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Creating Vision Board Ideas To Get Exactly What You Want

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Have you ever read about vision boards and felt curious about how they work? Alternatively, perhaps you have a rough sense of what they are but don't really see how they can help you achieve your goals.

As it turns out, highly successful people often use vision boards, and many of them report that such boards improve focus, motivation, and positive thinking about goals.

Since they're very easy to make, it's well worth learning how to create your own vision board.

We'll explore what a vision board can look like, and how it might help you manifest the life you want.

We'll also walk you through the process of designing and making one, and give you some creative ideas that will help you ensure the board properly reflects your dreams.

Finally, we'll confront some challenges that might arrive, and share the tips that help successful people get the most out of their vision boards every time.

What Is A Vision Board?

So, what is a vision board?

In the simplest terms, it is a visual representation of the future you aim to create. It serves as a tangible, inspiring reminder of what you're working towards.

In addition, it can be used in conjunction with other techniques (e.g. positive affirmations) to increase your confidence in your own abilities.

They're sometimes called dream boards or visualization boards, but the principle is the same regardless.

You use the board to display words and images that evoke the feelings you associate with the things you want in life.

Often, people gravitate toward them because they will consistently remind you of your goals, helping to reduce your chances of sinking into a negative thinking spiral.

It's unclear when or how vision boards first emerged, but over the last few decades they've been endorsed by a wide range of famous people (including Oprah, Jim Carrey, and Ellen DeGeneres). As we'll see, you can use them in a wide range of ways, too.

They are equally suited to large dreams and to smaller aims, so you needn’t feel like your goal is either too enormous or too modest to merit the creation of a vision board.

Whether you are driven to achieve one specific goal or are more focused on changing your entire life from the ground up, vision boards are a powerful, easy-to-make tool that can help to keep you in the right frame of mind.

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How Do Vision Boards Work?

As suggested above, one of the major reasons why vision boards work is that they're constant reminders of what you want, and why you want it.

Even the act of choosing the right text and images helps to focus your mind, clarifying how you really see your ideal life unfolding.

Creating your vision is a vital step on your journey of turning that vision into reality. Plus, it also helps you to uncover some of the roadblocks and limiting beliefs that could be holding you back from what you deserve.

While there are of course other ways to do this, vision boarding is one of the quickest shortcuts to new self-knowledge.

Let’s look at some vision board examples to make the idea more concrete. Imagine, for example, that you want to change careers and end up with a job that you love, and one that pays well.

You might start by cutting out some inspiring quotes in magazines. These quotes should highlight the ingredients necessary for success, and encourage resilience.

Next, you might add images of people happily working in the type of career that interests you, as well as pictures of items that symbolize fulfillment, abundance, and confidence.

As you create the board, you may notice certain things that make you uncomfortable or that highlight worries.

These limiting beliefs or anxieties can then be written down, and later tackled in a concrete way (whereas you may never even have noticed them if you hadn't created the vision board).

Fundamentally, vision boards work by making a vague dream into a tangible reality, aligning your vibration with that of your ultimate goal.

They are most effective when you think carefully about their placement. For example, you might place yours where you can see it as soon as you wake up, or you might stick it up in your home office so that it spurs you on when you're feeling tired or low.

Why Use A Vision Board?


Besides the fact that vision boards help you clarify (and believe in) your desires, there are also other reasons why it's worth incorporating them into your life.

Firstly, they can massively improve your visualization process.

If you practice creative visualization, in line with most expert Law of Attraction practitioners, you'll know just how important it is to able to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations of your desired future.

Your vision board helps you do this, giving you vivid images to take with you into visualization.

Meanwhile, if you haven't yet learned how to do more complex creative visualizations, it's useful to simply use the vision board to meditate.

Some people set aside 5-10 minutes to simply look at the board, taking in everything that it represents while breathing deeply and shutting out all distractions.

Influencing The Subconscious

One of the other major benefits of beginning to make vision boards is that they encourage your subconscious mind to latch on to specific, fine-grained details.

So, the vision board can help you see how you'll dress in your dream future, what your space will look like, and even the expressions you'll see on your face.

Each of these subtle refinements helps your subconscious mind to drop its defenses and really connect with the idea of the future you're working to create.

After beginning to use a vision board, many people notice that their dreams begin to change, falling into closer alignment with the love, career, abundance, or self-esteem they’ve depicted.

