The Ultimate Guide To Making A Powerful Vision Board

You've heard about vision boards and how powerful they can be.

You may have even heard you can manifest your dreams and attract wealth and success by using them.

But a vision board isn't about magic or wishful thinking.

Rather, it's a practical tool to help you reach your goals and make positive change in your life.

It's more about clarity, visualization, and daily, purposeful action.

It's about knowing what you want for yourself and your future, and showcasing those goals and dreams on a visual inspiration tool.

Welcome, then, to the ultimate guide on how to make a vision board that will help launch you toward the life you want.

What is a Vision Board?

A vision board is a carefully arranged collection of words, phrases, and images related to a specific goal or desire.

These can be cut out and glued to a poster board or other portable surface.

Creating a vision board doesn't have to involve an arts and crafts project. You can also digitally copy and paste them onto a slideshow (using Google Sheets or Microsoft PowerPoint) or a virtual poster (like on Canva).

You can easily share the latter on social media to affirm your goals for the new year and inspire others.

Once you create your board, you will use it to do the following:

Hang it or place it somewhere you can see it every day.
Use the words and images to visualize reaching your goal or making your dream a reality.
Brainstorm daily or weekly action steps you can take to reach your goals.
Perform the regular action steps using the vision board as a motivator.

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How to Make A Vision Board

To create a vision board, you'll need to choose a background — physical or digital.

If this is something you'll want to hang on the wall in your bedroom, living room, or kitchen, a large poster board will work just fine.

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If you'd rather create something you can use as your computer's desktop wallpaper, you can easily create something on Canva.

Getting Vision Board Ideas

If you're not sure how to arrange your words and images — or you'd like some vision board ideas — Pinterest is full of them.

Use the search field to look up “vision board” plus a keyword related to your chosen goal or desire.
Once you have some ideas you like, take some screenshots or save the images to a “Vision Boarding” folder on your desktop.

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Flipping through relevant magazines and looking at images that inspire you is another way to get your creative juices flowing. You may be using these magazines later, anyway, as you begin decorating your board.

Decorative vs. Simple

With physical boards, some will want to go crazy with the embellishments (images, stickers, stylized words, glitter, etc.) while others will put more energy into other aspects of the project — layout, color scheme, or visual texture — to create the look and feel that they want.

You can make a dream board filled with images, words, and decor, or you can opt for a more streamlined approach that is clean and simple. It's up to you.

After all, this is something you'll want to look at every day.

You want it to match the way you feel when you're taking action to reach those goals. You want it to feel energizing.

How to Start a Vision Board

How you start your vision board will depend on whether you're creating a physical one you can hang or display in your home or a digital one you can access on your computer.

Both have their advantages, and you can create one of each for the same purpose.

To make either a physical or a digital vision board, you'll go through the following steps:

Plan your board.
Gather your materials.
Set up your creation space.
Create your vision board.

Plan Your Vision Board.

Identify what you want to focus on, so you can decide the words and images to look for.

A new job?
Travel?
More money?
Better health?
The love of your life?

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You'll also decide what kind of board you want to create for this purpose and how many. You might make a physical dream board with friends at a vision board party and then a digital one on your own.

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Whatever you decide, you'll need to identify the goals or desires you want to focus on while making this board. It helps to consider the following questions:

What do you want?
What goals are you willing to work for?
What actions will you need to take to reach a particular goal?
What do you need more of in your life?
How do you want your life to look in three years?
What does your perfect day look like?

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Gather Your Vision Board Supplies.

For a physical vision board, this will include the following:

Printed source material — magazines, catalogs, newspapers, printed pages from the internet, photographs, pages from a book, brochures, pamphlets, etc.
Scissors — plain or with decorative edges (like the ones used for scrapbooking)
Embellishments — stickers, stencils, paint, glitter, sequins, glow-in-the-dark stars, etc.
Writing tools — pens, markers, colored pencils, pastels, chalk, etc.
Glue, pins or other fixatives — to keep your clippings in place on your board
Your chosen surface — poster board, cork board, collage frame, mixed media sketch pad, journal or scrapbook, etc.

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This video shows some vision board examples.

Once you have your supplies, go through each of your printed source materials and cut out words and images that address your focus for this vision board (using the planning questions above).

You can use small storage bins or pencil cases to store your clippings and embellishments, as well as the pins or other fixatives you'll use to attach them to your board.


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For digital vision boards, it helps to create desktop folders for your vision board words and vision board images.

