After reading the book E Squared by Pam Grout I’ve been reminded of the significant power of the ‘Law of Attraction’ and the power of positive energy.
Simply, what you focus on expands and when you visualise all of your dreams and desires you WILL bring them to life.
Creating a vision board is one of the most powerful visaulisation tools available to you.
This valuable tool provides you with a tangible representation of your ideal future including who you want to be, what you want to do and what you want to have in your life.
But the key ingredient in creating a vision board that actually works is to include your oh-so important “why” and how you want to feel.
When your visualisations are backed up by a meaningful “why” you are more likely to determine how you will turn them into reality.
For example, I have a picture of a paint palette on my vision board. This is to remind me that when I’m pursuing my creative dreams (outside of my business) I feel joyful and in flow. I really want to write a book and take a calligraphy class, so this picture represents this for me.
I also have an image of a beautiful girl in a swimsuit. Yes, this image does serve as a powerful prompt to keep exercising but to me it’s a holistic reminder to nourish my body through food, spiritual practices and some free-flowing fun.
The photo of James and I in Bangkok is also a fantastic memento of connection, joy and abundance that we share in our relationship. (One day I hope James and I can create a vision board together to see what we can bring to life!).
All of the travel destination images are places I desperately want to visit which relates to joy and abundance.
In relation to my business, a big goal of mine is to be featured in different publications, like the Huffington Post, so I have included these on my board too. For me this comes down to a feeling of connection through spreading my message and joy when it actually happens!
I hope this explanation of my own vision board helps!
But the one rule to creating a vision board that works is that really there are no rules! Get crazy, go deep and conjure up all of your life’s desires.
Below I share with you a simple guide on how to create your very own vision board plus a few tips and tricks to round things out.
How To Create Your Kick-Arse Vision Board (That Actually Works)
1. Think About How You Want to Feel
You may have thought the first instruction was to whip out all your old magazines and madly start cutting? Well hold your horses! We’ll get to that soon!
As I previously mentioned, the big secret to creating a vision board that sticks (meaning successfully bring your visions to life) is to tap into how you want to feel.
First off I want you to do some foundation work and ask yourself, “How do I want to feel?”
You may wish to do some journal writing around this to really bring your life-changing desires to life.
For me, I desire to feel Flow, Joy, Nourished, Connection and Abundant across all areas of my life. These are the feelings I (try to) live by everyday.
So first, declare how you want to feel and have this as the heart of your vision board.
2. Define the Areas of Your Life
You may have different areas of your life that you wish to focus on when you’re creating your vision board. Think about what really resonates with you and what your great big dreams are.
Are your dreams and visions related to Health & Wellness, Career/Business, Finances, Relationships, Spirituality, Livelihood and Lifestyle, Travel, Creativity and Learning?
You can organise your vision board any way you wish, but often having themes or categories can really help you hone in on what you want to bring to life.
3. Start Cutting and Pasting
If you’re old school like me you will enjoy grabbing a stack of magazines and flipping through the glossy pages in search of inspiration. (I highly recommend the Renegade Collective magazine for this exercise as it’s full of inspiring words, quotes and images….although I hate cutting them up!).
Or if you’re a digital nomad you may prefer scrolling through the millions of spectacular images on Pinterest, Flickr, Tumblr and Google images to find the perfect pics.
My advice is to first find as many images and inspiring quotes that you love and then ruthlessly cull. You want to make sure you really feel a connection with each image. If you don’t love an image and it doesn’t reflect one of your desired feelings or exactly what you want to bring to life, SCRAP IT!
Once you have all of your beautiful images, grab a corkboard or large piece of cardboard and start arranging your pictures into your defined life categories. You can add headings if you wish to make each section of your board more defined.
The ‘life areas’ I’m focusing on are Health and Wellness, Travel, Spirituality, Business and Relationships (although I haven’t used headings on my vision board).
Finally, write out your desired feelings and place them front and centre of your vision board so they remain the heart and focus of your attention.
4. Make it Visible
Place your beautifully curated vision board somewhere with high ‘eye-ball traffic.’ There is no point having a vision board if you stick it in the spare room where you never go!
My vision board lives on my desk and I look at it every morning when I sit down to work. I also have a smaller version taped into my journal so I look at it before I go to sleep and I have it with me when I travel.
You could also have a digital vision board that is your screen saver or your phone wallpaper. If you’re obsessed with Pinterest and love your digital devices why not make a secret board and create your own online vision board.
+ Vision Board Tips and Tricks +
+ Create an inspiring and fun environment to make your ‘vision boarding’ a heart-warming experience. Put on some tunes, light a candle and have a glass of wine (or maybe a coffee depending on the time of day). All your positive energy and enthusiasm will help you to create an amazing vision board!
+ Clear some space in your calendar to really sit down and put all of yourself into this project. If you’re a bit of a social animal maybe invite your friends over to join in on the vision board fun!
+ Arrange your images however you wish. Because I am a bit of a neat freak I prefer to have no gaps between the photos. However, if you like to have your images more spaced out, go for it! Also, you may wish to leave some space in case you want to add images that you find later that you vibe with.
+ You can refresh your board whenever you like. If something on your vision board isn’t ringing true anymore, take it off. Or you may even want to create a new board every quarter or on a yearly basis. It’s totally up to you!
+ If you’re worried about your creative or artistic abilities, I lovingly suggest you stop it. Who cares if your vision board isn’t perfect? If your board lights you up and gets you excited about your future, that’s all that matters!
+ Think big! I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and really conjure up your most daring dreams and desires. I’m giving you permission to stop playing small and snoozing in your snuggly little comfort zone. If you have always dreamed of starting a passion-fueled side business, running the New York marathon, quitting your job and travelling for a year, shaking hands with your idol….put it on your vision board!
+ Believe in yourself (and the power of visualisation). Often when I create vision boards my ego or ‘Mean Girl’ pipes up and says “Gee you’re getting a bit ahead of yourself. You can’t have that. People like you don’t deserve to have a life like that.” If you also experience this, I encourage you to push past these negative and limiting thoughts and get really aggressive with your glue stick! Stick that picture to your vision board with a serious sense of self-belief and self-worth. You are awesome and you deserve it!
Over to you: Have you even made a vision board? If so, I would love to hear what came to fruition!
If you haven’t made one yet, are you keen to create a kick-arse vision board that has your desired feelings front and centre?
Let me know in the comments below!
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