Learning how to create a vision board isn’t anything new. I remember as a kid cutting out pictures in magazines, putting them on a piece of paper, and hanging them up on my wall.
The difference between that type of vision board and the one that I have created now is that I don’t see it as just a dream anymore. I see my vision as something that will eventually come to fruition. I know what my goals are and have developed a plan to reach them.
At this point in life, your vision board shouldn’t be make-believe anymore, it should show your future! Visualization is a concept you may have heard of in terms of The Law of Attraction. The idea is that if you send out high vibrations or high energy, you will attract high vibrations and energy.
Some people think this is some hippie-dippie stuff, but science tells us that our minds are very powerful. Ever heard of a self-fulfilling prophecy? Yeah, this is the same idea and it is backed by science.
This is why I took the time to set out and create a new vision board for myself. After getting married, graduating with a master’s degree, starting a new job, and moving to a new city (all happening in the same month), I think it’s the perfect time to re-evaluate my goals and my direction towards the future.
My Own Law of Attraction Story
Looking back, all of those things that I accomplished in that month were what I was working towards for many years. I truly believe I attracted these things in my life without even knowing that I was doing this.
After the end of a terrible relationship I told myself, “okay, I need to have a list of requirements so that I don’t ever settle for less than I deserve.” Soon after, the perfect man walked right up to me and asked me for my number! He is everything I wanted in a partner and more, and now we are happily married!
Right after my husband and I came back from our honeymoon, I had a job interview. The day of the interview, I came in with the attitude of “this is the job I am going to get, the interview is just a formality. No need to be nervous.” Needless to say, I didn’t clam up, I didn’t get the jitters, I just answered the questions honestly. One week later I got the call. The job was mine.
After 10 years of dreaming about living the true Florida lifestyle (aka the place with all of the palm trees), I moved to the most Florida place I could think of: Boca Raton, then Miami. Every day I have the view of a beautiful sunset. I live 5 minutes from my job, and my husband only lives 3 minutes from his. (This is a miracle considering Miami traffic!)
It all worked out even more perfect than I imagined, but I did have a vision that I started with.
Now that I have accomplished all of these goals, I am ready to start this new chapter and create a new vision. I want a life that is an extension of what I already am so grateful to have.
So here are the steps I am taking to use a vision board as one of my tools.
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1. Write It Down
Before doing anything else you have to know what you want. Write down what you want your life to look like, and what you aim to accomplish. You need to imagine your life in 1, 3, 5, 10, and 25 years from now.
Woah, 25 years?
Yes. But no worries. Not everything has to be clear now. We all know how things change. But it is important to think about this in a long-term perspective so you can start developing a plan.
Here are some questions to get you started:
- What are you spending most of your time doing now?
- What can you do in the next year?
- Is this what will make you truly happy?
- What brings you joy?
- What are you searching for?
- Who do you want to serve?
- What areas in your life would you like to improve?
- What do you want to continue going great?
- Who do you want to be?
- What is motivating you to keep going forward?
2. Get Inspired
Now that you have an idea of what you want, it’s time to take action. The purpose of creating a vision board is to subtly remind yourself of your own goals and desires every single day. It is supposed to be inspiring and motivating to keep you on track for what you are searching for in the future.
Here are some ways you can find inspiration.
- Pinterest (like duhhh)
- Use hashtags on social media
- Society 6
- Plain old Google
3. Gather Materials
You are inspired and invigorated, now it is time to go out and shop! #TargetRun
When doing my own research I saw soooooo many different vision boards. Since my main focus is on this platform, I wanted all of my materials to represent my brand. I wanted the vision to be pulled together by it because that is how I see these smaller goals happening for myself.
Here are a list of materials you can buy, (but by no means is this the only way to make a vision board come to life!)
- Poster Board
- Tack Board
- Magnetic Board
- Metal Board with Clips
- String for Pictures
- Art or Pictures
4. Put It Together
I found it useful to draw out how my vision board will come together with all of the pictures and materials I had.
As I said before, I wanted this vision board to represent my brand. I needed it all to come together in a way that felt perfect. I printed my own pictures and quotes using Canva for some items to make sure that the colors all matched.
Related: How To Get Creative With Canva 2.0
Not all of my vision board was related to my business, I included some health-related reminders as well as a cute picture of a Dalmatian (ohhhh one day). I also had a framed picture of me and my husband from our wedding because he’s definitely a part of my long-term vision.
My advice to you is: Don’t overthink it. You can always create it in a way that you can change the layout if you aren’t feeling the vibe. I made mine with a board with clips and left blank space on the wall to add more to it down the road.
As I mentioned at the beginning, my vision has changed after achieving my goals and I am sure that yours will too.
Whether your vision comes true or not, we can change our minds about what is important to us as we grow more into who we are at every stage of our life.
You can leave blank space, give yourself the ability to move around images, or just plan on creating a new one every year! It is completely up to you and your style. There is no perfect way to create a vision board, as they are all as unique as we are.