How to Create a Vision Board to Help You Realize Your Dreams
Create a Vision Board: Your Tool to Reach Your Dreams
Creating a vision board is an activity that will help you reach your dreams of your future. The seemingly simple act of creating a vision board works.
A vision board can yield almost uncanny results, similar to what you might expect if you were to suddenly become clairvoyant. Add a Vision Board as an effective part of your arsenal of creative visualization and manifesting your dreams. There are other ways to manifest your dreams as well such as journaling and mind mapping, however the visuals and the very act of creating the vision board are powerful.
What do you see in your future? What's ahead for you? The million dollar questions. We all ask, but how many stop to think and embrace the belief that the future really can, to a great extent, be what you make it. Those that seem to have what they want surely realize this. Unfortunately, too many just drift along, buffeted by any wind or strong wave that comes up. Which are you?
Thoughts are powerful; thoughts put to paper and conveniently displayed for you to see everyday, even multiple times a day, are like nuclear power. You give shape to your vision; you give it form. Creating a Vision Board is all about your thoughts becoming as tangible as it is fixed in your mind. You might even say "its like magic" because this board can be an accurate reflection of the future you want.
Vision Boards put your dreams - your vision for your future - front and center. A Vision Board is the Law of Attraction in picture form.
By creating your Board you are acknowledging that you have the freedom, the ability, and the desire to, as author Wayne W. Dyer says in Manifest Your Destiny, "create the precise material world that matches your inner world."
Attach goals to your Vision Board to make the magic happen, because, "goals give you a clear direction...You must give them enough weight and importance so that they are of real value to you" author Shakti Gawain states in her book, Creative Visualization.
The Vision Board helps you remain focused, keeps your eyes on the prize - your vision for your future. It is the conduit to "channel your natural creative energy" which will result in manifesting the future you have imagined for yourself.
What Is a Vision Board?
First of all, creating a Vision Board is as much fun as it is insightful, and they are not exactly new. Although they weren't called Vision Boards, I can remember creating boards in practically every grade of elementary school. You may have created them, too. Teachers wanted a poster showing what you wanted to be when you grew up. I would spend hours at home with magazines spread around the floor, cutting out pictures that represented what I wanted in life, pasting them to poster board. The boards probably changed for every year in elementary school. Who knew that a similar exercise could be the creation of a useful tool in adulthood? Those elementary school teachers were after more than just the 3Rs. They wanted us to visualize our futures.
You will need scissors to create your board.
Steps to Creating Your Vision Board
Vision Boards can be as simple as a sheet of paper with a few pictures that represent what you envision your life to look like. For example, you want to have enough money at your disposal so that you can spend most of your time at the beach. Find a picture or two of money, then find pictures of the beach. Cut them out and paste them to the page. Place that page or board where you will see it when you start and end your day. Voila! Your time spent on the project is probably less than forty-five minutes.
If you decide to be more elaborate, purchase poster board or foam board. You need a stiff background so that your board does not collapse in on itself or become crumpled when you hang, mount or prop it. It should be large enough to hold the important aspects and concepts of your Vision. (This is why few people will use a singe sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" flimsy paper - your Vision is going to be bigger than that.) Just be aware that if you do begin with that single sheet because you're anxious to get started, realize that you can expand or re-create your Board at any time.
Now that you've chosen what to attach your pictures to, it's time to get started.
(1) Gather magazines with pictures relevant to you and your vision. Have handy a pair of plain and/or fancy scissors, and glue. If you are very creative or would like to devote more time to your board (after all you are going to be starting and ending the day with your Vision Board) you may want to gather scraps of material, ribbon, coins or other decorative items to use as raw material for your board. You will know what you want.
(2) Cut and paste your pictures, words and any embellishments. If you can't find the words you want to use, move to the computer, create them on sites like Canva and print them. Another alternative would be to simply write them on your board or another piece of paper and, again, cut and paste. Be as whimsical or as serious as your personality tells you to be. This is your representation of your dreams and aspirations, captured for you to see each day. There is no right or wrong and there is no judgement.
(3) Put your Vision Board where you will see it preferably when you start and end your day. If you have a home office, that may be the place you choose. However, if your home office is fairly open and you are not interested in anyone else being privy to your dreams, then your bathroom or bedroom door may be your choice. The point is, this is personal and only you can determine where it will make the most impact for you.
Now that you know how to create this powerful a tool - the Vision Board - what's stopping you? Go ahead. Create that Vision Board and work toward realizing your dreams!
Copyright 2012: Cynthia Turner
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