“Create the highest, grandest vision for your life because you become what you believe.” – Oprah Winfrey
I remember when I first learned about vision boards, and how they could in many cases help us manifest the impossible. At the time, I was going through a breakup and trying to scramble up enough money to pay rent for the month.
Thinking fast (and praying I’d manifest $1,000) I quickly gathered up all of the magazines in my apartment (sorry old roomies…I was the culprit), grabbed some tape and began furiously cutting through the glossy pages taking anything and everything that even remotely resembled wealth, happiness, health and travel.
Then, I took the hoard of my sloppily cut “visions” and began taping them inside of my closet door because I imagined myself opening it multiple times a day, and engraining those visions into my subconscious.
But, my visions didn’t exactly manifest as I’d intended that would. And if I’m being honest, my time and effort would have been better spent looking for a job rather than waiting for $1,000 to fall in my lap.
You see, I made several mistakes when I created that vision board — first of all, I rarely used my closet (I preferred to keep my laundry scattered across my room) so I didn’t see my visions every day. What’s more — by keeping them inside of my closet, it was like I was subconsciously hiding them from the world, meaning I wasn’t yet ready to actually manifest them. Finally, I created that board without a real set of intentions — I was merely looking for a quick-fix to my problems, but I didn’t take the time to figure out what I truly wanted my life to look like.
Since then, I’ve created many vision boards that WORK! And I’d like to walk you through 5-steps you need to do (that I didn’t) to help you create a vision board that actually works!
Ready to begin? Let’s go!
1.) Reflect on Your Past Wins and Learnings
Before your project yourself into the future, and imagine living the life of your dreams, first, take some time to reflect on your life to date:
- What have you done well?
- What are your proud of?
- What did you learn from?
- What will you do differently next time?
Ask yourself these questions, and write down your answers. Oftentimes, the past is our greatest teacher — and this is one of those instances it’s important you reflect on yours.
2.) Find Your Why
“I want to be financially free.”
“I want to travel the world.”
“I want to have a loving, equitable relationship.”
“I want to be healthy.”
“I want to do (insert thing).”
What’s missing from each of the statements above?
You’ve guessed it — the WHY. These desires alone are not enough, they need to be back up with a real intention.
- If financial freedom is what you desire, why do you desire it?
- If traveling the world is important to you, why is it important?
You need to be crystal clear on your intentions for each vision you have for your life because without this clarity attaining those things will be almost impossible. The ‘WHY’ is what gets you through those dark times when it feels like nothing is happening or going your way. The ‘WHY’ gives you purpose, and it commits you to your vision.
Never create a vision board without a WHY.
3.) Make a Bucket List for the Future
Now that you’ve reflected on your accomplishments and learnings, and determined your “WHY” it’s time for you to make a bucket list for your future. Be hyper-specific!
If part of your vision is to travel the world, list every country you want to go to. This will give you clarity on what kinds of pictures and words to look for when you are creating your vision board so they’re aligned with your desires.
4.) Visualize Yourself Living The Life You Want
“If you can see it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand.” – Bob Proctor
Put power and belief in your desires and intentions. Close your eyes, and allow yourself to spend 10 minutes a day visualizing your life exactly as you want it to be.
- Where are you?
- Who are you with?
- What are you doing?
- How do you feel?
As a note, don’t spend much more than 10 minutes doing this because you don’t want to take away from the NOW which is where all of your power is, and in order to make the changes you want to make in your life, you have to be present most of the time.
5.) Pick a Date, Time and Place to Make Your Board
Once you’ve done all of the above, and you feel ready to bring your vision board to life, choose a date, time and place to begin the creation process. This step is all about commitment — it goes back to intention — and it’s very important that you have time set aside to do this without being interrupted, stressed or rushed.
Pour yourself a cup of coffee, or a big glass of wine and take this as seriously as you would your wedding day 😉 Show up. Put in the work. Enjoy the process.
Above all, remember — these steps will help you create a vision board that works (if taken seriously), but ultimately, it’s your job to commit to your visions and your WHY once your vision board has been created!
P.s. here’s your free vision board checklist!
About Antasha Durbin: Antasha is a spiritual writer, life-long student of the universe, and psychic tarot card reader. Her website, cajspirituality.com, is dedicated to casualizing the spiritual experience and making it attainable for anyone, anywhere, anytime. Follow her for free, easy-to-digest and highly actionable advice on spirituality, mindfulness and empowered living.