Vision Board 101: What they are and how you can use them.
You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’ – George Bernard Shaw
Have you ever wondered how to make a vision board?
Sometimes called “dream boards”, a lot of people have talked about these handy tools, from psychologists to Law of Attraction experts.
If the idea of a vision board sparks your interest, this is the post for you.
Drop whatever preconceived notions you have about these amazing manifestation tools.
There is no special quality you need in order to create one that works for you. If you’re creative, you might love the idea of putting your own unique touches on your vision board.
If you don’t think of yourself as a crafty person, there’s no reason to fret. Being artistically gifted is not a prerequisite.
The board is about you — your dreams, your goals, and the life you would love. It doesn’t need to be fancy, perfect, or any other descriptive word that gives you anxiety.
The idea is that this board speaks to you… the authentic you.
In this post, you’ll learn what vision boards are and how you can use them. We’ll get into some nitty-gritty details — like how to create one, some materials you can use, and what to include.
We’ll talk about how effective vision boards are and the number one reason that they don’t work for some people (hint, it’s fixable).
You’ll also learn how to create your own vision board to help you manifest the one-of-a-kind dreams for your future.
While many vision boards look similar, yours is designed based on your innermost dreams and desires.
It takes a little honesty and introspection to get past what you think you should want, to find the truth of what is right for you. It’s not about what society says you should have, it’s about what really lights you up from the inside.
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What Is a Vision Board, and What Should It Include?
A vision board is a visual representation of your dreams for your future.
So what does that mean exactly?
Every person’s vision board is unique to them. There are some things that you can include to give yourself a sort of blueprint. This helps you get clear about your vision.
John Boggs, Brave Thinking Institute CEO and founder of our Business & Leadership division, talked about how he uses visual tools (including a vision board) to set yearly goals. On his vision board, John includes 5 distinct sections. His sections are as follows:
- Health & Well-Being. A visual representation of health, activities, and even pictures of himself at a set weight.
- Love & Relationships. Pictures of the types of relationships he’d like to cultivate with friends and family
- Vocation. How he wants to show up for work and even organizational goals.
- “Goodies.” These are the extras he’d like. They include time and money freedom and the things he would like to treat himself to.
- Higher Power. For John, the center of his vision board highlights the relationship he visualizes between himself and his Higher Power.
Those sections are John’s, and you’re more than welcome to take those ideas and run with them.
If some sections are not what you desire or feel inclined to concentrate on, you can adjust for exactly what you would love in your own life.
Remember, it’s not about what other people think you should want, but about what you authentically desire.
Some people develop vision boards for one set goal. Where John’s is designed to help him maintain a vision of his dreams in ALL areas of his life that are important to him, other vision boards center on one primary goal.
For instance, you might create a vision board to help you manifest the career of your dreams or financial goals. Jennifer Joy Jiménez wrote a post about using vision boards for weight loss and vibrant health goals.
Whatever quadrant of your life you most desire to change can be the topic you center on in your vision board.
The # 1 Reason Vision Boards Don’t Work… and how to fix it
There is one common reason vision boards don’t work… luckily, it’s one that you can easily fix once you recognize it.
What is that # 1 thing?
They anchor their thoughts on wanting the things in their vision board.
By definition, your vision board is full of images that you desire in your future. So, of course you want them, right?
This is a lot to unpack, but once you understand the subtle difference, it becomes much easier to pay attention to your thoughts.
Example of the wrong way:
You create a vision board. You place the vision board somewhere in your home where you see it every day — perhaps your bedroom or office.
Your vision board has images of the home of your dreams. Every time you look at that house, you think:
I’d love to live there.
I wish I lived there.
The reality of your thoughts in this example:
When you approach your vision board in this way, what you’re actually doing is sticking your vibration in a state of lacking.
You’re coming from a place of wanting to have, and that’s where your vibration stays.
When you’re on a vibration of lacking, it’s almost impossible to achieve your dreams.
As Brave Thinkers, we know that you can’t move toward your dreams. You can only come from your dreams.
How to fix this issue: Anchor yourself in the vibration of already having the life you dream of. This seems like a subtle difference, but it’s so profound.
By placing yourself in the mindset that you are the person living this life… you can feel what it’s like to move around your beautiful home, feel the sunshine on your face on your amazing tropical vacation, and experience the exhilaration of achieving your wildest accomplishment.
This is what putting yourself on a vibration of abundance looks like.
literally feel that you have already accomplished the things on your vision board, rather than coming from the lower vibration of wanting them.
How to Make a Vision Board That Works
Vision boards serve a few purposes. Psychologists use vision boards and art therapy to help people improve their mental health. Law of Attraction experts use vision boards to help people more fully visualize their dreams, so they can manifest them.
The way that you craft it and the tools you use depend entirely on your own personality and what speaks to you.
Some ideas to create your vision board:
- Digital. Maybe you’re more of a digital person. You can design your vision board using digital images and keep it on your phone or desktop so that you see it frequently.
- Cork or White Board. Get as creative as you’d like with your background. Some people like to use a cork board because they can replace images with the push of a pin as they achieve goals and set new ones.
- Murals and Artwork. If you’re super creative, you might like drawing or painting your own vision board to include gorgeous artwork from your wildest imagination.
Creating the vision board is part of the process. It helps you to really zone in on the things that you would love and form a clear picture of what they are.
There is no limit to what you can use. Images from magazines, pictures you’ve taken yourself, things you’ve pulled from the internet, can all spark your own dreams.
Some people think in words, so it’s fine to use inspiring quotes and power words that speak to you personally. Anything goes.
We encourage images because they help your subconscious mind capture a vivid picture. Using both images and words might work well for you.
How Often Does Your Vision Board Need to Be Updated?
We recommend that you connect with your vision board on a regular basis. Creating the vision board helps your subconscious mind start to work on those images, but you must also spend time with that vision.
It’s not magic. You can’t create a vision board, never think about it again, and expect it to work. Part of the process is that you use the tool you’ve created to center your vision as often as you can.
The more often you can put yourself on the vibration of abundance in those images, the faster you’ll be able to manifest them.
How often do they need to be updated?
Dreams evolve. If there’s life breathing in you, there is purpose. And as long as there is purpose, there is more to dream and achieve.
If you’re working on your vision board, you’ll find yourself achieving dreams. As you achieve them, you’ll want to think about updating your vision board to fulfill new dreams.
Some people do this once a year or once a quarter.
Some people do this more frequently.
You might have both long and short term goals, so you’ll want to update your vision board as often as you feel drawn to for your own life and dreams.
If you realize that you have a bigger dream that’s important to you, I encourage you to add it to your vision board as soon as possible.
Using Your “Ignited Self” Vision Board as a Dream Builder
Today, you’ve learned how to make a vision board to manifest your dreams. We’ve talked about what a vision board is and what to include on yours.
You’ve learned the #1 reason why vision boards don’t work for some people (and how to fix it). We’ve also talked about different ways to make a vision board and how often to update your vision board to help you achieve your dreams.
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