I wrote about the power of vision boards over in this post and the reasons why you should create one. Now, we’re going to do a deep dive into how to create a vision board that works for you.
How to create your vision board
- Act as if it’s for your eyes only. First off, it’s important to note when creating a vision board that it’s for you only. No-one else needs to see it if you don’t want them to and I strongly suggest you create it from this mindset. These are your dreams, your goals and your vision. You are not creating this board for ANYONE else but you. This is where you need to dig deep into your heart and listen to your instincts to crowd out the noise of opinions from others, no matter how well-meaning they may be.
- Journal. Even if you think you have your goals clearly defined, I suggest journaling to get to the core of what you really want to achieve. By doing this, it’s like having an intimate conversation that no-one else is privy to. You can get your wildest dreams down onto paper. Don’t hold back! It can be very confronting to get real with your dreams, but do it! No dream is too big. You should aim as high as you truly want. No judgement – not even from that inner voice that tells you you’re crazy. Shush that chatter for now and forge ahead with your biggest, boldest desires.
- Categorise. Now you have your dreams written down, go through your journaling and begin to categorise your dreams. For example, do you have a financial goal to be debt-free and also have a dream to start a business? Could they be grouped together? I.e. Your business holds the key to your financial freedom.
- Find visual representations of your goals. This doesn’t mean that everything has to be an image. I use quotes and even single words on my vision board to depict how I want to feel and where I want to be. Rake through old magazines and chop away or trawl through Pinterest and pin until your heart’s content! Then curate your images and words and begin to layout your board.
- What board? This is again about personal preference. Remember – everything about this board is personal to YOU. So, if you prefer to have a giant whiteboard that’s displayed in pride of place in your office, go for it! If you’re slightly more private and want to simply keep a couple of pages in your diary or journal dedicated to your dreams, do it. Maybe a wallpaper on your phone or laptop is the way for you. Go with whatever feels right. You might even like to try out a few methods before you land on one that sits well with you. Whichever way you choose, be sure to have your board in a place you’ll see or be able to review DAILY. If a digital vision board feels good to you, this blog by Design Wizard has some great pointers to help you design the perfect vision board for you.
- What style? Again, this is about personal preference. You can search online for examples of vision boards and you’ll find they range from super-minimalist with just a few words and images to wildly eccentric with washes of vibrant colour. Whatever style you choose, make sure your vision board speaks to you and it’s appealing to your personal style and character.
- Group your images. I mentioned categorising your goals and dreams. This is where I believe this is important in laying out your goals. For example, if you have an aesthetic goal for your body (look out VS models), maybe you want to group this with outfits that you covet. Or if you have a dream of expanding your family, you could group this together with your ideas for interior design (keeping in mind the extra room and accessories you’ll need to accommodate a growing brood).
- Look at it often. This is one of the most crucial steps. You need to use your vision board. It’s not enough to simply create one. You need to meditate on your vision, absorb it daily until it becomes so engrained in you that there is only one option – to achieve your goals.
- Get to work. Unfortunately, just creating and admiring your vision board isn’t enough to make your dreams come into fruition. Once it’s created and you can vividly imagine all of the outcomes, it’s time to get to work to make those dreams a reality. Without action, nothing will change. You need to take consistent action towards your goals and let your vision board be the guiding light to get you there.
- Celebrate. Look back at your vision board and celebrate when you achieve your dreams. If your board has many areas for accomplishment, you may have many celebrations on your hand. If you have one dream and focus, make it a big celebration. Either way, take time to give yourself a pat on the back to celebrate your accomplishment. Then, when you’re ready, move onto your next dream and start the process again!
Have you used a vision board to help you achieve your goals? What did you find most useful about having a vision board to refer to?
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