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Create a vision board that works. Follow these easy steps and get clarity on the things that you truly desire so you can focus on the right things

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Do you want to create a vision board but don’t know how?

Before I started indulging myself in “Personal Development” I had come across vision boards, but I didn’t take the time to fully understand it’s significance or how powerful it can be.

So, I finally got to do my vision board, and I thought I should share the process with you – a simple step-by-step instruction on how to create a vision board with intention.

You can download FREE Workbook as a guide when creating your vision board. 

Vision board which is also known as dream board is a visual tool containing photos and words to represent your goals and ideal life and to help you FOCUS on the things you truly want.

These goals could be professional, health, financial or spiritual growth. It could be as simple as buying that new phone or TV you wanted or saving 1000 dollars in a month.

Making a vision board goes beyond cutting a piece of paper and pinning on a board. You want to create a vision board with purpose and intention that has the things you genuinely want or desire.

I became aware of the significance of vision boards when I watched the movie “The Secret” and I started reading about the success stories of successful people like Jim Carrey, Steve Harvey and, many other successful people who have credited their success to the use of VISION – visualizing the things they wanted.

Arnold Schwarzenegger talked about how he had a clear vision laid out of becoming Mr. Universe and a movie star and said: “… always discover your vision, and the rest will follow.”

 

According to the New York Times, Olympian’s use imagery (Visualization) as mental training.

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”

– Jonathan Swiff.

Vision boards are known to work like the Law of Attraction – You attract whatever it is you focus on into your life. If you focus on positive thoughts, you attract positive things into your life.

“If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand.“

– Bob Proctor.

Making a vision board is looking for similar photos to represent your dreams, the things or feelings you want to attract into your life and placing it somewhere you can see it every day as a visual reminder of where you want to be.

Just as you have a destination in mind before you leave your house, you should also have a goal in mind of where you want to get to in life.

Download the vision board workbook

Before Getting Started

Our end goal is to create a vision board with intention and to do that; we need to have clarity of the things we want by discovering who we are and what we want to achieve. 

1. Self Discovery

Before you start googling photos of cars or buying magazines to cut out pictures of that Victoria secret model you saw, you need to do some essential planning first. You want to make sure that you are focusing on the RIGHT things. It is vital to know who you are and what it is that you want. Self-discovery helps you get clarity of the things that are important.

You can use this simple Vision Board workbook to answer some basic questions that will give you some clarity on the things you want and your desired goals.

“Discovering who you are today is the first step to being who you will be tomorrow.”

– Destiny’s Odyssey.

2. Reason Why

What is it that makes you wake up from bed every day and do the things you do? You need to think the WHY for the things you want. Why do you want those things? It may be because you want to provide for your family or you ant to get out of a difficult situation. 

Thinking about why you want those things is important because your reason WHY will motivate you to work towards achieving those goals you have set. 

 

3. Areas to Improve

If you think you are falling behind in some areas of your life, like your health, emotions, relationships or whatever it is that is important to you, then think about how you want to improve on those areas. Also, think about your core VALUES. What are the values you want to live by daily?

The vision board workbook has some list of values to give you an idea of some of the core values.

Thinking about all these different aspects will help you gain more clarity on whom you want to become and will help you set a clear goal for yourself that you can pin on your board.

The different areas to think about include –

      • Health – Physical, Emotional and Mental 
      • Career and Business
      • Relationship
      • Family
      • Spiritual
      • Financial and Wealth 
      • Self-development
      • Social, Fun and Recreation 

Reflect on each of these areas and come up with at least a goal for each area. You want to make sure you are creating a balance and are in harmony in all areas.

There are some questions on each area in the worksheet you can use as a reference guide.

4. Create a Bucket List

Writing a bucket list is an exciting one for me because I let my imagination run wild.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

– Albert Einstein.

It is often easy to give reasons like lack of money and limited time when we are not doing the things we want – well for me at least. Those are the two main reasons I give for not doing what I love. If those are your main reasons too, forget about them for a moment and ask yourself –

If I had Unlimited Money and Time, What will I do?

