How To Create A Powerful Vision Using Vision Boards
Today I hosted a life session, sharing my collective knowledge and experience in the past 10 years on making vision boards.
I started by sharing that putting a vision board where you can see it every day, will prompt yourself to visualize your ideal life on a regular basis; that’s important because visualization activates the creative powers of your subconscious mind and programs your brain to notice available resources that were always there but you haven’t noticed.
By adding a visualization practice to your daily routine, you will naturally become more motivated to reach your goals!
You’ll start to notice you are unexpectedly doing things that move you closer to your ideal life, your hopes and dreams.
Suddenly, you find yourself taking on more responsibility at work, speaking out at meetings, asking more directly for what you want, and taking more risks in your personal and professional life – and experiencing bigger rewards!
So I’m going to start by clarifying it.
What is a vision board?
The inspirational collages serve as your image of the future – a tangible example, idea or representation of where you are going. They should represent your dreams, your goals, and your ideal life.
I personally have my own method, but there are many ways to build one.
By representing your goals with pictures and images you will actually strengthen and stimulate your emotions because your mind responds strongly to visual stimulation, and your emotions are the energy that fuel the Law of Attraction.
How Do You Use a Vision Board for Goal-Setting?
The best way to achieve your goals is to keep them top of mind, so you’re always looking for ways to move yourself closer to them – and a vision board is the perfect tool to help you do that.
By putting a vision board in a place you can see it every day, you will prompt yourself to visualize your ideal life on a regular basis. And that’s important because visualization activates the creative powers of your subconscious mind and programs your brain to notice available resources that were always there but escaped your notice. Through the Law of Attraction, visualization also attracts to you the people, resources, and opportunities you need to achieve your goal.
By adding a visualization practice to your daily routine, you will naturally become more motivated to reach your goals.
How to Make A Vision Board
Find pictures that represent or symbolize the experiences, feelings, and possessions you want to attract into your life, and place them in your board. Have fun with the process! Use photographs, magazine cutouts, pictures from the Internet – whatever inspires you. Be creative – include not only pictures, but anything that speaks to you.
Consider including a picture of yourself on your board. If you do, choose one that was taken in a happy moment. You will also want to post your affirmations, inspirational words, quotes, and thoughts here. Choose words and images that inspire you and make you feel good.
You can use your vision board to showcase goals and dreams in all areas of your life, or in just one specific area that you are focusing on. Keep it neat, and be selective about what you place on your vision board. It’s a good idea to avoid creating a too cluttered or chaotic board … you don’t want to attract chaos into your life, right?
Use only the words and images that best represent your purpose, your ideal future, and words that inspire positive emotions in you, words that evoke feeling good … there is beauty in simplicity and clarity. Too many images and too much information will be distracting and harder to focus on.
6 Step Process for Making Successful Vision Boards:
1) Create a list of goals you’d like to achieve in the next year and frame them
In order to visualize your goals, first you need to know what they are. Spend some time getting clear on exactly what you want your ideal life to look like, and what you need to accomplish in the next 12 months to launch you closer to your goals.
2) Collect old magazines with beautiful pictures
If you’re not a magazine reader or currently don’t have any magazines at home, ask your friends to give you any they no longer want. You should also be able to pick some up for just a dollar or two per magazine at your local thrift store. Or you could check out your local recycling depot. Ours has a “free stuff” corner where you can pick up all the magazines you could ever want at zero cost. Maybe yours does, too?
3) Find pictures that represent your goals and inspire you
Schedule a couple hours one evening or weekend to go through the magazines and cut out pictures that represent your goals and speak to your heart in some meaningful way. I usually put music on, light a candle and some incense.
When looking for images in the magazines, look for those that immediately make you say, “Yes! That is what I want in my life!” They don’t have to be physical objects or literal interpretations of what you want in your life. Instead, focus on how the images make you FEEL.
For example, if you’d like to move to a home with waterfront property, don’t worry if you can’t find a picture of your perfect “dream home.” Perhaps a picture of an idyllic ocean sunset will be enough to inspire you. Or if you’d like to attract a partner into your life, instead of hunting for a picture of a man or woman who meets your physical ideal, find a picture that represents love to you – an image of two people holding hands, or even a picture of a heart, for example.
4) Make a collage out of your photos
Once you have collected enough photos, it’s time to make your vision board! Go to your local craft or dollar store and buy a large piece of construction or poster paper. A cork-board or large piece of paper would work as well. Then glue, tack, or tape your pictures to the paper or cork-board in an arrangement that is visually pleasing to you.
5) Add motivational “affirmation words” that represent how you want to FEEL
Your vision of your ideal life shouldn’t be focused on material things, so much as on how you want to FEEL. For this reason, I like to add words to my vision board that describe how I want to feel on a daily basis – such as: “joy,” “abundance,” “powerful,” “fearless,” “loved,” “strong,” “healthy,” “loving,” and “financial freedom.”
Take some time to create a list of words that describe how YOU want to feel and words which will prompt you to feel happier. You can either search for these words in your magazines or write them yourself. Then add them to your vision board in an attractive way.
6) Take a few moments to look at your vision board every day
To get the full benefit from your vision board, it’s important for you to place it somewhere you can see it every day. I recommend you take a few minutes to look over your vision board at least once or twice a day. I like to review my vision board right before I start my day, so my goals are at the top of my mind as I train my mind to attract what I truly want into my life.
I also like to review it every night before I go to sleep, in order to prompt my sub-conscious mind to come up with new ideas while I’m sleeping on how to achieve my goals. That way, I wake up in the morning motivated to succeed – and am far more inclined to notice and act on opportunities and/or seek new ones.
How to Use Your Vision Board
Try keeping your vision board on the nightstand next to your bed. Leave it standing in an open position where you are comfortable with it, and spend time each morning and evening visualizing, affirming, believing, and internalizing your goals.
The time you spend visualizing in the evening just before bed is especially powerful. The thoughts and images that are present in your mind during the last forty-five minutes before going to sleep are the ones that will replay themselves repeatedly in your subconscious mind throughout the night, and the thoughts and images that you begin each day with will help you to create a vibrational match for the future you desire.
Much like a time capsule, this board will document your personal journey, your dreams, and your achievements for that particular year. It will become a record of your growth, awareness, and expansion that you will want to keep and reflect back upon in years to come.
Should I create one every year?
It’s a good idea to create a new inspiration board each year. I love the idea of a clean slate. As you continue to grow, your dreams will too. It chronicles not only your dreams, but your growth and achievements, so I never remove something I’ve achieved until the end of that year. It keeps my gratitude meter in check!
Final thoughts on using your completed vision board:
- Look at your vision board often and feel the inspiration
- Hold it in your hands and feel the power of your dreams and having achieved them
- See yourself living in that manner.
- Feel yourself in the future you have created
- Believe it is already here
- Be grateful for the good that is already in your life
- Acknowledge and be grateful for any goals you have already achieved
- Acknowledge the presence of God in your life.
- Understand the Law of Attraction at work in your life
- Look at it just before going to bed and when you wake up
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