“99% of people are not willing to do what it takes to bring their dreams to pass.” – Will Smith
Put down your magazines, glue stick, and society’s visions for your life. Creating a vision board based on what you “think you want” without knowing why is like throwing Hail Mary’s in the air just hoping things will work out.
And usually, they don’t. That’s why so many vision boards “fail” to produce positive results because they’re typically thrown together quickly, and superficially.
In this article, I’m going to teach you how to create an epic vision board that will actually make (good) sh*t happen in your life.
But, before we dive into the details read this article about what to do BEFORE you create your vision board. Don’t worry, this article will still be here when you get back.
Now that you’re all up to speed on what you should do before you make a vision board – let’s talk about the ABC’s of how to get this shiz done, shall we?
First things first — let’s talk about preparation because being ready is key #1 to personal success.
When it comes to preparation, here are some general guidelines:
1.) Find clarity
Spend at least a day thinking about what you truly want in your life, and WHY you want it. If you don’t know your WHY, read this.
Clarity is important because it will be your flashlight through the darkness (aka challenging times, setbacks, and seeming failures). Having clarity will ensure you don’t stop climbing when the mountain gets steep.
2.) Harness Your Unique Vision
At the risk of sounding cliche (or too much like your mom) I’m going to go there anyway: harness YOUR unique vision.
That means don’t cut and paste images from magazines with big houses, sandy beaches, and dollar signs just because you THINK that’s what you should want or do. Instead, reference #1 and work backward from your WHY.
To do this, make a list of everything you want in your life and why you want it. As you make your list, cross out everything that doesn’t reflect you, and is part of your “desires” because of subconscious programming from outside influences (like your parents, peers, etc.)
Once you finish your list it should contain only your vision for your life.
3.) Go granular
Goals are always easier to accomplish when tackled by the minute, hour and day.
Otherwise, life seems overwhelming and impossible. So when you’re preparing your vision board, start small so you can build a strong foundation for yourself.
Ask yourself: What can I do today, right here and now, to get the wheels of momentum moving in my favor?
Write down your answer(s).
By now you should have a clear picture in mind about what you want your life to look like and why, (if you don’t reread the section above, as well as the article linked in the intro) as well as some actionable steps you can take to get to where you need to be.
Ready for the fun stuff?
I thought so! Let’s dive into HOW to create an epic vision board that will actually work:
Step 1: Visualize
It’s called a vision board for a reason! Right now, close your eyes and visualize yourself reaching whatever goals and dreams you have. What do you need to do to get there?
Don’t take shortcuts.
See, feel, and experience yourself climbing YOUR dream mountain.
Then plot out a “suggested path” for yourself to get to where you want to be. *Important note, I say “suggested” because as we all know, life has some surprising turns in store for us all, and we RARELY (if ever) experience things exactly as we imagine we will.
On your vision board, create a “dream mountain” and then showcase yourself climbing it. For example, if you want to be an actor maybe part of your mountain is taking an acting class, going to X amount of auditions per week, etc. Then at the top of the mountain is your main goal for the time being. **Your goals will change as you reach them, and so too will your vision for your life. Which brings me to the next step…
Step 2: Focus on the now
This might seem paradoxical (because it is), but your vision board should be based on the “now”.
Here’s why: The present moment is the ONLY moment that truly exists, and in order to create your “future” life, you have to start by figuring out what can be done NOW to get yourself there.
So when you create your vision board, make it actionable! Include your 30-60-90 day goals and aspirations so you can see, feel, and experience your visions coming to fruition.
Remember small victories over time add up to massive growth and success.
Step 3: Be 100% Invested in Your Vision
You’re not just creating a vision board for sh*ts and giggles, right? So knowing you actually want these dreams to come to pass you need to commit to your vision by giving 100% of yourself.
Giving 100% matters because most of us operate in the red, meaning we’re never fully present. Never totally invested, never 100% in.
So we go through life fractured. We think, “Tomorrow I’ll do/start/complete (insert)”.
But we never do. Instead, we spend our time distracted, disconnected, and distanced from our greatness. And we end up with half-assed projects that get started and never finished.
But what if we gave 100% to everything we do?
If we always gave 100%, we would see our goals/dreams/visions manifested much sooner! So why not start now?
Here are 4 ways you can start giving 100% now:
- Finish what you start.
- Stay focused.
- Don’t multitask.
- Be fully invested.
If you can follow these 4 rules, your life will transform beyond your wildest dreams.
Step 4: Let Go
You know the famous quote, “Let go and let God.”? We love it as a tattoo and Pinterest pin (speaking of, feel free to pin the one below!), but most of us don’t take this quote seriously.
What “Let go and let God” means is once you do your part (100% of it) and give your all, you have to release your attachment to the outcome and let life unfold as it will – in all of its wonderful mystery.
Like it or not, there is divine timing for everything (cue the eye roll).
That’s the beauty of life – it ebbs and flows unpredictability, just as it should, and surprises us when we least expect it!
So don’t let those seeming setbacks get you down. As long as you’re giving your all, there is an infinite amount of abundance available for you to tap into, and how it arrives on your path will be for you to find out as you go!
Step 5: Get on your way!
In numerology, the number 5 denotes change, so I can think of no better number for our final step than #5 because change is a’comin to your life!
It’s time to get on your way — here’s how you can get started:
- Carve out time ASAP (preferably right now) to create a vision board as unique as your fingerprint!
- Include actionable next steps with a suggested timeline for yourself to complete certain goals. For example, if you want to write a book and be a published author, your next step would be to set aside time to write every day for X days. Do this with each goal/vision/dream you have for yourself.
I’ll end with a quote by Joan of Arc: “I’m not afraid, I was born to do this.” Your mountain is waiting, and you were born to climb it. Get on your way!