How to Create an Effective Vision Board

Are you ready to initiate change in your life? Then a vision board is the perfect way to set things in motion. Through the practice of creating a visual representation of what you want to improve in your life, you’ll make use of the law of attraction.

Here are some tips that will help you create an effective vision board:

Decide What You Want Your Vision Board to Focus On

Do you want to focus on a single goal, such as weight loss or buying a new house? Or do you want to envision what you want your life to be like at a set time (a year from now or 5 years from now, for example)? You can also create a vision board for a certain aspect of your life, such as your family life or your relationship status. Some people even create monthly vision boards right in their planners.

Choose Your Surface & Medium

There are countless ways to create a vision board. For your surface, you can use a poster board, a journal page, or even a large bulletin board. You can create a collage using pictures from magazines, your personal collection, or images printed from online. You can spruce it up with your own doodles or with scrapbooking paper and supplies. You can even add stickers and inspirational quotes. Or, if you want to keep it really simple, a white board is one of the easiest ways to map out and visualize a goal. 

Choose Your Style

Everyone is different and there is no right or wrong way to create a vision board, so choose the style that works best for you. For example, if you like things that are symmetrical and well thought out, you can plan out your board and line it up to your satisfaction. If you prefer being spontaneous, then just do that and see what you come up with! 

Gather Your Materials

Magazines are typically the main source for finding vision board images. If you don’t have a nice stack of magazines, you can usually pick some up at a thrift store. If not, head to Google Images and make sure you have color ink in your printer. If you’re an artist, you can grab your colored pencils or markers. If there are any other embellishments you want to add, be sure to grab those. And don’t forget photos of yourself! It’s very effective to include photos of yourself doing or being what you want to achieve on your vision boards. If you don’t have any that will work, you can consider having a photo shoot. If not, magazine photos will suffice. Don’t forget scissors, tape, glue, or push pins (if you are using a bulletin board).

Start Browsing While Focusing on Your Goal

Turn on some fun music, focus on the goal you want to accomplish, and start browsing through your magazines or online images. When you are looking for images, focus on the essence of how accomplishing the goal will make you feel because the whole point of the vision board is to ignite your passion to help you achieve your goal, and it’s your feelings that are going to do that for you. For example, if your goal is to improve your financial situation, it might be better to show images that reflect the freedom and happiness you’ll feel when you don’t have to stress over money instead of just showing images of money.

Get Detailed

The more detail you put into your vision board, the more the visualization process will work for you. This is because our brains view detailed, hypothetical futures in the same way as they view past memories, which helps bring that imagined reality to you. So don’t just include a couple images (unless you feel a very strong emotional connection to those images). Really think about how that accomplished goal will make you feel and express it as fully as possible. Include words and symbols that bring it to life for you as well.

Lay it Out & Then Glue It Down

Before you glue anything down, just start laying out your images, words, and embellishments. When creating a collage, it’s always best to lay it all out before you glue anything down so that you can create a better composition. But don’t stress over it either! Just let it be a fun process without trying to make it perfect.

Hang It Up

Once you’ve created your vision board, display it somewhere prominent where you’ll be able to look at it often. The more you look at your vision board, the more quickly and easily you are likely to achieve your goal. 

Above All, Have Fun!

The most important thing is to let the process of creating a vision board be fun! If you make it a project that you “have to” do, you’ll stop the attraction process in its tracks. Just go with it, let yourself dream, and have fun!

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