Approximately two years ago, one of my girlfriends suggested that I create a vision board. Initially, I looked at her and said, “Yeah, that’s not my thing. I’m really not interested in it. That seems too touchy feely for me.”
A few days later, another one of my girlfriends tells me that she is creating a vision board. I thought, “Wow, maybe she would like to meet my other girlfriend, because it sounds like they both like making vision boards. And then, a few days after that, another one of my friends tells me she is making a vision board. By now, I’m starting to think that there may be a secret vision board society and that it may be beneficial for me to join it – or at least check it out.
So, I went back and talked to my vision boarding girlfriends and I got the low-down on vision boards.
I learned that a vision board is a tool to help you create your desired life. The idea is that the images on a vision board can stay in your subconscious mind and guide you toward making your vision a reality. I also learned that vision boards are easy to create. Here is the list of supplies you will to create a vision board:
- Poster board (I picked up a piece measuring 28” x 20” at Walgreen’s
- Several magazines
- Glue stick
- A notebook or a journal
- Color markers, crayons, paint or glitter (optional)
First, start your vision board by making a list of what you choose to create in your life over the next two years. I encourage you to have fun making your list and dream big!
Next, start paging through the magazines and cut out pictures, or words, that communicate your vision for your life over the year two years. I encourage you to be free and creative. It’s not important for you to match your list, so be open. If you are drawn to a picture, a word, or a phrase, use it on your vision board. Give your left brain a well-deserved break and have fun creating your life.
When designing your vision board, you can take one side of your poster board to create a vision board using just pictures. And, you can use the other side of it just for words to communicate your vision. For my vision board, I chose to create a hybrid where I used both pictures and words on one side of the poster board.
Next, start grouping together your pictures and/or words, and then glue them to the poster board. Your vision board is about you, so create a look and feel that resonates with you. You can use color markers, crayons, paint, or glitter to decorate your vision board, or to emphasize a specific part of it.
Finally, place your vision board in a place where you will see it often. I placed mine on a dresser near the foot of my bed, so that I would see it every day.
Recently, I had a shaman, who is also a friend of mine, over to bless my house. As the shaman walked through my house, she noticed my vision board and said, “It seems your vision board and your new business have a lot in common.” I answered, “Uh, yeah. You know, I haven’t looked at it in while.”
I glance at my vision board every day, but I don’t LOOK at it very often. So, I ran into my bedroom and actually looked at it and I was surprised at what I saw. As dubious as I was at the start of my vision boarding process, I’ve found that it is now eerily accurate. Two years ago, I would never, ever have thought that I would be starting an innovative new business based on love, empowerment, and positivity, but all of those images are on my vision board. Who knew?
Hmmm, my right brain started thinking. For my next vision board, I am looking for advertisements or magazines with the word ‘opulence’ in it, because I plan to design a new vision board to guide me into my new opulent life. Yep, I am starting to love this visioning thing!