What is a vision board?
I am sure everyone has heard of a vision board, but if you are someone that hasn’t, here is a quick summery;
A Vision Board is a collage of inspiring images and words of all the things you wish ‘to have’, ‘to do’ and ‘to be’. The images and words are placed in a visualising layout on a board and displayed to be seen daily.
The vision board is called many different names, for example;
- Treasure map
- Dream board
- Mission board
- Inspiration board
- Mood board
You often see them on interior design TV shows, where at the beginning of the show they present you with a board filled with colour swatches and images of want their vision is for the final outcome. 60 minute make over, eat your heart out! Anyway, that is what a vision board is.
A Vision Board is a brilliant tool to help you change your life. It helps you clarify and focus on your goals and visualise your future successes. The whole purpose of it is to bring your dreams to life.
You need to choose images and words that get you excited and make you feel good on the inside because it’s the feeling that you get when you look at your vision board that really makes the magic work.
What you focus on expands…let me explain;
Our subconscious mind sees what we focus on and believes it to be true. This is why positive thinking and affirmations work so well. And why negative thinking and been a ‘glass half empty’ kind of person is a recipe for disaster. The more we focus on something, the more our conscious mind begins to seek it to be true.
You know them moments when you bump into someone that you haven’t seen for ages and you ‘swear’ you were just thinking about them the night before or when you are talking about a movie you haven’t seen for ages and then you see in the TV magazine that it’s on next week….coincident….I think not! Its magic…ok well maybe it’s not!
But vision boards are effective. Seeing the life of your dreams every day (all laid out beautifully on your vision board), allows you to focus on them…therefore leading us to different places, different situations, new people and amazing opportunities that we would have otherwise missed if we had not been focusing on them.
When is best to make a vision board?
Anytime! The sooner the better! Don’t wait for the New Year, do it now!
However, I would defiantly suggest you give your vision board a good clean out and renew every New Year. Or your birthday! Or for September when your children start a new year of school (I love a fresh start in September). Our goals and circumstances are always changing and it is good to keep your vision board up-to-date with how you feel, to get the best outcome from it. So, whenever your vision board doesn’t give you that feel good feeling…it is time to spice it up!
Vision boards can also be made to focus on one specific goal or area of your life. For example;
- If you are planning a wedding
- Would like to lose weight
- If you have certain career goals that you want to achieve
- Decorating your home
- Dream holidays you would like to go on
The list goes on but I think you get the drift. Basically you can make a vision board for anything you want to achieve, to have, to do and to be.
How to make a vision board
Before you go running for your scissors and glue….hold on! There is a few steps to take before you get started and a few things to consider.
So, where should I start?
I would start by ‘brain dumping’ everything you have floating around in your head. If you are unfamiliar with the term ‘brain dump’, it is the process of writing down everything you have on your mind onto paper. (To learn more about ‘brain dumps’ click here). Write down your dreams, your wishes, and your desires and also write down your worries, anxiety’s and troubles….everything!
This will allow you to empty your head of clutter and help you concentrate on what really matters to you. Once you have completed this process you can then cross off ‘unimportant’ stuff and start concentrating on the BIG and Exciting stuffs.
Establish your goals
Now that you have a clear picture of what you want your life to look like, you need to establish your goals. THINK BIG! Make big goals, life changing goals….Then take each BIG GOAL and start by breaking them all down into small actionable goals that you can start working towards right away.
Unfortunately, just making your vision board won’t make your dreams come true…you have to take action…to help the magic happen. If you would like to learn more about goal setting, I suggest you go check out Alexis aka Miss Trenchcoat at www.strangecharmed.com. She has an excellent workbook called ‘You Got This’ that you should defiantly purchase if you are serious about changing your life. That workbook has been the best investment I have made for my personal-development. Here is a link to her YouTube video where she explains what it’s all about.
Things to consider first…
So now you have your goals all worked out and planned and you are clear about your intentions, it is nearly time to start this vision board! There is one thing you need to consider first and that is….what kind of format do you want to use? There is so many different creative ways to make a vision board….the possibilities are endless. Here is some examples of how you can make yours;
- Poster/Cork-board – this is the classic vision board style. Where you arrange your images and words on a board and then display it where you will see it daily.
- Art/creative journal – this allows you to carry it around with you, if you are not at home much and like to travel.
- A page in your planner – this is for the ‘planner girls’ and also another portable option.
- String and clothes pin – this way doubles as a decoration piece.
