If you aren’t sure what a vision board is, be sure to read up on this article we posted here to get started.
So how do we get started?
- You need a goal
What is it that you are trying to achieve? Make sure this goal is something you are able to work towards every day. You have so many choices, but here are some common goals people have that could help get you started:
– Get fit or live a healthier life
– Learn a new skill (like photography, writing, coding etc)
– Playing/improving as an athlete
– Becoming more involved in your community (volunteering, teaching at local rec centers)
– Working towards a career goal (becoming a doctor, sports coach, engineer, yoga instructor etc)
– Graduating high school/college
If none of these goals work for you, try asking yourself:
What do you want?
What do you need?
What matters to you?
Write the answers to those questions down! That’s the start of your vision board!
- Gather supplies
There’s plenty of ways you can make a vision board online (using Pinterest for example), but unless you’re logging in every day to see your board, it may not be helpful. If you have the chance to make an actual, physical board that you look at every day, do it! Here’s what you may need:
– Blank paper / posterboard / canvas / cork board
– Pens, pencils, markers, colored pencils
– Glue or tape
– Magazines, books, photos that you can cut up or glue to the board
– Extras: glitter, ribbons, beads, stickers. Anything that will make your vision board POP
- Start collecting!
With your goal/dream in mind, look through your books and magazines or search online for things that stand out to you. You want to be thinking about what YOUR future will look like and how it will make you FEEL. You can write down words like “success” and “happiness” or cut out pictures of your dream home from a magazine. It’s totally up to you how your vision board looks! (This IS your future after all!) Be sure to only use positive words, phrases and photos on your board. Anything that makes you feel sad, or upset doesn’t belong here!
- Arrange your board
Once you have everything you want to be clipped out, start laying it out on the board in a way that looks good to you. You can start gluing or taping these items down and filling in any spaces with your extras if you choose to.
- Admire your work!
Take a step back from your board once everything is on there. Do you feel excited? Happy about the way it looks? This has to be something that makes you feel good every time you look at it in order for the vision board magic to work! If you think something is missing, go back through your magazines or books to see if you can find that missing piece. If you don’t see it immediately, that’s okay too. You can always come back and add more.
Once you finish your vision board, you have to find a place to put it. This is a very important step. You want to put it somewhere you will see it every day. (Near your nightstand or bed or by your mirror in the bathroom are good places to start!) Make thinking about your goals and your future part of your every day. Spend a minute or two looking at your vision board, thinking positive thoughts and dreaming about your future. You can even look at it before you go to bed! The more you practice looking at your board and thinking about your dreams, the more likely you are to reach them. Over time, you’ll find yourself doing little things that help you get closer to your goals, without you even noticing!
As you start working towards your goals on your vision board, you may need to update some things (or change the whole board!). That’s totally fine and a part of setting goals. Just go through the steps again and bring your dreams up to date!
Think happy thoughts and happy vision boarding!