If you’re anything like us, you’ve got dreams. You’ve got goals of where you want to be in the next year, five years, maybe even ten years. You aspire to be your best self and want enjoy everyday as if it’s your last. You’ve got a vision for your life, but where the heck are you even supposed to start?!
When it comes to setting goals or envisioning your life some of us have a clear plan and other’s plans are a little muddier. Some of us dream of opening up our own salon, bookstore, women’s boutique, writing a blog, traveling, starting a family, building a home, etc,. It doesn’t matter if you know exactly what you want or only have an inkling of what you want to be doing, a vision board can help you actually visualize your dreams, goals and aspirations and have even been known to “work” in helping bring people's goals into reality. In addition to a visual reminder of where you want to be, vision boards are fun to make! Just like when you were younger cutting out images from magazines that you liked or when you were making a collage for a school project, creating a vision board taps into our creative side and can even help to change your perspective.
Below you’ll find out why vision boards can be so useful to achieving our goals, as well as helpful tips for creating your own. Let’s get started!
What is a Vision Board?
A vision board is defined as a collage of images and/or words representing a person’s wishes and goals, intended to serve as inspiration or motivation.
We’ve all heard the phrase, your thoughts become your reality,and this is idea is the driving force is behind creating a vision board. Often called a tool of manifestation from people who believe in the Law of Attraction, creating a vision board or rather focusing and visualizing on your goals in order to bring them into reality is backed by scientific evidence.
Basically, what you believe about yourself becomes true. For example, if you believe that you are a socially awkward person you will be a socially awkward person. If you believe you are a confident person, you will become confident. Or if you want to open an online clothing boutique, but don’t think you can, you’re limiting yourself before you even begin.
Since people are visual creatures it makes sense that if we are able to actually see our goals everyday, we would then think about them more often. And when your thoughts become your reality...well you see where we are going with this.
Additionally, creating a visual reminder of where you want to be is a great tool for accountability.
How To Get Starting Making Your Own Vision Board
While you could just go ahead and slap some inspirational quotes and pictures of a beach house on a board and call it a day, the process of designing a vision board that actually keeps you accountable for the goals you want to accomplish, needs to be thought out. Spend an afternoon creating a vision board that will propel you into your best life. And remember, you can add, edit, or change your vision board whenever you like.
Before You Gather Your Materials
Before you gather your supplies you need have a general idea of what you want to put on your vision board try adding inspirational and motivation aspirations of where you want to go. Thrive Lounge suggests the following five steps before creating your board:
- Reflect on what you’ve already accomplished - Think about the things you’ve succeeded at over the past year or so, what things you could improve upon, and what made you proud.
- Think about where you want to go - Remember that you are in control of your life, so you get to decide what direction you want to go. Also think about your core values, these can help to shape your decision.
- Ask Yourself what you want to change -This could be anything from getting in shape, spending more time with friends and family, working on your side hustle, making more money, etc.
- What would you do differently if there was nothing holding you back?
- Be clear on your goal - Before you start going through women’s boutique magazines, finding pictures of Oprah, or random inspirational quotes have a clear game plan.
Now that you have your goals in mind don’t forget to focus on how you want to feel. Feelings of joy, freedom, happiness, and love are just as important as getting your side hustle up and running.
What You’ll Need
- A board. Either a poster board, cork board, or small canvas.
- Old magazines or pictures and quotes from the internet. Pinterest and Google Images, favorite websites or your favorite online boutique clothing stores for fashion inpsiration are all great resources for pictures.
- Pencils, pens, markers, paint, etc.
- Tape, glue, thumbtacks, pins
- A picture of you (this is optional, but if you choose to have a picture of yourself, choose one where you were happy)
- Time. Creating your board shouldn’t take longer than an hour or two. You can even host a vision board party with your friends!
Creating Your Board
Time to get creative! There is no right or wrong way to make your vision board just do it in a way that is visually appealing to you. Set the mood by playing some good music and let loose. If you are putting your picture on the vision board, many people suggest putting it in the middle so the rest of your dreams, goals, aspirations are surrounding you.
Once you have completed your vision board, hang it in a place that you will see every day so you can be reminded of the goals and dreams you want to achieve.
The Last Step: Make it Real
Blogger, Christie Inge suggests “making it real” as a last step in your vision board process. Basically, “ Make a list of the things you could start doing to live in alignment with your intention RIGHT NOW.
Don’t wait to feel how you want to feel. Put your values and intention into action. That is the awesome thing about living intentionally and being guided by your personal core values. You don’t have to wait for external things to change in order to create success. You can choose them, and therefore be success with them NOW.”