Have you ever felt so inspired and certain of what your future looks like that you’re seeing where you’re going ever so clearly? And before this moment of clarity passes you by, you want to take note of it and write it down just so you won’t forget it.
So you write down words, doodle images, and collage pictures that represent your dreams and desires to serve as your source of inspiration and motivation. Now your every move and decision’s sole purpose is to help you achieve the things that you have envisioned for yourself. Unknowingly, you have already created your own dream board or vision board.
Simply put, a vision board is a collection of images, pictures, words, and quotes that visually affirm your goals and dreams in life. This can be a physical or a virtual vision board.
What is the importance of creating a vision board?
There are basically two types of people in this world. Those who like to live rely on where life takes them and those who know exactly what they want out of life. The second type of people is those who are more likely to create a vision board.
But why is it so important? Here are the top benefits of creating your own vision board:
1. It centers around the idea of the law of attraction
The law of attraction is a philosophy that suggests positive thoughts bring positive results into a person’s life while negative thoughts bring negative things into a person’s life. Creating a vision board with that idea in mind reiterates that whatever you focus on in your life, you will be able to achieve. Hence, the more you surround yourself with your vision of the future, it’s more likely going to happen compared to not having a vision at all.
2. It provides a clear vision for a clear direction
Have you ever lost your way because you have no idea where you’re headed? Having a vision board is like having a clear direction of where you’re going. No matter what life throws at you, you would know how to react and handle it because you know exactly where your destination is. You won’t get sidetracked instead, you can focus on what you want and let go of the negative and toxic thinking behind it.
3. It motivates you and helps you focus on your goals
The truth is, you won’t always feel the inspiration and the energy to work on the things that you want. If you don’t have a clear picture of your goals, it’s easy to give up and raise the white flag. But with a vision board, you can be reminded of why you started in the first place. No amount of discouragements or failures can ever stop you from achieving the future that awaits you.
4. It helps you be more accountable for your actions and responsibilities
There are always going to be lazy days and days where you feel like doing nothing at all. Having a vision board will help you hold accountable of yourself. Accountability can help you push yourself to work harder and take one single step towards the dream life that you want. There’s no easy road towards that life and you know it. There’s no better person to hold you accountable for your actions than yourself.
5. It serves as a visual manifestation of the life you want and deserve to have
Let your imagination run wild and think that the life you want is just waiting for you. You just have to take the right steps and do the necessary work in order to get there. Oprah Winfrey promotes visual manifestation as a powerful tool in achieving your dreams. Seeing a clear visual of your goals can help you have the courage and perseverance to turn them into reality.
What’s the difference between a virtual and physical board?
Basically, there are two types of vision boards. Before the digital age entered the picture, people used to create a physical vision board that involves using old magazines, markers, strings, pins, and more. It’s like creating a beautiful collage of everything you want to achieve in life represented by the different sections orchestrated on the board.
Virtual vision boards, on the other hand, are vision boards that you can create online. Instead of using scissors and glue to paste or pin them on an actual board, you can use different applications on your mobile phone to create them.
In these modern times, most people opt for digital vision boards but there are still those who enjoy the process of creating a physical vision board, especially those who love scrapbooking. Virtual vision boards may be more convenient, time- and cost-saving compared to their physical counterpart.
However, whether it’s a physical or virtual one, creating a vision board can help hype you up to turning your dreams into reality.
What should a vision board include?
In general, a vision board should include anything that inspires you and everything that you want to achieve in life. This goal-manifesting collage can help transform your dreams into action. A vision board is unique to every individual as we each have our own personal goals and dreams in life.
If it’s your first time to create a vision board, it should include the following:
1. Your goals – The things that you want to do in life. Perhaps things that you haven’t done before or are afraid of doing. This can be more of a bucket list that you can add to your vision board.
2. Your desires – These are the things that make you happy. Perhaps in the past, you didn’t have the time to do them or don’t really have the guts to start doing it but you can include them in your vision board to help you achieve it.
3. Your values – Your values say a lot about who you are. These are the things that you believe are important in the way that you live and work. This will help drive you towards achieving what is in your vision board.
4. Things you want to incorporate into your life – What are new things that you want to learn in life? Perhaps a new skill, a new hobby, or a new language. This will help take yourself to a whole new level and become an improved version of your old self.
5. Things in your life that you want to be productive in – Are there any areas in your life that you feel like you’re stuck or on a plateau? Write down what you want to accomplish in your current situation or relationships. Don’t let your monotonous routine dull your entire life. Shake things up! Think of exciting ways to be productive in every area of your life.
You can divide your vision board into different categories:
- Physical Health
- Mental Health
How to Create a Vision Board that Actually Works?
What makes your vision board works is the commitment that you have given not only in creating it but in actually putting everything into action. The more you focus on the goals that you have set on your vision board, the more your actions and decisions are directed towards a greater purpose. Here are some steps you can follow to create a vision board that actually works:
Step 1 – Spend a few minutes to visualize who you want to be and what you want
There is power in visualizing the things that you want. It’s not just simply manifesting your goals, it’s allowing yourself to filter out the things that will not help you accomplish what you’re trying to achieve.
Find a quiet place where you can clear your thoughts and visualize the life you want. You can spend about 10 to 30 minutes on this or as long as you need. You can write down your vision on pen and paper.
Step 2 – Put the ideas on your vision board
Now that you’ve written what you want your life to look like, it’s time to plan out your vision board. Refer to the points above to know what you should include in your vision board. You can make use of magazine images, photos, inspirational quotes, or your own words to make the vision board more creative and meaningful.
Step 3 – Choose the right tool for your vision board
If you’re going to make a physical vision board, start gathering your supplies. This includes the board, magazine cutouts or printouts, pins, strings, board, and other supplies.
If you’re going for a virtual vision board, don’t worry, you can use this free template for reference. You can also join an on-demand vision board workshop to help you get started.
Step 4 – Place your vision board where you can always see it.
For a physical vision board, hang it up in a place where you’ll see it all the time. For a virtual vision board, you can make it your wallpaper or set up a reminder to make sure you’re right on track with your goals.
Ready to create your own vision board that actually works? Here’s a free template for you to use! I’m also inviting you to join my on-demand vision board workshop that will help you get started on your vision board.