We hear people saying that vision boards are a fad, that they are not worth doing, and that they should be forgotten. However, this is simply not true. Vision boards can be very useful, and they are definitely worth taking the time to create. That is why so many celebrities and notable figures in the world are choosing to create and use them.
Beyoncé has been known to use vision boards to help her with her future goals, as has Oprah Winfrey and if they work for these two incredibly powerful and talented women, then it makes sense that anyone can benefit from them.
But what are they? Rather than simply being a collection of images, vision boards are so much more than that.
To help you to learn more, I have put together our guide to what they are, how they can be made in four steps, and why you should make an effort to make a vision board for yourself.
What Is a Vision Board?
We all have visions and goals that we want to achieve. They may be in our personal lives, or they may be in our careers and businesses. While we may know what it is that we want to achieve, this doesn’t mean that it is always easy to focus on our goals.
The idea of a vision board is that it is a visual representation of what we want to achieve. We can use it to show our end goal and where we see ourselves being in the future. Not only this, but a vision board will also help you show the process of how you envisage getting to these end goals.
A vision board can be made from a variety of images. What you choose will really depend on you. However, you need to make sure that it reminds you of what your goal is and what it means to you. They should be something that you want to display and that is as eye-catching as possible.
Colour and texture are key parts of any vision board. However, how you use them is entirely down to you and you alone.
How To Create a Vision Board?
Making a vision board may sound straightforward, however, it can be more complicated than you realize. There are plenty of things that you need to think about along the way.
While the way that you make your vision board will really depend on you, there are 4 steps that you should follow to make sure that it is clear and useful for you in the long run.
Step 1: Define Your Goals
The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you define your goals. To do this, you need to list the areas of your life that you consider to be most important to you. We can’t tell you what these are since they are a personal choice. However, some of the most common examples of these areas include your family, relationship, hobbies, friends, fitness, well-being, and finances.
When you have identified what areas of your life are most important to you right now, then you can start to drill down even further into them and identify what goals you have within them.
If you focus on sports and fitness, then maybe you want to teach yoga or train in a sport. If travel is important to you, then maybe plan a trip around the world. If you want to expand your mind, you could identify an instrument or language that you want to learn and if you are thinking about your career (and maybe your finances, too), then starting a business could be a key goal for you.
You shouldn’t spend too much time on this, else there is a chance that you may overthink things rather than letting them come to you. Only spend around 10 minutes on this step. Make sure that you write down anything that comes to mind as you can use these things later on.
Step 2: Gather Your Inspiration
Once you know what your goals are, then you need to start thinking about how you can create a visual representation of these goals. Think about words and images that match in with what you want to achieve.
Of course, the most obvious place to look for these images is in magazines, but you shouldn’t limit yourself to only magazines. Other great places that you can use for inspiration for your vision board include:
- Wrapper paper
- Things from nature
- Online searches
When you see something that works for you, then cut it out or even rip it out and place it on one side. You may be surprised by just where you can find your inspiration, and you shouldn’t discount something just because it doesn’t fit in with what you think should inspire you.
This step will take a little longer than the last. So, you might want to make sure that you have a nice cup of your favorite hot drink—ready to browse through and find your inspiration.
Step 3: Map Out How You Want Your Board to Look
Now, we have got to the point where you can start thinking about what your vision board is going to look like. You will need to grab some things for this step. You will need some cardboard (the bigger the better), scissors, glue sticks, markers, fabric, decorate tape, stickers, gems, or sequins.
To start, you just want to lay your images out on your board. You don’t want to glue anything until you know how you want them to be arranged. The last thing that you want is to stick things down, commit to that setup, and then find out that you want to change them.
Once you are happy with how things look, then you can stick it all down. You may want to use some of the added decorative things that you have put together, such as decorative tape, sequins, stickers or simply use different pens or paints to add color.
The main thing to remember is that your vision board is all about you, so what you create should be appealing to you. You can look online for help on how to put things together and make up your board but, ultimately, you need to focus on it being a representation of you.
Step 4: Make It Happen
The last thing on the list is to make sure that you bring your vision board to life. First, you need to make sure that you display it in a place where you will be able to see it. After all, that is the main reason for taking the time to make your vision board in the first place.
Display it in a place that you go to every single day. This could be a home office, your bedroom, or perhaps in a hallway before you leave the house every day. Having it there will remind you that you need to follow those dreams and achieve those goals and will also show you how you can do it.
Then, it is down to you. Do whatever you need to do to make it happen. Push yourself and focus on what you want to achieve. You may make excuses and you may sometimes think that you just can’t do it, but I promise you that you can—that you will one day get there. Of course, your vision board is just a part of the process, and really, it is down to you to make it happen. So, do it!
Why Do Vision Boards Work?
We know that vision boards sound like they are a lot of work, but the truth is, they are as hard as you make them. Not only this, but they are well worth putting all that effort into to create them.
With a vision board, you will able to see what it is that you want in the future and identify how you can get there. When you can see it, there, in front of you, then you are going to want to get there, and you are going to feel much more motivated to work towards these goals. Not only this, but the process of making a vision board is more fun than you may realize. This means that you can look forward to doing it rather than ignoring those goals and stopping yourself from achieving what you want in the future.
