A couple weeks ago, I talked about the power of positivity when it comes down to dreaming, setting goals, and visualizing the reality of your dream future. I’m going to introduce to you a powerful tool that can help you not only visualize your future, but also visualize your future self. Who do you want to be in 5-10 years from now? … Wife, mother, doctor, healthy, tattooed, published, time traveler … Every adjective and description that pops into your head, write down on paper. We are going to create a vision board with those words.
What is a vision board?
A vision board is a collage of words and pictures that visually represent, reflect, remind, and put into perspective a goal that you have. It’s kind of like taking all the thoughts and ideas spiraling on in your head and harnessing them into a cohesive, tangible road map. You can use a vision board to reflect your entire life or just the next year. There is no limit to how short or long term the vision board is created for.
How do you make a vision board?
Gather your supplies
- an X-acto blade or scissors
- a cutting mat if you’re going to be using an X-acto blade
- a glue stick
- a large stack of magazines
- Bristol board, canvas, or cardboard (something that isn’t flimsy that can be your background)
Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Start flipping through your magazines searching for words and pictures that jump out at you and fit with your vision list of adjectives. Maybe you find a picture of the Eiffel tower and on your list it says “traveler” or “go to Paris” then the Eiffel toward is going to be what represents that goal. You’ll cut it out and add it to your collage. For my tech savvy gurus out there, you can create your vision board with online graphics and photos in Photoshop or other editing program.
The secret behind the vision board is a reminder not only of the life you want to live or who you want to be, but it’s a reflection of who you are. It’s a reminder to live life everyday as if that’s already what your life looks like.