The concept of a vision board was something I discovered not too long ago. Totally new to the idea, I did some research and felt compelled to make one. The process itself was beneficial and it has helped me create clear goals for the future.
This being my very first post on this site, I thought it would be a good way to introduce myself! I aim to share my experiences of creating a vision board and its benefits so far. I will also go through some of the images I used and what they represent to me.
What is a “vision board“?
A collection of carefully selected images that each represent the future goals of an individual.
I imagine it to be a mood-board for the mind; taking your aspirations and throwing them at a canvas. Some words or phrases can be combined, the layout can vary, and it could even be made digitally. After it’s been created, it is to be placed somewhere that would be accessible on a daily basis.
How does it work?
It’s based around the law of attraction. The more focus there is on achieving those goals, there should be an equal reciprocation in the positive opportunities that arise. Similarly, it can be seen as manifesting those positive thoughts and feelings into reality. Having a vision board to look at every day will naturally increase those thoughts.
In my opinion, I don’t think it matters too much about the accuracy of this theory. The process of coming up with specific achievable goals is, in itself, a great way to realise true ambitions. Through making one myself, I noticed what was actually most important to me and that in itself holds value. Also now when I do look at my board it gives me clarity and focus and is a reminder of what I am striving for.
Why did I choose to make one?
I’ll be starting University in September after taking a gap year and it was during this time that I’d made an effort to learn more about myself. Becoming a student again is incredibly exciting and I felt it was a good time for me to set myself some goals for the near future. I believe I am ready for change and so wanted to embrace it in all aspects.
Self-reflection has also become increasingly important to me as I have tried to become more open-minded to allow myself to grow. I understood that my ambitions on my board would be more about mental changes compared to solely material items. To continue evolving into better versions of myself.
The Process: A Step by Step Guide
I created my vision board over the course of about a week. I had no guide to follow and so created my own method. If you are wanting to make your own board then please do feel free to follow these steps.
Step 1 – Mind Map
I first started with a mind map. I used headings such as “health”, “interests” and “career” to branch off into specific goals in those areas. At this stage, the more ideas the better.
I also made sure to focus more on concepts such as “an ability to feel calmer”. To just be completely materialistic I believe would be not taking full advantage of what a vision board can provide. It’s an opportunity for personal growth and development.
Step 2 – Develop Ideas
I then picked out a smaller selection of the most important changes I wanted to make and wrote about how I was going to achieve them. Personally, this was a great idea because I could see exactly how realistic they were.
Most people give themselves a year to accomplish their goals and so by writing out how gives a good restriction to avoid becoming overly ambitious.
Step 3 – Find Images
Next on the list was to collate images. I decided to source all of mine on Pinterest as I find it easy to save the images onto a board, having them all in one place. I was looking for very specific images that would instantly reflect my goals. Surprisingly, this did take a while to find the exact pictures I needed.
Fitness had been something I’d taken time to work on but I knew to avoid images of toned bodies in fear of comparison. For this example I used a cropped image of a woman doing the plank, which would then also represent strength.
Step 4 – Putting it Together
I knew from the beginning that I wanted my vision board to be tangible and so opted out of the digital version. However, Canva would be a good site to use to create one online.
I saved all of the images onto my laptop to be printed out. After a failed first attempt, I then made sure to resize the images so that some were larger than others, as the collage effect wouldn’t otherwise work. It also helped in piecing them together on the canvas. Admittedly, I didn’t plan the layout beforehand but thankfully it worked out well.
Step 5 – Final Touches
To finish, I added a couple of quotes and some words. I didn’t add too many so not to overwhelm the overall appearance , but I thought they would be a positive addition in creating inspiration. I chose to use emotions; words that represented the feelings I would have after accomplishing each of my ambitions.
What I added to my board…
I’d like to share a few of my personal ambitions that I included on my vision board.
As I mentioned previously, I tried to focus more heavily on mental adaptions. I can sometimes find myself quite anxious, and I overthink more than I’d like. Because of this, one of my goals was to strengthen my relaxation ability and achieve a sense of calm more naturally. Mindfulness was an important step and so I used an image of someone sat cross-legged with a cup of tea in hand. This image provokes thoughts of stillness. Being present. Taking the time to notice the moment. It also gave a hint to meditation as I aim to meditate for longer periods at a time.
Another significant ambition of mine is to write more often. For this, I have an image of a girl journaling on a train. The idea that she is using the time to write whilst on her way to somewhere, making the most of her time, is motivating. I also have an image of letters, as I plan to write to my family, and books where I will get my inspiration of subjects to write about. In this way, there are many of my images that overlap, and most have more than one suggestion.
I have parts of nature creeping through, as part of my journey to become more spiritual. I have the outside of a vintage shop to remind me to be more consumer conscious and so look for sustainable and eco-friendly options. Old architecture is featured, so I don’t forget to visit these types of places and is a nod to my love of history. The best part of this vision board is how they all connect. When I look at it, it really does make me feel motivated and look forward to working on these goals.
I think for this to have a significant impact, it’s best to think about your true desires. Forget about material items and concentrate on the good you can bring to others. What impact would you like to have on the world and how would you like to feel? Personal growth is so incredibly important and in my opinion should be embraced. Every day is a new day to improve.
In my own experience, the vision board has helped me to learn more about myself. I understand more deeply about my values and the areas I’d like to work on. Realistically, it’s not even about ticking a box and completing something. The goals I’ve set are improvements towards something bigger and therefore, any step in the right direction is an achievement.
What’s on your mind?
Have you have made a vision board before or thinking of making one? If so what goals do you have in mind? Leave a comment below!