Creating your Vision Board Day 3
Having goals is fundamental to success in whatever you do. Without them, they are just dreaming and wishing. Having a visual representation of the things you want to become, have, or do helps you achieve your goals.
A vision board is a collage of images, words and other representations of what you want to become on a poster or bulletin board. Creating a vision board of your goals is a fun and creative way to gain clarity on what you want and transform them into reality.
We become what we think about. Our lives are created from our thoughts. Instead of thinking about what we don’t want, a vision board helps us place our attention on what we want to bring into our life.
Before you begin creating your perfect vision board there are a few things to do first. Discover what a vision board is and can do.
- A vision board makes your goals visible.
- When you get sidetracked, vision boards get you back on track by reminding you of your goal as well as what you want to achieve.
- Vision boards keep you on the path towards what you want.
- A vision board allows you to create your own purpose in life.
- A vision board helps you keep focused on why you are doing something.
The most important thing is to have a clear goal of what you want to achieve. What do you want to be or change?
This guide focuses on the general how-to steps to creating your vision board. It’s meant to be guide that sparks your own creative flow for a vision board that resonates with your goals and life. Let’s get started!
Step One: Set Your Intention
“Vision boards absolutely work; you have to have a vision and a plan to execute so that every step moves you in that vision.” – Oprah Winfrey
Setting your goals and intentions is the first step in creating your vision board. However, you need to have to have purpose for your vision board.
Start with an intention. This is a good time to dream and contemplate your options. Close your eyes and imagine your life as how you want it to be one year from now. Where are you? What do you see, feel, hear, taste, or smell? Who is with you? Are all of your goals achieved? How are you celebrating your success?
Now set an intention for your vision board. What goal or goals are you going to focus on in your vision board? What intentions and feelings do you want your vision board to remind you of?
Here are some ideas for your vision board to help you begin:
- Health Goals - Do you want to lose a certain amount of weight, run a 5K race, learn to scuba dive, or quit smoking? What are your related feelings?
- Education Goals - Are there courses you want to take to increase your knowledge or skills? Is there a certificate or degree you want to earn? What emotions or attitudes are complementary to these?
- Career Goals - Is there a position you want to get? Do you need more education to advance in your career? Is changing careers a goal? What are your feelings?
- Family Goals - Do you want to start a family, get married, resolve broken relationships, or become closer to your family? What feelings are involved?
- Organizing Goals - What do you need to organize? Is decluttering a goal? Identify and describe the related emotions you feel.
- Travel Goals - Do you want to go to a different country, a national destination, or a local attraction? What emotions are evoked when you think of your trips?
- Home Goals - Do you want to move to a new home? Is remodeling a goal? Do you want to decorate specific rooms? What feelings or mindsets would help?
- Priority Goals - What top priorities do you want to set for your life? What values, mindsets, people, habits, behaviors, items, events, and activities need more of your focus? What feelings or attitudes come to your mind?
- Relaxation Goals - Do you need to slow down, become more spiritual, or connect with your inner-self better? What feelings and intentions do you relate to these?
- Finance Goals - How much money do you want to make, save, allot to debt reduction, and spend? What emotions and intentions come to mind?
- Best-Life Goals - What does your best life look like? Are you buying land, writing a best-seller, caring for animals, living in a high-rise apartment, or traveling? What feelings, attitudes, and mindsets do you associate with these?
- Big, Exciting, Scary Goals - What are you scared of or afraid to do? What makes you nervous or worry? What have you always wanted to do, be, or have? What intentions and feelings can complement these goals?
- Pending-Dreams Goals - Do you want to start a business, become a nurse, learn to weld, start a band, fix your own car, or win a dance contest? What intentions and mindsets could help? What feelings do you relate to these?
- Character & Attitude Goals - What characteristics or behaviors do you want to develop or change? Look on the positive side of life, being more compassionate? How can these help you with your intention?
- Make a Difference - How can you make the world a better place? Include specific acts of kindness, how you can volunteer, and causes to donate to.
When setting your intentions, consider how achieving your goal will make you feel or how you want to feel. You can highlight this on your vision board using words or images that give you that particular feeling. Use important words that you want to live by and ones that will describe your life.
Other things to consider for your vision board might include:
- Books & Publications - What books do you want to read, related to the board’s purpose, goals, and intentions?
- Mantras - What short sentences or self-talk phrases inspire or motivate you?
- Songs - What meaningful songs do you catch yourself humming? What lyrics can you relate to?
- Quotes & Affirmations - What quotes and affirmations resonate with you and inspire you to succeed?
Setting your intentions or purpose for your vision board will help you determine what images, words or other things you want to include. Don’t rush this step. Take your time and get a very clear picture of what you want to achieve. Your goals are what will keep you motivated and driven to do the work to succeed reaching them.
Step Two: Gather Your Materials
This is the fun part! Gather what you’ll need to begin creating your vision. Of course, the types of supplies you need will depend on the type of vision board you are creating. Let’s look at those options first.
