Do you have a clear vision of what you want? Can you pinpoint what things or events you want to have or experience? If not, vision boards are a great way to hone in on that vision.
What Can You Use A Vision Board For?
A vision board is great for gaining clarity in any area of your life. You can make vision boards for your word of the year, for your five-year plan or for the next quarter.
You can also make a vision board for a specific project. The one I’m showing you in this article is for my home.
I’m currently deep in a decluttering process and need a vision for what I want. I won’t go out and buy a bunch of things but knowing what feel I’m going for will help me use what I have and get a few new things.
How To Use A Vision Board
While the mere act of making the vision board will make your vision clear, the real magic happens afterwards.
You need to look at your vision board often.
Daily is great. Several times each day is even better. But honestly, as look as you make looking at the board and feeling the feelings associated with it frequently, it will work.
You can make it part of your morning routine, your evening routine, your weekly routine or you can hang it in a place where you look daily. Your office, your bathroom or your kitchen are all prime locations.
The Supplies You Need
First off, you need to decide if you are making a digital or a physical. I prefer physical since I tend to forget about a digital vision board at lot easier than a physical one.
If you want to go digital, set up a Pinterest board for your vision board. You may want to make it private so you can truly pin what you want without fearing judgement.
You can pin from your feed, from specific searches or from around the web.
If a physical board is more appealing to you, get out some paper, scissors, glue and maybe some of your favourite pens. You’ll need images as well. You can find them in magazines, online or my personal favourite, on Instagram.
I save photos that speak to me all the time so when I make a vision board, I just go to the app and take a screenshot of the photos I want to use. I line them up in a text document and then print it. Remember that this is for personal use. I’ve added the sources for every photo I’ve used on mine in this article.
Make sure to have access to more images than will fit your paper. I would suggest having at least double the amount. This is one of those rare moments when more is better.
5 Tips For Making A Vision Board
Making a vision board is a lot like making decoupage and at the same time very different. you cut out images and place them together on your paper.
You don’t want to get too wrapped up in how it looks but at the same time you have to want to look at it every day.
Here are a few tips that will hopefully make it easier for you.
1 – Wait for the right time.
Make a vision board when you’re inspired to do so, not when it says on your to-do list that you have to. A vision board will only work well for you if you want to make it and use it. Go with the flow.
2 – Pause your brain and engage your feelings.
Making a vision board is something that you shouldn’t overthink. It’s great to know what your goals and dreams are and what fills you up but try to turn off your brain. Instead, engage your gut, your feelings. Again, go with the flow and grab the images that speak to you.
You can set an intention or pray for guidance before you begin. Then surrender to the process. I’ve found it easy to enter a state of flow where I forget time and place and become completely consumed by the process for a while. I hope you’ll find that as well.
3 – Don’t limit yourself – it’s okay to want what you want.
When you are making a vision board you are making it just for you. There’s a reason I’m sharing my vision board for my home and not my word of the year with you.
You can, of course, share it with others if you want to but you don’t have to. That’s really important to keep in mind. You shouldn’t limit yourself.
If you find something that speaks to you but your inner voice goes “I can never..” or “What would so-and-so think…” then gently tell the voice that you are thankful for its protection but that you are safe and don’t need it.
As long as you aren’t putting anything illegal or immoral on your board it’s okay to want whatever you want. This is a place to think BIG! Put your wildest dreams on there.
4 – Don’t edit yourself – trust your gut feeling.
This goes hand in hand with not limiting yourself. I have a tendency to edit myself. I know I want something but my logical mind tells me I can’t have it so I don’t put it on the board or I substitute it for something that feels safer, easier.
Or you may see an image that really speaks to you but it doesn’t fit with ‘the look’ you were going for on your vision board. Put it there anyway!
Be messy, put things on top of each other, glue things in crooked, have fun.
5 – Play around with using words and quotes.
I’ve made vision boards full of words and quotes and I’ve made some with no text at all. You can do whatever you feel like.
Find inspiring quotes. Cut out random letters from a magazine and spell out the words you want. Play around with your pen collection.
On my home vision board, I decided to do all images and then on the side add words that summed up what I had glued on there. For this particular board, it felt like the best of both worlds.
Your Board Won’t Make It Happen
Making a vision board doesn’t make the things on it happen. You do by the grace of God. You make them happen when you work hard at achieving what you put on there.
The vision board is there to inspire you, to give you a kick in the behind when you need it and to daily remind you of your goals and dreams.
It’s not a magical thing, it’s a practical tool that can help you go further than you ever thought possible. Now, get to work!
(Sources for the images I used for my home vision board: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63.)
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