I can safely say we’ve all heard of a vision board before, even if we’ve never experimented with crafting one for ourselves. But do you know exactly what it is, how it works, or how it might benefit you?
While it’s undoubtedly eye-catching, and a fun crafting activity, there’s much more to a vision board than just aesthetics. In reality, a vision board is a manifestation tool to help you realise your goals.
The truth is, putting pictures on a board won’t magically make things happen – you have to be willing to put in the work. But the purpose of a vision board is to help you gain a clearer idea of what you most want in life, and to serve as a daily reminder of what you’re working towards.
There is no set of strict rules for how you go about crafting this – it’s all about expressing your vision in a way that works best for you. Perhaps you want to think about long-term goals, and the bigger picture. Or maybe it’s a case of focusing on a specific area in your life that you want to pay particular attention to. Have a look online for some ideas and inspiration, but know that there’s no wrong way to do this. Make your vision your own!
To help you get started, here are six steps to create a vision board that actually delivers…
What do you most want, really?
Think big – what are your values, your big-picture goals? Where do you want your life to be in five or 10 years? To help you hone-in on this, ask yourself these questions:
1. How do you want to feel?
This will help you focus less on possessions, and instead have an emotional connection to your goals. Perhaps you’ve seen a designer pair of shoes, or a luxury car an influencer you follow has posted online, and you can’t stop thinking about it. But is it the item you really desire, or is it the confidence walking in those shoes might bring you, or the excitement, freedom, and thrill of an open road? Once you identify what it is you truly desire, you can connect more to your vision – and make a plan for how to get there.
2. Who do you admire most?
Perhaps it’s their achievements, or their lifestyle, their tenacity, their openness? Maybe you envy the life of an influencer – is it the wealth that piques your interest most, the fact they are their own ‘boss’, or that they seem to be able to spend more time with their family? Once you understand what appeals to you, you can consider how you can work towards gaining this more in your own life.
3. What is your why?
Asking this question, and repeating it, will help you dig deeper into your true values. Do you want a luxury holiday in order to relax? That may well work, but what else could help you unwind on a more regular day, and how could you bring more of that into your routine? Understanding your underlying motivation helps to create a meaningful vision for the future.
4. What can you conclude?
Taking your answers into account, can you see an underlying theme? Could you sum up your aims with a word or phrase that emphasises the theme for your goals? Once you know this, you can explore all the ways you can work towards achieving this in your life.
Gather your thoughts.
This is the fun bit: displaying your vision in a way that resonates most with you. You could use images or photographs (printed, or cut out from magazines), perhaps plane ticket stubs (if you’re longing for travel), recipe scraps (if you’re wanting to explore new skills), or quotes (potentially handwritten with calligraphy) – whatever conveys your dream best for you. Perhaps you could create an affirmation based on your theme word, which can be a phrase to reinforce your vision and include it on the board? It’s time to get creative.
Put it in plain sight.
Whether it’s a physical collage on a wall, in a frame, or a digital phone background, making sure you keep your vision board somewhere you will see it regularly encourages motivation – reminding you of what you’re working towards.
The vision board is just the start…
From there, you need to take actionable steps to make your dreams a reality. For example, if you want to write a book, set yourself a target of writing a certain amount of words per day, so you get into the habit.
Remember, your vision can change.
You can keep adding to, update, or create new vision boards – or even specific ones for different areas of your life. This is a practice that helps you tune-in with yourself, and give direction to your dreams.
Acknowledge your achievements.
Pay attention to those wins, no matter how small, and congratulate yourself for your progress. It’s important to recognise how you’re growing, to keep that motivation moving forwards. You’ve got this.
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