10 Things To Remember When Creating A Vision Board in 2021 (To Make Sure It Works)
It is that time of the year again.
You know… the time when everyone makes goals and new years resolutions knowing fully well that they do not intend to keep them.
Admit it- you have done it.
I have done it.
I think we have all done it.
You see, It is so easy to set intentions and make resolutions. When it comes to actually taking action? That’s another story.
Not this year friend!
Vision boards are a tool that really work to help you stay on track with your goals.
I discovered this practice a few years ago and immediately noticed a difference in my motivation and ability to work towards acomplishing my goals.
Vision boards work… when you do them the right way!
In this post, I will be sharing my unique process for making a vision board (the easy way, no clean up involved) as well 10 things that you must remember to do if you would like your vision board to work for you.
What Is A Vision Board?
A vision board is a visual representation of the things that you would like to achieve in a given time.
It is a tool that help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on what truly matters to you.
While most people make vision boards around the new year, it is important to recognize that you can make a vision board any time.
You may choose to make a vision board for your life in general or for specific aspects of your life such as your career, health, relationships or any other part of your life that you would like to focus on.
Just as how long you choose to set your vision is up to each individual to decide, what goes on the vision board is also personal.
The idea behind a vision board is that you are able to set goals and utilize the power of visualization to help you make those goals a reality.
Why Is A Vision Board Important In 2021?
To put it simply, we as human beings have the power to shape the direction that we would like our lives to go in. Through the power of visualization, a vision board can really change the outcomes of your life.
Visualization is a practice that is not new. In fact, athletes have used visualization techniques for many years to improve their performance. Scientific studies have shown that visualization has many of the same effects on the brain as physical activity.
So when you create a vision board and you look at it often enough, it can have the same effect on your brain as if it was reality. If all this new age, woo-woo talk has you feeling a little uneasy, stick with me!
Creating a vision board is not a ritual that suddenly allows you to manifest anything you put on there. In order for your vision board to work, you need to make sure to do the work!
Your vision board will only help to keep your vision or your goals top of mind, but it is up to you to take deliberate action every day to make that vision a reality.
How To Make A Vision Board That Works (Step by Step Guide)
Before you even start to make your vision board you need to reflect on the past year.
Reflection is something that we should be doing regularly anyways. So I like to write in my journal and then go back and read my old journal entries.
This gives you a chance to evaluate where you are at and I think it is so important to do this regularly!
Think about what has worked, what hasnt, places for opportunity.
Journal What You Want!
There is something powerful about just putting pen to paper and writing things down. This is something that has actually been shown to help you reach your goals even faster.
When you journal, make sure that you are as specific as you can be by writing down all the goals that come to your mind.
Set the mood by playing some relaxing music, maybe light a candle. Whatever you need to do to get you as relaxed as possible.
It is also important that you do this step alone. When you are around other people, you tend to get distracted more easily and can allow them to influence what you put down as a goal.
If you want a vision board that works, the absolute BEST thing that you can do for yourself is to get clear about what you want and really really want.
You can also come up with a word for the year.
Decide What Kind of Vision Board You Will Create
At this point you will be clear on what should go on your vision board. It is time to decide whether you will make a digital or physical board.
If you choose to make a physical vision board, you will need the following supplies:
- something to attach images to, such as mixed media paper, poster board, or corkboard.
- something to stick the pictures with- glue, clips, or pins
- markers, pens, paint
- Colourful or plain paper for adding personal flair
- Magazines/books that can be cut up
Alternatively, you can create a digital vision board.
Digital Vision Board With Canva
The process to create a vision board on Canva is simple. On the canva homepage, you can create a document using custom dimensions.
You simply choose a dimension that best suits your needs.
For my vision board, I chose to make it 20 x 16 in. This was because I knew that I would be printing it and mounting it in a poster frame with those dimensions.
Find Pictures For The Vision Board
There are many places where you can go to find pictures for your vision board,
If you are doing a traditional vision board where you cut and stick, you can start by cutting out pictures from magazines and newspapers.
Otherwise, you can also go on the internet and find pictures that meet your needs. These are my favourite places to find pictures for the vision board.
Sort And Arrange The Pictures and Words
Once you have your pictures, you can start arranging the pictures and words in a way that makes sense. I choose to group similar themes together in the same part of the page. For instance anything related to spirituality goes in the centre, then I build out to other more peripheral parts of my life.
Once you have your board, you can send it to a local printer to get printed.
Simply mount this printout to the mounting board or picture frame that you have chosen for your vision board.
Of course you may choose to leave your vision board on your computer if you would like to keep it digital.
Things To Remember If You Want A Vision Board That Works!
Creating a vision board is simply not enough. If you want your vision board to work, you must remember that success comes only when you take action. Your vision board is a tool that will motivate you to continue taking action.
1. Be specific about the things that you want
The more specific you are about what you want to do, the easier it is because you are now able to create a strategy to help you get there.
Creating a vision board is all about getting crystal clear of what you would like to achieve and creating a visual representation so that you are able to remind yourself of it day in and day out.
2. Refer back to your vision board often
What most people do is that they create a vision board and forget about it until it is time to start making a new vision board.
That is why I chose to print my digital vision board out and mount it in a poster frame in my office. The idea is that by keeping it there, I am likely to keep referring back to it over and over again.
If you work away from home or are out and about for a significant amount of time, you can also keep your digital vision board on your phone.
The idea is to keep your vision board in a prominent position so that you can refer back to it. Even if it is for a few seconds per day, this will help to ensure that it works.
3. Be clear on your WHY
It is important to have a clear understanding of why you want the things that you have included in your vision board. Knowing your WHY gives you a deeper sense of motivation.
People are more inclined to work towards something if they truly understand why they are doing it. The same is true for your vision board.
To determine your why, ask yourself:
- why is this image included on your vision board?
- what is its significance?
- what would it mean for you if you were to accomplish it?
4. Your vision board must evoke emotion
To improve your chances of success, you will need to focus not only on WHAT you would like to achieve, but also HOW you would like to feel when you achieve those things.
Research has shown time and time again that emotion is a stronger motivating factor than words or visuals alone.
4. Set Actionable Goals
Your vision board is likely filled with big goals- your big vision.
Focusing on our big picture goals can often be overwhelming if we do not have a clear path for hoe we are going to get there.
For this reason, it is really important to set actionable steps that will help you reach those goals. You can work on these steps everyday until you reach the goal.
5. Don’t be afraid to change and move things around
Many people fill up their boards with images and words and are not open to the idea of flexibility with their board.
The problem is that life is never that rigid and your vision board does not have to be set in stone.
Instead, be open to the idea of updating your board as you progress through life.
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Ultimately, making a vision board that works is really quite easy. Start with reflection and taking inventory of where you are now. Then get really clear about all the things that you want. Once you know this, you can start taking intentional action towards that vision.