I love Vision Boards and have made quite a few over the years but I really got into them during college. It was during that time that I took several small poster boards and decorated each one according to what I wanted out my life and then hung them as artwork above my bed in my dorm room. Seeing my goals and dreams in front of me on a daily basis kept them fresh in my mind and pushed me to work harder. After I left college, I continued to create a new vision board every so often as my goals changed.
I firmly believe in the power of vision boards. They are like visual affirmations. With affirmations, you tell yourself something over and over again and eventually you start to believe it. With vision boards, you see your goals and dreams laid out in front of you over and over again and you strive harder for those goals and dreams.
Here are the steps you need to take to create your own vision board:
Visualize Your Future
Find a quiet place where you can be alone for a few minutes. Get comfortable, close your eyes, and start visualizing your future. What do you want it to look like? What are your dreams and goals? Here are some areas you might choose to focus on:
Take as long as you need. Let yourself get lost in the daydream of what could be. And then move on to the next step.
Write It Down
Once you have fully visualized your future as you would like to see it at this point in time, write it down. Divide it into sections, one for each area you envision, and start writing down all the things you see for yourself. Don’t leave out any details no matter how small. It’s the details that make it real.
Gather Needed Supplies
You will need the following supplies to create your vision board:
Large Poster Board – I prefer a thicker one like these foam boards but have also used thin ones like these poster boards. Like I mentioned earlier, I once used several smaller ones as well. I basically used one for each area I was focusing on. If that is your style, and you have the room to hang multiple posters, go for it.
Glue or Glue Stick – a glue stick is the easiest to use.
Words, Photos, & Embellishments – Gather together favorite magazines, print favorite photos of your dreams (dream house, car, etc.), or any other items you want to include that will make your board stand out to you. Don’t be afraid to go 3D with it, either. I have put ribbons, buttons, a piece of a plastic tiara, etc. on mine.
Create Your Vision Board
Go through all your magazines, photos, odds and ends, etc. and clip out the things that speak to your dreams and goals. Words and letters are great, too. Once you have gathered all the stuff you want to use, lay your board on a flat surface and arrange your items it so you can figure out how you would like to display them. Once you have your board looking the way you would like it, go piece by and piece and glue the items onto your board.
Display Your Vision Board
Now that you have put your board together, display someplace your will see it every day. If you are artistic, you may be able to display it in the open as artwork. If you don’t feel that it can hang out in the open, hang it inside a closet door you frequently use or on a wall that isn’t out in the open. In my last house, I kept the two I have, one for my life and one for my work, on the inside of my bedroom closet, so I saw them every day. In my new house, I actually have space for an office so I have them hanging on the wall so I can see them while I’m working. Every time you look at them, you will be reminded of what you are working toward and that will make you push harder to succeed.