We all have dreams of what we want out of life. Maybe it’s a beautiful house in a warm climate. Or it could be an amazing job that you love. You might see yourself lying on beaches in exotic spots around the world. Can you really see, feel, and, above all, experience those dreams? It’s hard to claim them for yourself if you can’t really see and feel yourself living all of the scenarios. There is a way to focus your mental and spiritual energy on your goals: a vision board.
A vision board is a physical or virtual board where you can post photos and/or affirmations related to your dreams. The vision board (as the name implies) is meant to help you visualize your goals and dreams. If you want to be successful and live your dreams, you’ll have to create big goals and never lose sight of them! Here is how to make a vision board.
Set Your Goals
First, you need goals. You might have some in your head, but have you ever organized and articulated them? This is important. Sit down and really think about what you want from life. Don’t rush. Making a vision board is pretty time consuming, so you won’t want to change your goals frequently. I recommend thinking about and tweaking your goals for a couple weeks before you settle on them.
Also, be specific. When you make a vision board, you have to put items there you can specifically visualize. Wanting to be “rich” is a bad goal for a vision board. Wanting to have over a million dollars in your bank account is better.
Choose Your Medium
When figuring out how to make a vision board, you’ll have to decide the medium. The most popular is to actually create a physical board with printed pictures. If you choose this option, then you can go out and buy a bulletin board, poster board, or other structure. You can place it on a wall and always have access to it.
There is also a virtual option. This lets you put your photos on a computer and let them cycle using a program. This option is easier and cheaper since it involves no printing of photos. Plus, you can take it with you via tablets and smartphones. Just make sure you’re not distracted with your phone (like focusing on your texts) with this option.
The main focus of the vision board revolves around your photos. Find photos that correspond to your dreams and goals. Be specific. If you want to live in a mansion, then find a photo of a mansion you want to live in. Don’t just choose the first picture you find, but the one that you connect with and love. If you want football season tickets, find a photo of your team’s season tickets. You get the point.
Once you’ve found your photos, you can use them “as is” or, if you have the skills, modify them. Gimp is a free program (http://www.gimp.org/) that does similar things to Photoshop. You can put yourself in photos, change details (like scanning your current bank statement and changing the amount to two million dollars), or add writing. Be creative and have fun with the process.
If you use an actual board, then print your images and hang them up in a place where you can see them regularly. If you’re going virtual, use a timed photo display program to shuffle them for you or scroll through them by hand.
Above all, be creative and have fun. The process should be enjoyable. Bring only positive energy to the entire creation of the vision board.
The Meditation Process
Take a few minutes each day to meditate on your vision board. It’s important to not only visualize your images, but also feel the feelings associated with the pictures. And, live those positive thoughts and feelings throughout your entire life.
See the photo of the mansion? Then, visualize yourself being in there. Savor the feeling of living there. Imagine it with all your senses. What does it smell like? What does it sound like inside? Through meditation, put yourself in the happy, joyful reality of all your photos. Remember, the vision board gets your imagination started. This isn’t a logical process, but a creative one. Don’t overthink it either.
So, hopefully now you know how to make a vision board. But, the board is just the start. Go out and achieve your dreams!