If you want to make a significant impact on your everyday life, learning how to make a vision board can go a long way. It's a great way to organise your resolution and give you the drive needed to achieve it.
A vision board, or dream board, can be simply described as a visual representation of your ideal life, plans, goals, affirmations and resolutions.
It has been proven multiple times that having your goals in a visual form helps you achieve them. It's a great way to keep yourself accountable (responsible) for your goals.
Above image: An 'eco' vision board from the Earnaholic boss!
If you want to make some changes in your finances, you can even create a financial, or money vision board too!
This guide contains all you need to know about making a vision board. Who knows - it might even make you rich. 🙂
How to Create a Vision Board
A vision board is a tool that empowers you to make visible changes that push you closer to your goals. When creating your vision board, remember to take your time and think about what you want to see happen.
If you're not really sure then it can be helpful to occasionally ask yourself questions like "what do I really want?"
Here are the main steps to follow in creating your very own vision board.
List Out Your Goals
You could dive straight in - cutting up pictures and prepping a pin board - but it's best to have a overall view of what your goals, or targets are first.
Kind of like a "10,000 foot" bird's eye view.
Before getting started, make a clear list of your goals, both long and short term. Take some time to imagine your ideal future vision. What do you want your life to look like in the next 1-5 years?
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
- Oscar Wilde
This is the part where you let your imagination run wild and fantasize about what you really want. Allow yourself to indulge in some daydreaming about the things you desire.
What does that look like? What simple steps can you take right now to begin turning your future vision into your current reality?
Here's a quick example:
- Fluent in German basic conversation
- Own my own eco 'sun powered' home
- Automated income $5000 a month recurring
- Super fit, healthy, "organic" lifestyle
You can be as descriptive as possible in your list so that you can achieve a visual representation of that on your vision board.
You might find that some images "do the talking" for you, whereas others are more conceptual. 🙂
Get Your Supplies and the Basics
Next, create space for your vision board and put together all you need to make it. It might not seem important, but where you place your vision board goes a long way in helping you stay accountable.
Ensure it's positioned somewhere that's always in your line of sight like your home office, nightstand, dresser, on a window, mirror, in your vehicle, etc.
That way, it's front of mind!
I know that Bob Proctor encourages people to create a little "goal card" that fits into a purse or wallet where you can see it often.
That looks a bit like this:
Above image: We created this simple goal card using Canva
Click here to use this goal card template (free on Canva).
Bob recommends starting your goal statement like this:
"I am so happy and grateful now that..."
I am so happy & grateful now that I am super healthy, own my own eco sustainable home, earn $10,000 a month in recurring income and contribute towards a healthy and happy planet.
Bob also recommends having an "end" date within your goal card or vision board. Hopefully that will make your goals happen faster! 🙂
If you're not comfortable with a big board, cut it in half. Also, put together all you need to get started with your vision board. You will need art supplies, magazines and of course, the board.
Above image: A simple pin board from Ikea can become a dream board
Alternatively you can always create an online digital vision board like I did using Canva!
Find a Way to Represent Your Goals
If your goal is easily visually represented, it won’t take long to come up with pictures for your vision board. You can check through old magazines and cut out pictures that accurately display your vision, or if you can, make your pictures.
Most people are not going after what they want. Even some of the most serious goal seekers and goal setters, they're going after what they think they can get.
- Bob Proctor
You can also add posters, pictures of yourself or people you love, and more, as long as they're visual. If you're having trouble finding a lot of pictures that fit your goal, add sticky notes with the main points of your goals on them.
Make a Collage
You can put the pictures in a collage on your vision board. Tape them in the format or structure that works best for you, and add writings or quotes to complement the pictures.
Above image: A collage vision board example example using Canva
Your vision board might not make a lot of sense if you only have pictures on it, so use cardboard or sticky notes too.
Your vision can change a little or you might have achieved one of the goals on your board. You can go the extra mile and constantly make updates to your vision board so it aligns with what you do. Don't expect your board to stay the same and magically bring your dreams to life. Don't shy away from ripping things off, adding more, or even starting from scratch.
It can sometimes feel like that huge goal you had 5 years ago of owning your own home, for example, is still unrealised!
You need to be able to step past this and continually see yourself as if it is moving towards you. Sometimes the realisation of our goals take a little longer than we might realise!
This affirmation might help... 🙂
Everything is always working out for me.
Contemplate it Every Day
If you want your vision board to be effective, contemplate it daily, either once or twice a day. You can look at it before you step out in the morning and before you go to bed at night. This helps you come up with ideas on how to achieve your goals and gives you the motivation to go about your work.
Asking yourself a challenging question at night before going to bed can work wonders too, like this for example...
What do I need to do in order to earn $$ a month? How can I bring in more $$ for my business?
I'm not sure how the science works but as you "percolate" things overnight sometimes the answer can turn up when you're least expecting it!
Keep a pen and notebook ready to hook those ideas when they do!
Vision Board Examples
Different successful people use and encourage others to use vision boards because they have seen how well it works for them. Popular examples are Oprah Winfrey and Jack Canfield.
Jack Canfield is a bestselling author that has been using vision boards since the 1970s. Recently, he stated that he has two vision boards - one that he can fold out and take everywhere, and the other that is put up behind his office door (always in his line of sight.)
Above image: Jack Canfield's vision board
He stated that his first vision board was a picture of a $100,000 bill although, at that time, his income was $8,000 a year. Every day, he visualised what his life would be like with the $100,000 income.