How to Use a Vision Board
Using a vision board means following some key steps that’ll allow you to manifest from it. Once you’ve created the vision board, do the following five things:
- Understand the steps to manifest. These steps are ask, believe, and finally receive. The following steps explain those concepts further.
- Visualizing your ask. Getting back to asking, you’ll have an easier time asking by visualizing. Your vision board should make it clear that you’ll be able to ask for exactly what you’d like.
- Instil belief through goals. The third step is to instill belief in yourself. Merely thinking about it won’t help you to achieve your vision. You’ll need to be setting goals and using the vision board to reinforce that belief.
- Be present in your life. Many people fail at this step because they’re worried about the past or the future. This step is to remind yourself to keep working at it so that one day you’ll be ready to receive it. Furthermore, this step will help you to realize what you’ve received already and what you can use as you grow.
- Appreciate the now. Lastly is showing appreciation for things right now. Working towards goals is tough but there is satisfaction at the end when completing it. There is more appreciation to be had when you take the time to appreciate what you have right now, even if it’s little.
Vision Board Ideas & Examples
There are several ideas for vision boards that you can consider. Here are some ideas as well as examples of what you can do.
- Dreaming under a pink moon. Developed by Soul Pretty, the concept focuses more on a state of mind. It can infer goals in its own way but it has a more personal feel to it. The board uses phrases or emotions, or lines to create the visioners wants in life. They’re arranged in a fashion where they are placed around the image of a head, like rays of the sun.
- An annual goal vision board. You can always take the literal approach and treat vision boards as goal boards. Listing off the goals that you want to achieve this year, you can get a sense of satisfaction at the end of the year by looking over the board and seeing what you’ve completed.
- Use other materials. People think vision boards are restricted to cardboard or construction paper when it doesn’t have to be. Use a corkboard or in some cases a framed piece of burlap. Different materials can instill different frames of mind.
- Remember your intentions. If you can’t think of a certain goal but you have intentions for what you want to achieve, why not stick with that? There is nothing wrong with using phrases or images or lines to convey what you mean. So long as it helps you to set clear intentions and a goal to work towards, that’s what matters.
There are several tools that are at your disposal. Consider using some of these tools:
- Canva – to help you develop beautiful vision boards or to make images pop more.
- PicMonkey – An alternative to Canva with a template to create vision boards.
- MindMovies – To turn your vision boards into miniature movies. Consider it “a vision board on steroids”.
- DreamItAlive – A program that lets you select aspects of your life you want to enhance and to help you visualize it through photos and wise quotes.
- Visuapp – An app that can easily turn your vision board into something located on your phone.
- Corkulous Professional – Exactly like Visuapp but the board is on a corkboard.
- iWish – Vision board creator and a bank of ideas for various goals to pick from.
- Hay House Vision Board – Another vision board creator developed by Louise Hay, a self-help movement pioneer.
- Desygner – Another design site that provides tools for professional-looking vision boards.
- Subliminal Vision Boards – Another mobile-exclusive vision board, however this one has a feature to send affirmations and images from your vision board periodically. These brief flashes are designed to send signals to your subconscious, driving you to work towards those goals.
- Pinterest – A site to generate tonnes of vision board ideas.
How Do You Use a Vision Board for Goal-Setting?
Vision boards are tools built from our intentions. Goals inherently are intentions as well since we set goals with the intention to accomplish them. Vision boards are a way to enhance that intention as the vision board should prompt you to think and visualize your goal and what you could do to achieve it.
Should My Vision Board Reflect Other Areas of My Life?
Yes it should. While you don’t want to put a lot of ideas into every category, having a vision or two in each area of your life can be helpful. For example, there is nothing wrong with having a vision for better health but also a vision for being more social or getting along with your partner.
Advantages and Disadvantages of a Vision Board?
Some distinct advantages of vision boards are:
- You can motivate yourself further.
- Vision boards can reduce stress as they provide focus on goals.
- They’re creative and fun.
- They help you to reassess your life, goals, and more.
- It’s a reminder of where you want to be in life.
Some cons to vision boards are:
- Unless you’re in the room with the vision board, you won’t see it and feel inspired or focused.
- Having it on your phone can lead to you being more distracted than it being effective. It’s easy for someone to open up their vision board, get inspired, and then immediately click on a social media app afterward.
- Vision boards take a lot of time to set up and not everyone has the patience for it. It can also be frustrating if you’re looking for a specific phrase or picture to use.
- Extra steps to making a vision board fancier can remove its practicality. Some can see it as procrastination from one’s goals or visions.
How Often Does Your Vision Board Need to Be Updated?
This depends on you more than the vision board itself. Obviously, if you created a vision board listing off this year’s goals, it’ll need to be updated every year.
But also people change and therefore our goals might change too. If you look at your vision board and feel like those goals aren’t the right fit or don’t inspire you as much, you can update it to reflect something new.
How to Use a Vision Board for Work?
Vision boards at the office work the same way as any other vision board. If you don’t mind it hanging in the office, have it placed there and use it as a reminder of your goals and your vision in life. Paired with the steps above, you’ll be able to use the vision board effectively.
Where Can I Buy a Vision Board Online?
Because vision boards are very personal, there’s no specific spot where you can buy a vision board. There are hundreds of sites and apps that offer vision board templates though. A small number of them are mentioned above in helpful tools for vision board creation.
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