Before making my vision board, I was one of the most pessimistic people to ever walk this earth. It got to a point where I started to lose friends as the energy I was releasing wasn’t right. I never did understand the phrase ‘Positive Thinking’ until now. I suffered with depression since the mere age of 13. To me, life just wasn’t fair. At 21 after my first born, I decided enough is enough! It wasn’t a straightforward recovery, it did take about two years but the point is I did it.
One thing I am sure a lot of depressed people can tell you is that they do not have anything to look forward to in life, nothing to live for, nothing to be happy about. I said all these things. I felt all these things. What I didn’t realise is that if I really wanted it all to change, I had the power to make it happen. My life was in my hands.
Several changes had to be made for my perspective in life to change. Okay I must admit, it was actually three things had a big impact in my life; The Secret movie, the law of attraction and creating a vision board. You can watch the secret by clicking here which will also explains the law of attractions. What I want to talk to you about today is two questions that I get asked often which are; what is a vision board and how to create a vision board.
WHAT IS A VISION BOARD?
A vision board can also be referred to as a dream board. It is a collage or a collection of pictures, statements and words that represent what you most desire from life. People normally tend to use images which are printed or cut out from magazines, images they may have taken themselves, anything that strongly represents their dreams. A vision board helps your visualise your goals in your life. You may have goals in all areas in your life and you may have goals in one specific area.
It’s a way of releasing everything that is going on in your mind and presenting it to yourself on a piece of paper. If there was one way of illustrating everything that is going on in your head right now, this would be it.
Your vision board does not have to stay the same all the time. For instance, I am on my second one. On my first vision board, I had achieved most of my goals and I only had two left, so I created a new board with those two goals and any other goals I was keen on achieving. The second board helped me dream bigger as I had achieved the goals in the first about in about 12 months. To me, that meant I needed to start thinking bigger. Some people like to keep their achieved goals on their board to remind them what they have already accomplished and this is absolutely fine. Seeing what you have achieved already can fill you with the drive to achieve everything else in life.
It’s a good idea not to put too many things on your vision board as it will help you keep focused and not feeling overwhelmed. On my vision board, I have the following focuses
HOW TO MAKE A VISION BOARD
Creating a vision board does not have to be complicated. It is your creation, you are creating this board with your vision. No one else’s. You may choose to do a traditional vision board on a piece of paper (preferably A3) or you may decide to create a digital vision board. I created a digital vision board so that I could have it with me wherever I was and then I printed it out to place on my wall in the front room. I don’y really have guests in my home so I had no issue with it being placed in a public space.
I mentioned creating a digital vision board but there are many ways you can do this. I simply created my vision board using Adobe Photoshop but you can actually create one in Pinterest too or Canva. You can make a secret board so that no one else sees your board (unless you want them to).
Your vision board should consist of a picture of yourself, which should really be in the middle. This demonstrates the focus point, you. You don’t have to do this but I do suggest it. Pick a picture that shows you expressing the emotion that you would like to feel everyday. This will be your focus, this will be the emotion you are aiming for.
Not only should you include your picture, but include quotes, images of the things you want to achieve, your affirmations and don’t forget to make it colourful. Let it express who you are. It should only focus on the energy you want to introduce in your life. Avoid negative words or illustrations.
When illustration your goals, aim to be clear. You want clarity in your life and it starts with your board. You want your board to demonstrate clearly what you want to achieve and put a date on it. When do you want to have achieved this goal by? How do you want to achieve your goals? Put the date you created the vision board somewhere and each time you achieve something, date it. See how fast you are achieving your goals since you created your vision board. Compare it to how long it took your achieve your goals before you created your board.
If you get stuck with vision board ideas, simply type into google ‘Vision Board Ideas’ and go to their images and see what comes up. Again, check out Pinterest where plenty of people store their digital vision boards for everyone to see.
Creating a vision board can even be turned into a fun event. Hold a vision board party and invite like minded people to the event and bounce your goals off each other. It’s a great way to get other people to go on this journey with you and share your experiences.
I HAVE MADE MY VISION BOARD, NOW WHAT?
This is the fun part. You have illustrated on your vision board what you can be, it’s now time to make it happen. I want to tell you (and if you already know, remind you) that all those things you wish you could do but are afraid to do, you CAN actually achieve. It’s not impossible. The vision board is just a way for you to put your thoughts on paper so you can really see it.
You need to make sure your board is somewhere where you can see it every day. It can be your dressing table, your desk, chest of drawers, the wall in your bedroom, anywhere you know that you have to bump into it every day.
Your mindset is very important. I mentioned the law of attraction. If I am to summarise the law of attraction, it means that whatever you put out into the universe, is what you get back. If you put out negative energy, you bring back negative energy. If you put out positive energy, you sure as hell get positive energy back. This is why you need to believe in yourself and believe that you are capable. Without the right mindset, the vision board is just a board with pretty pictures and fancy writing. I don’t want that for you.
Look at yourself in the mirror, really look at yourself and tell yourself how great you are. Remind yourself what you are good at. Tell yourself why you love you. Do this for a month and see everything unfold in front of your eyes.
Spend a few moments each morning before you start your day actually looking at your board and reminding yourself what you want from life and what you are working towards. Really take in the affirmations you have placed on your board and remind yourself that it is yours and you deserve it. Do this every morning and every evening.
You’ll find that by having this focus, you do become more positive because you want this for yourself. You then find that everything around you changes, you start attracting the right things into your life and achieving your goals sooner than you thought possible.
If you have thought about creating a vision board but have struggled creating your goals, I have created a workbook for you to work through so you can put everything down on paper and then create your board.
I hope you found this useful. If you have a vision board, share with us how it changed your life and how it made reaching goals more achievable.