I created my first vision board well over ten years ago when I was in the process of healing my emotional eating issues. At the time, vision boards, or even living on purpose were unfamiliar concepts. I didn’t really understand the point of creating a vision board and quite frankly, was just sort of following along with the program. I have a strong creative streak, so, I just went with it.
We were instructed to cut and paste images of things that inspired us onto a piece of poster board. So, we all sat around in a circle, chatting and cutting from magazines for about an hour. I pasted pictures of books, trees, and some words that resonated for me at the time on my board. I wasn’t being too picky about the images, I was just going with what felt right.
When I got home, I promptly stuffed my new vision board into a closet.
A couple of years later, I had just started my coaching business and was feeling a major urge to de-clutter the closet in what is now my home office. Shoved back in the corner, I found the vision board and I was shocked at what I saw.
Every image that I had cut and pasted on that board was real in my life.
It taught me the power of getting clear on what we need, want, and value and then taking aligned action towards those intentions.
The power was not in the vision board, the power was in what I did to make my vision reality.
Because here is the Truth:
Vision is merely a dream without action. ~ Joel Barker
As I look back on the first vision board, I can see that that was how it went down for me. I got clear on what I wanted, I healed the places that were out of integrity with that vision, and I took consistent action. This is the real secret!
How To Make A Vision Board That Actually Works
1. Discern your intentions.
What do you want? What do you need? What do you value? And how do you want to feel when those things are made manifest? When thinking of the feelings, be sure to choose single emotion words like free, open, joy, etc. Write it down.
2. Gather your supplies.
- blank art book (this one is my favorite)/poster board/a large sheet of paper, and/or a cork board
- markers, pens, paint
- colorful or plain paper
- magazines/books that can be cut up (some of my favorite magazines are The Simple Things, Yoga Journal, Faerie, Flow, Light of Consciousness, and Afar. I also love to get Luxury Real Estate Magazines as well as high fashion magazines as they usually have the best fonts! Check out all my favorites here. )
I use a blank art book, as I much prefer to really focus on one thing at a time.
3. Create Space.
Find a space that you feel comfortable in and that is large enough to spread out all of your supplies. A large table or the floor are usually great choices.
Choose music, light candles, burn incense, chant, gather your crystals, sing to your angels, bang drums, or anything else that supports you in feeling comfortable, relaxed, and tapped into your desires.
4. Find your images + words.
Flip through the magazines and begin tearing/cutting out images/words/phrases that appeal to you.
5. Paste them to the page.
Go through your images + words and look specifically for things that invoke the feeling under your intentions and start arranging them on your page. When it feels just right, go ahead and paste them to the page.
Set aside any images that still feel good but don’t quite fit what you are going for. You can use them in future pages or boards.
Be sure not to choose images that send you into compare and despair or that otherwise feel crappy! (One of the biggest mistakes people make with vision boards!)
6. Put your vision board somewhere that you can see it.
Your vision board can now be used as a visual reminder of what you are working torwards in your life. Look at your board often and connect with why you created it. You can pin the pages up somewhere so that you can see them, leave the book open on your table, or anything else that helps you to connect. Or, if it is more helpful for you, you can close the book or put the page away. Whatever feels the best, do that.
7. Write a “make it real” list.
Make a list of the things you could experiment with to start living out your values NOW. That is the awesome things about using your values to guide you, you can be successful NOW, without waiting for something external to change.
Be sure to ground your list in things that you are actually in control of. If you are already doing things that feel the way you want, make note of that, too. Get as specific as you can and start choosing those things as often as possible.
8. Notice + heal any resistance.
This is where the rubber meets the road.
As your begin making your visions real, you may start to notice resistance in the form of stories, habits, and patterns that are in the way. Heal them so that you can move closer and closer to what you want. As a healer, I can help you with this part. Learn how to work with me here.
Continue to check in and ask yourself how things are going. Make adjustments and keep fine tuning. Trust the process and remember, you wouldn’t be able to dream it if it wasn’t a possibility.
One of the most powerful decisions I ever made was to take responsibility for my life, instead of just letting life happen to me.
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