There are a few essential steps if you want to make a vision board that works. In fact, a lot of conversation about vision boards leave out the parts that are truly essential. So, if you want to learn how to make a vision board that works, that doesn’t leave out the most important steps, is this is the post for you.
But, before we dig into the exact steps for making a vision board that works, let me tell you how I came to make my first vision board.
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 and had paid my hard earned money to be there, 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 put pictures of books, trees, and a few words that resonated 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 was kind of embarrassed that I had tiptoed so far into the land of the woo (lol, if only that version of me could see me now), so, I promptly stuffed my new vision board into the far corners of a closet.
A couple of years later, I had just started my 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.
I had made a vision board that works!
Every single image that I had cut and pasted on that board was real in my life.
At that moment, I realized how powerful it is to create your vision, take action that is aligned with that vision, and heal the blocks to making it all real.
But, since my vision board had been hidden in the closet, I also knew this:
It’s not the vision board that works. It’s the clear vision + all the other things I did to make my visions a 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 Works
Use these steps as a guide for creating a vision board that works.
1. Figure out what you REALLY want.
What do you want? Like, what do you REALLY want? (not sure, CLICK HERE)
What do you need?
What do you value?
How do you want to feel when those things are your reality?
(When thinking of the feelings, be sure to choose single emotion words like free, open, joy, etc.)
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 actually want. If you pursue shit that you think you should want or what you’ve been conditioned to work, not only will your vision board be useless, but your life will also really SUCK. Satisfaction comes when we are living in integrity with what really matters to us.
2. Gather your supplies.
The exact supplies you’ll need will depend on exactly what kind of vision board you are making. But, in general, you will need the following:
- something to attach images to, such as:
- blank art book with mixed media paper (this one is my favorite)
- poster board
- a large sheet of paper
- a cork board
- index cards, etc.
- something to attach images to, such as:
- something to affix the images such as glue, clips, or pins
- markers, pens, paint
- colorful or plain paper for adding personal flair
What kind of vision board do you want to make and what supplies will you need?
3. Create Sacred 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.
What else do you need to create some sacred space to make your vision board in?
4. Find your images + words.
At this step, you are going to find images and words that resonate with your intention, without actually attaching them to anything. Just find images and words that appeal to you by flipping through the magazines and cutting them out.
If you don’t find exactly what you are looking for, get creative and make your own. You can print things from the web, draw, or even just write things on colorful paper.
What images and words seem to resonate most with your intention?
5. Find the ones that resonate and then, paste them to the page.
In this step, you are going to go through the images and words that you chose and see which ones actually invoke the FEELING of what you REALLY want (not sure what you want? click here).
For example, let’s say that your intention is to love yourself more and the feeling “under” that intention is wellbeing.
As you go through the magazines, you find images of people working out at the gym, smoothies, and airbrushed models.
But, when you look at those pictures, you actually feel like you aren’t good enough or like you won’t ever get there.
Those feelings are the opposite of your desired feeling of wellbeing, which means that those AREN’T the images to put on your vision board!
You want to select images that actually conjure the feeling of wellbeing.
Perhaps that is images of a beautiful field of flowers, the ocean, or a lovely cottage in the woods.
Once you find the images that conjure your desired feelings, then, and only then should you affix them to your vision board.
How does looking at your board feel?
Does it feel like the feelings “under” your intention?
6. Put your vision board somewhere that you can see it.
Once your vision board is complete, it can now be used as a visual reminder of what you’re desired feelings, intentions, and personal core values.
Look at your board often and connect with the feelings under the intention of the board.
You can pin the pages up somewhere so that you can see them or put them away and pull it out from time to time.
Whatever helps you connect with the feelings of your desire is what matters here.
Would you prefer to see your vision board often or do you prefer to pull it out at select times?
With that in mind, where is the best place to put your vision board?
7. Write a “make it real” list.
Make a list of the things you could start doing to live in alignment with your intention RIGHT NOW.
Don’t wait to feel how you want to feel. Put your values and intention into action. That is the awesome thing about living intentionally and being guided by your personal core values.
You don’t have to wait for external things to change in order to create success. You can choose them, and therefore be a success with them NOW.
In that same vane, be sure to ground your list in the things that you are actually in control of, which is your:
You cannot control anything outside of you, including other people. So, if you come up with things other than your own internal state or actions, look at the above list of things you can actually control and make a new list.
Start putting your aligned actions into practice right away.
What aligned actions can you start taking right now, to make your intentions your reality?
8. Notice + Heal the Wounds of Worthiness
This is where the rubber meets the road and it’s the part that hardly anyone talks about when talking about a vision board that works.
As you begin taking action and making your vision real, you will start to notice blocks in the form of stories, limiting beliefs, unhealed emotional wounds, habits, and unconscious patterns that are in the way. In particular, you may start to notice that you “feel” unworthy of what you really want. This is the crux of all healing and it is work that must be done in order for you to live your vision. Nothing has gone wrong when this happens. It’s how alchemy (aka transformation) works.
Healing that resistance, coupled with your aligned actions, is HOW you create a life that is filled with your heartfelt dreams and desires. There is no way around that, my friend.
What blocks do you notice as you start putting visions into action?
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.
As you move closer to your vision, what adjustments need to be made?
Ultimately, making a vision board that works is about get really clear about what you want (click here), start taking steps towards that vision, and heal the blocks that show up along the way. It’s really as simple (but perhaps not always easy!) as that.