If money and time was not an issue for you, what will you want to achieve? Where will you want to go? Whom will you want to meet? What adventures will you want to go on?

I implore you to ask yourself these basic questions, use the workbook and pen down your answers. Make a list of things you will want to achieve if you had all the money and time in the world. Don’t forget to include the things you want to improve on from the different areas mentioned above.

“We have no limits to our world. We are only limited by our imagination.”

– Bob Ross.

Plan Your Board

At this stage, you want to plan out your dream board carefully. How you want it to look like, what goals you want to include, what messages you want it to convey and how you want to display your images. You can search online for some vision board examples to give you ideas of how you want to plan and design your board.

1. Decide on Goals to Include on your Vision Board

If you used the worksheet or journal to write down your bucket list and you decided to let your imagination run wild as I did, then you probably have a long list of things on your bucket lists – Dream Big.

Now, go ahead and separate your long terms goals from your short term goals. Short term goals are those goals you want to achieve in one month, six months, and one year while long term goals are those goals that take a while like three to ten years.

When it comes to goal setting, you need to be more specific. Set SMART GOALS;

        • Specific
        • Measurable
        • Achievable
        • Realistic
        • Time-bound

If saving money is one of your goals, be specific and write down the exact amount you want to save. If traveling is something you want to do, write down the country or location you want to visit. Specify the color and model of car. BE SPECIFIC as much as you can.

2. How Many Boards Do You Need

There is no limit to how many vision boards you can have. You can have a board for short term goals and another for long term goals. You can use different boards for each area you feel needs improving on, or you can have one board for all your purposes. There is no rule of thumb here as to how many boards you need.

However, you do need to think about the size of the board if you are using one board for all your goals and also consider the space you want to display it. Your dream board is something you need to place in a visible place where you can see every day as a daily reminder of where you want to be.

You can use a cork board, poster boards, a canvas or basically whatever that is available and works for you. Arnold Schwarzenegger used his wall to display photographs of muscle men.

3. Find Photos For Your Dream Board

Time to start looking for photographs you will need to pin on your board. Find the images of things that represent your goal. You can use magazines or digital images from Google or Pinterest.

I prefer the use of digital pictures because you can find the exact description of what you want.

Look for pictures that match or are similar to what you want. If you cannot find the exact photographs, you can do a collage of multiple photos to give your desired picture.

If you can’t get the pictures of your dream house, look for images of the bedroom, how you want the room to look like and do same for the other areas like the dining room, kitchen, bathroom. Make a collage of all pictures and use that on your board. Remember to be specific as much as you can.

Pro tip – after you have downloaded your desired images, use Microsoft Word to resize your pictures before printing them out.

4. Decide on the Design of Your Dream Board

Vision board ideas and examples can give you a general idea and some inspiration on how to make your own vision board. Decide on how you want your dream board to look. You can go for a clean and tidy look or a messy look. Think of how you want to feel each time you look at your board.

I mentioned earlier that you should use Microsoft Word to resize your images before printing them out. That is because images downloaded from the internet have different image size and if you print out the photos directly after downloading, some of the pictures will be too large which can take up an ample space on board and some can be too small making it hard to see.

5. What Message Do You Want on Your Board

You need to think of the message you want to convey and use words that inspire you and represent how you want to feel like – Strong, Healthy, Successful, Thankful, Strong, Happy, Loved. I also used words like have, own, drive, meet and placed it next to the required image to pass a message each time I look at the photo.

So if you have a picture of a car on your board, you can use words like drive or own next to it to pass the message that you drive or own that type of car.

You can use Microsoft Word to type out words, and you can also use colored backgrounds if you have a color theme.

Include some motivational quotes and affirmations on your board. Affirmations is a beginning point on the path to change.

