One of the first steps toward manifesting the life you want is to have a clear picture of what that life looks like. I have been using a vision board (or dream board as it is sometimes referred to) for years now and I refer to it often- especially during times of frustration and self-doubt. My vision board organizes my thoughts and dreams and reminds me why I wake up in the morning and continue on my path. And when I do look at it, I feel enthused, charged, positive and proactive.
Do you have a vision board?
If not, I would like to inspire you to make your own. There is no better time than now. In case you have dismissed the idea, thinking it is just a giant poster board of images of fancy cars, clothes, jewelry and skinny women, think again. While a sports car may need to be on your dream board, I urge you to DREAM BIGGER. Think more about what you really want in your life that is even beyond the material world!
The beauty in creating a vision board, is that it’s entirely your own. It consists of every image, or word or sentence that you envision for yourself in your life. Perhaps there is a picture of an open door, symbolizing you leaving your current job, and opening the door to new possibilities. There could be a picture of an ocean, there to remind you to take a walk by the seaside every now and then to clear your mind. Or a piggy bank, reminding you to save more money. Perhaps there is a cozy table set for two, to remind you to inject more romance into your relationship. What visuals INSPIRE YOU to live the life you desire?
Last year I did my vision board with a few girlfriends at a tea and cookie party. It turned into a huge giggle-fest as we flipped through magazines, talked about our dreams, and ate way too many shortbread cookies! I cut pictures, words and quotations out of magazines and also included a few photos of my joyful self and pasted them on a large posterboard that I added to throughout the year with new visuals and inspirations. I also recently created a video vision board that plays images and affirmations on my computer screen...so high tech, I know! I know others who use a white board with a dry eraser and they write and erase as their goals and visions change.
On a side note, we can all dream the dream, but the difficult part is making those dreams come true– actually implementing what’s on that vision board. But visualizing clearly what you want is the first step. Daily action steps will follow when your mind, heart and soul are firmly rooted to your vision.
Here’s how to create your Vision/Dream Board:
1. Buy a bristol board or poster board – any color or size works. Also a box of markers and a glue stick.
2. Collect your visuals. This is the fun part! Start browsing through magazines and newspapers and cut out images and pictures that symbolize your goals and dreams. Print images or words from the Internet as well. Keep them all in a folder as you collect. There are fantastic images online if you use Google Images, for example. Don’t be shy to put in pictures of yourself. This is your board – think big and outside the box, especially if you are looking to make big changes in your life.
3. I like to have one sentence – the overall, big picture dream written out in the middle, or at the top. In essence, the big vision for your vision board. Think, WHAT DO I WANT?
4. Once you have collected all your images, place them on the board. Feel free to organize the board in THEMES, eg, health, romance, career, money, family, etc. If you know a bit about the Feng Shui bagua, use it to organize your board.
5. Grab that glue stick, and start making your dreams permanent on paper. You’re now putting it out there! Start gluing!
6. Now it’s time to place your vision board. This is key to your success. It has to be VISIBLE– a place you physically go to frequently– your office, your den, your kitchen are all great choices. Hey, you can even hang it in your bathroom– something to glance at while you take a nice relaxing bath!
7. Congratulations, you made it, and it’s now on your wall! Now, you have to LIVE IT! Visit your vision board frequently, at least twice per week. Look at all your images, your words. What are you doing to make them come to fruition?
In support of your vision,