Chances are, you’ve heard the word vision board before and you may even know someone who has made one before. But, you’re still uncertain about what vision boards are, how they work and whether or not you should spend your time making one.
Sound familiar? If it does, then you’re in the right spot!
In this beginner’s guide, you’re going to get answers to all of the questions you’ve been asking, plus you’ll learn how to make a vision board from start to finish.
Ready to bring your dreams to fruition? I thought so! Let’s do this:
What is a Vision Board?
A vision board is a board that reflects your inner most wishes, dreams and desires. It may contain everything from inspirational quotes, to pictures of your ideal home and family, to the career you’d like to have and anything else you dream of accomplishing, doing or having in your life.
Some vision boards are long-term and reflect “the big picture” goals of your life. Other vision boards are short-term and contain the visions you have for the next three, six or 12 months of your life.
How Can a Vision Board Help Me?
Studies show we have about 60,000 thoughts in a day, meaning our minds are constantly working. But, for most of us those thoughts are typically past or future oriented. We spend so much time consumed with thoughts about what’s happened in the past and what we need to get done, that we often forget about what we’re working towards in our lives and why.
But, when we’re caught up in the past or never-present future we totally miss out on our lives. And this moment right here, right now is the only moment that exists. It’s also the only moment where we can effect change, make different choices and try new things.
Fortunately, a vision board can help organize your thoughts, desires and dreams — all in one place! What’s more — a vision board that hangs in a high-traffic area such as your living room or bedroom can bring you back to the present moment, and what’s truly important to you because every time you’ll see it, you’ll be reminded of your dreams and be able to determine whether or not you’re taking the right steps to get to where you need be.
What Should My Board Feature?
Your vision board should reflect the type of life you want to create for yourself. Here’s an article about 5 things to do before you make your vision board so it actually works that I recommend reading before you get started.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself to figure out what you’d like your board to feature:
- What do I want to spend my life doing? Why?
- What kind of a family do I want to have?
- How can I use my gifts to serve the world?
- Where do I need to grow personally?
- Materially speaking, what kind of a place do I want to live in?
- How much money do I want?
- What places would I like to visit? When?
- What are my short and long term goals?
- How do I want to nurture my body?
- What do I want my spiritual/familial/intimate/friend/self and other relationships to be like?
What Types of Vision Boards Are There?
There are a variety of vision board you can create, pending your specific preferences. Whether you’d like your vision board to live on your computer, cell phone or hang somewhere in your house — you’ve got options!
Here are some of the most common vision board types:
- Physical Vision Board: As its name suggests, this vision board is physical and you make it by hand. Typically, a physical vision board is designed using a poster or bulletin board and assembled/organized by hand using magazine cut outs, inspirational quotes, short and long term goals, pictures of your favorite places and more.
- Digital Vision Board: This vision board is made online (although it can also be printed out and hung in your house!) and typically will live on the background of your computer, tablet devices and cell phone so you see it daily and are always being reminded of your visions.
- Journal Vision Board: If journaling is your thing, and you’re big on goal setting and tracking then the journal board is probably the best choice for you. This board type is inconspicuous in nature but powerful because it will allow you to continually assess your visions, work toward brining them into fruition and track your progress while you’re at it.
Which Board Works Best?
When it comes to making vision boards, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, select whichever board type you feel most drawn to and ask yourself:
Which of these options will inspire me the most, and help me reach my dreams?
Then whatever your answer is, create that board. You may also find that a combination approach is best suited for your personality type. For example, perhaps you want to create a physical vision board that you make by hand but you also want it to be on your phone and other devices. In this case, after you make your physical board you could take a photo of and then add it to your computer, iPad and phone backgrounds.
What Supplies Do I Need?
The supplies you need will vary based on which board type you choose to create. In this section, I’ll break down supplies you can use for each board type.
Physical Vision Board
- A poster or bulletin board
- An outline of your dreams and goals
- Inspirational quotes and pictures
- A printable vision board kit
- Glue or tape
Digital Vision Board
- Access to the internet
- Digital images and quotes
- An outline of your dreams and goals
Journal Vision Board
- A blank journal you can customize as you go
- An outline of your dreams and goals
- Inspirational quotes, pictures and images
Where do I begin?
Rather than rushing into making your board, and then realizing it’s not an accurate reflection of your deepest dreams, goals and desires instead, take time to get organized. Here’s how:
- Subscribe here to get your vision board checklist
- Read this article about 5 things to do before you create a vision board
- Sit down and map out what you want for your life and why (*make sure these desires are coming from YOU and not someone else)
- Determine which board you’d like to create (physical, digital, journal or some combination of two or more)
- Order the supplies you’ll need
- Schedule a day and time to make your board
Once you complete the above steps and you’re ready to create your board, set everything up in a place you won’t be disturbed. Then set the mood with inspirational music, candles and anything else that will help you focus on the project at hand.
Vision Board Examples
If you’re eager to start your board, but aren’t sure how to organize it, here are some examples you can use for inspiration:
What do I do after I make my board?
The main reason why vision boards don’t work is because of what happens *after* the board is complete. Most people end up waiting for their visions to manifest without doing anything to energetically align themselves with their visions. Don’t be one of those people. If you want your dreams to come to fruition you have to take action.
Identify the *next step* you need to take to bring your visions into fruition. This might mean cleaning your house, creating a budget, searching for a new job, leveraging YouTube to learn skills, reading a book etc., whatever YOUR next step is — do that.
Also, remember to put your board in a place you’ll see it multiple times a day to ensure you’re keeping your visions top of mind and staying on track. If it’s a physical board, that means hang it in a high traffic area. If it’s a digital board use it as the background of your phone, tablet and work computer.
Your dreams will only work if you do, so don’t delay — take action and align your energy with the energy of the life you want to live.
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About Antasha Durbin: Antasha is a spiritual writer and life-long student of the universe. Her website, cajspirituality.com, is dedicated to simplifying the spiritual experience and making it attainable for everyone. Follow her for free, easy-to-digest and highly actionable advice on spirituality, mindfulness and empowered living.