Further, there are times when setbacks or general difficulties will lower your vibration, deadening your motivation to continue with your efforts to manifest your goals.

Having a dream board around gives you a fast, effective way to reconnect with feelings of excitement and self-belief, even when you're feeling exhausted. The more positive associations you make with your dream board, the more able you will be to jolt yourself into a higher frequency simply by looking at the board.

Creating A Personal Vision Board

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How To Use A Vision Board

As a vision board creator, you have the freedom to approach the process in any way you like.

However, there's a general set of guidelines that can help you to get the most out of this technique.

  • If you're not sure what to focus on, remember that you can make more than one vision board. If you want to start out with just one in order to get the hang of the process, make a list of what is important to you and see what theme emerges. Remember that it's also perfectly permissible to explore more than one goal on the same board; you can use it to simply represent your dream life as a whole.
  • Stay away from images that you already associate with something other than the relevant goal. For example, if a movie about success reminds you of a fractured relationship, a picture of the lead character is likely to accidentally load your board with unwanted negativity!
  • Decide on whether you'll use printed photos and paper, go digital, or combine the two approaches in some way. There are lots of vision board templates available online. In addition, don't forget that you can design your vision board online if you prefer, but then print it when it is ready. Meanwhile, printable vision board quotes are everywhere; simply copy and paste them into a document, print it when you have enough, and find a good place for the quotes on your board.
  • Think outside the box in terms of what you add, too. You don't need to restrict your board to printed quotes and photographs. You can also create your own sketches and add them to the board, write out quotes in your own hand-writing, tack up your favorite affirmations, or add tickets (e.g. from plane journeys) to symbolize whatever you want to achieve.

Does a Digital Vision Board Work?

Although we just encouraged you to think about making your vision board online, you might have some skepticism about whether an online vision board can really work.

And, even if it can work, will it ever be as effective as the physical version? The good news is that there is no principled reason why an online vision board should be less successful, and in fact, there are solid reasons to recommend approaching the vision boarding process in this way.

Firstly, it's extremely easy to paste images into a Google document or to add them to a page builder (e.g. Keynote).

You're likely to find suitable images online much more quickly than you would by going through magazines or brochures.

Secondly, consider that an online vision board is innately portable, so you can easily take it with you when you travel. More importantly, you can call it up at a moment's notice (e.g. on your phone or laptop) without having to literally carry a large board wherever you go.

This means you can sneak a peek at it before going to a job interview, or right before you go on a date. This instant access gives online mood boards the potential to influence your mood more often (and more powerfully) than their physical counterpart.

Ultimately, you have to have the right attitude in order to create vision boards that work. Using them properly requires open-mindedness, honesty, and enthusiasm.

If you bring all of these qualities to your vision boarding, this is far more important than whether you choose to opt for a board you can put up in your bedroom or prefer to create a portable document online.

It's also fine to experiment with each method and to learn from your early efforts.

Being flexible in your approach will only increase your chances of creating better vision boards in the future.

Vision Board Ideas That Actually Work

Now that you understand the basic options available to you when creating a vision board, it's worth learning from the experts about what can help you avoid pitfalls in the process.

One of the most common mistakes that people make on their first attempt is to aim too high when representing their dreams.

Yes, of course, you should believe that it's possible to manifest your ideal life. Nevertheless, it's also important to temper your vision with realism.

In other words, don't put the Oval Office or a NASA spacecraft on your board unless you truly believe that you can achieve these goals and are prepared to throw the full weight of your efforts behind their pursuit.

If you add unrealistic items to your vision board, you quickly fall out of alignment with what it represents and it can become more of a reminder of failure than a confidence booster.

With that cautionary note out of the way, however, do note that vision board success rates are very encouraging.

For example, vision board testimonies often mention the vastness of the person's original dreams. So, don't hold yourself back. Almost everything that you could want to do, have or create is within your grasp, especially if you work to build your self-worth.

Tips for Using Your Vision Board

Finally, let's look at some of the ways that you can get the very best out of your vision boarding experience.

To create the best boards possible, you have to give some critical thought to all aspects of the process.

Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about designing and maintaining vision boards (though you should always trust your intuitions when following Law of Attraction exercises; never feel like there are rigid “rules” you must follow).

How Often Should I Use My Vision Board?

Some people prefer to meditate on the contents of their vision board once a day.

