The most common question about a vision board is how to do one. If you do a search on Pinterest or some other search engine, you’ll find plenty of tips for creating a vision board.
There’s no right or wrong way to do it.
The biggest hurdle is sitting down and actually doing it.
For the new year I co-hosted a planning and vision board fun-shop so there’d be no chance of NOT creating one for 2017, and I’m sharing my favorite tips and tricks to help you create one too.
What’s a vision board?
A vision board (also called a dream board) is a collection of images, and often, affirmations that represent the life you want to have in the future, you “dream” life.
I first learned about vision boards in the late 90s when my yoga mentor gave turned me on to the book Open Your Mind to Prosperity by Catherine Ponder.
If you’ve followed me for a while or taken training with me, it’s not the first time you’ve heard me mention it.
My love for her book is multi-layered.
She provides specific, yet flexible, instructions for creating a vision board. Long before I got into the philosophy of yoga, she wrote about kriya yoga. Without realizing it, this book introduced me to my favorite yoga.
She believed that before you called in the new and wonderful into your life, you needed to purge your existing (physical and mental) environment of clutter. Love it!
Why would I want to do a vision board?
Your brain is a powerful tool, and I’m sure you’ve heard the adage, we only utilize a small percentage of brain’s capacity. According to Entrepreneur.com celebs like Oprah and Katy Perry have used vision boards to achieve success.
Vision boards are not “woo-woo,” they tap into a little something called neuroscience.
Neuroscience has proven your brain changes and learns throughout your life. Neuroplasicity is the brain’s ability to create neural pathways in response to incoming stimuli. Your habits and thought patterns get hard-wired into your brain.
Good and bad.
Worried about finances? Over time that creates a connection, and the connection becomes a response. Suddenly, every night before you fall asleep, you’re worried about money and paying bills.
Exercise, meditation, visualization and other mindfulness practices are tools toward creating new, positive neural pathways.
A vision board is a form of visualization. Instead of the constant stress about money, you look upon your vision board and think “happier” thoughts, thus rewiring your brain for more positivity.
Determining goals for your vision board
Phew! Now that the science is out of the way…
General ideas for your future life such as “financial freedom,” and “healthier body” are great, however your mind loves specificity, something tangible to manifest.
I recommend spending a little time in goal setting before you jump into the fun part of cutting up pictures and magazines.
In the business world, we call this planning. ::shudders:: For the right-brain creative types, this might sound intimidating, but even spending an hour writing down your goals and plans for the coming year can be extremely helpful.
For all you left-brain logical folks, you’re doing a happy dance right about now. Yes, yes, yes, let me put pen to paper and plan out my year, quarter by quarter, month by month.
Tip: As you’re taking the time to develop your goals, be sure to think spherically to have the most balance in your life. Don’t just focus on finances, but consider all the parts of your life–health, relationships, self care, personal growth, spirituality, etc.
For example, you might put a picture that represents to you being healthier. Now your mind has the idea of what you want to look and feel like. The paper side gives you the plan to get there.
And at the fun-shop this year, I provided a pen-to-paper planning workbook, and you can get one too.
Making your vision board
For me (and I think most people), the part the takes the longest is finding the images you want. I love doing it the old-fashioned way, meaning I thumb through hundreds of pages of magazines.
Tip: If you have a Half-Price Books near year, or some other used book store, these are great resources for tons of magazines. I can get a stack of 10 magazines for $10. You can also ask friends and neighbors for their used and unwanted magazines.
A more modern approach for image collecting is to use your computer, good ‘ole Google or Pinterest. One benefit is being able to search for a specific image rather than hoping you come across it in a magazine. Make sure to print the images in color.
Whether you’re flipping pages or scrolling through them, pay attention to how the images make you feel. When an image, word, affirmation or quote strikes a positive tone for you, snag it and sit with it. It may or may not make your final board.
What to use for your “board”
In the past, I’ve always used poster board to affix my pictures. But I’ve seen some really beautiful upgrades such as framing the vision board, or using a fancy bulletin board.
Does a “fancier” bulletin board make a difference? Probably not. Again it goes back to how it makes you feel, and for some, adding some luxurious touches make them feel…well…luxurious.
For some additional ideas, check out these:
- A Portable Version (I’m doing this one this year)
- Going digital instead of paper
- Make a Happiness Board instead
Arranging your images
Again there’s no right or wrong way to arranging and organizing your images on your board. Try it out several ways, and go with the one that feels the best.
Some people like a completely random collage, gluing the images wherever it suits their taste. Others like to make “sections” on the vision board and group the pictures accordingly.
In Catherine Ponder’s book, she offers the following tips when creating a vision board (she calls them wheels of fortune):
- Don’t try to convince others of this method
- Use big colorful boards for big colorful results
- Use colored pictures (remember this if you’re printing your own images)
- Put money on your board so you won’t go into debt
- Place a spiritual symbol on your board for protection and your highest purpose
Once you have your vision board the way you like it, place it somewhere visible; someplace you can see it everyday. I usually hang mine on my closet door because I go in there multiple times a day, and this gives my mind multiple times to absorb the images.
Maybe if you work from home, you can put it above your workstation, or on your dresser so you can focus on it before you go to bed.
You’ll know when you’re ready to take it down. But don’t worry, your subconscious is still busy bringing life to your goals and dreams.A negative mind will never give you a positive life. Click To Tweet
Over the years, I’ve used a vision board to bring about writing a novel, finding my soulmate, and owning my own business. Accomplishments I’m happy to say manifested. There are dreams on my board I put every year–like living by the beach and earning a $1M in business. Those haven’t happened yet, but it doesn’t mean they won’t.