Types of Vision Boards
Vision boards can be either tangible or digital. Both types have their advantages and drawbacks. The one that works best for you depends on your personal preferences. Since you want this to be easy and effective, it also depends on whether you are more of a “hands-on” type of person or a “tech-loving” person. Let’s look at both types of vision boards to help you decide which one you want and for which board.
Physical Vision Boards
A tangible or physical vision board is anything you can hold and touch. This can be poster board, a large piece of cardboard, a corkboard, dry-erase board, magnetic board, or a large picture frame where you use the backing to add images to. Really, it could be anything that you could type up or glue images to and hang it on your wall or tape to your mirror.
- The easiest and cheapest way is to use a spiral-bound notebook. If you get one with sections that has dividers with pockets, you’ll have additional ways to keep related things like sticky notes and printed images organized.
- Another option is to use a nice 3-ring binder, scrapbook, or journal for your vision board. Depending on the kind you get, you may have optional, additional page types, such as photo pages, or matching accessories.
Digital Vision Boards
A digital vision board is one that you use online where you can keep images, such as Pinterest or Google images. You can also use a digital device or computer programs to keep digital information and images.
- Create your vision board in a pdf doc you can view on all your devices. Use Word, Pages, or Google Docs to create your board with images and texts and convert to a PDF. Another option, if you are creating a life goals board an option is to create a small book that can be printed on demand. Shutterfly.com and lulu.com are good for one-off manufacturing of your book.
- You can also create a vision board by creating a collage using Canva, PicMonkey, PicStitch, Photoshop, or a Trello board. To create your digital vision board, you’ll create a collage.
For example, in Canva, create a new design, select a collage layout that will fit your needs, then upload your photos into the frames on the collage. Add text words, affirmations, or quotes for inspiration as well.
- Slide presentations can be created using software such as PowerPoint, Keynote or Google Drive Slides. Each slide is a separate idea, using as many slides as you need. Play the slideshow daily or whenever you need a lift.
- Create a vision board video using YouTube’s Creator Studio. Access it from your user profile settings. Simply insert your images and video clips, type in the text and save. You can edit or view it anytime. Turn your PowerPoint presentation into a .mov file and upload it to YouTube. Change settings to “Private” or “Unlisted” so it can’t be seen by the public.
- Use a blogging platform to create an online version of your vision board. Use Wordpress.com, Blogger.com or any other platform to create vision board websites that are versatile. You can control the content and update easily. Most platforms allow for privacy password protected settings to keep it out of the public view.
- For digital vision boards, you can use your own photos or search for images on royalty free websites like Unsplash, Pixabay, and Pexels.
Vision Board Apps
Vision Board apps are a type of software, which is usually downloaded to use on a digital device or computer. Depending on the app, it may be used to create a vision board on your phone, tablet, computer, or other digital device. Some apps may simply give you additional tools to use for your board. A few apps you may want to investigate include:
- Dream Cloud app (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dreamcloud-goal-setting-vision/) is a vision board creator for the iOS platform
- Dream It Alive App (https://www.dreamitalive.com/ ) is an online vision board creator.
- Corkulous App (https://www.corkulous.com/) is another iOS app for creating your vision board with an old-school feel to it.
- Hay House Vision Board App (https://www.hayhouse.com/hay-house-vision-board-app) is a free vision board app.
Your vision board is about the subject content you add, rather than the type of board you choose to use. Use whatever fits with your knowledge, skills, and preferences, as well as what works best for you.
Getting Ready To Create
Now that you know about the types of boards and your options, it’s time to get creative. Create a quiet workspace in your home, where you have room to spread out all your supplies. A large table or the floor will work best.
Put on your favorite music, light candles, burn essential oil, or things that enable you to feel comfortable and relaxed. This helps you visualize and tap into what you desire.
Begin by creating a list of images you want to include that represents your emotions, relationships, education, career, skills, location, or anything else to make your vision board resonate with you.
What words, quotes, or inspirational phrases do you want to include? They should describe your thoughts, feelings, or images. Make a list of these as well.
What do you need to create your board? Digital images? Printed images? Whichever you need, begin searching for them and saving them now. With a printed vision board, you will need items such as:
- Old books
- Printed images
- Printed words
- Pins or magnets
- board paper
- Colored pencils
- Colored pens
Next, you are going to find images that represent your goals. Go ahead and cut them out but don’t attach them to your board yet. Just find images and words that you like.
As you browse through magazines, on Pinterest, or wherever you look for images, let your emotions guide you on what to choose. Find images that speak to you. These can be feelings such as joy, tangible things such as a new home, or maybe an experience such as a book signing of your best-selling book.
If you are having trouble finding exactly what you are looking for, it’s time to get creative and make your own. Print images you find online, sketch your own or use words on colorful paper that express what you want.
Add inspiring words, quotes, or positive affirmations as well. Use the present tense, print of statements like you are already doing them. For example, “I’m living in my dream home!” or “I’m so thankful to be making $100,000 every year.”
