“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe. ” -Oprah Winfrey
If you’re new to the idea of a vision board, it is an excellent tool that has worked for many athletes and celebrities to achieve their goals. I like to use it personally as well.
It is a collage that encompasses a few key aspects of life in areas that you would like to achieve growth or have set a specific goal. It is a tangible view of the hopes and dreams you have in mind that, once brought into plain sight in a creative and pleasing fashion aid in keeping you on track to achieving them. It helps bring those goals to “REALization” or into “REALity”. I emphasize “REAL” because that is the prime directive of creating a vision board, right? to make those goals happen- make them REAL.
So, how do you do it? Where would you start?
If you’re reading this, my guess is that you already have some goals you’d like to realize and perhaps you feel that creating a vision board may just be the tool that spurs them into action. I’ve classified this process in to 5 easy steps:
- SPACE: Decide on a space at home or at work where you will be able to see it daily. This could even be a phone lock screen or computer screensaver in addition to a goal board at home. Perhaps the fridge door? Knowing where you are going to place the board when it is completed can help you decide the size of board you will be able to fit in that space. What size board? You could go from a whole wall to an 8″ X 10″ paper. (I wouldn’t recommend going any smaller than that as it may be difficult to find pictures to fit) The choice is yours. It’s your vision, your space…
2. INTENTION: What is the intention for this board? You may have the answers already. Sit, in a quiet space, in a comfortable position with a pen and paper ready. Dedicate some time really thinking or mediating about each of these categories and what you would like to achieve with them, not necessarily in this order. If nothing comes to mind right away move on to the next category then come back to it perhaps you are happy with that area and so having a picture of that aspect can help you to see that it is an area of importance that you would like to keep:
- Relationships and family
- Finances or Career
- Home life organization (could be renovation, moving or getting to that junk drawer)
- Education/personal growth/Spirituality
For each of these categories ask yourself “Am I content with the way things are? Is there something I can do to improve this aspect? If so, what? What would I like to achieve in regards to this aspect?” Then sit quietly and listen for the answers to come. They will. Perhaps you already know what they are. Then write them down.
3. GATHER: Gather images that speak to you. What pictures popped in to your mind when performing the previous exercise? Search the internet or old magazines for pictures that inspire you and are most in alignment with what you envisioned. This could even be phrases that help motivate you. You may even be artistic and draw your vision!
4. LAYOUT: Once you have gathered all your images, it’s time to play with the layout. Will the pictures be placed in their category groups or scattered around the paper? Will you leave space to add more at a later date? Will the pictures be overlapping or with space around each? Once you are happy with your chosen layout then you can start cutting and pasting! (Those kindergarten skills come in handy!) Perhaps you’d like to doodle or write inspirational words or quotes.
5. DISPLAY: Congratulations! You’ve made a vision board! Now to display it in it’s chosen place. Take a picture for your computer or phone screens to view it daily. Remember this is a ‘Vision Board’ not a ‘Wishing Board’ You will still need to put the work in to achieve these goals. Seeing it front and center aids in recalling what you decided is most important to you for times when you may be off task.
“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint, and begin to build.” -Robert Collier
Enjoy life in the pink! If you create a vision board using this method and would like to share it with me, I would love to see it! You can send me a picture through e-mail or tag me on Instagram @tiffanyinthepink