I think a lot of people get hung up on the question of what a Vision board is, and what they should use it for? Vision boards are talked about as profound items that keep you on track for your goal. So there seems to be a certain amount of pressure to create this amazing artistic masterpiece.
Let me stop you right there. A vision board does not have to be a masterpiece, it doesn’t even have to be a work of art. The only thing it needs to do is symbolise the things that make you happy and the things that keep you motivated.
It can have pictures of the people you love, the places you want to go, the things you love to do, quotes that motivate you, people you want to meet, or even famous people who inspire you. It can be whatever you want it to be.
It is often the endless possibilities that prevent people from being able to create a vision board. You sit down with your magazines, your scissors and your glue… then you end up reading trashy magazine articles for 2 hours and finish up with nothing on the page. So, let’s move past the paralysis and actually create a vision board that works.
Here’s how you can do that…
5 Steps To Creating The Perfect Vision Board
1. Prepare yourself
There isn’t a special vision board ritual that you need to complete, but you do need to be in the right headspace. Don’t try and do this task if you are in a grump, had a bad day, or are feeling stressed. Instead, set aside a couple of hours when you know you will be calm. Clear your head, have a cuppa and enjoy a few minutes of silence.
2. Let it flow
Grab a pen and paper, sit down in a great spot and ask yourself what do you want? It could be as small as a great cup of coffee, or as large as building a house. Just get everything down on the page. It is great to do this exercise with a pen and paper so that you can feel more connected to the project.
Then, write down the specific goals surrounding those things that you want to make happen in your life. They could be more downtime for coffee, or a savings plan to get that house built. Set goals for your career, relationships, education, wellbeing, or bank balance. If you aren’t sure of what your goals should be, you can take some inspiration from this blog post.
3. Be prepared
Not just a Girl Guides motto, but a helpful tip for many situations! Get yourself sorted with all of the tools you need to create your vision board. That means your scissors, glue, pins, clips, pretty pens, stickers, or whatever else you are going to use.
Once you have the practical things sorted, it is time to go picture hunting. Hunt through old magazines or brochures and if you can’t find what you need, print some specific images off the internet.
4. Compile it
Now it is time to bring it all together. Fix your pictures to your board however you feel is right. You might have a priority system for which images should go where, if they should follow in a logical order, or if they just look good in a certain way. Remember, the whole purpose of the vision board is to create a motivated emotional state, so you want your end result to do just that.
5. Hang it up
Once you have all of your pictures on the board, you need to display it with pride. Put it somewhere that you will see all the time. Everyday, allow yourself at least 1 to 5 minutes to look at your board. Visualise that you have completed everything on your board. How does it make you feel? Use those feelings to motivate you and push you forward towards success. Read more about how to visualise your goals in one of our recent blog posts.
How can you make your visions a reality?
Have you heard of the Law of Attraction? It is a powerful tool that gives you the ability to attract the things you are focusing on into your life. You can quite literally use the power of your mind to translate your thoughts into reality. You can turn your vision board from a dream into a reality by using these laws.
So how do you do it?
The simplest way is to visualise your dreams, practice gratitude for the things you have, remain positive, and most importantly, take every opportunity that you get to work towards your dreams. One of the best ways to do that is to form a daily habit. You can read about how to best form a daily habit here.