions and your goals.
Don’t: Be embarrassed by it or feel silly by what you put on it. You can keep it a secret that you’re creating a vison board if you want. This is your personal thoughts and you don’t have to share them unless you want to.
Don’t: Follow a template unless you absolutely cannot create your own. Just remember, this is yours. It reflects your personality, needs, wants, and desires. It doesn’t have to be perfect or look like everyone else’s does. It simply has to look and feel like it’s a vision of your true self.
Don’t: Hide or ignore your board. It’s meant to be a guide, a road map if you will, to get you where you want to be and make your goals a reality.
Although we’ve given you some do’s and don’ts about vision boards, in reality the vision board is yours alone and you can create it any way you like. The main thing to do is be open. Give yourself the freedom to create.
Vision Board Creation
Vision boards are a constant reminder of what you want from your life and why you want it. Just by choosing the right images and phrases, you are focusing your mind and clarifying how you see your ideal life as being.
Creating a vision board is an important step in the journey of turning your vision into reality. It can help you see any roadblocks, get you back on track when you veer off-course and help break any limiting beliefs that might keep you from getting what you desire.
When it’s done well, your vision board turns a thought or vague idea of your dream into a visual image, which feels like a very real possibility. Placing your board where you can see it as soon as you wake up or in your home office or work cubicle, every day motivates you when you feel off-track.
To begin creating your vision board you need to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve. What are your goals? What does your ideal future look like?
Next, you want to determine what type of vision board you want to create. Is it for a personal goal such as weight loss or healthy life? Is it a career goal such as a promotion or career change? Is it a business goal such as the launch of your business? Will it include your health, happiness, career goals, mindset, and spirit goals for your future self?
The next step is to begin finding images that fit your goal and bring you some kind of emotional response. These images can be found in magazines or online through Google images or Pinterest.
Then begin assembling your board in the way that feels right for you. It can be messy, organized or somewhere in between.
Finally spend time each day looking at your board, saying positive affirmations that go with your goals and taking action toward your goals.
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