I created my first vision board, many years ago, when I was in a group therapy program for women in recovery from eating disorders. At the time, I had never heard of concepts like visioning, alignment, or deliberate creation. I also had no idea that I was in charge of, and responsible, for the way I experience life.
Blame and shame were the name of my game. (Excessive rhyming not intended.)
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 did (and still do) 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 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 had been made manifest.
I wanted to know how this happened. I began researching the law of attraction, and while I resonated with some of it, it was mostly a turn off for me. What felt more resonant for me was the idea of deliberately creating what we want by setting intentions, healing our resistance to those intentions, and taking aligned action towards them.
Because here is the Truth:
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Alignment is about finding the feeling inside of the things we want and then deliberately choosing the things that create those feelings. This is true in our lives as well as our businesses.
As I look back on the first vision board, I can see that that was how it went down for me. I trusted the feelings inside of those images and then took action towards creating them. With that, here is how to make a vision board that works:
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How To Make A Vision Board That Actually Works
1. Discern your intentions.
What do you want? 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.
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 (my favorite magazines are The Simple Things, Law of Attraction, 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!)
I use a blank art book, as I much prefer to focus on single feelings at a time, and really enjoy flipping through to see the story I’m creating with the book.
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!
6. Connect with the feeling.
Look at your board and connect with the feelings inside of 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 create more of those same feelings right now. 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 to deliberately create the business + life (and feelings) you want, 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 closet to what you want.
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 become a deliberate creator, instead of just letting life happen to me. I, of course, have had my ups and downs and have required deep levels of healing. But, with faith and trust, I am getting there.