This will often be first thing in the morning (to set the right tone for the day), or last thing at night (so that the subconscious mind can continue to align you with your goal even while you're asleep).

As noted above, others like to reserve the right to call their board up on their phone or computer at critical times when they need a reminder of what they're capable of achieving.

It's smart to try all of these strategies (and any others you can think of) in order to see what works best for you.

The only two things you want to avoid doing are:

  1. Refusing to look at/engage with your vision board.
  2. Looking at it so frequently that it becomes an active roadblock to working on your goals in other ways.

Where Should I Keep It?

Again, there is no rule that states you need to keep your vision board in any one particular place. In addition, the routine you develop around the board can play a major role in deciding where you keep it.

For example, if you look at the board in the morning, it makes sense to place it near your bed or by the mirror where you get ready to go out.

Anywhere you keep your vision board should be a peaceful place that you associate with happiness and self-reflection, rather than somewhere in which you consistently feel stressed.

You can make the environment more conducive to manifestation by adding candles, crystals, or items that represent what you’re working towards.

One thing you may not yet have considered, however, is the issue of privacy.

A vision board is an intimate, honest representation of who you are and what you want from your life.

Consequently, it can feel exposing when other people see it; this can create a negative association that stops the board from helping you to manifest your goals.

Keep this in mind when deciding where to keep your board, and place it somewhere that only you (and perhaps a selected number of other, trusted individuals) can see it.

How Can I Overcome Barriers To Effectively Use My Board?

Designing and using a vision board is a largely positive exercise, and once you get used to it you should find that it poses relatively few challenges.

That being said, there is one particular source of resistance that is worth considering. In the early days of using your board, you may notice that it evokes negative, self-limiting thoughts.

For example, you might look at your chosen pictures and think “I could never do that!” or “This is just stupid”.

This is your inner critic coming to the fore, trying to protect you from potential risks by keeping you locked in your comfort zone.

When this type of roadblock appears in your path, the best thing that you can do is accept the thought as it arrives, and then dispassionately examine it. Ask yourself where it comes from, where you learned this, and what purpose the belief is serving.

Ultimately, you should aim to form or write down a new, positive spin on the belief, and to keep reciting that to yourself whenever the limiting thought comes to mind.

For example, “I could never do that!” becomes “I can do anything I set my mind to”. If you’re struggling to do this, daily journaling can help you work through the complex feelings holding you back.

Should I Adjust My Vision Board?

People often feel uncomfortable about the idea of modifying their vision boards in any way. This is understandable, as these are lovingly created items!

You may also worry that if you change the board then you deviate from the course you've worked to stay on.

Most Law of Attraction experts agrees that it is absolutely fine to adjust your board. You might want to, for example, add new images or take away old quotes that no longer seem to quite capture what you're looking to build.

Our ideas naturally evolve over time, as does the picture we have in our heads of what we would like our life to look like.

Try to view your vision board as embodying a fixed idea but as doing so in a fluid, ever-changing way.

This promotes imagination and personal growth, rather than encouraging stagnation or fear. Once again, the idea of a flexible vision board goes very well with keeping your board online, as it’s quick and easy to make the appropriate amendments.

What Else Should I Be Doing?

Vision boards are undeniably powerful, promoting success and helping you to maintain a positive, productive mindset. Nonetheless, merely making a vision board is usually insufficient for manifesting your dreams.

So, what should you be doing at the same time as using your board? One of the best things you can do is create a list of the things that you can affect. Start thinking about how you're going to use your energy and your willpower to make appropriate changes.

The things that you cannot control include other people (e.g. their feelings, actions, and intentions), and everything else that exists outside of you.

However, you can certainly influence everything that is inside of you; your actions, feelings, beliefs, assumptions, and decisions. With these key things in mind, write down what you need to do in order to help yourself reach the goal represented by your vision board.

For example, if your goal is to find a loving partner, you might note that you need to change your willingness to give new people a chance (i.e. an action), work through grief from your past relationship (i.e. a feeling), and come to understand that you do deserve love (i.e. a belief). At all times, your vision board can offer inspiration and clarity, gently guiding you towards the future that's right for you.

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Katherine Hurst
By Katherine Hurst
Katherine Hurst, is a Law of Attraction expert, best-selling author, workshop leader, educator, and award-winning blogger on psychology, life design, structured thinking and emotional wellbeing.

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