Most people think if they just make a vision board with goals they want to accomplish or material things they want, all will magically appear! Let me be clear, vision boards do not work if you do not DO THE WORK! A vision board is a physical reminder to focus your thoughts and desires upon that which you want for you and you only. Your vision board is for you and you alone. It is objective based for your personally directed growth. Since high school, I have always had a vision board or a notebook with my goals and desires! It helped me stay on a path to where I want to be in the next year or so! I also had the ones categorized as life goals! Such as finding a perfect partner, home, etc.
When making a vision board you want to be intentional about what you want in your life – be as precise as possible! The more detailed and specific the better. Your vision board may include anything from material things, to family life, personal achievements, health, travel, quotes…Anything that matters to you! I find it best to be well rounded in my personal goals and objectives and include elements in my vision board that help me develop in all aspects of my life – body, mind, spirit, and soul.
Once you determine your goals, now the fun part beginnings! Start looking for images that resonate with what you want to achieve. You can find them in magazines, Pinterest, or even on Google search. Print them or cut them out and put them in a folder labeled “vision board photos.”
First example: Let’s say you would really like a new car! Find an image of the car you want and include details about it (the inside of the car, brand, specifics desire).
Note: Remember that we can never attract better things into our life without first being grateful and appreciative for the things we already have! This means you behave like you truly appreciate what you already have – not just lip service. If you really want that new car, are you behaving like you truly care for and appreciate your current car by keeping it clean and well maintained?
A second example would be you want to move to another city or country. Find images of that city, read about that city, go visit that city if you can! Start thinking about what you need to do in order to make that happen while having your city on your vision board and seeing it every day!
A third example would be you want to attract in your life a great partner for you! Here you must write a detailed description of behaviors and characteristics you want in and from partner. The more detailed you go the better. You can start with how you would like your partner to look to all the values you want them to possess. For example: “ He is kind and loves animals”; ” He is mature.”; “He loves and respects my family.”; “He is financially independent and stable.”; “He takes care of his health, by eating healthy and working out.”; etc. Write everything that’s important to you! Here it’s important to remember that you can’t find a perfect person, but you can for sure find a person that fits you perfectly!
It is amazing to me how few people ever make the effort to think about, consider, and determine what is important for them. This is the real secret and power in building a vision board – taking the time and investing in the intellectual and emotional exercise of determining what is important to you! This is the most important step in building your vision board. Build it in your mind and soul first! The vision board is only a physical manifestation of what already exists in your mind and soul – the board is just a tool to help you maintain your focus!
You can also find your favorite quotes or sayings that will keep you motivated or simply the ones you personally love and resonate with you! Crop them and place in your folder! And don’t be afraid to set big goals!
“If you’re aiming for something, even if you don’t achieve it, you’ll still be somewhere better than where you started.”Unknown
Also keep in mind that your goals and what you want in life keeps changing as you mature and evolve as a person. Vision boards are living exercises and reflect your evolving goals and desires. Your vision board should reflect your aspirations for who you are becoming, not who you are now. Update your board by keeping some images, taking some off and adding new ones! I like to redo mine at least once a year!
For me to help myself visualizing achieving my goals, I like to print my pictures of myself in different size and then crop my heads out and then place them on people… It does kind look creepy, but it works for me! This is not a necessary step you have to follow, but I’ve always done my vision boards & notebooks this way. So, I recommend it!
Now it comes to finding a board or a notebook where you will place all of it! For the boards I recommend looking on Amazon (linking few good ones below) and for a good notebook you can always find them at Target or a good bookstore!
Now everything starts coming together! Start by organizing all your images & quotes by separating them in one piles of travel images, family images, achievement images, etc. Once you have done that, start mapping out your board/notebook and deciding how much space you want to allocate to each subject. Then start pinning on the board! Here you will have the most fun – at least I do! I like putting it together! Once you are done, revisit it and make a last few changes if needed!
Last step, but AN IMPORTANT ONE! Place your board somewhere where you see it multiple times a day! Or if you made a vision notebook, you will look at it in the morning & in the evening before you go to bed! The more you see it, the more you reinforce your vision and help you focus your mind on achieving your desires.
Example: While I was in high school, I had my vision board inside of my closet! I was able to look at it a few times in the morning and at night!
Remember, a vision board WILL NOT WORK IF YOU DON’T DO THE WORK! Let’s say you want six pack, but you constantly eat junk food and don’t exercise ! Guess what? It will not happen! I know this sounds harsh, but it is the reality!
My experiences with my vision boards are wonderful! I feel like if I don’t have one, I don’t know where I am heading! I know I control my future and I am huge planner! I know not everything in life can be planned. However, vision boards help you adjust to and navigate change, planned and unplanned, in a manner that keeps me progressing and evolving towards your ultimate desire.
I hope this post helps you make your own amazing vision board!