What’s a vision board? Quite simply it’s a blank poster board you glue images of what you want to bring into your life. Is it magic? Not really, although it may seem miraculous as the images you use start to become reality.
How Do Vision Boards Work?
Our subconscious mind is a powerful tool. The information and images you put into your subconscious mind (much like a computer) are what your mind uses to create your reality. You are simply programming your mind to give you specific output. Placing your vision Board in a prominent spot reminds you (and your subconscious) what you are working toward. Much like the (positive or negative) stories we tell our self filter how we see the world. In the words of Oprah, “change your stories and you change your world”!
By creating a visual of your goals you speak to both sides of your brain.
So Where Does the Clarifying Come In?
Collecting images of your goals forces you to actually name, visualize, and list them. How can we bring something into our lives if we don’t know what “it” is or what it looks like to us?
Listen to your inner self while you actually sift images to glue to the board. Images you thought you would use often change or seem “wrong” somehow at the last minute. Listen to that inner voice. Creating a vision board is a powerful message that you are willing to bring joy to yourself.
Supplies to Make a Vision Board
- Blank poster board (Staples and Office Depot are good sources)
- Rubber cement is best, glue sticks work but don’t last as long
- Images! Search your favorite magazines. Make it fun. Colored paper sheet books scrapbookers use are good for background
- Markers, colored pens, glitter, paints, etc
- Make your board 3D using objects such as buttons, yarn, etc. Check out a local craft store for ideas.
Let this be fun!
Last weekend I got together with a couple of friends for a Vision Board Party. We brought images from magazines, photos, drawings; anything that spoke to us of what we wanted to have in our lives. Through much laughter we brought the images together on our boards. My finished board is pictured above. To visualize the women I help with my business coaching, I used an image of a ship taking a journey with the words “Dream Big”. The Her Next Step logo is close to the ship. This year I’m selling yarn I’ve bought and will never use through an Etsy shop.
Christine Kane has written a great blog post about vision boards here. Worth a look. Christine discusses different types of vision boards and goes into detail about their creation.
Know of some other vision board resources? Has a vision board worked for you? Let us know in the comments below!