Within 30 days, he started having amazing ideas that could make a hundred thousand, and after a year, he earned $92,000.
After seeing the success, he decided to take it up a notch with a picture of a $1,000,000 bill. Within a few years, he got his first $1,000,000 bill.
Set a goal to achieve something that is so big, so exhilarating that it excites you and scares you at the same time.
- Bob Proctor
His vision board contains a picture of a strong back, because he wants to have a pain-free back, and a picture of someone doing yoga because of his goal to be more flexible. It also has pictures of resorts in Tahiti and Hawaii he wants to spend more time in and a piano that he’s learning to play.
It also has a world map that signifies his goal to admit trainers from every country in the world at Train the Trainer Online. Finally, it has pictures of million-dollar bills. 🙂
A popular example of vision boards is Oprah Winfrey and how she visualised Barack Obama becoming president. She got a board and placed Obama’s picture on it along with the dress she was going to wear to his inauguration.
Above image: a vision board map for all the places you want to visit?
She was so surprised that it worked and has been using them ever since. There is even the Oprah Dream Board Maker tool that people can download to easily make a vision board.
Another influential person well-known for their use of vision boards is Ellen DeGeneres. She's known to have many vision boards for different purposes and even used them to attract Oprah.
It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.
She once told the story of how she added her dream of being on the cover of O Magazine on her vision board even if Oprah didn't exactly share covers. And she ended up on the cover.
Then we have Katy Perry, the successful singer who created her vision board when she was nine. At that time, Selena Quintanilla was the recipient of a Grammy Award so Katy Perry added a picture of this to her board. 15 years later, she was finally nominated.
Ideas for Your Vision Board
When creating your vision board, different ideas can make it colourful, motivational, and alluring. It all depends on how creative and flashy you want it to be, the form, and the content.
Above image: Arnold Schwarzenegger as a health vision board idea!
After all, anything goes, right?
Borrow ideas from anywhere you find them...
Whatever it is that 'moves' you could be the trigger that pushes you towards more accomplishments and success.
The Form of Your Vision Board
Most vision boards are in the form of an actual board with different pictures, writings, and designs on them. With a board, you can hang it somewhere everyone can see it or where only you can see it every day. If you want something out-of-the-box, your vision board can become a vision book. It can be designed the similar way a board is, except it's a book you carry everywhere and the pages are filled with your goals.
Using Sticky Notes
When looking out for how you create a vision board, most people tell you to cut out pictures from magazines that best represent your goals. Although this is a great idea, it's not always convenient.
Especially when it's hard for a dream to be visually represented!
Above image: using sticky post it notes as a vision board.
The thing is - pretty much anything can be suitable as a vision board. You can even use sticky notes of different colours or posters and add a lot of colour to your vision board.
It’s a motivational vision board when you have quotes from successful people in your line of work or just thoughts that inspired you. You can add these quotes all around your vision board and look at them every morning to increase your drive.
If you’re making your vision board because you want to earn more income, here are some quotes you can add:
Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.
- Warren Buffett
Or this from Tony Robbins:
The secret to wealth is simple: Find a way to do more for others than anyone else does. Become more valuable. Do more. Give more. Be more. Serve more.
- Tony Robbins
Add Positive Self Affirmations
As well as adding your goals for the future you can also add positive affirmations that help overcome negative thoughts. By repeating these affirmations daily you can find yourself making rewarding changes and positive lifestyle experiences.
How to Use a Vision Board
Many people underestimate the power of vision boards because they don’t understand how it works. After all, how does a collage of pictures and quotes on a board help you achieve your goal? But it’s not about just having your vision board. Instead, it depends on how you use the vision board.
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
Achieving your goals becomes easier when they’re always on your mind because you start thinking of different ways (solutions) to achieve them.
A great way to do this is with a vision board. Look over your vision board every day and make sure it's somewhere where you have to face it.
You can leverage the power of visualisation too, which is an excellent way to trigger the creativity you have tucked away in your mind and bring out the treasury within!
Sometimes imagination pounces; mostly it sleeps soundly in the corner, purring.
- Terri Guillemets
In simpler words, when your goals are at the top of your mind, you start subconsciously "percolating" ideas to achieve them. This can inevitably attract the things you need to achieve your goals, from people and ideas to resources and opportunities.
Another way is to use your vision board as a motivational tool. You may find you are naturally motivated to achieve your goals when you see them every day (and visualise them too).
If you don’t have your goals visually represented, it becomes easier to forget them simply because life gets busy, we get distracted or lose interest.
With a vision board, your drive for what you want to achieve is refuelled every day. You suddenly have an urge to take on more work at the office or feel more confident in speaking your mind. Most people with vision boards usually set out by taking more risks to achieve their goals, leading to more rewards.
In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia, until we ultimately become enslaved by it.
- Robert Heinlein
Use your vision board by contemplating on it. Look at it every morning and night, close your eyes and visualise what you want to see.
A vision board is effective, but it won't do all the work for you. It's up to you to take steps to achieve your goal and be who you want to be.
As you create your vision board, go wild! Put pictures and ideas of everything you want to see in your life and constantly strive to achieve these. Always see yourself living like that and believe it’s already yours.
But this doesn’t mean you should put yourself under too much pressure. Be grateful for what you have currently and acknowledge what you’ve achieved and the changes you’ve seen in your life.
So how do you plan to make a vision board?