Vision boards, dream boards, call-them-what-you-will boards, are perhaps one of the best tools to get you ultra-focused on your goals.
Once you understand your purpose & truly know what you want, I personally see vision boards as the next logical step in helping you achieve all that you aspire to.
So what is a vision board?
Quite simply it’s a board or piece of paper upon which you create a collage of photos, pictures, words & quotes visually representing your goals & dreams.
How will using a vision board help you?
The idea is to get you focused & motivated to work on and ultimately achieve your goals. By picking images & words that resonate with you and looking at them daily, you’ll strengthen & stimulate all the right emotions to push you forward.
Let’s look at vision boards as a brain-training exercise…
Your brain trains your body to prepare for action. So when you spend time looking at a vision board – visualising yourself having achieved what is laid out on it – your brain runs through the process & sends a signal to your body to complete the action. We’re essentially preparing ourselves for the board to become our reality.
By using a vision board you’re putting your goals to the forefront of your mind. You’ll become more likely to notice opportunities you might otherwise have missed. And it helps gain real clarity over what you should push forward with and what is really just a distraction.
How do you create a vision board?
Good news! The cost to create your board is virtually zero. However, whilst you don’t need to invest money to make a great vision board, you do need to invest time, (well in the upfront bit anyway). Please be reassured that time spent now is a wise investment in a future pay-off.
Follow these steps to create your board:
01. Know what you want
Before you even start creating your board, you need to be clear on what you want. As in, what are your goals, your dreams, your ideal life? So if you haven’t done this already, I recommend using my free worksheet first.
You can also try asking yourself the following two questions (& journal your responses)…
01. What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
02. What would you do with your life if you had all the time & money you need?
[Source: Your Dream Life Starts Here: Kristina Karlsson]
Use your answers to focus in on what you want.
02. Select a board
I personally use a pinboard as my vision board. But you don’t have to use an actual board. You can use a sheet of paper or an exercise book. Any size, it’s up to you.
Top tip: More of a digital creator? Why not create one on Pinterest? Just remember to set a reminder to view it daily.
03. Gather pictures, words, affirmations & quotes to place on it
Use magazines, postcards etc to source what’s going on your board. Nothing has to be literal, whatever you select only needs to represent or symbolise the experiences, feelings & achievements (or even possessions) you want to attract. For example, if you want your dream home but can’t find a picture of the exact house you want, select images that represent it – maybe a front door you like? It just has to be something that speaks to you.
You may also benefit from including affirmations or mantras you’re currently using. Jack Canfield, success coach & advocate of visualisation strategy, recommends placing ‘power words’ such as abundant, loved, healthy, thriving – to really pack an instant punch.
Also, how about including a photo of you where you feel really happy?
04. When it comes to vision boards, looks are everything
There are two things to consider here. Firstly, your board has to visually appeal to you. Avoid making it messy & chaotic, keep it as simple as possible. (FYI this was an error I made with my board last year – too much stuff, no real thought, not much manifested! Learn from my mistake.)
Secondly, (and maybe slightly in contradiction to what I’ve just said, but hear me out) whilst it should be 100% visually appealing to you, it shouldn’t be style-over-substance. There is no point creating something Insta-worthy if it’s not going to resonate with you. The only person this board needs to knock-the-socks-off of is YOU.
05. Give it a home
My board is career-related, so I’ve placed it on a wall in my office. Some people have a portable board they place by their bedside, some use their fridge door, some want to be able to put it away. Where you place your board is completely up to you, just be mindful that you’ll need daily access to it.
When you see your dreams daily, you start to open yourself up to opportunities and take actions consciously & subconsciously to make them come trueKristina Karlsson
How do you use your vision board?
Once completed spend a few minutes daily (if not twice daily) looking at your board. The process to undertake is usually described as visualise, affirm, believe & internalise. Look at the images, allow yourself to take them in, think about them as if they’re already yours. Reflect upon the sights, the sounds, the smells. Feel how you would feel, daydream a bit.
If you can read any words or affirmations aloud, do it! I also keep a little bag of crystals hanging from mine, which I hold to strengthen my practice.
The key is to not overdo this. Once you’ve done it, let it go – allow yourself back into the moment. And that’s all you need to do.
Top Tip: The optimum time to look at your board is within the 45-minutes before sleep. This is the time when the images you’ve taken in will most likely replay in your subconscious mind during the night.
When your dreams become reality…
The temptation will be to remove something from the board once you’ve achieved it. The advice of successful vision board practitioners is to leave your board untouched (but viewed daily) for a year.
Keeping your achievements on there will provide extra reassurance, encouragement & continued motivation. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to practice some gratitude for all that makes up your life now & in the future.
Why should you practice gratitude? Read: A Thousand Thanks – Why Practising Gratitude Increases Your Happiness.
Do you have a vision board? If not, did you realise the thinking behind them & the purpose? If you do have one, how do you find it? Any tips to share to those about to create one? Or do you have any questions about them? I’m happy to help. Whatever you’d like to say or ask, just leave a comment in the box below. I always love to hear from you!