- Inspirational wall – this is where you dedicate one whole wall to your vision, I have seen some amazing and very creative ones on Pinterest
- Soul college cards – this is where you create each card focusing on a certain aspect of your life. These can just be handmade cards or you could college on a deck of cards. Honestly, it is totally up to you how you make these. Let your creative mojo do the work. Once you have completed all your cards you could bind them together to make like a little mini album.
Alternatively, if you are more of a digital kind of person…you could design a digital collage and set it as your screen saver on all your devices. There is also specially designed apps that allow you to make digital vision boards…have a look around, see what you can find.
Pinterest is also a good place to gather everything that inspires you. You could make a dedicated board for everything that inspires you. The only downfall to this is that you would have to scroll through all your pictures every day for it to work. Not only could that be time consuming, if you’re anything like me…you will just forget.
However, Pinterest is a good place to start. I actually spent a few weeks searching for pictures and quotes that resonated with me and then printed my favourite ones off when I was ready to start my board. In fact I only used Pinterest to get my pictures because I don’t really read magazines any more. There just seems to be no need with the internet at my fingertips.
For more information on the different types of creative vision boards you can make, check out my Pinterest Board.
4 Main Steps to Creating a Vision Board
Step 1 – Gather Your Materials
- Images (magazines, Pinterest, photographs etc.)
- Your favourite quotes
- Pens, pencils, paint etc.
- Washi tape, glues, pop spots etc.
- Scissors, punches, decorative scissors, etc.
- Stickers, scrapbook paper, die cuts, embellishments, etc.
- ……and anything else you can think of!
Honestly the possibilities are endless, you can put absolutely anything on your vision board. Stick that shell on that you found at the beach when you were 7, screen shot that lovely message a loved one sent you. Just gather anything that makes you feel good on the inside.
Create & Arrange Your Layout
Now that you have got your goals planned, format chosen and gathered your materials, it is time to get creative (My favourite time). Start by cutting everything out and arranging them on your board or whatever format you have chosen. It is best to categorise your images into sections for the different areas of your life, for example;
- Family & friends
You can personalise the sections to whatever meets your needs and wants. This is your board after all. I made 4 sections for family, career, spiritual and health on mine. But you can do as many or as little amount of sections as you like. It is just important to keep the images and quotes that relate to each other grouped together. That way it will be easier for your brain to process and visualise the images in front of you.
Once you are happy with the way you have laid out and arranged your images it is time to get gluing. Don’t worry about images overlapping and getting things perfect. This board is for YOU and will not be getting displayed in the nearest art gallery. You may struggle with this if you have a perfectionist inside you, just as I have…but fight the urge to get everything perfect. You just need to get those images glued down.
This is the fun part…it is time to put your personal touch to your board by adding stickers, die cuts, embellishments etc. Make it pretty…make it your own, with your own personal touch. The more personal you make it, the more it will resonate with you when you look at it.
Now that your vision board is completed, it is time to display your work of art. You need to display it somewhere that you will see it on a daily basis. Here is some examples of places you could display your board;
- In your bedroom, so you can look at it every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to sleep.
- In your bathroom, so you can look at it in morning and at night while you brush your teeth and bonus….every time you bathe and need a bathroom break.
- If you work from home it is a good idea to put it next to your work station, that way every time you look up you can see it many times a day.
Basically, you will need to display it where ever you spend the most time, somewhere you will be able to see it several times a day.
Yes, unfortunately, as with anything in this world there comes with it…..a challenge. These are the challenges I came up against and I thought I would share them with you, so you could take them into consideration and maybe avoid them or come up with a solution before you even get started.
This one was a biggy for me, I didn’t want all my dreams and wishes on display for everyone who visits my home to see. Something this personal in my eyes is private. If this is the case for you then maybe you should consider keeping it in your bedroom and avoid keeping it in your bathroom or kitchen.
Not matching your home decoration and looking out of place
This may sound silly but you know that ‘perfectionist’ I was telling you about before…Yeh! I did not want to keep it in my bedroom because I have it decorated just how I want it and I had made my vision board ‘Really Big’ and it would just look way out of place there. If this is the case for you then I suggest you think about making a portable format vision board. This way you can display it where ever you like and take down when you have company around.
I was a bit embarrassed about my vision board at first and I felt silly telling my friends and family about it. I was afraid people would laugh at me. As you can tell, as I am writing this blog post…I have overcome that silly theory. And even if others do tell you that it is a waste of time and effort and that there is no point in doing such a task…..Don’t Listen. You have got to do what makes you happy!
