If you think vision boards are a sham, then the joke is on you, my friend.
Stop rolling your eyes and hear me out.
They really work, and the reason why is very simple.
A vision board is a sacred place that displays what you want in life. When you hang it in a space where you see it daily, your vision board brings your goals and aspirations to life.
A vision board is a physical representation of a goal or goals that you’re aiming to achieve.
It is a collage of items that are meant to kick start your imagination and help you visualize those goals.
Think of it like a Pinterest board, but in the real world…
…something you can pin photos, magazine cut-outs, keepsakes, and other bits of awesomeness to in order to keep you inspired and motivated toward something you want to do, to be, to have, or to otherwise manifest.
So make 2020 the year of goal follow-through by creating a vision board to give you a clear picture of where you want to get to.
5 Reasons To Create A Vision Board
What are the benefits of a vision board (sometimes called a goal board or dream board)?
How will one help you achieve the future and success you want?
1. Vision boards make you think about what it is you really want.
Creating a vision board forces you to make the time to sit and REALLY think about what it is you want from life.
I’m sure you think about the things you want a lot, but do you really focus on them?
Do you document them anywhere outside of your head?
A vision board forces you to go beyond casual thinking and focus on your goals and aspirations.
2. Vision boards help you get unstuck.
Our lives are so congested and overflowing. We wake up, we work, and we have our chores.
We have limited flexibility in our daily environments and can become almost robotic over time.
This is one of the major reasons that most people feel stuck in life.
They are exhausted and overworked. They have lost touch with their creative side.
Does this sound like you?
A vision board is an effective way to unstick yourself.
Get out of your overly programmed brain and let your creative juices flow.
Get out of your funk. Throw some randomness together. Get out of your bubble.
You get the picture.
3. Vision boards provide you with a daily visual reminder of your dreams and goals.
The reason that vision boards work so great is because you visually see them every day.
Visualization is one of the most popular and effective mind workouts that you can do.
When you see something that inspires you on a daily basis, you stay on track.
Even when you face setbacks, that vision board will still be there ready to motivate you all over again.
4. Vision boards will get you all fired up emotionally.
Seeing your vision board will help you passionately connect with your goals.
It can help you notice opportunities or simply make you imagine what something may feel like.
If you get fired up and passionate about something, it will spur you into action.
5. Vision boards are fun.
A vision board is a fun, risk-free, and stress-free way to unload your deepest, rawest morsels of inspiration without scrutinizing them.
You don’t have to organize, analyze, or beautify your board. Just have fun and put it together. Change it up. Do what feels right to you.
It doesn’t have to be organized or pretty. It just has to inspire you.
Do Vision Boards Work?
As mentioned above, vision boards do work because they take the thoughts and dreams in your head and turn them into something real and tangible.
BUT, and it is a big but, they only work for you if you are prepared to work with them.
What does this mean? You have to engage with your vision board and use it to guide your actions as you progress toward making your goals a reality.
Simply making a vision board and storing it away in a cupboard, only looking at it briefly every few weeks or months, won’t get you anywhere.
As with most things in life, you get out what you put in.
The power of a vision board comes in its ability to motivate you to do the work that is required to make the things you put on it a reality.
If you believe in the law of attraction, a vision board will help you to manifest.
It will guide your mind’s eye toward the things you want and help you to imagine your life matching the life you have created on your board.
How To Make A Vision Board
Now that you’re convinced about the power of a vision board, how do you go about making one?
Fortunately, it’s quite a simple process that anyone can follow, even if you don’t have much craft or design experience.
Materials You’ll Need For Your Vision Board
Vision boards are easy to create. You won’t need much as far as materials.
Here is a general list, although your vision board may incorporate things that are not listed here.
- Some sort of board – you can use a cork board, a poster board, or a pin board.
- Scissors, tape, pins, glue stick – whatever you need to craft your board.
- Markers, stickers, or other embellishments – these are completely optional. If embellishments make you feel good, then by all means, incorporate them.
- Magazines – this is where you can cut images and quotes from.
- Pinterest/Google/Instagram – more places to get the perfect visual reminders for your board.
- Color printer – if you plan on sourcing some or all of your images from the internet.
- Stuff that inspires you – photos, quotes, sayings, images, reminders all have a place on your board.
- Time – give yourself plenty of time to put your board together. Do not put a limit or your creative juices. Invest the time in your vision board so that it actually works for you. Turn off the TV. Put on some inspirational music. Light a candle.
How To Pick The Right Images And Quotes
To be effective, your vision board needs to accurately reflect the future life you want to lead.
Therefore, choosing the most appropriate images that clearly show this future is vital.
The things you put on your board should be the end result that you are aiming for, but you can also include imagery that reflects the steps required to get there.
So while you may have a main image showing the pyramids of Egypt, you could also have one that shows the amount of money you’d need to take that trip.
Or if you have a picture of some scales showing your ideal weight, you might include photos of someone jogging, or some healthy, nutritious meals.
This is where the internet can come in handy. As great as it can be to flick through magazines to find the ideal images, you might not be able to find the perfect one all of the time.
The internet has an almost limitless supply of potentially perfect pictures.
If you wish to include words or quotes on your board – and we recommend you do – then choose positive words that convey the kind of person you wish to be.
You can use single words to tie together various elements of your board. For instance, the word ‘adventure’ might sit among photos of travel, new business ventures, and perhaps even a new partner.
If you’re working on a self-acceptance/self-love board, words like “sacred” or “whole” are great.
If you’re trying to excel in school, or are working to find your dream job, words and phrases like “integrity,” “self-confidence,” and “dedication” may keep the fire in your belly lit to spur you onward.
Or you can select some famous words that mean something to you – we recommend sticking to short quotes or mottos – and print those out too.