How to Make a Vision Board
By Canvas Zoo
A vision board is simply a collage of pictures or representations of things you want to be, do or have in your life. You can use magazine cut outs, drawings, writings, photos, or any other embellishments that can remind you of your goals. The theory is that that you bring about positive change by focusing positive thoughts and energy on the things you want to attract.
There are tons of examples of people achieving their goals after implementing a vision board. Oprah is a Vision Board enthusiast, Olympic gold-medal gymnast, Nastia Liukin, researched the medals to be awarded in Beijing and put photos of them on her board, and even Walt Disney made a vision board of Disneyland years before theme parks existed.
You can use a vision board to achieve your fitness or career goals, become more confident or calm, build or create relationships, or anything that really matters to you!
While crafting your board, it’s important to be honest with yourself about what you really want. Clearly defining your goals in your mind is the first step to making your vision a success. Use present tense statements, like “I am” so that you really get into the spirit of achieving your goals. Be sure to use images and phrases that evoke a strong emotional desire to accomplish your dreams. When you can actually see your dreams in front of you daily, they seem do-able and tend to stay in the front of your mind throughout the day. You begin to notice more opportunities and ways to do what’s needed to fulfill your vision. Your board will help use the “law of attraction” to begin to manifest those things into your life.
Supplies you’ll need for creating a Vision Board:
– A board to attach your images. (We provide this in our Canvas Zoo Vision Boarding session)
– A big stack of different magazines, books, stickers, paper, drawings, clippings and photos. (We have tons, but if you have more stuff that relates to your goals specifically, bring it!)
– Some type of adhesive (we use glue dots and acid free tape, but you could use anything you feel comfortable with)
Before you begin your vision board:
Being artistic is not required to create a vision board. It helps to start with a clear and positive outlook. Find a quiet place and ask yourself what it is that you really want. Maybe your answer comes easily, maybe it requires lots of thought. There are many tools you can use to help you with your answer(s), including journaling, drawing, meditation or prayer, even music or dance — anything that helps you tap into your intuition and inner hopes and desires. Don’t get discouraged if your board starts as one thing and finishes completely differently, that’s called the creative process and it’s very important. You may be surprised with what you discover about yourself through the creation of your board!
How to create your vision board:
Step 1: Start compiling your images. No arranging or gluing yet! Have fun looking through photos, notes and magazines collecting only pieces that make you excited about your vision. If you like, you can search for images on the web and print out relevant images or sayings. Place all your clipping in a pile. Talk about your goals with the other people in your session. It’s fun to have people all working towards positivity one place! Yell out what you are looking for. They can help you find pictures specific to your vision and soon everyone is working together, creating visions for betting their lives.
Step 2: Begin to go through your pile to choose your favorites. Use your intuition to choose the right images. Think about everything relating to your goal, such what would happen if you achieved your goal. For instance, if your goal is to be financially successful then select pictures that capture your ideas. Asking yourself the following questions might help:
What would you do differently when you realize your goal?
Where would you live?
What things would you own?
What would you do for work or fun?
Who would you help?
What would you do with your time?
Who would you spend time with?
Once you have your images selected, you will begin to see how they might be arranged. Some people arrange their board with each section being a different goal, some create more of a timeline, some use a more random approach. A good rule of thumb is to use larger pictures as background, cut out smaller images to go in front. There is no “right way” so do whatever feels right for you. Be as creative as you like!
Step 3: Glue! Your board should resonate with your feelings and give you an emotional connection to your vision board. After you are satisfied with the arrangement, glue all your pictures in place. You can paint on it, or write words with markers, add stickers, or whatever will make you most excited about your vision!
Step 4: We’ll take a digital capture of your vision board and then create a personalized canvas that you will be able to display. You can have us digitally add words, sayings or photos. We can frame it for you, give you a CD of your vision board or print it nearly any size.
Step 5: Hang your vision board in a place where you will see it often. Spend time every day looking at your board so that your unconscious mind has more exposure to your goals. Your vision board should give you an overwhelming sense to manifest your vision. Open your mind to all the miracles that can happen in your life!
Things to Think about when Creating your board
1. What types of goals work with a vision board?
All Goals! You may want to master the piano, start your own business, spend more time with your family, make more money, create a better you – anything that is important to you can be expressed on your board.
2. What if I’m not sure about my goals?
You can still make a vision board! Start with images that excite you or make you happy. You don’t have to know why you love them, just that you do! Once you have all your images in a pile, you will begin to see a pattern with them. What do they say about you, or your goals? What does it mean? Look at each image to figure out what your life is missing. You may not understand right away, it may take months for it to become clear. Use the board to focus on what your intuition is telling you!
3. Should I use photos of myself?
Yes! You want to be in your vision, don’t you? Don’t be shy about including yourself in your best life!