“A vision board is a visual representation of what you are creating and want in your life now and in the future (your goals and desires). It is a visual map that you design to literally create a path to your success.” – Joyce Schwarz
DIY: Steps to create a traditional vision board
By creating a vision board, you are telling the universe, as well as your conscious and un-conscious mind exactly what it is you desire.
I am not only a big believer and long time user of vision boards, I’m also a certified vision board coach from Joyce Schwarz, author of The Vision Board. This is a brief overview of the “traditional” Vision Board.
I have developed several different modern vision boards or “desire board” techniques that are very easy to use. Some boards will involve online tools like Pinterest, a pin board, a magnetic board, or a simple pen and paper!
A Vision Board is a very simple yet powerful tool. Think of Pinterest as a big vision board! We pin the things we love and we hope one day to see, or have, or be.
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I’ve been doing vision boards since college. It is an amazing way to lay out the future in pictures.
A vision board is just a physical and visual object that expresses the things you want or the changes that you want to bring to your life. Your vision board can be on a piece of paper or a poster board. It could be pinned to a private or public board on Pinterest …the possibilities are endless. I’m excited to show you so many examples of how to do easy and unique Vision Boards.
Classic Vision Board:
A classic vision board that is created on heavy drawing paper or a poster board. On the “board” you will paste images and words that you have torn from various magazines. You can also use markers to write positive quotes and affirmations.
The following lists outlines 6 steps to create your vision board.
Make sure you are free of distractions for an hour and really have the focus and time to enjoy creating. You can do this alone or with family and friends. Gather all of your materials: poster board, glue stick, scissors, magazines (Forbes, Essence, Fortune, Fast Money or any magazines that you have), a computer to print and search for images. These steps are a combination of curated vision board material and my own vision board material rolled into 6 great steps.
Step 1: Magazine Browse – Focus on Your Vision
- Browse through the magazines and cut the images from them.
- Rip out anything that delights you or calls to you. Don’t ask why. Just pull images that you like!
- Let yourself have fun looking through magazines and pulling out pictures or words or headlines that strike your fancy.
Step 2: Sort Your Pictures and Pictures of Words
- Sort through the images and begin to lay your favorites aside in a pile.
- Sorting is all about your intuition.
- If any of the images don’t feel quite right. Trust yourself enough to eliminate them.
Step 3: Position Your Pictures on the Board
- Lay the pictures on your poster board in a way that makes sense to you.
- Be creative, add other objects like a business card or other small objects.
- Move everything around before your glue or double stick tape your images.
Step 4: Glue Stick or Tape
- Gently glue-stick or double stick tape your images to your board
- You can write on the board and add positive statements, quotes, and affirmations
Step 5: Display Your Board Where You Can See It
- Your home office, kitchen, bedroom, take a picture with your cell phone…you have alot of options
- If you make a mini vision board you can put it in your wallet…just pull it out several times a day and dream big
Step 6: Love Your Board
- Look at your vision board once a day and feel the vision
- Red the positive statements and affirmations that you have written on the board
- Some people use the “remember forward” technique. Example: If you have on your board that you want to become a teacher, you might say, “I remember when I taught my first class”.
- Some might say, “I’m so grateful to be teaching my first class”. Always say it as if the desired goal is happening now.
Make An Impression
Image Credit: © Sabrina Espinal
Curated from Joyce Schwarz, The Vision Board