It was my own ‘inner critic’ that held me back before I took the plunge into the ‘vision board pool’. I have held myself back for so long because of my own ‘inner critic’ and I still fight with it daily. I am learning every day to push myself out of my comfort zone. And day by day I can feel my confidence building. (This is actually one of my goals on my vision board) but I believe that….Anything you do towards increasing your personal-development is an investment in yourself. Making a vision board will increase your personal-development, it will push you towards achieving your goals and it will help you make your dreams come true.
Because of the above challenges and my own insecurities I made the mistake of putting my vision board in the cupboard….Yes, the cupboard. I put mine on the back of the cupboard door, where I keep all my craft supplies. I open that door several times a day as I like to craft daily, I figured that I would see it many times throughout the day. However, it didn’t work out that way. I did and do open that door many times a day but after a few weeks I stopped looking at my board. I was too busy looking for what I was trying to find and too eager to get on with what I was doing.
My vision board is still in my cupboard, I will leave it there till I am ready to change my goals but I have made several other boards that I have scattered everywhere. I made a digital vision board to set as a screen saver on all my electric devices and I also printed it off, laminated it and have it displayed in my work area. I also have a page dedicated to match with my boards in my art journal, my planner and my Fauxdori Traveller’s Notebook. You may think this is overkill but I am constantly reminded of my goals and my vision. I am in my happy place when I am creating, so the added time dedicated to making these extra ones is fine for me.
You just need to do what works for you. Play around and experiment, if one way doesn’t work for you…try another. Keep trying till you find your ‘vision board peace’. You will be pleased you did it when you start to see your life change and your dreams come true. The most important thing is to just give it a try and enjoy the process.
Make the most of it…
Once you have made and displayed your vision board, it will be easy to just forget about it if you don’t review it often. I suggest you do these following exercises to make the most of all the hard work you have put into making your vision board.
Some people think that meditation is this new age mystical thing only hippies and spiritual people do, where they sit with their legs crossed and hum. However, meditation can be really simple. It is just the process of taking 10 – 15 minutes a day in mindfulness thought. There are many different ways and levels of meditation but I will not get to deep into this subject just now.
The meditation technique I suggest you do, is all about relaxing your mind and body with deep breaths then focusing your attention on your goals. I would spend at least 10 minutes every day, meditating on your goals that you have placed on your vision board and really visualise the end result.
For example, if you have put on your vision board that you would like to buy a certain car…then visualise exactly what the car looks like, smells like, and sounds like. Visualise the colour, the make, etc. Visualise buying the car, signing the papers and paying for it, visualise putting the keys in the ignition and driving it away. Actually feel exactly how you will feel when you buy your car. Like I mentioned earlier in the post, it is all about the feelings you get that make the magic work.
I would only concentrate on one goal at a time for each meditation session. You don’t want to overload your mind with all them at once.
If you have never meditated before and would like to give it a go, I recommend the Headspace App to get you started. The app is free, but you only get 10, 10 minute sessions free. It has many programmes dedicated to certain areas of your life but to use them you have to opt into a subscription for the added sessions. But for the sake of just getting a taste of the benefits meditation can give you I suggest you check it out the free bits.
Journalling is one of my favourite subjects to talk about. I can honestly say from my heart that journalling saved my sanity. But I won’t get into the benefits right now as I have an 8 part series coming soon where I will discuss the ins and outs of journalling called ‘A Beginner’s Crash Course on Journalling’. I hope you come back and join me for this. (Subscribe to my email list so you don’t miss out on this)
If you really want to make the most out of your vision board and make your dreams come true, then I think journalling is a necessity. Journalling helps you clarify your thoughts and explore your feelings on a deeper level. This will allow you to stay on track with your goals and evaluate your progress. Document all the goals you achieve and how you managed to reach them. Track any patterns, trends, improvements, achievements and growth. Record all the things you have to be thankful for. Document any struggles and obstacles you may come across while trying to reach your goals and most importantly, document how you feel.
An affirmation is a positive statement you repeatedly say to yourself out loud or in your head. They are intended to influence the conscious and the subconscious mind. Affirmations are great. They are simple and very effective. What we think automatically affects the way we feel. Affirmations are a conscious way to take control of your thoughts, what we think influences our behaviour, habits and actions. Repeating an affirmation to yourself daily will help keep yourself focused on your goal/s.
Try this one out below or make your own up to make it more personal to you.
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I really hope that I have convinced you to give the ‘vision board’ a try, if you use it and review it regularly I promise you that your dreams will come true. I think the most important thing is to really want your dreams to come true. If you want them that bad….stop at nothing to achieve them.
Have you ever thought about making a vision board before? Or do you currently have one? Have you got an inspirational story to tell about how a vision board has made your dreams comes true? Have I missed something you think is important?
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