On January 1, 2016, I made my very first vision board. While it mostly centered around getting pregnant (we were 2 years into TTC at the time), there were also some inspiring images for traveling, eating healthfully and staying focused, connected and creative.
I found the process of making a vision board to be incredibly hopeful. As someone who struggles to stay positive, the act of allowing myself to visualize and fantasize about my dream year felt encouraging.
What is a vision board? It’s a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. It’s a board of images and words that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.
Making a vision board can be deeply satisfying. Not only is it a cheap and easy way to feel creative, it also helps you actively visualize and set your intention for the new year. And whether it’s January 1 or August 19, there’s never a wrong time to make one.
All you need is a piece of poster board, some scissors, tape and/or glue, and a bunch of old magazines…but also feel free to get creative if you feel inspired! You can print stuff off the Internet, use old cards, stickers, postcards, whatever you want!
Here are some tips and things to keep in mind as you start your vision board:
- Get really clear and specific about what you want. Just like in goal-setting, try to steer away from broad, sweeping, generalized desires. Get really clear about what you want and focus on the specifics.
- Ignore your “limiting beliefs.” When you begin searching for images and words you want to add, sometimes little gremlins can pop up in your thinking. They might look or sound like, “Yeah right! You’ll never have that! You don’t deserve that! Who do you think you are?” Everyone’s limiting beliefs are different, but do your best to block them out. Focus on what you want. What you deserve. Listen to your instincts when searching out images and words.
- Ask God/Your Higher Power/The Universe for what you want. You know the phrase “The squeaky wheel gets the grease?” It’s true with vision boards, too. You have to ask for the things you want. And while you’re asking for stuff, also ask God/Your Higher Power/The Universe for freedom from the “limiting beliefs” you uncovered in the earlier step.
- Trust. This is the hardest step for me…trusting in your vision board and that what you ask for will manifest itself.
- Act as if you already have what you want. Instead of thinking “I wish I was pregnant” or “I want a baby,” change your thinking to “I am pregnant. I have a baby.” Sure, it might sound silly or delusional and I don’t recommend telling people this at parties, but just changing your verbs to active and present tenses is helpful in the visualization process.
- Practice gratitude. Be grateful for all the gifts you’ve already been given. Take time to recognize the blessings in your life. Maybe consider writing down three things you are grateful for each day by keeping a gratitude journal.
- Make a peaceful space. Light some candles. Put on a calming playlist. Do whatever you need to do to get in the zone and really focus on your future.
- Take action. Obviously there is no sorcerer or potion that will make your dreams magically come true. You still have to put in work.
- Receive. Open your arms to the gifts of the universe and be ready and willing to accept the good things you have asked for.
- Hang your board somewhere prominent. You don’t need to hang it on the refrigerator or anything like that, but find a place for it where you will see it frequently. Maybe in the area where you get ready in the mornings. Don’t just throw it in the back of a closet and throw dirty shoes at it all year.
And if you’re anything like me, it helps to have a sense of humor. While I definitely take this vision board making seriously, I also laugh at myself constantly during this process (what did I tell you? TRUST is hard for me). If you want a good laugh about vision boards, I recommend you watch this episode of the hit series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” in which the gang makes their own borderline-insane vision boards. Lolz for days.
Do you have any vision board-making tips or ideas? Leave them below in the comments; I wanna read ’em!