Vision boards can be a powerful subconscious tool to help motivate you towards your dreams and goals. They can help move you to take actionable steps in achieving those life goals. I’ve created this post to help you understand a bit more on what a vision board is, why you would create one, and how to make one!
Why create a vision board?
Everyone’s reason behind why they want to create a vision board will be different because it’s deeply personal. For me, I was in dire need of motivation and inspiration when I first became a single mom. I needed to be surrounded with positivity and I needed a visualization of what my life could be like, (as opposed to the all the negative feelings I had for the situation I was in). I needed something to look forward to.
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The purpose behind creating a vision board is to see your goals and inspiration for where you want to go in life. When you see your goals and dreams every day you start to absorb that visual message subconsciously. It can lead you to make decisions and take action to further progress towards the life you want.
What belongs on a vision board?
Anything. Seriously anything that inspires you or moves you should be on your vision board. I have a couple pictures of my kids, goals of mine, (traveling, becoming debt free, becoming my own boss) as well as inspirational quotes that move me.
While there is no right or wrong item that has to be on a vision board, you should make your vision board for a specific period of time. My vision board was set up for a year. Everything I included were things that I wanted to happen within a year. But as I’m nearing my year of having completed that vision board, I still love it! It still inspires me so I’m going to keep it for more time.
The key is to put things on it that will inspire you today, not necessarily ten years down the line. Keep in mind you want to be able to take action on your dreams so if you put a picture of something that is really far off in the future or something that is vague and not connected to your goals, it may not inspire you to take action.
You can always change your vision board too! As your goals, motivations, and inspirations change you will want to take things off that no longer apply and put new items up.
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Here is what you need to create a vision board
-magazines/books/colorful paper designs
-glue or tacks or pretty tape (I used glittery tape to create a border on my poster board so it was a little more fancy looking!)
-poster board or cork board
How do you create a vision board?
Set some time aside when you know you won’t be interrupted. For me I was most inspired to make mine at night so I did it after my kids went to bed. Make sure you make time to complete this as it shouldn’t be rushed. The reason you don’t want to rush this is because you want to really concentrate on your dreams/goals/motivations, and let those thoughts guide you on what to put on your vision board. You want to let your creativity and ideas flow.
Look through the materials you’ve chosen and cut out anything that stands out to you. It can be words, pictures, colors, phrases, anything. Cut them out and play around with the placement on your poster board. It took me a little while of moving things around to find the placement that was most pleasing to me.
Once your board looks the way you want it to, you can glue, tack, or tape things down. I preferred tacking things that way as I decide to take off items, it’s easier to take them off and put new ones on without having to trash the whole board.
Finally, you’ll want to put your vision board somewhere that you see it every day. It’s not going to be very effective if you shove it in the back of your closet or in a room that you never go in! You can put one in your bedroom or your office, (or you can make more than one and put them in a few different places!).
You can also have this be a fun group activity. You can ask your friends to come over and either have all the supplies or assign each friend to bring some supplies. Then you can all set the atmosphere and get to creating!
You can tell yourself every day what your goals are. But as you move through the day, it’s easy to get sidetracked from that goal or to forget it entirely. Having your dreams, inspirations, and motivations presented to you every day in visual form is going to be that reminder for you so you don’t forget! Your vision board can act as your inner voice pushing you to move forward to achieve the life you want!