Whether it is the start of the year or partway through the year creating a vision board can help you achieve your goals. Especially if you create a powerful vision board, one specially designed for you by you.
There is little you need to create your dream broad. However, there are some important steps you need to take if you wish to create a meaningful vision board that works.
Over the past few years, I planned on creating a dream board. I had created a board in the past a long time ago and really wanted to create one again. Yet, for some reason, I kept delaying creating my vision board. This was despite buying a few items to create it. Finally, at the start of the year, I attended a workshop and created a vision board that is ideal for me. It has so much meaning and focuses only on this year, 2020.
I really believe that the time was right to create the board because I had a clear vision. I’ve written about visualizing your ideal day in the past and the wrote about my ideal day. It is because I had a clear vision of my life goals and what I wished to achieve this year that I was able to complete my vision board at the workshop.
However, you don’t’ need to attend a workshop to create your vision board. It can be completed at home alone or with a group of friends in half a day. This vision board checklist will guide you through what you need and how you too can make your own vision board.
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What to do prior to starting your vision board
Work out what you really want.
The first step is to really work on what. What do you really want? What would you like to create in your life? Who would you like to become? What would like to do in your life? What do you value?
A good way to start thinking about the wants you have in your life is to list what you enjoy. What makes you happy?
Also, if money was not an object, what would you do? How would you make a living?, How would you spend your day.
If you are unsure what you really would like, pin this post to come back to and read why visualizing your ideal life is good for your future.
What you need to create your vision board.
There are only a few items you need to create your vision board. These are;
- Pencil, coloured pens
- Something to stick your vison on like; a poster size piece of card, a canvas or a corkboard.
- Pins (if using a corkboard)
- Photos (optional)
- Stickers like these from Erin Condren (optional)
Saving tip: Instead of buying a piece of card, you could use the back of a poster that you no longer have up on the wall.
Once you have your supplies it is time to set the scene.
Create a mindful space.
It is important to be in a space where you feel comfortable and where you can be present while being creative. A place with no distractions. It is good to set the scene by playing soft music, lighting a candle or special light, burning incense or having items near you that help you be present.
The workshop I attended was a large meditation room. There was incense burning and the lighting was calming. There was light music playing in the background. Prior to commencing the making of our vision boards we meditated, clearing the mind for creativity.
As for setting up a workspace, a large table or even the floor makes a good workspace.
Find your images and words to include on your vision board.
Choose a magazine and go through the magazine. Cut out any pictures or words that resonate with your vision. At this stage, it is not important where the words or images will go on your vision board. Just flip through magazines cutting out words, images, quotes, symbols, anything that jumps out at you.
Note: if you are with friends or in a group setting, do not stress about other people using a magazine first. The words that speak to your friend are not the same words that will speak to you.
As you go about choosing the pictures and words for your vision board, think about how the picture makes you feel. What the picture means to you. See yourself in the pictures and words.
Bring the blank canvas to life.
It is now time to create your vision using the pictures, words and quotes that you have cut out for your board.
You have a blank page in front of you to get creative with and display the personal growth and goals you have this year.
There are many ways to create a vision board. Some people choose to put lots of words on the board. Other people choose only to display pictures on the board. The board is your future story and how you see it.
How I chose to create my vision board.
I chose to split my board into sections. Each section representing an area of life.
Daily rituals included health and spiritual wellbeing. The activities I intend to do daily as I go about creating the life I want.
The business area represents my Pinterest marketing business and blog. You would notice it has a book. Yes, I have a goal to write a book.
Health is represented with photos of healing myself and my body. Losing weight, running, hiking and a new wardrobe of clothes. After all, my goal is to lose weight and reshape my life.
Relationships are represented with family and community. There is also a heart for myself to remind me of the importance of loving yourself and self care.
Adventure is represented with pictures of places for day trips and holidays.
One of the sayings I have on my vision board is ‘remember why you started.’ This is for my blogging journey and helps me to focus on my ‘why’ when I’m faced with obstacles.
In the far corner of the board, I have a big goal, not for 2020. It’s a walk I’d like to walk, one of my life goals. A goal I need to be healthy and fit for.
Also, a feature on my vision board is my word for the year.
Related post: Just one focus word for the New Year.
The tips that help to create a vision board are on the vision board checklist.
Put your vision board somewhere you can see it.
Once you have created your vision board display it where you can see it.
So many people create a vision board and then put it away in the cupboard. What good is it there? Put your vision board in a place where you can see it. Preferably where you can see it multiple times a day, or at least morning and night.
The reason you want to see your vision board daily is it will remind you of your goals and ambitions for the year. It will evoke feelings that will help you create your future. The power of the vision board is not in the making but in the daily reminder it provides as your work towards your goals.
Over time progress towards your goals will begin to show. It may not feel that way, yet by paying attention to your day and the activities you do, you will move closer towards your goals.
5 activities that compliment your vision board.
A powerful way to help manifest your dream life is to keep a journal. Write in your journal what you are thankful for. Congratulate yourself on your daily success and write down your thoughts. Also, note down actions steps that can help you achieve your goals.
Related post: 5 Ways to start a personal journal.
Track your progress. I like to track with my 90 day tracker. I track my daily habits until they become part of my routine. My vision board has daily rituals displayed, as I know it is what we do daily that leads us to our goals.
Related post: The 90 day habit tracker that helps you reach your goals.
Book time with yourself. Use the time blocking system and block out ‘me’ time. Blog out time for you to work on your vision.
Related post: How to time block effectively.
Become aware of resistance. As you view your board and work towards your goals you will come up against obstacles or resistance to words, stories you tell yourself and habits that block your progress. Even emotional wounds will appear that may hold you back. Coming up against physical and emotional obstacles to work through is normal and part of personal growth. If you some resistance that you need to discuss through, reach out to your support team.
Celebrate and be thankful daily. Acknowledge your progress and be grateful for each day, for there is always something to be thankful for.
Naturally, there will be days you will celebrate and days where you heal. There will be days where you may feel like your climbing mount Everest and days where everything flows nicely. Embrace each day as it is part of your life’s journey.
Book your day in your diary and finally create that vision board you’ve been thinking about. To help you with this, download the vision board checklist and create your 2020 Vision board.
Angie blogs about setting goals and mastering habits as well as productivity and living abroad. She started blogging while learning the skills to start an online business. Her goal to work online came about due to wanting to see overseas family and travel around Australia. Her mission is to help others succeed with their goals. Angie often shares tips and tricks while walking the beaches or near the lake on the Central Coast NSW Australia.