What is a vision board?
A vision board is a tool to help you achieve your ultimate life goals. Physically, it can be many things, such as a bulletin board, a poster, or even a Pinterest board.
Typically you want to make it big, bold, use lots of imagery, and post it in a place you will see it as often as possible. They frequently contain metaphors representing things you want in your life, like a picture of a plane if you aspire to travel more.
Do Vision Boards Actually Work?
Hell yeah, they do! They work on so many levels. If you’ve ever watched The Secret, or believe in the law of attraction, realize that making a physical manifestation of your thoughts in the form of a vision board is the best way to bring them closer to reality.
Aside from the law of attraction, if you SEE your life vision and goals on a big, bold vision board every single day, you are going to be compelled to do everything in your power to get there. The constant reminder of what you’re on this planet to do will drive your daily actions which will get you closer to your life vision.
I personally have great results every time I create a vision board, but my opinion solidified after I heard my friend’s story. He told me that he and his wife created vision boards with a list of ambitious 1-year goals. They forgot to put them on the wall! A few days later, they completely forgot about them. 6 months later, he was cleaning under the couch and found them. To their surprise, they had already completed most of their 1-year goals! He truly believes those vision boards, despite being buried under the couch out of sight, helped to attract and manifest those goals in their lives.
Read on to find out how to make one!
Why make a vision board?
- To gain clarity on your vision (duh!)
- To keep your vision and goals at the top of your mind
- To help focus your daily actions
- To increase motivation
Everybody’s ultimate life vision is unique, but the purpose of a vision board is always the same: To help you achieve your vision.
Have you ever had a day where you worked all day, seemingly aimlessly, feeling like you got nothing done? If so, you probably lacked intention for that day. You didn’t have a bigger purpose other than to just work.
When you see your vision board often, it reminds you of your vision, dreams, and goals. It gives you a bigger purpose for the work you’re doing. It helps you stay focused and cut out the bullshit.
What Should I Put on my Vision Board?
As I said before, there are many types of media you can use to create your vision board, such as:
- Poster board
- Bulletin board
My personal favorite is to create a Pinterest board as a draft, then once I’m satisfied, print the pictures out and tack on a bulletin board. I like the bulletin board because it’s easy to change it up if I feel like something no longer resonates with me, but some people like the permanence of the poster board and glue method.
Try putting big, bold, imagery. If you’re creative-minded this is your time to shine. Put pictures that inspire you and remind you of your purpose. Print them out, or if you’re artistic, maybe you’ll want to paint or draw them. It could be that dream house or dream car. Maybe it’s a portrait of someone who inspires you. Don’t be afraid to use metaphors, like a plane if you want to travel. Most importantly, select pictures that resonate with you! It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t make sense to anyone else. DO YOU!
Do you have any quotes you repeat often or that drive your decisions? It might be your quote, someone famous’s, unknown quotes; If it resonates with you and gets you closer to your vision, slap it on.
An affirmation is a statement that can help you motivate and challenge yourself or overcome negative thoughts. If you repeat them frequently you will surely start believing them and manifesting those ideas in your life, getting you closer to your vision and goals.
They can be straightforward like “I am calm and confident” or more abstract like “I am air, fire, water, and earth.” I don’t know what that second one means, I just made it up. One that resonates with me that I use when I am trying to change a habit is “I have the willpower of a rhino.” I don’t know why, but it resonates so strongly with me that when I say it, it literally releases all temptation I have.
If you’re left-brained, logical thinker, task-driven, red personality type, you might benefit from actually writing your goals out on your vision board.
I truly believe that everyone, no matter what your goals, purpose, and life vision are, should have a vision board. It can help you get clarification, motivation, and self-accountability. It will drive your daily actions getting you closer to your dream. Having a physical board with your goals on it will surely help manifest it in your life.
If you have made a vision board before I hope this helps inspire you for your next one, and if you haven’t made one before, what are you waiting for??