Making a vision board has greatly benefitted my personal development and I thought it would be a useful to share the concept and take you through the process, should you like to make one! If you’re looking for a fun way to explore your desires and set some goals to achieve these, then keep reading…

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. Words or phrases can be combined, the layout can vary, and it can even be made digitally. After it’s been created, it is to be placed somewhere that would be viewable on a daily basis in order to bring your dreams into reality.

How Does it Work?

The idea stems from ‘the law of attraction’. Simply, it’s believed that by focusing on our goals regularly, we will be able to attract them into our lives. It’s also about using your energy positively which will come back to you in other ways.

By creating a vision board and keeping it within view on a daily basis, you are allowing yourself, even subconsciously, to be reminded of those goals.

And what if you think that’s a load of nonsense?

That is purely where the original idea formed from. This creative process of producing personal goals is an excellent way to discover hidden ambitions and so don’t be put off if you don’t believe in the law of attraction. It really doesn’t matter – you can do what you like with the finished piece!

What Can it Do for You?

When I created my board, it was the summer before starting my University course. I wanted to make an effort to learn more about myself in preparation; I needed goals to look forward to.

Life can often carry us along at its own pace, and it’s only when we stop to reflect on ourselves and our situation that we may realise we aren’t as satisfied as we thought. This activity is an opportunity to learn about ourselves and be inspired.

The Process: A Step by Step Guide

This method took me around a week to complete, although it’s definitely possible to do in a day. These are my own invented instructions based on how I personally went about creating a vision board.

Step 1 – Mind Map/List

To begin, make a mind map, or list if you’d prefer, to find out what exactly it is you’d like to work on. Headings like “health”, “interests” and “career” are useful to branch off into specific goals in those areas. At this stage, the more ideas the better.

It’s important to think abstractly. To take full advantage of this activity, don’t rely too heavily on writing down every material item you desire, but consider why that’s your goal. Perhaps when you strip it back you’d really like to deal with stress more efficiently. Or maybe you feel that you could be a better friend.

Step 2 – Develop Ideas

Next, focus on picking a strong 5-10 goals and develop them. To do this, take each goal and work out how you plan to achieve them. For some, it may be a constant practise rather than a straightforward ‘to-do’, but that’s perfectly okay. In fact, that’s great!

By writing these out, it will become evident if you are being overly ambitious and need to adjust your goals accordingly. Creating a vision board should be empowering and you don’t want to begin putting unnecessary pressure on yourself.

Step 3 – Find Images

Now we need to find our images to create the board itself. Pinterest is an exceptional source for finding these and by creating a virtual “board” on the app, you can have them all in one place.

This may take a little while to find the exact images that inspire you. You can have one image per goal, or multiple. It really is an choice of aesthetics. Avoid using body comparison images as these could have a negative affect on you. Rather, if your goal is to lose weight, choose an image of a park where you plan to go running for example.

Step 4 – Putting it Together

Decide if you’d like your board to be in a digital and/or physical format. Digital has the benefits of being free to create, using a software like Canva, and can be assessible via a phone lock screen.

Personally, I wanted my board to be tangible and opted to create a physical version on a canvas. I printed all my images out and arranged them to my liking before sticking them down. As with the digital version, it’s best to vary the sizing of the images to get a collage effect.

Step 5 – Final Touches

To finish, you can add any words of encouragement or quotes. Limit the number so not to overwhelm the piece and allow the images to inspire you, but having a few positive words can really enhance and complete the board.

What Should You Add? My Examples:

If you’re feeling overwhelmed as to where to start, here are a few examples of what I added to my board.

1. To achieve calm more easily

After dealing with anxiety at various points in my life, working on relaxation is a continuous effort. To tackle this, I planned to use mindfulness techniques more often, especially meditation. (More about mindfulness to tackle anxiety here!)

I used an image of someone sat cross-legged with a cup of tea in hand. This image provokes thoughts of stillness.; being present.

2. Write more often

After discovering how much I enjoyed writing, and how beneficial it was to my mental health, this had to be a goal.

For this, I used a photograph of a girl journaling on a train. The image provoked the idea of always being able to find time to do what you want. I also included images of letters, as this would be one of the types of writing I’d like to do.

3. Learn to be spiritual

Although a little hard to define, I wanted to connect with my environment and surrounds more than I was.

For this, I have elements of nature scattered on the board. This includes old architecture as a nod to my interest in history.

Final thoughts:

I believe that to truly embrace this concept, you must focus on the changes you can make on the inside. Forget about material items and concentrate on the good you can bring to others.

From my own experience of creating a vision board, I’ve been able to learn so much more about myself. I understand my values more deeply and can focus on the areas that need more work.

What’s on your mind?

Have you have made a vision board before or are thinking of making one? If so, what goals do you have in mind? Leave a comment below!

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