It’s that time of the year when people set their intentions, make goals and plan out the next few months! Now that you know what Vision Boards look like and learned the basic ideas behind how they help us attract success with our dreams and goals, how does one make a vision board? There is no wrong way to create a vision board… What a relief!
Super Simple (& Inexpensive) Supplies
Honestly I got most of my supplies at Dollar Tree (#afflink) which offers free shipping to a store near you! I got such a good deal that I purchased enough to invite friends. I’ll share more on hosting a party in an upcoming post. If you use any favorite supplies that I forgot to mention, please leave your suggestions in the comments below.
- BOARD can be poster board (I started with 14” x 22”), foam board, canvas, index cards, journals or even adhesive note squares
- Piles of old magazines
- Glue sticks/clear tape
- Stickers or printed out affirmations
Super Simple Instructions
While the internet overflows with templates and classes, I personally wouldn’t pay a significant amount of money for them unless they serve wine or plan to check in with you from time to time to help you shape your goals. A few dollars for templates helps shape your board, though I prefer the potential of a blank sheet to start.
Cut out anything that gives you a little surge of positive energy when you look at it:
- Mantras: Your theme word of the year, words you live by, or motivational phrases
- Resources: Books, courses, role models or mentors that could prove resourceful
- Visuals: Homes you love, a snapshot showing people with the attitude and feeling you strive for, vacation destinations, or career goals
Bottom line, anything you cut out should be intentional and meaningful to YOU, not anyone else’s version of you.
Organize the board into zones (again, no wrong way – do what makes sense to you):
- Short-term vs. Long-term goals: Perhaps half of the page features short-term goals that may be done this year, while the other half shows long-term bucket list items
- Personal vs. Career: Personal goals (health, wealth, wisdom) seem independent but then tend to overlap career goals (career path, starting your own company)
- Dreams vs. Goals: Dreams help divide your board into sections with smaller goals in the corresponding section: For example: The dream to do a marathon starts with the goals of buying running shoes then committing to running 10 minutes a day.
- Personal vs. Family: Some goals involving other folks in your life may creep into your board. Of course they would – your family or friends are important to you! Make sure your dreams occupy a prominent position on your board.
Bottom line, if you’re still feeling scrambled, start with the big pictures, try to fit on page in zones, add little pictures around those zones, sprinkle with motivational phrases and mantras and embellish if you want to. Having white space around your pictures helps create pause in your thoughts so don’t feel you need to cover every centimeter.
Advanced challenge: You could create a sunburst-shaped board with each ray being a different dream or goal. Or, perhaps, a tree-shaped board with roots being goals to ground you and branches being dreams and things that help you grow.
- Grab a coffee or tea and instead of jumping onto email or social media, look at your vision board first thing in the morning.
- Post your vision board in your workspace to enable you to glance at it often.
- Digital pictures or versions of your vision board could be posted as your desktop or phone background so your eyes fall on it regularly.
- Some people suggest last thing at night so that your dreaming mind can play with the ideas while you sleep.
When to make a new one:
- Create a new board annually, but consider bi-annually or even quarterly.
- Sometimes when facing a large project, significant change or new challenge, a board specific to this new challenge helps organize your thoughts.
What if you’re still stuck:
- Consider some self-reflection: Ask yourself what you would do if you could not fail or if money was no object. Ask yourself what you would volunteer to do if you didn’t have to have a job.
- Journal: Some people swear by morning pages to jostle your dreams loose – 3 pages of free writing first thing in the morning. Write anything dancing through your mind.
If you make a vision board, please share! I would love to get to know you better through your boards!
What about you?
Have you made a vision board before?
Will you try one now?
Do you have additional tips for vision boards?
Do you follow templates or let creativity guide you?
Share your best example of your vision board helping you attract something in your life!
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#Afflink means if you purchase your supplies using this link then I may earn a few more pennies towards next year’s vision board party – at no extra cost to you.