Look for words that express your desired feeling such as love, success, freedom, fulfilled, creative, peaceful. You can print these out from a word processing document or find the words in magazines to cut out.
You can also create a statement of your goal to paste onto your board. Use a fun font in bold, bright color so it stands out among your images.
Vision Board Embellishment
Now that you have the basics for your board, why not embellish it with other fun things that make it personal for you. You want anything that inspires and motivates you on your board. This can be practically anything.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Hand drawn sketches
- Your own photographs
- Your word of the year
- Famous quotes
- Scrapbook paper
- Tarot/oracle cards
- Color swatches
- Business cards
- Cards, envelopes (Use to tuck in little things like lace or four-leaf clover)
- People who inspire you
- Reiki symbols
- Dried flowers
- Book covers
Affirmations, Mantras And Positive Words
“Assume the feeling of your wish fulfilled.” — Neville Goddard
Include positive self-affirmations or mantras that relate to your intention. Here are twenty examples of affirmations you can use:
- Today is the year I will be unstoppable.
- You can’t have a rainbow without a little rain.
- The best way to get things done is to simply act.
- At the end of the day who you are is completely up to you.
- You can.
- I use my failures as a stepping-stone.
- My dreams are happening now.
- I live a positive life.
- I can reach any goal.
- I have all I need to succeed.
- I am confident in my abilities.
- I greet everyday with excitement.
- I am amazing.
- I am becoming more organized every day.
- I am organized in every area of my life.
- I am healthy.
- I am free of pain.
- Today I will change my life.
- I am (loved, confident, strong, beautiful, successful.)
- I am open and ready to receive abundance in all areas of my life.
Everything on your vision board should represent how your life looks when you reach your goal. Find images and words in magazines and online that resonate with you.
Step Three: Put It Together
When you think you have enough, spread out all your images, words and sayings. Look at each of them. Without overthinking it, which relate the most with your goal? Go through the images, words, quotes, phrases, and other inspirational pieces. Edit out any that don’t seem right. Tap into how they make you feel.
For example, if your intention is to be the healthiest version of yourself and your feeling for that intention is wellbeing, your find images of people working out at the gym, eating salad or air brushed models. However, as you review the images these make you feel like you aren’t good enough.
This is opposite of how you want to feel. Therefore, in this case those images shouldn’t be on your vision board. Instead, find ones that actually summon the feeling you want of wellbeing. This could be images of waterfalls, flowers, or nature or of happy people.
Once you have all your images chosen that feel right for you intention, it’s time to lay your images on your board. Arrange the ones you’ve chosen to keep on your vision board. Don’t attach them yet.
There is no right or wrong way to lay them out. It’s kind of like puzzle where you trust your intuition on what looks right. The important thing to remember is to make it yours. Do what makes you happy. If you want to you can put words on top of images.
You can lay them out in different ways, including:
- Scattering them randomly around your board. This option works well for a single goal, such as a health goal. Simply place the images and words on the board.
- Sectioning by category. Divide your board into sections. Then label each section with a life area. For example, home, health, finance, mind, and career. You can even make each section a different color.
- Using a Template. There are many different template options you can use to create your vision board. They work for both printed boards and digital programs.
- Organized by type, goal, or some other way. In this type, you would organize your images in way that fits into the goal. For example, if you have multiple goals for a general board, organizing your images by specific goals in a certain order might work for you. Like a do-this-in-order-for-this-to-happen organization type.
Once everything is arranged the way you want it, start attaching them. Use glue, magnets, push-pins, or whatever your medium calls for. Once the images and words are attached, you can attach any embellishments you want.
Putting your vision board together should feel satisfying and inspiring. Take your time and have fun bringing your intentions to physical form. There are no rules to a vision board, though, so you can’t mess it up. It’s your vision on your terms.
Your vision board is the roadmap to your future. Putting it all together should be fun and rewarding. Setting your intentions and purpose for your vision board is the first step to creating a board that will inspire you as you work toward your goals.
The visuals you choose should resonate with you and your goals. They can be images from magazines, printed or sketched. Images are just one of the things that can be included in your vision board.
Words, sayings, quotes, and affirmations are all helpful things to put on your board. They can evoke a feeling, inspire you to meet a specific goal and keep you motivated when you veer off course.
The supplies to create your vision board are basic tools you probably already own-magazines, scissors, glue or tape, and markers. Of course, you can dress up your board with embellishments and anything that points you towards your goal.
The vision board is something that can be created using paper and images or it can be created digitally to be seen on all your devices.
Once you have created your vision board the next step is to hang it somewhere where you will see it every day. Don’t put it away or hide it behind your desk. Instead, hang it on your wall or refrigerator so you see it often.
If your need or want, you can modify your vision board throughout the year. Life changes and so should your board. It should reflect who you want to become and what you want to achieve. Like life, it’s a work in progress.
Thank you Leisa Timms
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