Creating Vision Boards that Actually Work

Creating vision boards is a powerful way to bring your goals, aspirations and dreams to life. These simple boards contain words, images and affirmations that will drive you closer to your best life and give you a concrete visual aid to help you on your journey.

Creating realistic and practical vision boards is key to making this exercise worthwhile. Find the best ways to visualize, execute and live out your vision board.

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What are Vision Boards?

Put simply, a vision board is a visual representation of your wants and desires in life. They are poster or cork boards that contain collages, photos and other items that represent a goal in your life. These boards can be as simple or as intricate as you like, and you can add and subtract from it as you reach your goals.

Most people look at their vision board daily. Furthermore, some people repeat mantras to help them to internalize the messages and attract their goals into their lives.

How Do You Use a Vision Board?

The key to getting the most from your vision board is to display it in a place where you can see it on a regular basis. Vision boards work by delivering subconscious messages to your brain about what you want in life. Your brain then works to find ways to bring them to fruition.

When you create your vision board and develop a routine of integrating the visualizations into your life, you will see something magical happen. You will start to see answers where there were none before. Opportunities will open up for you and you will start to see changes in your thinking that lead you closer to the life you want.

4 Ways to Make Your Vision Board Remind You of Its Purpose

1. Get Creative

Your vision board is your time to let your creativity shine. Grab some old magazines, printouts and your art set and get to work. You can cut out pictures of your dream home or the car you want.

Paste pictures of the new clothes you would like to wear when you lose weight or the exciting new trip you would like to take with your friends. You can draw pictures of what you would like and include those as well.

2. Create a Practical and Realistic Board

It may seem like a fun idea to cram a picture of every desire you have in life onto your board, but this can do more harm than good. While it would be amazing to simply invite great riches, fortune and fame into your life with your board, making your board too over the top will not allow your mind to take it seriously.

Dream big, but be realistic in your representations. If you want a new car, go for it! Add pictures of your dream home, your dream job and your dream future.

3. Make More Than One Vision Board

Some people choose to make a separate vision board for each of their goals. Some choose to make one board for their relationship goals, another for their career goals and yet another for their travel goals. This is okay, and it helps to keep you from feeling overwhelmed by all you want to accomplish.

You can add and remove elements from your vision board as your intentions change. Your vision board can represent the life you want to live in five years or the life you want to live in five months. The timeframe is totally up to you. Some people create both long-term and a short-term vision boards.

4. Make It Real

The key to getting the most out of your vision board is to make it a real, living thing. Create a list of the steps you will need to take to make your visions a reality.

The list may include:

  • Going back to school;
  • Saving a set amount of money;
  • Exercising a certain amount of minutes a day;
  • Booking flights to new destinations.

In order to make your vision board come true, you must be willing to do the work and plan how you will achieve your goals.

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Why Vision Boards Work

The reason that vision boards are so powerful is that they operate on the Law of Attraction. This is a set of theories that things that are alike attract each other. When you manifest positive thoughts, those thoughts attract positivism into your life. At the same token, harboring negative feelings will bring negative events into your life. The term thoughts become things describes vision boards in action. Your brain will subconsciously deliver exactly what you are thinking.

If you’re not making enough money, visualize a specific amount that you would like to earn each month or year. Your brain will automatically start looking for ways to bring that into your life.

Common Mistakes People Make When Creating a Vision Board

While vision boards can be useful tools in bringing your goals to fruition, they are less effective if not used correctly. Adding too many pictures creates a feeling of clutter in the mind. If the mind is cluttered, it can’t sort out what steps to take to make your vision a reality. Use the photos that represent exactly what you want. If you are using a photo that is different from what you actually want, your brain will work to bring that, instead of your actual goal to life.

Thinking too small may also cause your vision board to fail. Your brain wants to work to bring you what you want. Give it a challenge. If you want to earn more money, don’t give your vision board an easy amount that it can generate in a few days. Give it a challenge that will cause you to think deeply and take concrete action. Finally, you must keep your vision board where you can see it. Don’t dump it in the trunk of the car or store it under your bed. Leave it in a visual place for maximum impact.

Drawing the Line

Creating a practical and useful vision board is a challenge.

Finding the right mix of inspirational material is the first step in bringing your dreams to life.

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