It can take a lot of critical thinking and reflection to capture great dreams, visions and set ambitious goals for your life. Achieving these goals, however, will require more than just hard work and determination.
You need the whole of your mind to cooperate with you to achieve your goals. This is why vision boards are essential – using imageries you can relate with to prepare your subconscious mind for action.
In this article, you’ll find some vision board ideas that can help you visualize your dreams and goals for different areas of your life.
What Exactly Is a Vision Board?
A vision board is the image of your future. A tangible representation of where you are going.((Jack Canfield: How to Create a Vision Board))
Vision board is a visual representation of the dreams and goals that you aim to achieve. It is a collage of images and texts meant to stimulate your imagination and make you visualize your goals.
One of the main reasons why having a vision board is important is that it gives you a daily reminder about your goals and dreams. In addition, by placing the ‘images of your ideal future’ before you daily, you will find the right emotion, motivation, and energy to pursue and achieve your dreams.
Another reason why making a vision board is good for you is that it forces you to think clearly about what you want for your future. This keeps you focused as you make choices about what your pursuits would be.
Vision boards also help you to get your mind ready to take action whenever an opportunity presents itself for the accomplishment of your goals. Because you have consistently fed your mind with visual information about something, your mind will notify you when it comes in contact with any related opportunity. It will also stimulate you to take action. Therefore, you can train your mind to identify opportunities with vision boards.
5 Steps to Creating a Vision Board
In order to create a vision board that will resonate with your personal dreams and vision and drives you towards their accomplishment, you can take the following steps:
1. Reflect and Write out Your Dreams and Goals
What are the things that are most important to you? What are the big goals of your life? What would you like to accomplish in the next year, three years, or five years? What are those things you wish to accomplish in your lifetime?
Think about these things and write them down.
2. Collect Relevant Images to Your Goals
After writing down your goals, it’s time to visualize them.
Begin to collect relevant images of people, places, objects, texts, quotes, and even your own pictures that represent the images of your mind. You can cut out some sections of a magazine or find images on the internet.
Type a search query on platforms like Pinterest, it will return loads of images that are relevant to your search.
3. Make a Collage from Your Collections
Assemble what you’ve got and then make a collage from them. Arrange them in a way that each of the items can be seen easily. You can place them on plane papers, cardboards, poster boards, etc.
4. Personalize Your Vision Board
Add your own words to your vision board, you can use markers, paints, stickers, quote cards, or your computer, etc. to add words to those images in a way that will inspire you.
5. Display Your Vision Board
Display your vision board where you can get to see it every day. Place it in your bedroom, office space or any other place that is conspicuous.
Vision Board Ideas for Achieving Your Goals
To become truly successful in life, the key areas of your life must be put into consideration. Therefore, when making your vision board, create different columns for your different aspects of life:
- Physical health
- Family life and relationships
- Work and career prosperity
- Wealth and money satisfaction
- Spiritual wellness
- Mental strength
If you have space, you can also have separate vision boards for each of these key areas so that your vision board will not become cumbersome.
Below are some tips for creating vision boards for each of those areas I have mentioned. Sample images sourced from Pinterest are also provided for illustration purposes.
You have to keep fit, happy and healthy and exude optimum physical energy to face daily demands. This is something you can put on your vision board to remind yourself every day.
For example, if you are aiming to trim down, you can find images of your ideal shape and size; this could be someone else you admire; a model, athlete, a weight loss success story or any other figure that represents what you desire.
If there are certain foods that you think you want to incorporate into your diet to stay healthy, look for those images. You can also find some quotes about healthy living and make a collage from your collection and place them on your vision board.
Family & Relationships Fulfillment
You have to be deliberate about enjoying peace, harmony, and happiness in your family and relationships. Therefore, feed your mind with daily inspirational images to shape your thoughts, behavior, and approaches in your family life.
Start by writing out what you want for your family and relationships. This might be related to living in a home of your dream, or you and your partner escaping to some islands for vacation. They can also be in the form of words affirming your love for your spouse and your commitment to your marriage or raising your children in a certain way.
Look for images, quotes or write out your own thoughts on cards and make a collage with them.
Work & Career Prosperity
Whether it is getting your desired job, climbing the career ladder or simply boosting your paycheck, you can find images like the ones below and arrange them on your vision board to inspire yourself to action.
You can also look for images of the kind of companies you want to work for, or an individual who currently have a similar portfolio like the one desire to have and put them on your vision board.
Wealth & Money Satisfaction
A vision board can help you to manifest wealth and money satisfaction. This can be achieved by using images and words that can inspire you to make more money, save more and invest more.
The goal will be to have enough money to take care of all that you’ll ever need and still have extra. As you look at these images every day, you will find inspiration and ideas to make it work.
To keep your spirit and soul sound, you need to fill your mind with daily inspiration that will keep you happy and fulfilled.
Collect images that speak to the kind of spiritual experience that you desire, make them into a collage and place them or your vision board like the ones below.
Achieving your goals requires a high level of mental alertness, motivation, and resilience. You need to keep your mind in a state that it can withstand the pressures that come from work, family, and society.
Collect images of personal affirmation, encouragement, and motivation to keep your head above the waters.
Going Digital with Vision Boards
Making vision boards for different areas of your life might require space and time that you might not have. However, with digital vision boards, you can create as many as you like and access them on the go on your computer and mobile devices.
To create a digital vision board, you can use online tools like Pinterest, Canva, or the tools available on your computer such as Paint to make a collage. To cut and save pictures online, use the Snipping Tool (or Grab if you use Mac).
Once you have made your vision board, you can then set it as your homescreen, screen saver or put it on a slideshow to display when your computer is idle.
The Bottom Line
You will get the most from vision boards when you determine to put in the efforts required to attain your goals. Study confirms that people who visualize themselves carrying out the requirements for achieving their goals have more chances to succeed than people who visualized themselves getting the goals.((Inc: Science Says Your Vision Board Actually Decrease Chances of Success…)) So, incorporate more actionable images and words on your vision boards!
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