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Many find it hard to understand how you can use a vision board to live the life you want. However, a vision board is so much more than a collage. It’s a visual, motivational tool used to help you conceptualize everything you need to make the life you want, a reality.
And the best part is that you don’t have to be creative, artistic, or anything else, but yourself, to create one. All you need is a quiet space (free of distractions), time for some personal reflection, and these few basic supplies, most of which you can get at Big Lots:
What You Need to Create a Vision Board
- a cork board, poster board, or small canvas
- a stack of magazines and/or printed images (including a few of yourself)
- thumbtacks or pins, glue, tape
- markers, stickers, or other embellishments
How to Make a Vision Board
Before you get lost in cutting up magazines though, you’ll want to make sure that you have a plan. And that starts with clearly identified goals, dreams, aspirations – in all areas of your life – health, relationships, personal growth, spirituality, education, career, finances, travel, etc. – with as much detail and positivity as possible.
While no detail is too small when you’re trying to manifest your best life, adding negative undertones in your pics, affirmations, or anything else on your board can easily throw your flow. Remember – what you focus on expands – so instead of saying I don’t want to be struggling financially or with my weight, etc. this year, say wealth flows effortlessly into my life, without obstructions; I am grateful for the body I’ve been blessed with and all it does for me, etc.
Once you’ve flushed everything out with details and positivity, it’s time to start cutting out the images, quotes, etc. that speak to the beauty, motivation, inspiration, and positive energy needed to get your best life.
And since what you want is at the core if this process, you should consider adding a photo of yourself in a prominent position (maybe front and center) and/or by super imposing yourself into all the images you add to your board. By adding yourself into the motivational sayings and images you want in your life, it can only add to the motivation needed to visualize and achieve your dreams.
Once you feel you have what you need, gather your clippings and begin playing with their placement and that of any embellishments. Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to do this. In fact, you may find that you need more than one board, each representing a goal or certain area of your life – and that’s ok. It’s about doing whatever feels right to you at the moment.
I personally believe in having a living vision board, that I update and change as goals are met, or as I get more clarity in what the life I want, really looks like. It’s because of this that I generally use cork boards and push pins to hold everything in place, while leaving room here and there for any additions.
Once you’ve decided the best arrangement for you, you’re ready to display your vision board somewhere that you’ll be able to see it daily to maintain your focus, motivation, and inspiration toward the life you want.
This is where the work begins and you’ll now need to actually spend time every day visualizing what you need to change within yourself, to reach every item (goal) you’ve laid out. Yes, I hate to break it to you, but the reason we haven’t reached what we want out of life is because we keep getting in our own way. If you follow along, you know I try to get out of my way on the daily, and vision boards are a great visual reminder on why we need to keep pushing ourselves through all the changes needed.
Using motivational quotes through out, can help guide us through any pitfalls we may encounter as we work through each goal, because searching within can definitely stir up past hurts, fears and feelings of unworthiness, which can easily take us off track. That’s why it’s important to be gentle, patient, and kind with ourselves as we go through the process.
That’s also why I’ve decided to share some great motivational quotes to get you started – in English and Spanish – Check ’em out.
Even if things don’t change as quickly as you would like or in the way you would like, you have to be accepting of all that comes your way because everything happens for a reason. Our job is merely to observe, learn, grow, and live in gratitude for every opportunity that comes our way, as we continue to look within and let go of past hurts, fears and resentments, to reach the life we want.
Yes, it’s definitely a process, but one that has the ultimate reward waiting for you – the life you want. So I’d say it’s extremely well worth it all.
How will you be using your vision board to live the life you want?