If you’ve heard the expression vision board before and you’ve ever wondered what all the excitement is about, then read on, my friend. Vision boards have grown hugely in popularity over the last few years helped by celebrities who swear by them: Oprah, Ellen Degeneres, Katy Perry and Beyoncé.
So what is a vision board anyway?
A vision board is a creative process to set clear intentions and goals for what you want in your life, so you can grow and transform yourself.
I first started creating vision boards almost 18 years ago. I didn’t know they were called vision boards at the time. I’ve kept sketchbooks for decades that are overflowing with scribbles, doodles, and collages. So, I’ve got many rudimentary versions of vision boards to draw from.
These goal-manifesting collages have become a powerful and helpful creative tool in transforming my dreams into action. And, they are fun to create.
First, here’s the secret behind a vision board that works
In order to attract what you truly want, the vision board alone won’t cut it. You must see it, feel it, and embody it. To help you create the best vision board for getting clear on what you want, here are the four essential steps:
Step 1 - Defining your goals
List areas of your life that are important to you right now. These might be family, relationships, hobbies, fitness, wellbeing, finances. See how many things you can come up with (e.g. teaching yoga, traveling around the world, taking music lessons, starting a business.) Don’t spend more than 5 - 10 minutes on this. Jot down the first things that come to mind. This will inform your thinking when collecting imagery in step 2.
I’ve created a handy little goal setting worksheet here, that will guide you through the process. Just, download it and print it out.
Step 2 - Finding your inspiration
Begin looking for words and images that align to the goals that you’ve identified in Step 1. These might be magazines around lifestyle, home, nature, fitness, fashion, yoga, baby, family, etc.
Where you might find inspiration:
• Magazines • Catalogs
• Postcards • Newspapers
• Stickers • Wrapping paper
Flip through them and find words or images that resonate with you. You may be inspired by colors, or patterns, or the imagery itself. Or, a word may stand out to you - so rip it out and place it to one side.
Spend a good hour or more on this.
So, go grab yourself a nice tea or coffee and sit down to browse through your chosen magazines. What you should end up with is a huge pile of more images that you will need.
Step 3 - Mapping out your board
Now, for the fun part!
Here's what you'll need:
- cardboard (A3 or 11x17)
- glue sticks
- washi tapes
- and maybe glitter!
Start to lay out your images on your board. But DON”T GLUE YET! I find its easier to lay my images out on my artboard before sticking, that way you can arrange or re-arrange before you commit.
When you’re ready, start gluing but don’t glue the edges just yet. You may want to layer some images above or below, so give yourself the option to rearrange if needed. When you’re happy with the final product, go back and stick down all the edges. You might want to place some books or magazines on top to keep your board flat as it dries.
- Try adding glitter to your artboard, or accentuate with pens or watercolors. Or, if you’re feeling really inspired, add texture using some fabric or ribbons. The possibilities of your creative boards are endless.
- The most important tip: Write the date on the back of your vision board and your location. That way you can go back and remember where you were and what you were doing at the time. I’ve been making them for 18 years and its great to see a chronological order or progression of your dreams and desires coming true. And often times, you'll remember the emotions you were feeling at the time. It's a great snapshot of where you were then and where you are now.
Step 4 - Displaying your vision board
When you’re finished with your vision board, it’s important to find a special place for it. Place it in your office, studio or next to your bed so you’ll be able to view it on a daily basis. Or, make it your screensaver.
Its important that when you look at this vision, you embody it fully as already being fulfilled — as if its already a reality. Dr. Wayne Dyer puts it best:
Manifesting is not an act of creating something new, it's simply re-aligning yourself with what already is. And when you are able to visualize your dreams, goals, and desires and live as if they are a reality, there’s no end to the possibilities life holds for you.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this step-by-step guide and FREE goal setting worksheet to get you started. Here are the four essential steps to help you create the best vision board for getting clear on what you want:
- Defining your goals
- Finding your inspiration
- Mapping out your board
- Displaying your vision board
Please share your vision boards with me once you’ve completed them. Hashtag them #mindbodycreative. Here's to much success on your vision board journey!
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