With the new year around the corner, I figured it would be a great time to teach you how to make a vision board that works. In this post I’m going to explain the importance of them, why they work, and my top tips for making one.
What is it and why is it important?
To put it simply, a vision board is a collage of your dreams, goals and aspirations. The purpose of it is to keep those images in your mind which serve as motivation and inspiration. I am a firm believer that creating a vision board (or multiple ones) to help you attract your desires works. This is coming from first hand experience that I can touch on later.
Creating one is important because there’s power and intention behind the physical act of putting one together. When you take the time to create a vision board, you’re declaring your desires to the Universe. By placing your board in a visible location, it increases your chances of attaining the desires on your board faster.
Why do they work?
Vision boards work because they provide clarity of your desires. They give you direction with an end goal in mind through the images you chose. They also get you to focus on and filter out the things you want as opposed to things you don’t want such as fears, etc. They allow your brain to see possibilities and can influence your thoughts and actions. Finally, there are various studies out there regarding the power of visualization, which is what you’re essentially doing through using a vision board.
How to make one
First, I want to let you know that there’s really no wrong way to make a vision board, in my opinion. There’s definitely some tips you can follow for best results but ultimately it is up to you to decide what resonates with you. Take or leave what feels right. I know as adults, many of us haven’t used a pair of scissors and/or glue sticks since our school days. However, making a tangible vision board is my preferred way to go and I’m hoping you give it a try too.
If you don’t want to go that route and prefer to make a digital one, that’s perfectly fine too. Either option is better than not making one at all. The following steps apply to both types of vision boards.
The first step after deciding to create a new vision board is to go within. Take some time to think about what you want to bring into your life. Most importantly, focus on how you want to feel. By focusing on your feelings, you might find it easier to think of things that will get you closer to that.
I like to take my time doing this step. A suggestion I have for you is to create a new note in your cell phone to jot down ideas. This is an informal way that begins to get your gears going. I prefer doing it this way because it’s so easy to edit the list by the time you sit down to create your board. Start this list today and add whatever comes to mind throughout your days. The reason I like keeping my ideas in a phone note is because I get ideas at random times of the day.
A few other suggestions are the following:
- Meditate -Try a guided meditation meeting your higher self. This can give you clarity with what you can focus on currently that will get you closer to your highest self.
- Journal -You can simply ask out loud, “If there were no limits in life, how would I want to feel? What will bring me closer to those feelings?” Another journal prompt you can use is, “What do I truly want out of my life?”
- DREAM BIG -This is your chance to treat the Universe as a catalog and select the desires that are in your heart. They were placed there for a reason and I highly doubt they’ll go away so don’t suppress them.
Create your board
First, choose the type of board you want to make.
If you decide to create a physical vision board, I suggest you use a thick foam type as opposed to a flimsy thin poster board. I typically get a 20×28 sized one because I like to add all of my desires on that same board. Some people prefer to create separate smaller boards for different categories. For instance, you can cut that 20X28 board in half and create one specifically for business goals and the other for fun and travel.
If you decide to create a digital board, I highly recommend using Canva because it’s the easiest way. They have a bunch of free templates to choose from as well as free stock photos to pick from. I created the digital vision board posted above using that website. Add your digital vision board as your computer background and/or phone lock screen or phone home page. You can even get a digital picture frame and add it there so you can see it often at work or at home. (Continue reading the following info because it also applies to you).
Next, choose your images
I typically collect magazines throughout the end of the year. Some thrift stores or medical offices might have some to give away for free. One year I purchased 3 magazines and got most of my images from those. I got a magazine for each category of images I was looking for such as a business one, a home & garden one and a women’s health one.
Cut out the images that resonate with you and begin placing them on your board (without gluing yet). It should go without saying that you can also print out your images as well. A suggestion I have is to create mini sections on your board for different categories.
Some of the categories you can use are the following:
- Health & fitness
- Business & career
- Romance & relationships
- Family & friends
- Personal development
- Fun & Recreation (travel)
- Spiritual development
You don’t have to have images for every category listed but I find it helps to think of a variety of goals to bring a sense of wholeness into your life. Once you’re happy with the placement of your images, glue away. This whole process should be fun and exciting. If you feel that you’re forcing yourself to do this and have low vibes, shift your energy by playing music you enjoy or step away for a bit. The higher the vibes, the better.
Make it visible
Now that you have your finished board, I suggest you sage it to signify a new beginning or simply mentally send positive intentions to begin manifesting your desires. You can also write out a short intention on the back of your board including a bit of gratitude for what you currently have to cement this chapter and begin attracting new desires.
Place the board somewhere you’ll see it often. One of the best places is by your nightstand. This will keep those images in your subconscious mind throughout the year which will help attract them. By seeing them often, you may get random ideas and inspired action that will propel you forward. When you get those doses of inspiration, act on them!
Once you begin manifesting the things on your vision board, it’s up to you to update it or leave it as is. Personally, I like to leave mine even if I decide I no longer want something on the board. Feel free to remove or replace images as you see fit. You can even start over and create a brand new one if that’s what you want. This is YOUR board so you get to choose what works for you.
Here are a few final tips:
- Place a picture of you in the middle. This will help you see yourself with the desires on your board.
- OR add your full name to your board to remind your brain of a connection between you and your images.
- Keep it simple -try not to add too many images especially if they are of different things. This can overwhelm your mind so keep it simple.
- Add words -play around with what feels good to you. Feel free to add words, phrases or inspiration quotes to your board. You can even add your values too.
- Take a few minutes daily or weekly to “take in” your vision board. Feel the feelings you’ll get when you attract the things on your board
- Remain positive -If at the end of the year or your chosen time frame you find that you didn’t manifest the things on your board, ask yourself why. Do you have mental blockages to work through? Do you even want those things or is it coming from other people or expectations?
- Be creative -I’ve seen people create vision boards using the biggest picture frame they own. Adding their images and hanging it up. I’ve seen others use an art canvas as their board so they can hang it up easily.
I hope you decide to make a vision board before the new year. You have nothing to lose by creating one! Give it a try if you haven’t yet. This is a fun way to keep your desires in the back of your mind at all times. It’s truly worth it. As I mentioned previously, when you sit down to create yours, do it with intention. Set the mood by playing music you love and maybe have your favorite drink and snacks on hand too. Make it a family night by having your loved ones create their own too!
I have been making a vision board for the past couple of years and I have manifested at least half of the things on my boards each time. I’ve been and plan on keeping all of my boards because I love reflecting and looking back at them. As I looked at my 3 previous boards, I realized I had been adding that I want to work from home each time. It took 3 years for it to finally manifest this year.
That’s a final thought I want to leave you with. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t manifest some of your goals. If you really want something, keep adding it each time and continue believing it will come true. Sometimes it takes time because the Universe needs to rearrange things around to make room for your desires to enter your life.
I’d love to see your vision board! Tag me on your Instagram stories and follow me. I look forward to hearing from you!
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