You can also print out these positive affirmations to use on your board

6. Gather all Your Materials

We are gradually coming to the fun part where you can start pinning photos. Before we get there, you need to put together all the materials you need. Check if you have all your pictures and words printed out. Some of the items you would need when pinning the images include

You can get creative and use whatever you like for decorations.

7. Get Comfortable and Cozy Space

When you are pinning images, you want to make sure you put all your attention and focus on your board. Look for a quiet and comfortable place. Someplace where it is distraction free.

If you have kids and you have difficulty having a quiet moment to yourself, then you can do this when everyone is asleep at night. Consider this a special moment as this is all about YOU. Set aside a few hours where you can be alone and more focused.

Do whatever that will help you to feel relaxed and focused. You may light some scented candles or your favorite diffuser. If having some music will help you concentrate then go ahead and play some music.

If you want to make it a spiritual thing, you can pray or meditate before you begin as well.

Again, these are all suggestion to guide you during the process. It is down to your personal preference to use whatever is available and that which works best for you and makes you feel comfortable.

Setup Your Vision Board

Finally – the fun part. It is time to design your dream board the way you want it. You want to create a board with images and words that speak to you, that represent your ideal life that whenever you look at it, you feel inspired and motivated.

1. Cut out your pictures

Cut out your pictures how you want. Take into consideration the size of your board and the number of images and words you want to fit on the board.

You want to make sure you can have all the images fit on the board.

2. Layout Picture

Before you start using glue to glue the pictures, lay the pictures and words on the board first. See how the images fit on the space and re-adjust the position of the image if required before you start to glue the photos.

3. Pin your Photos

If you are satisfied with the layout of your pictures and how they fit on the board, go ahead and add some glue one images at a time with all the photos still laid out on the board. You can use glue, pin, or double-sided tape. If you decide to use glue, be sure to use a thin layer of glue. I used both double-sided tape and glue.

4. Design

When it comes to placing images on board, there is no rule of thumb. You can put the pictures in a manner that works for you.

With my board, I had the images of “My Reason Why” at the center of the board to serve me as a reminder of why i want to achieve all these goals.

It would help if you had a strong enough reason as to why you want to achieve these goals as it keeps you motivated. You can lay out your image randomly or in groups. All my career and business goals are in the same area, and all health goals are in the same area.

After Creating Your Vision Board

1. Place your Vision Board in a visible place

When you have completed your dream board, go ahead and place it in a place where you can see it every day as a visual reminder of where you want to be, how you want to feel and the things you want to attract in your life.

2. Write down Your Goals in Journal

You can write all the goals you have on your board in your journal or planner. You can carry this along with you when you are out of the house as a reminder.

3. Make a “To-Do” List.

Just having a vision board you can look at every day is not enough. Make a list of actions you could take to move you closer to achieving your goals.
Break down your goals into smaller goals and create a weekly and monthly goal.

“The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps – We must step up the stairs.”

-Vance Havner.

Go ahead and use the FREE Workbook to guide you on creating your own vision board with intention. If you have any tips on how to create a vision board, please leave a comment below.

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1. Place your Vision Board in a visible place

When you have completed your dream board, go ahead and place it in a place where you can see it every day as a visual reminder of where you want to be, how you want to feel and the things you want to attract in your life.

2. Write down Your Goals in Journal

You can write all the goals you have on your board in your journal or planner. You can carry this along with you when you are out of the house as a reminder.

3. Make a “To-Do” List.

Just having a vision board you can look at every day is not enough. Make a list of actions you could take to move you closer to achieving your goals.
Break down your goals into smaller goals and create a weekly and monthly goal.

“The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps – We must step up the stairs.”

-Vance Havner.

Go ahead and use the FREE Workbook to guide you on creating your own vision board with intention. If you have any tips on how to create a vision board, please leave a comment below.

Welcome! I’m Mariette and a mom to a toddler. While trying to improve my life, manage my home and time, I will also like to help you do the same. I am passionate about inspiring other moms to get organize and simplify their life so they can thrive at motherhood and work. Learn more –>