READ ME: How to make a vision board
Can a board filled with images and words really make the difference to achieving your goals?
Vision boards are based on the concept of the Law of Attraction. If you’re familiar with the principle but have dismissed it before, hear us out – because we think you’ll be convinced!
Whether you call it the Law of Attraction or something else, there’s no denying that looking for and seeing positive things that we want in our lives inevitably results in us having more of it. That doesn’t mean there is more, it just means we’re training our brains to spot it.
Our brains have to process hundreds of thousands of pieces of information every second that are bombarding our senses. Asking our brains to hone in on good, positive things that we want more of, will help it identify and bring these to our attention more often.
It’s the same principle as having a gratitude practise (more on that in this blog post). The more we train ourselves to record the things we’re grateful for, the more things we’ll find throughout the course of our day to be grateful for and add to the list.
A vision board works in the same way. By creating a board filled with all the things we want to have, see, feel and think, we are training our brains to spot these things in our lives. We’ll start to find ways to have or get those things, without even realising it.
Feeling curious to see if it works now?
Here’s how to create your own vision board:
Get a blank surface to work on
However big or small you want, choose a backing to add your images and text to. It can be an A4 sheet of paper, a pin board or a huge canvas. The key to choosing your backdrop is that the vision board needs to be somewhere you’ll see it every day. So pick based on the end location you have in mind.
Get magazines and get chopping
Grab a stack of magazines and get flicking for things you can cut out and stick on your vision board. The images and words you are looking for are ones that inspire and uplift you. They encompass things you want to have, places you want to go, things you want to do and how you want to feel.
Don’t think too much about the images your drawn to, see what you naturally pay more attention to or that gives you a flutter in your belly. Sometimes there might not be an obvious reason, but don’t let that stop you cutting it out and sticking it to your board.
Use Pinterest and Google image searches
If you don’t want to buy a whole load of magazines in order to fill your vision board, you can use the internet and print off what you want.
Pinterest is a fabulous place to get started - we have an account with loads of inspiring boards you might like to browse. Google Image search is also really helpful for getting specific pictures of places or items you want to bring into your life.
If there are particular words you want featured on your board, typing them into a Word document and making them a big bold font to print off is another great way to add to your Vision Board. Another great way to include text on your board is to include affirmations that really resonate with you and motivate you.
If you like the sound of affirmations why not try our free 21 Days Of Affirmations email series.
You can buy affirmation stickers to go on your vision board from our online shop.
Add a personal touch
A vision board doesn’t have to just be all glossy images and perfect snapshots of other people’s lives. It could also be a space for you to put images from your own life.
The best photos and items to add to your vision board are ones that capture a really happy, positive feeling that you want to recreate again in future. How you felt on a holiday or in a particular moment are great examples of things to include.
There are no rules
Your vision board doesn’t have to look neat or messy. It doesn’t have to include a certain number of words or images. You can use pins and rearrange it every month, or you can superglue those images and make them last all year. You could have one vision board for your whole life, or you could have separate ones for different areas of your life.
Do what works for you.
Put up your board
As we’ve already mentioned, put your vision board in a location where it can be viewed every day. By your desk at work, on the fridge, on the back of your bedroom door or inside a wardrobe you use every day. Wherever it is you’re going to catch a glimpse of it frequently.
And that’s it. You don’t have to stare at it or do anything in particular during the course of a day. Simply having the board up, somewhere within easy view is going to start drip feeding images and messages into your brain.
Let us know what you think. Do you have a vision board? Or has this blog post made you consider putting one together?