That way, when you run across the words, phrases, and images online, you can copy and paste them to your folder for easy access when assembling your board.

It can also help to create a bookmark folder for sites where you're likely to find the content you want for your vision boarding.

Set Up Your Creation Space

Getting the physical space ready is only part of your preparation. The most important part begins in your mind and its connection to your heart.

When your mindset is right, communication between your head and your heart is calm and cooperative. You don't feel rushed or annoyed or as if this is a waste of time.

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You know this is an investment in your growth and well-being, as well as your success (which is meaningless without the other two).

Use any or all of the following to create a calm, creation-friendly space — both physical and mental — for this project:

Music — Choose something that either calms or energizes you.
Favorite scents — Again, go with something calming or energizing. using candles, incense, or an essential oil diffuser.
Snacks and/or drinks — Even if this is a party of one, having a favorite drink and snack handy can also help set the tone.
Wipes — Keep some handy to clean your hands if you're snacking or if any of your supplies are sticky or messy.
A large enough workspace to spread out your things, so you can find what you want easily

This is all about creating a space that tells your brain “This is what I'm doing, and it's important to me.” Meditation and prayer are powerful ways to get your mind and heart in sync with each other before you begin.

Create Your Vision Board

For a Physical Vision Board

Arrange your clippings thoughtfully on your board surface, securing them with your glue, pins, or stickers. Use whatever arrangement appeals to you. Embellish according to your personal taste and inclination.

Create shapes and patterns or tell a story with your clippings. Or just place them where you feel moved to do so. There are no rules about this other than the ones you choose for your own.

For a Digital Vision Board

Open a new poster template on Canva or a slideshow on Microsoft Office or Google Sheets. You could also use a Word document or Google doc., as well as a variety of vision board apps available for vision board projects.

Use whatever digital medium you're comfortable with and that you could easily convert to desktop wallpaper or (if you're so inclined) to share on social media.

Go through the websites in your “Vision Boarding Sources” folder and save pages and images that fit your vision board's main idea.

You can use a digital photo editing app like Microsoft Paint or Canva to crop and edit images before downloading and saving them to your “Vision Board Clippings” folder.

The important thing is that your vision board reflects your own goals or desires. The overall message, whether artfully arranged or haphazard, supports you and motivates you to take daily action in pursuit of what you want.

Where to Keep Your Vision Board

Once you've got everything in its place and your board surface is full, let it dry (if necessary) and hang it up where you'll see it every day.

If you've put time and energy into creating something artistic, you might want to display it in your living room or kitchen, where visitors to your home will see it, too.

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Of course, you can do the same even if you went with a more casual approach to arranging your clippings.

There's nothing wrong with keeping it in your bedroom, either — as long as you see it throughout the day.

Spend some time each morning looking at your vision board, visualizing the outcomes you want, and thinking of what you can do that day to get closer to the goals represented on it.

The Power Behind Your Vision Board

There's power in a vision board — but it doesn't work without you.

You imbue it with your heart and your intentions.
You treat it like a labor of love, because that's what it represents.
And you take the actions needed to bring it to life.

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When you look at your vision board, you're looking not only at things you want to have in your life but also at the person you want to become.

That's where the magic is. The vision board is your own powerful reminder of what you're capable of and what you're willing to do — every day — to become who you were born to be.

Don't be surprised if a year or so from the day you make your vision board, you look at it and see that your vision has become reality.

By helping you clarify your vision, this project will shine a light on the consistent, purposeful actions you need to take to make things happen.

And the more you look at and reflect on it, the more purposeful action you're likely to take.

Are you ready to start your vision board?

Now that you know how to make a vision board, what ideas for your first project are foremost in your mind?

Maybe you'll look at the way you live now and create a vision board that reflects the life you want to have in three years' time (or less).

Make it your own, though. Don't make it according to what someone else thinks you should do you with your life. And don't trap yourself into thinking small, either.

So, have fun with this, but also treat it like a sacred project. And show your finished work the respect it deserves.

You've heard about vision boards and how powerful they can be. You may have even heard you can manifest your dreams and attract wealth and success by using them. But a vision board isn't about magic or wishful thinking. #visionboard #passion #goals #mindset #mindfulness
Barrie Davenport
 

Barrie is a certified life coach and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She has been a featured writer for The Huffington Post, Maria Shriver, and Zen Habits. She is the creator of six popular self-improvement courses. She writes books on relationship skills, emotional abuse, mindfulness, and more.

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